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What Makes Women Happy

By Fay Weldon

What Makes Women Happy
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2007,
    240 pages.

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With inimitable wit and insight, this encouraging tome humorously leaps into what makes women happy and what women can do to lead more rounded and balanced lives. Women can learn how to tackle anxiety, envy, guilt, and other sources of female stress, while giving in to indulgences and desires like sex, food, friends, family, shopping, and chocolate. Chapters contain sassy morals, illustrative and sympathetic stories, and a lot of frank advice to show women how to stop obsessing and feeling bad about themselves. Later chapters confront the four horses of a woman's apocalypse: despair, depression, isolation, and self-doubt.

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"Americans will surely find Weldon pathetically out of touch with her core readership with this mishmash of pointless parables and banal advice that won't make anyone happy." - PW.

"Part memoir, part self-help guide, Weldon's theory is completely thought-provoking." - Booklist.

"And although this work is light on research or evidence, it is certainly an engaging read that will delight women." - Library Journal.

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Fay Weldon Author Biography

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Fay Weldon was born in England and raised in New Zealand. She received her M.A. in economics and psychology from St. Andrews University in Scotland and is the author more than twenty novels, including Mantrapped, Worst Fears, Splitting, and The Life and Loves of a She-Devil. She lives in London.

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