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Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox - Joanne Bamberger

Extremely timely, this is an interesting collection of 28 essays written by women from different walks of life. It offers insight into how people feel about Hillary Clinton. Love her, hate her, or somewhere in between, this book will help you examine your own thoughts about the woman who may become the next President of the United States. As the narrator points out, "Our country has a very complicated relationship with Hillary Clinton. There is no doubt that when it comes to the range of emotions Americans feel about her, she is in a category all the own; she is on the receiving end of a visceral level of love and hate that transcends that of almost all her potential opponents". Discussions range from those that admire her accomplishments to those that resent them; those who admire her for sticking by her husband to those who resent it; and those who don't know quite what to think. I was really surprised to read so many differing opinions, and the reasoning behind them. For example, I honestly never thought about the fact that women in professional settings have to put so much thought into their appearance, while men just put on our suits and ties and go about our business. But I have to admit that I, too, for opinions based on how a women is dressed. I'll have to work on that. Also, while people are accepting of a man's flaws, a woman in professional life has to appear "perfect", or she is categorized by what are perceived to be flaws. So you can see, this book has a lot to make one think, about their own perceptions as well as their perception of Hillary. It's not often that a book can challenge your thoughts, but this one will. If everyone could read this and examine our own shortcomings/perceptions/opinions, the world would be a much better place.

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