Women of the world, pick up a book and read!
Universal issues affect women from the teenage years to menopause. We talk about some and we ignore others, but there’s a book about almost every problem or phase in life.
Some new books might help women of all ages deal with life:
"Girls Speak Out: Finding Your True Self" by Andrea Johnston (Ten Speed Press, $12.95). Created by feminist activists, this book provides a step-by-step guide to nurturing and expressing the creative individuality within every girl. Women share their experiences — from childhood to information on sexism and cultural myths — to help young girls see the past and the future of equality. Includes interactive exercises, poems and stories taken from participants of the Girls Speak Out program.
"You Don’t Really Know Me: Why Mothers and Daughters Fight and How Both Can Win" by Terri Apter (Paperback News, $13.95). The author uses real mother-daughter pairs and clinical research to shed light on the age-old tensions in this parent-child relationship. It’s a step-by-step guide that offers advice for mothers trying to navigate the rough terrain and remain supportive as their daughters grow and mature.
"The 10 Women You’ll Be Before You’re 35" by Alison James (Polka Dot Press, $12.95). The idealistic New Graduate. The Dollarless Diva. The Changeable Chameleon. Women fall into many categories on the road to self-discovery. This smart and funny self-help guide shows us how to master each of these phases so we can look back and celebrate the women we were and the women we’ve become.
"Women Who Worry Too Much: How to Stop Worry & Anxiety From Ruining Relationships, Work & Fun" by Holly Hazlett-Stevens (New Harbinger Publications, $13.95). Women are twice as likely as men to develop an anxiety disorder. This book looks at why women worry so much and offers them solutions to stop worry from taking over their lives.
"Painting the Walls Red: The Uninhibited Woman’s Guide to a Fabulous Life After 40" by Judy Ford (Adams Media, $12.95). This is not your mother’s menopause book. A collection of original essays looks at wrinkles, body changes and how to have the freedom to be yourself . . . after 40.