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Title:
On becoming fearless : in love, work, and life
ISBN:
9780316166812
Edition:
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Little, Brown, 2006.
Physical Description:
230 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents:
Fearless about the body -- Fearless in love -- Fearless in parenting -- Fearless at work -- Fearless about money -- Fearless about aging and illness -- Fearless about God and death -- Fearless about leadership and speaking out -- Fearless about changing the world -- Living the fearless life.
Summary:
What are you afraid of? Being assertive? Looking fat? Getting older? Going broke? Whatever your fear, women everywhere confront the same fears every day. Huffington believes that conquering fear is crucial to living a full life and to making a difference in the world, and in this manifesto, she inspires us to take on the task. Huffington is fearless, but not by nature; she's had to learn to overcome her fears and relies on these hard-won lessons every day. She shows how to be bold from the inside out--from feeling comfortable in our own skin to getting what we want in love and at work to changing the world. In order to live a happy, fulfilling life, we need to reach the point where our fears do not stop us from daring to think new thoughts, take risks, fail, start again, and, ultimately, succeed.--From publisher description.
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What are you afraid of? Being assertive? Looking fat? Getting older? Going broke? Whatever your fear, women everywhere confront the same fears every day. Huffington believes that conquering fear is crucial to living a full life and to making a difference in the world, and in this manifesto, she inspires us to take on the task. Huffington is fearless, but not by nature; she's had to learn to overcome her fears and relies on these hard-won lessons every day. She shows how to be bold from the inside out--from feeling comfortable in our own skin to getting what we want in love and at work to changing the world. In order to live a happy, fulfilling life, we need to reach the point where our fears do not stop us from daring to think new thoughts, take risks, fail, start again, and, ultimately, succeed.--From publisher description.


Author Notes

Arianna Huffington was born on July 15, 1950, in Athens, Greece. She received an M.A. in economics from Cambridge University. She is the cofounder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post and a nationally syndicated columnist. She is the author of several books including The Female Woman, Third World America, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder which is a New York Times 2015 bestseller and The Sleep Revolution. She has also written biographies of Maria Callas and Pablo Picasso. She is the cohost of Left, Right and Center, public radio's political roundtable program.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Huffington exhorts women to "break through to the other side of fear" and to be bold in all aspects of life. She tells listeners that in order to join a Cambridge debate club, she had to overcome her fear of having a heavy Greek accent. In a nutshell, that's both the tenor and flaw of this book. Huffington might have done better to work on overcoming her accent than the fear of it. To her credit, she reads her book slowly and carefully, and almost all of her words can be understood by even the casual listener. A larger problem is that the message of overcoming fears about beauty, competition in love and so forth probably comes across better in a written text. Not fitting into society's prescriptions does have real consequences, whether one is fearless or not. Nevertheless, women who finish Huffington's mantra might feel better about who they are, even if they are listening while having their bodies waxed. Simultaneous release with the Little, Brown hardcover (Reviews, Sept. 4). (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Booklist Review

Huffington, nationally syndicated columnist and one of the hundreds of candidates for California governor in the election that brought Arnold Schwarzenegger to office, offers a surprisingly refreshing look at the journey women take to fearlessness. Huffington observes the standard fears that plague women's lives: insecurities about their beauty and youth, getting and keeping a man's love, the need for approval of others, the demands of motherhood. She intersperses her own personal recollections with essays by women, well-known and obscure, on their own efforts to overcome fear. Among the women who contribute essays or commentary are Nora Ephron, Diane Keaton, documentary producer Kathy Eldon, producer Marcy Carsey, author Agapi Stassinopoulos, a psychiatry professor, and Huffington's office manager. Huffington cites The Rules and stats from women's magazines as well as Shakespeare and C. S. Lewis, the Koran and the Bible, in a wide-ranging look at the challenges women face in family, faith, careers, and personal fulfillment to explore the rewards of facing up to fears and working steadily toward fearlessness. --Vanessa Bush Copyright 2006 Booklist