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Wild Women Talk Back is a funny, inspirational banquet of delicious bon mots, quips, and unforgettable one-liners from movie stars, musicians, politicians, and women writers. The wild women quoted in this book are sassy, outrageous, and wickedly funny. From sex to motherhood, physical appearance to self-esteem, and coping with a career to finding wisdom, the women quoted here offer their own brash brand of counsel and commentary on themes common to women's lives: * "I still miss my ex-husband, but my aim is improving." -Debbie Marsh, pistol owner * "I'm as good a mother as the next repressed, obsessive-compulsive paranoiac." -Annie Lamott, best-selling single mom * "No more tears now; I will think of revenge." -Mary, Queen of Scots * "Some people were raised by wolves. I was raised by drag queens." -Margaret Cho, comic monologist * "I'm not funny. What I am is brave." -Lucille Ball Sometimes shocking, always entertaining, everyone from Madonna to Dr. Ruth to Isabel Allende weighs in on the meaning of life with wild-woman wit and timeless wisdom. Wild Women Talk Back is arranged into sections, such as Self-Esteem: On Being the Bees Knees, Working Women (Oh, Like There Are Any Other Kind) and Child Rearing and House Keeping. Compiler and author Autumn Stephens introduces each section, shedding contemporary light on the collection of quotes. Sure to lift anyone's spirit, is sure to help any woman rejoice in her wild side.
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Autumn Stephens was born in a New Mexico mining community whose population began to dwindle shortly after her arrival (though she swears this was mere coincidence) and finally faded from the map altogether. She spent the rest of her childhood in Eugene, Oregon. Initially, she intended to become a psychologist, but when she noticed that her introductory psych classes at Stanford University tended to focus on the behavior of rats rather than that of human beings, she signed up as a Creative Writing major instead. During several subsequent years as an after-hours creative writer/daytime wage-slave, Stephens worked as a medical coder, a phone sex script writer, a composer of fraudulent Tarot prognostications, and something called a "special investigator" for the State Bar of California. More than any other experience, however, her stint as an old-fashioned legal secretary (among other absurdities, the job involved the daily composition of a heart-healthy salad for a high-maintenance male boss) honed the deliciously snide feminist sensibility which informs Stephens' writing today. (Well, okay, growing up more or less concurrently with the women's movement of the 1960s and 1970s helped too.) Stephens is the author of the popular "Wild Women" books published by Conari Press, including Wild Women, Wild Women in the White House, Wild Words from Wild Women, Loose Cannons, Drama Queens, and Out of the Mouths of Babes. Stephens also freelances for magazines, reviews women's writing for the San Francisco Chronicle, and enjoys an entirely attorney-free lifestyle. Currently, she lives in Berkeley, California--a city which she would like better were it not for an uncharacteristically restrictive ordinance against raising miniature pigs in one's backyard. Her hobbies are sleeping and reading trashy celebrity magazines.

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