Meri Lao is the author of over 20 books in Italian, German, French, Spanish, and English. She has been a concert pianist, a professor of theater arts, and composed the music for Federico Fellini's masterpiece City of Women. She lives in Rome.
," . . a great addition to a magical or feminist library. . . . Meri Lao has provided informative, detailed text worth reading closely." " . . . a great addition to a magical or feminist library. . . . Meri Lao has provided informative, detailed text worth reading closely." " . . . an excellent New Age survey appropriate for both women's studies and new age collections." "The author includes a wonderful variety of historical references and illustrations as well as photographic examples, and makes a complicated subject quite clear and understandable. The chapters are packed full of history and explanation, but very well written so they flow without becoming cumbersome or confusing." "The book is entertaining and literate. As a reference text, it is imaginative, logical, concise, and presents a complete analysis of its subject matter in detail. High recommended." "With its illustrations on nearly every page, many of them in color, this book is worth twice the price." "Informative and reflective, this beautifully written, extensively researched, and illustrated work traces the history of Sirens, from their beginnings in antiquity as bird-women, through the familiar fish-tailed mermaids of sculpture, art, and literature, and even to the modern siren wailing on an ambulance. Meri Lao suggests that though men have refused to listen, Sirens, in all of their incarnations, bear a message that merits hearing. "Seduction and the Secret Power of Women" is a unique and valuable source for all interested in women and mythology as well as mermaids and their kin."