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The Girl's Guide by Melissa Kirsch
  

The Girl's Guide

Melissa Kirsch

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The Girl's Guide by Melissa Kirsch

A colossal cheat sheet for a young woman's post-uni years, completely updated to reflect today's digitally engaged, globally connected culture, including the most up-to-the-minute websites, apps, and other digital conveniences. All the needs of the modern girl-from the benefits of a good Super plan to the pleasure and pain of dating (and why it's not a cliche to love yourself first), from figuring out what to wear to a job interview to the delicate enterprise of defriending-are addressed in one lively volume. It's all here: how to clean up your digital reputation, negotiate a salary you deserve, text and date without going bananas, save some money while still having fun. There's practical advice, like how to stock your pantry and store vegetables and fruits. There are tips for maintaining the relationships that mean the most to you: how to survive a visit to your parents' and how to make friends in a new city. Throughout the book, Melissa shares the expertise of authorities in every field: in the relationships chapter, sex experts Em & Lo talk straight (and also LGBTQIA) on between-the-sheets matters. The chapter on health and wellness includes advice from an internist, psychotherapists, a nutritionist, a practitioner of Chinese medicine-and more. It's all the solid information needed delivered in Melissa Kirsch's fresh, personal, funny voice, as if your best and smartest friend were giving you the best and smartest advice in the world.

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Praise for The Girl s Guide to Absolutely Everything From Publishers Weekly Starred Review. As a former senior producer at Oxygen Media and author of their Ask Princess advice column, Kirsch specializes in helping young women face the challenges of life in the real world. Here she's compiled information and advice in a common-sensible, funny and easy-to-read primer on all aspects of life for women in their 20s and 30s, deftly organized into 10 chapters covering health, work, money, manners, friends, love, family, spirit, home and fashion. Nothing is off limits, from Home Ec for Modern Times (including the rationale behind nude tub-scrubbing) to romance and its subsidiaries (such as Non-Goal-Oriented Sex ). Kirsch is fond of using lists and charts to compliment the text, such as her handy stain remover chart and her Woman's Sexual Bill of Rights, and she includes a liberal sprinkling of funny and insightful quotes from regular gals. Especially helpful are her chapter on The Company You Keep, with advice on rooming, traveling and growing with friends, and her thorough look at money and finances. While some of this information is old hat, it's delivered in a welcoming and comprehensive package, making it a standout in a crowded field as well as an ideal gift. From Library Journal Starred Review. One would be hard-pressed to come up with a more accurate title for this comprehensive guide. Kirsch, a former producer at Oxygen Media, provides a wealth of advice for women in their twenties and thirties on everything from body image and friendship to first jobs and money. For each subject, she includes pertinent articles and diagrams as well as relevant web sites and phone numbers. She shares handy tips on how to choose a credit card, whom and how much to tip, and how to get criticized without bursting into tears. Her well-designed book is pleasurable to read and encourages healthy, responsible behavior. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries. A veritable bible. Newsday This is the first book to explain such critical subjects as a Roth IRA and a bikini wax with equal clarity. It s funny, irreverent, wise, thorough, and empowering. Women of any age will find this book incredibly helpful. It s like having a guru girlfriend who won t make you feel dumb for asking the questions you don t want to admit you don t know I laughed out loud. And couldn t agree more. Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabes Everything you wish your big sister or best friend had told you about navigating the real world. Jennifer Weiner, author of All Fall Down

Everything you wish your big sister or best friend had told you about navigating the real world. --Jennifer Weiner, author of All Fall Down Praise for The Girl s Guide to Absolutely Everything From Publishers WeeklyStarred Review.As a former senior producer at Oxygen Media and author of their Ask Princess advice column, Kirsch specializes in helping young women face the challenges of life in the real world. Here she's compiled information and advice in a common-sensible, funny and easy-to-read primer on all aspects of life for women in their 20s and 30s, deftly organized into 10 chapters covering health, work, money, manners, friends, love, family, spirit, home and fashion. Nothing is off limits, from Home Ec for Modern Times (including the rationale behind nude tub-scrubbing) to romance and its subsidiaries (such as Non-Goal-Oriented Sex ). Kirsch is fond of using lists and charts to compliment the text, such as her handy stain remover chart and her Woman's Sexual Bill of Rights, and she includes a liberal sprinkling of funny and insightful quotes from regular gals. Especially helpful are her chapter on The Company You Keep, with advice on rooming, traveling and growing with friends, and her thorough look at money and finances. While some of this information is old hat, it's delivered in a welcoming and comprehensive package, making it a standout in a crowded field as well as an ideal gift. From Library JournalStarred Review. One would be hard-pressed to come up with a more accurate title for this comprehensive guide. Kirsch, a former producer at Oxygen Media, provides a wealth of advice for women in their twenties and thirties on everything from body image and friendship to first jobs and money. For each subject, she includes pertinent articles and diagrams as well as relevant web sites and phone numbers. She shares handy tips on how to choose a credit card, whom and how much to tip, and how to get criticized without bursting into tears. Her well-designed book is pleasurable to read and encourages healthy, responsible behavior. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries. A veritable bible. Newsday This is the first book to explain such critical subjects as a Roth IRA and a bikini wax with equal clarity. It s funny, irreverent, wise, thorough, and empowering. Women of any age will find this book incredibly helpful. It s like having a guru girlfriend who won t make you feel dumb for asking the questions you don t want to admit you don t know I laughed out loud. And couldn t agree more. Rosalind Wiseman, author ofQueen Bees and Wannabes Everything you wish your big sister or best friend had told you about navigating the real world. Jennifer Weiner, author of All Fall Down

About the Author

Melissa Kirsch is a former senior producer at Oxygen Media and writer of advertising copy. She has written for New York, National Geographic Traveler, Nerve, Ladies' Home Journal, and ScientificAmerican.com, and has consulted as an expert on relationships and etiquette for Glamour, Jezebel, and Cosmopolitan. She is an editor and contributor to the online magazine Cafe, which will launch in September 2014.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
464 pages

Author

Melissa Kirsch
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Publisher

Workman Publishing

Publication date

7th April 2015

ISBN

9780761180128

Publisher Profile

Workman Publishing is an imprint of Workman

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Workman Publishing Company, a medium-sized independent publisher, is the creator of award-winning calendars, cookbooks, parenting/pregnancy guides, and fun, educational children’s titles.

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www.workman.com


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