Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Book Review - Just Don't Call Me Ma'am
At a time when unprecedented opportunities are offered to women, many report lower levels of happiness and satisfaction. Have expectations become too high? Are we-in proposing these big opportunities-condemning young women to a life that may not be right for them?
In her memoir, Just Don't Call Me MA'AM: How I Ditched the South, Forgot My Manners, and Managed to Survive My Twenties with (Most of) My Dignity Still Intact (Seal Press, April 2010, $15.95), Anna Mitchael tackles the question of how to find your own path to happiness; a topic she learned much about during her twenty-something adventure-life filled with big jobs, big cities, big loves, and big disappointments. Through her trials, Anna realized that she would never find what she was looking for until she stopped to find herself.
Just Don't Call Me MA'AM is written with unmitigated honesty and disarming humor; it's a hilariously truthful tale about the cathartic embarrassments that we all go through as young women. From her first shaving experience to her first Brazilian; from her first crush, to her first heartbreak, Mitchael weaves a fine web of a story both entertaining and empowering urging that, even when all feels lost, we must pick ourselves up and go on.
My Take on the Book
Talk about funny! This book was an insightful, humorous book that kept me wrapped as I read through it. Though geared toward women, you are amazed that this author is only in her Twenties as it seems that her life experiences would portray someone older. Nevertheless as a reader you are drawn in and you find yourself not wanting to put the book down!
The story works to allay some of the stereotypes that are placed on southern women as well as acts somewhat to being a coming of age book. Overall, I would recommend this book, you will find that it is a page turner!
If this sounds like a book you would like to have in your own collection, you can find it on Amazon!