Bride of the procrastinator’s gift guide

December 19th, 2006

librarianWelcome to Installment II of the Procrastinator’s Gift Guide.* Remember, those who dole out prezzies after the new year aren’t late — they’ve just made a concerted effort to have their holiday gifts stand out from the pack.

Today’s installment of the gift guide features some of our top lit picks for anti-nine-to-fivers:

The Anti 9-to-5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Outside the Cube. I think you’ve heard of this one by now. If not, see what two Very Important Authors had to say about this impending classic. (Sorry, my publisher put my up to that.)

amBITCHous. Written by the founder of the Women’s Business Alliance, this brand-spanking-new book is for women who want to make more money, nab their fantasy career (without feeling like an imposter!), and learn to better juggle their professional and personal lives. Sign me up.

Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women. Who says successful careerwomen make crappy domestic partners? (Yeah, Michael Noer — I’m talking to you.) According to author Christine Whelan, “Smart, successful women marry at the same rates as all other women, and once married, they have children at the same rates as well.”

This Is Not Chick Lit: Original Stories by America’s Best Women Writers. The brainy backlash continues. Not only can women balance a career with getting laid and finding love, many women choose to read stories about something other than accessorizing and, well, getting laid and finding love.

A subscription to your favorite quasi-escapist yet undeniably brainy women’s indie pub. Perfect for your morning commute or midweek lunch hour. Not sure which to pick? May we suggest Bust, Bitch, Swivel, or Venusall downright enjoyable, not to mention inspiring.

And finally, a “Reading Is Sexy” T-shirt or messenger bag. No brainy broad’s collection would be complete without one.

*As always, special thanks to Traci for helping put together this list.

Entry Filed under: Book,Gift guide,This freelance life

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lynn  |  December 20th, 2006 at 6:45 am

    I’d love to get my hands on This Is Not Chick Lit. I started reading such books when I was 18 and stopped less than six months later. While there are lots of entertaining titles, they all tend to become wearying. One can only have so much room on her shelves for books on women griping about men, love, work, weight issues, etc.

  • 2. Michelle Goodman  |  December 20th, 2006 at 7:13 am

    lynn, i haven’t read all of the book, but so far, it’s great. some of the authors in it (because i don’t think amazon lists them all): aimee bender, jennifer egan, mary gordon, holiday reinhorn (who ROCKED the seattle reading!), curtis sittenfeld, etc etc. props to editor elizabeth merrick, who i neglected to mention in the post.

  • 3. The Anti 9-to-5 Guide &ra&hellip  |  December 21st, 2006 at 6:20 am

    [...] ParkPlace Books in Kirkland, Washington, is one such store. According to an email from the two owners (both women), the store was flooded and in the dark for many days. But they’re up and running now, back to business as usual — except for the fact that they have a lot of sales to catch up on. So if you’re near the east side and have some lit gifts to pick up, show ParkPlace Books some love. [...]

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