It's All about the Woman Who Wears It: 10 Laws for Being Smart, Successful and Sexy Too

Cristina Perez, Author
Cristina Perez, Author Penguin Books $23.95 (239p) ISBN 978-0-451-22949-6
Reviewed on: 03/01/2010
Release date: 03/01/2010
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Drawing from her work an empathetic, personable television judge, as well as a wife, mother, radio host, and columnist, Perez (Living by Los Dichos) produces 10 laws addressing common mistakes that keep women from ""reaching our full potential."" From the first, Cristina's no-nonsense candor will be familiar to fans of TV's Cristina's Court, and inviting to anyone who resents the coddling tone of many self-helps, though her sharp and humorous insights don't have the self-righteous aggression (or self-loathing undercurrents) of Laura Schlessinger's similarly-themed Ten Stupid Things Women Do to Mess Up Their Lives. In Chapters like ""Date Wisely,"" ""Reinvent Yourself,"" and ""Take a Risk,"" Perez calls for women to ""create their own identity from the inside out,"" and to use that identity as a point of power from which to embrace life and make smarter decisions. Perez discusses issues like body image, aging, femininity and friendship, as well as romantic relationships from dating to engagement to marriage (including ""Seven Deadly Sins of Marriage"" to avoid). Each chapter is rounded out with tacked-on input from some (anonymous) outside voices, but Perez's fans will be satisfied, and likely inspired, by her assured but compassionate voice.
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