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From Frida Kahlo and Elizabeth Taylor to Nora Ephron, Carrie Fisher, and Lena Dunham, this witty narrative explores what we can learn from the imperfect and extraordinary legacies of 29 iconic women who forged their own unique paths in the world.

Smart, sassy, and unapologetically feminine, this elegantly illustrated book is an ode to the bold and charismatic women of modern history. Best-selling author Karen Karbo ( The Gospel According to Coco Chanel) spotlights the spirited rule breakers who charted their way with little regard for expectations: Amelia Earhart, Helen Gurley Brown, Edie Sedgwick, Hillary Clinton, Amy Poehler, and Shonda Rhimes, among others. Their lives--imperfect, elegant, messy, glorious--provide inspiration and instruction for the new age of feminism we have entered. Karbo distills these lessons with wit and humor, examining the universal themes that connect us to each of these mesmerizing personalities today: success and style, love and authenticity, daring and courage. Being "difficult," Karbo reveals, might not make life easier. But it can make it more fulfilling--whatever that means for you.

In the Reader''s Guide included in the back of the book, Karbo asks thought-provoking questions about how we relate to each woman that will make for fascinating book club conversation.

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“It’s the unexpected stories that are some of the most beguiling…These are messy, inspiring lives lived in public by necessity or choice. They often offer great humor too.” – San Francisco Chronicle

"I think that this is a book that everyone should read and one that everyone should have on their shelves." - Ms. Nose in a Book

“I love the idea of grabbing a cuppa, this book, and just diving right in. It’s such a great pick-me-up.  Reading about these awesome women, their struggles, their successes, and how inspiring they are - just puts a smile on my face. They are awe-inspiring stories that I gobbled up with joy.
--abookishwayoflife.blogspot.com

“This book is a total inspiration for those that want to shake things up a little bit and push boundaries further for women…All I can say is I now have a very long list of biographies and memoirs on and by the woman that appear in this book.” –abookishaffair.blogspot.com

“An engaging, inspiring collection where I enjoyed learning about amazing modern women and was left wanting to learn more.” –doingdeweydecimal.com
 
“The author chose a great selection of women to represent the "difficult" woman.”
–cerebralgirl.blogspot.com

“Karbo has a knack for the nuances and sidebars that leave the reader not just a carrier of new facts, but of fascination and admiration for her subjects.” – The Register-Guard

"This book is a history lesson that goes down like cotton candy: pink, sweet, and fun as hell. Don’t miss it." —NextTribe

“With occasional anecdotes from her own life, Karbo delves into her personal relationship with each of these women…all of them important touchstones for her.” – LA Review of Books

“In Praise of Difficult Women” is a collection of short biographies of well-known women who are difficult in what Karbo thinks is the best sense — strong, independent, smart, assertive."
The  Seattle Times

“Karbo, of Portland, Oregon, is embracing being a “difficult woman” in her newest book, which celebrates other women who broke the rules.” –Wisconsin State Journal, AP News

“Refreshingly frank, Karbo’s book celebrates women who forged provocative identities and found life fulfillment despite the odds they faced. Inspiring reading about women who have shown “that it’s all right to occupy our humanity.” – Kirkus

"The women chosen are eclectic, while the narrative is researched and informed yet conversationally welcoming...Karbo’s fondness for rule breakers and benders is clear, and she defends them through character quirks and missteps—real women lead real and flawed lives." – Foreword

 In Praise of Difficult Women
offers many words of wisdom, including sage advice from fashion titan Diana Vreeland, who noted that the only right life to live is “the one you know you want, and you make it for yourself.” —Women''s Voices ForeSight

“Karbo examines the universal themes that connect each of us to these icons of female badassery and argues that being “difficult” can lead to a more fulfilling life.” – BookRiot 

“In 29 takes, Karen Karbo catalogs the ways in which a woman rankles: She can be independent, exacting, impatient, persistent, opinionated, angry, unaccommodating, ambitious, restless, confident, brilliant, articulate, or just plain visible. Nothing is lost on Karbo, from Elizabeth Taylor’s double eyelashes to the contents of Martha Gellhorn’s travel bag to Amelia Earhart’s homemade roller coaster. You’ll need two copies!”—Stacy Schiff, best-selling author of  Cleopatra: A Life and The Witches 
 
“Part biography, part inspiration,  all parts fascinating,  In Praise of Difficult Women is a wise and hilarious reminder of the importance of being a pain in the ass. Keep it by your bedside.”—Meghan Daum, best-selling author of  The Unspeakable
 
“Give me difficult women or give me death. Karen Karbo’s  In Praise of Difficult Women brings us all back to life by illuminating the paths of women who refused to shut up, sit down, hold still, behave, or smile on anyone’s terms but their own. A perfect manifesto as to why now is the time to get loud, unflinching, and brazen, exactly as we are.”—Lidia Yuknavitch, author of  The Misfit’s Manifesto 
 
“Difficult seems absolutely delightful in these absorbing, inspiring, and often surprising portraits that do more than entertain. They raise important questions about femininity and culture, power and bravery—and make us ask these same questions about our mothers, sisters, daughters, and ourselves. Though Karbo masterfully covers a wide range of exceptional women, what unites them is the way they make ‘difficult’ become a quality not to avoid but to aspire to with gusto.”—Lori Gottlieb, New York Times best-selling author of  Marry Him

About the Author

KAREN KARBO is the author of multiple award-winning novels, memoirs and works of nonfiction. Her best-selling "Kick-Ass Women" series includes  The Gospel According to Coco Chanel: Life Lessons from the World''s Most Elegant Woman, which was an international bestseller. Karbo''s short stories, essays, articles and reviews have appeared in  Elle, Vogue, Esquire, Outside, the  New York Times, Salon, and other publications. She is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, and a winner of the General Electric Younger Writer Award. Karbo lives in Portland, Oregon, where she continues to kick ass.  

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Tucker
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would love it. Oh
Reviewed in the United States on March 5, 2018
After reading Karen Karbo’s In Praise of Difficult Women, I find myself wishing I could stop by Costco and buy a 12-pack of the book. I’ve already sent a copy to my brother, and a copy for my daughter. My neighbor, Amelia, would love it. Oh, and of course my best... See more
After reading Karen Karbo’s In Praise of Difficult Women, I find myself wishing I could stop by Costco and buy a 12-pack of the book. I’ve already sent a copy to my brother, and a copy for my daughter. My neighbor, Amelia, would love it. Oh, and of course my best friend…This is that kind of book—too good to keep to yourself. Karbo has selected 29 modern, difficult women to present to us. Some surprises, and some just too classic to leave out. Each mini-biography is distilled to the most juicy, inspiring details. All delivered with just a touch of that signature Karen Karbo snark. A great read, but beware, you may want to buy in bulk.
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Bonnie De Clark
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Each one had a magnificent talent and they put it to the utmost good use to benefit themselves and others
Reviewed in the United States on May 14, 2018
There was a time when women were not expected to use their heads for anything more than a hair farm! That was never going to be true of the 29 women covered in this outstanding book. Each one had a magnificent talent and they put it to the utmost good use to benefit... See more
There was a time when women were not expected to use their heads for anything more than a hair farm! That was never going to be true of the 29 women covered in this outstanding book. Each one had a magnificent talent and they put it to the utmost good use to benefit themselves and others. Even though these women are (or in Rachel Maddow''s case will be) part of history, you may learn things about them that you did not know.
This is a wonderful book to keep on your nightstand and read about one each evening before you go to sleep. You''ll sleep better knowing (more) about each of these women.
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Jean B Harty
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Enthralling
Reviewed in the United States on May 27, 2019
I simply could not put this book down. Some of the women I did not know about. Most I did. Every woman should read this book to better understand themselves. The only ones I missed were Eleanor Roosevelt and Michele Obama but maybe they did not fit the criteria of... See more
I simply could not put this book down. Some of the women I did not know about. Most I did. Every woman should read this book to better understand themselves. The only ones I missed were Eleanor Roosevelt and Michele Obama but maybe they did not fit the criteria of “difficult” in the true sense of the word. The writer did a masterful job‼️
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Kathryn
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A great read!
Reviewed in the United States on August 30, 2019
I’ve read this book twice. The first time because it was recommended to me. The second time because I began to doubt myself and needed some mentors. What better mentors than the 29 women mentioned in this book? A “difficult” woman is one who thinks her passions and goals... See more
I’ve read this book twice. The first time because it was recommended to me. The second time because I began to doubt myself and needed some mentors. What better mentors than the 29 women mentioned in this book? A “difficult” woman is one who thinks her passions and goals are just as important as those around her. This seems logical but as the author traverses through the different women - all whom lived in the past century - you begin to see what each one had to overcome to achieve her goal. Furthermore, the personalities vary wildly from the more quiet and polite Jane Goodall to the loud and boisterous Elizabeth Taylor. Highly recommend!
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Beatrice Giuseppina Mabrey
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Some interesting portraits, but overall disappointing
Reviewed in the United States on October 2, 2019
I found several of the chapters in this book fairly interesting, but others were just terribly glib. How hard is it to be a “difficult woman” when you’re rich and white as many of the women in this book are? And should we be worshipping addiction and mental illness as the... See more
I found several of the chapters in this book fairly interesting, but others were just terribly glib. How hard is it to be a “difficult woman” when you’re rich and white as many of the women in this book are? And should we be worshipping addiction and mental illness as the purveyors of creativity? The author didn’t do this consistently, but the times she did were pretty jarring.
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S. Orr
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Loved this book!
Reviewed in the United States on May 19, 2019
This was truly inspirational. I learned a lot about some amazing women who did not bow to the dictates of society. I wish there were more like them.
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An interesting look at biographies of famous women!
Reviewed in the United States on September 29, 2019
I liked the info on people in the news and in history. At first, I thought it was solely focused on those of liberal, progressive beliefs but later found a few who did not fit that description.
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Nice compendium
Reviewed in the United States on July 17, 2019
Not a challenging read, but nice to have had all thise classy wimen and their accomplishments recorded in one place.
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J. Stewart
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Disappointing. Poorly researched and badly written.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 13, 2018
This is a very disappointing book. The women chosen for inclusion are admirable, and drawn internationally from politics, popular culture, sport, science and technology, literature and – a fair representation of late 20th/early 21st century life in the Western hemisphere....See more
This is a very disappointing book. The women chosen for inclusion are admirable, and drawn internationally from politics, popular culture, sport, science and technology, literature and – a fair representation of late 20th/early 21st century life in the Western hemisphere. But one learns little more about this selection of women than can be gleaned from the internet or a few well chosen reference books. A bibliography for each is provided at the end of the book. The life stories are basically interesting, because they are all of women who are high achievers in their field, often against male and establishment resistance and opposition. But they are written in a style and tone that you will regularly find in magazine and Sunday newspaper features on celebrities. Chatty, informal, with a wide use of slang language, in some cases poorly researched, and achingly superficial. An example – It seems that either Jane Goodall attended secretarial college at the age of 11 and studied for seven years – or World War Two ‘raged’ for a further seven years after it is normally considered it to have ended. The author seems to specialise in throw away remarks that are often dismissive of her subject, sometimes snide, and at others downright rude. Examples of this can be found in the sections on Elizabeth Taylor, Angela Merkel and Billy Jean King among others. The book is clearly written for the USA market and therefore makes many cultural assumptions about the reader’s knowledge and perspective. Oh – and it’s not ‘exquisitely illustrated’ as on the sleeve; the depictions of the subjects are ghastly two colour line drawings such as we used to have in cheaper children’s books in the 1960s. I bought this first for my own interest and second with a thought that I might pass it on to my granddaughters. The examples set by the women featured in this collection are inspiring – resilience, determination, cleverness, creativity……but the example set by the author seems to me very poor.
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Interesting, inspiring and beautifully presented
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 19, 2020
I loved reading this so much. Each chapter was informative and took about 20-30 minutes to get through. It celebrated a variety of great women and was honest too. The book itself is gorgeous and the illustrations were brilliant.
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Ann
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Imperfect kick was perfection
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 15, 2020
The key message which speaks to me in this book is to row you''re own boat , it''s the only way to be real. My daughter needs to read this book.
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Sweet Read!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 8, 2021
This is a sweet book, easy to read! You will get lots of snippets of history. Really enjoyed it. Only criticism is that it''s not very global/diverse of inspiring women from other parts of the world (outside the West).
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In praise of difficult women
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 4, 2019
Thought this book was excellent a most enjoyable read it was witty and sad at times Made me want to know more about these women An easy enjoyable read !
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