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Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World

Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World

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by Perseus

According to Lisa Bloom, the women and girls of today represent a stark paradox. While American women excel in education at every level, they likewise obsessively focus on celebrity media. While women outperform their male counterparts in employment in urban areas for the first time in history, they simultaneously spend countless hours staring in the mirror


According to Lisa Bloom, the women and girls of today represent a stark paradox. While American women excel in education at every level, they likewise obsessively focus on celebrity media. While women outperform their male counterparts in employment in urban areas for the first time in history, they simultaneously spend countless hours staring in the mirror contemplating plastic surgery. Lisa Bloom fears that women are in danger of spiraling into a nation of dumbed down, tabloid media obsessed, reality TV addicts. Too often, they outsource matters to "experts" and in doing so neglect to truly think for themselves.

The solution:

Lisa Bloom has the solution and it involves one simple word: Think.

In this provocative, entertaining, educational, and thoroughly researched book, Lisa outlines the ways that we as a society, and particularly women, have fallen off the intellectual path, and, very specifically, points to how damaging this has been to us on many levels. Lisa shows us the fallout—but she also provides the solutions for "Reclaiming the Brain God Gave You" and seizing back control of your mind and your life. Think is delivered in a no-nonsense manner that will make you laugh, make you question yourself, make you squirm, but, most important, make you start thinking again.

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Kirkus Reviews

TV host, commentator and lawyer Bloom felt compelled to write her debut after becoming disgruntled with society's intellectual decline.

Appalled by the fact that 23 percent of American women would rather lose their ability to read than their figures, the author writes with frantic urgency about the ignorance that is infecting the country and how this epidemic affects American women. A journalist whose career highlights include covering the Saddam Hussein trail, Bloom is dismayed that women are most interested in celebrity scandals, which make up more than 95 percent of the cases she is currently assigned to cover. The author urges women to reassess their priorities, put down the tabloid magazines and become more aware of world issues, many of which she indulges in detailing. Acknowledging that she would be taking cheap shots if she didn't offer solutions, the second half ofthebooksuggests ways women can make a positive impact in their communities—e.g., volunteering and donating to worthy causes. The author also includes a list recommended reading and recipes that save time in the kitchen. While clearly written out of genuine concern, readers who are sensitive to criticism of American culture may take offense to the use of terms such as "Dumb American Syndrome."

A wake-up call for women who have succumbed to a culture of mediocrity.

From the Publisher
"A wake-up call for women who have succumbed to a culture of mediocrity." ---Kirkus

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Vanguard Press
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"A wake-up call for women who have succumbed to a culture of mediocrity." —-Kirkus

Meet the Author

Lisa Bloom is an award-winning journalist, legal analyst, and trial attorney. From 2001-2009, Lisa hosted a daily, live, national television show on Court TV. She is currently the CBS News and the CNN Legal Analyst, appearing frequently on The Early Show, and on CNN and HLN prime time shows. She is a regular legal expert on The Dr. Phil Show and in the last year has guest-hosted Larry King Live, The Early Show, and Showbiz Tonight. Lisa graduated early and phi beta kappa from UCLA and then from the Yale Law School. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
8LIMBS More than 1 year ago
So, this book has been in my wife's hands every night for the past week. It has trumped our usual nightly shows. She left it sit'n on the nightstand yesterday morning, I happen to have the day off. I picked it up, read the back cover, cracked it open for a glance....and...didn't put it down till last night! I literally could not set it down! GREAT BOOK! So well written, easy to read, smart, funny, and lives up to the title. I think I have a new secret set of tools that are gonna come in handy while raising our daughter. Now I just need to tell my wife I finished her book before she did...Ha!
poosie More than 1 year ago
Lisa Bloom is one to emulate. She is witty, funny and knows how to inspire. I love books that inspire me to search out the true joy in life and serve as a reminder to me to USE my own, individual power, desires and ideas to keep me peeked at all times. There is so much more to life than worrying how you "look" to other people, when they most likely don't really care how you look. What a relief just to rid ourselves of that minor detail so we can spend our time thinking about important matters. This is a great message to pass on to those you care about.Truly a wonderful gift idea!
Peacefly1 More than 1 year ago
This book is not only empowering but entertaining as well. I never realized how stagnant my mind has become until I got slapped upside the head by Lisa Blooms' thought-provoking words. Thanks for the wake-up call Lisa!
Reviewaholic More than 1 year ago
Lisa Bloom has accomplished what so many authors before her have failed to do - write a provocative, intelligent book that ANYONE can read. I feel like so many books these days are written by people who just reworded their book from a thesaurus...but Think reminds us all of the importance of not letting our minds become bogged down by culture in a creative, easy to read tone. I highly recommend this book for anyone, from people looking to reevaluate their life to people just looking to get a good book.
ChloeCos More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book. Lisa's writing style is captivating, clever, and easy to read. A great book for moms, daughters, or women of any age. Brilliant tips for time management, happiness, and staying smart. This book will be my new go-to gift for all my girlfriends!
AngieR38 More than 1 year ago
As a lover of books, this was one of the best reads I've had in some time. I couldn't put it down and read it in two days. It inspired me to "do something." After reading, I reached out to several charitable organizations with which I wanted to work. I'm now so happy to be helping others in ways I couldn't imagine. I owe it all to Lisa!
beck2112 More than 1 year ago
This is the book for women who appreciate the Feminine Mystique but who yearn for more practical advice and less antiquated jargon. I think all young women should read as they find their own voices and individuality in this "dumbed down" world.
JulesSF More than 1 year ago
I can't wait for my friends to read Think so that we can talk about it -- Bloom has a way of presenting challenging and oh-so-important issues in a way that is actually fun to read! This book is especially important to me because I have daughters. When pop culture is telling them to worry about how shiny their hair is or how their butts look in their jeans, this book makes it okay -- even cool -- to think about issues like education, justice and poverty, and to question, question, question what messages they're fed by the culture at large. A clever call to engagement that should be a must-read for everyone.....
Leslielou More than 1 year ago
What an eye opener. Grandmother's, Mothers, buy this book for your daughters. I'll change their lives. An excellent book that will make you THINK!
Renee-Brooklyn More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put Think down. It was one of those books that I stayed up until 3am to read as long as my eyes would stay open. I loved the combination of being intelligent, sassy, smart, funny and inspirational. I will gift this book to every girlfriend of mine. We all become stronger as individuals and in communities with raising our levels of awareness in how we can harness the power of our own minds.
RoryReads More than 1 year ago
This book really had an effect on me; it changed how I think, act, speak, and carry myself. It was also really fun, fast, and easy to read, which is impressive considering how interesting and informative it was, too. But none of this is a surprise coming from the incredibly smart and talented Lisa Bloom. I can't wait to read whatever she comes up with next.
Julieanna_Hever More than 1 year ago
As a woman, I was obviously intrigued by the concepts presented in this book. Once I began digging in, however, my mind began a journey of provocation and education, taking me to new heights of intrigue and inspiration. Lisa Bloom was born to inspire, motivate, and change minds. Her writing style makes you instantly feel like her best friend, there to support you and help you learn and grow. Everyone who wants to have their comfort zone tickled or intellect expanded should read this book. It is impossible to come away from it unchanged.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lisa is a brilliant television host, commentator, and a talented author. This book is just like she is: interesting and smart.
BookMonkeys More than 1 year ago
You must read this book if you are a woman - or have a daughter, a mother, a sister... If you know any women, buy them this book. This WILL be the conversation once this book is release. I was fortunate enough to read a review copy and I can't stress enough how important this topic is. It took the brilliance of Lisa Bloom to get people taking about this. You need to be part of this conversation.
LeeRegal More than 1 year ago
Lisa Bloom is something rare in this world, a straight-talking media personality whose mission is to improve the world, not "dumb it down." She uses her high-profile status and her law degree to stand up for children and families. Ms. Bloom is already a super-heroine on issues like discrimination, bullying and women's rights. I often quote her, and now I'll have her wisdom always at hand with "Think." I know this book will inspire conversations between mothers and daughters, and women everywhere.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first I thought that this book might be just of interest to women, but after I started reading it, I realized that she perfectly describes the increasingly celebrity obsessed and anti-intellectual strain that's causing America to fall into decline. Unlike most authors who just point out problems, she also tells how to *fix* what we're doing wrong. Five stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have followed Lisa Bloom for years, and expected something hard hitting and thought provoking. Well that is exactly what I got out of it. The book forces you to challenge your knowledge in a very male driven world, and at the same time will give men a very accurate glimpse into what drives women, or rather should drive women.
Susola More than 1 year ago
Okay, so 90% of the books I read are fiction/murder mysteries. But as soon as I saw Lisa Bloom on The Talk, I had to get this book. It sat in my office for 2 months until I finally picked it up, and now I can't put it down! If it's possible to feel smarter by just reading a book, then this is THE BOOK. A lot of what Lisa Bloom writes about are things I've been thinking about for years, but haven't had anyone to talk to about. Reading this book is like having a friend who really knows you and shares the same thoughts and feelings as you. Lisa bloom skillfully juxtaposes the topics the media deems important (e.g., Angelina Jolie's beauty and sexiness) v. the real things you find out if you just THINK (Angelina Jolie's political activism and how she spends her spare time trying to change the world for the better). But most of all, Lisa Bloom not only challenges us to think and look beneath the glossy mindless media headlines, but relates to the reader knowing we are capable of thinking much harder then we do. Run, don't walk, to the bookstore and buy this book! It will not only make you THINK, but you'll feel smarter doing it.
GeminiCO More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable, moving and thought provoking. Think really made me Think! I am going to use these ideas to help raise my grandaughter into a kickass type of woman. Thank you Ms. Bloom for this insightful book.
knowledgeispower123 More than 1 year ago
heard about this book on dr. phil after reading this book it changed my life to where i read as much as i can and becoming more politically aware of our nations economy. straight talk for women isnt just for women to read!! you go lisa
mom-of-daughters More than 1 year ago
I'm reading this book now and can't wait to share it with my 2 daughters in high school. I have had so many conversations with my daughters about what girls their age are focusing on and am so thankful that they don't just follow along thinking that being an airhead is cute! Lisa Bloom is saying so many things I try to convey but can't express so well and with such great humor. Please have your daughters read the book and talk about it before girls stop being able to read at all! From a concerned but hopeful mom
nyk1973 More than 1 year ago
Tried as sample. Best sample I have read on the nook. Def a buy.
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