The essay on Kay Thompson ended up being my favorite - I knew next to nothing about this women, who was difficult indeed. A mostly forgottten figure, who was in the midst of the radio and Hollywood for much of the Golden Age of Entertainment of the last century.
In Praise of Difficult Women: Life Lessons from 29 Heroines Who Dared to Break the Rules by Karen Karbo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Thank God(dess) for difficult women! Karbo writes about 29 wonderfully difficult and varied women in a witty, entertaining and (surprise!) educational book. What a could of turned into a dry reference book is spiced with Karbo’s occasionally snarky but always humorous aside, plus her choosing an incredibly interesting choice of women “who dared to break the rules” about whom to write. Karbo comes across as very hip and trying to be cooler than cool - and I closed the book thinking she mostly (will Lena Dunham REALLY be famous in fifteen years) succeeding. Favorite essays include ones about Kay Thompson (a forgotten figure now that once ruled radio and Hollywood), Angela Merkel (a worthy and admirable opponent for Trump in this new world order of the last year), and Frida Kahlo (she’s delightfully crazy)
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