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Advice for a Special Interest Group
on 18 January 2009
This book describes, with honesty, many of Cheryl Richardson's personal experiences from which she offers detailed advice to a special interest group. (That would be fine except that there is nothing in the marketing material to indicate the special interest reader.)
The group comprises women aged approx.25-45, able-bodied, heterosexual with a husband/partner and children at home; well educated women with professional (traditional) work and with access to the Internet; women who accept gendered concepts of facials/fashion/pampering.
For this group, the "insiders", the book will resonate strongly and be applicable to their lives.
For the many women outside of that group, for most men and for most minorities the book will not resonate. They would frequently need to modify advice to make it relevant to their own lives. This group of "outsiders" will often have the feeling that they are reading about a private club to which they do not belong.
There is no doubting CR's complete sincerity or the excellence of some of the advice but it is a great pity that she does not write for the general public and does not take into account the diversity and inequalities in society.
Footnote: Approach the resource lists with caution. Some of the books and websites are decidedly eccentric and consequently unhelpful. None of the books listed in the first edition has a publisher, publication date or an ISBN number given. This can make locating a book difficult, especially for overseas readers.