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Getting a Grip 2: Clarity, Creativity and Courage for the World We Really Want

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  142 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Designated by The New York Times Book Review as a must-read in 2008 for the next U.S. president, Lappé’s unique take and laser-like logic invite readers to try on a new, invigorating way of seeing the world. With her characteristic boldness, she takes on a set of disempowering ideas driving economic and ecological crises, challenging readers to rethink the meaning of power ...more
Paperback, Revised Edition, 215 pages
Published March 30th 2010 by Small Planet Media (first published October 1st 2007)
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Jun 18, 2009 Jeffrey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I expected more from Frances Moore Lappe. My major issue with Getting a Grip is not that it lacks in good ideas but that it fails to develop them. Add to this its highly manipulative writing style and the result is something dangerously like one of those dime-a-dozen motivational speeches or self-help books. That's unfortunate, because I would not for a second doubt the author's integrity, yet I fear she undercuts the efficacy of her own message by peddling far too many facile slogans and sancti ...more
Orton Family Foundation
Getting A Grip is a little book with a big call to action. Frances Moore Lappé takes on the very notion of what democracy means today and what we can do to bring about its full potential.

World-renowned food expert and activist (her first book, Diet for a Small Planet, has sold more than three million copies since first published in 1971), Lappé tackles the shortcomings of our current political and economic framework and gives us hope for the future by proposing a new lens through which to see an
Aug 07, 2012 Joanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was over thirty-five ago that Francis Moore Lappe first offered up her revolutionary book that helped people change the way they eat at a time in our history when processed, packaged, and quick, were the food focuses of the day. After selling over three million copies, Diet for a Small Planet still remains one of the most popular books on nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Lappe now claims author rights to sixteen books, and it is her series of books warning of America’s march towards ...more
Polly Trout
Oct 01, 2008 Polly Trout rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fabulous book, everyone should read it. Everyone. I wish I had 50 copies to give away; I wish I could take hostages and refuse to release them until they read this book and seminared on it. (note to government: just joking).

Lappe talks about how all human beings have an innate capacity for both good and evil; the trick is creating social conditions that foster good and control evil, rather than the other way around. This is an idea I have been obsessing on a lot lately. She has an ele
Spicy T AKA Mr. Tea
I haven't read Lappe before--although I need to read Diet for a Small Planet--and thought I'd give her a whirl as occasionally I hear good things about her writing. Reading Get a Grip I was immediately faced with the reality that this book is for folks just starting down a journey of self-discovery and liberation. While I agree with her sentiments, I did not like some of her use of language. It almost feels like she doesn't want to stray from her target audience of liberal/conservative "middle-o ...more
Jun 30, 2009 Jeffrey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People feeling disenfranchised
Recommended to Jeffrey by: My stepmother
Frances More Lappe offers up a theoretical framework on empowerment in the modern age, relying upon some statistics and many anecdotes, utilizing a highly rhetorical style to frame an argument to suit her needs.

Not that her underlying premise, an informed and engaged electorate can solve many of our world's problems, is a bad one, indeed it's a great idea. But the book is really an ideals volume and not one of ideas or execution

Lappe has written many other books on her field of interest and I be
For those who remember "Diary for a Small Planet," which made a number of my friends vegetarians, this is the same author. I gave it only two stars because it's not remarkably well written, but it's an interesting book. The subtitle is "clarity creativity and courage in a world gone mad." I read it for my book group and was pleasantly surprised that it is not just a light look at a way to run the world differently--it has some actionable steps. It is, of course, somewhat optimistic, but has made ...more
Steven Carter-lovejoy
Inspiring book about building participatory democracy
Elinor Hurst
While this book espoused a lot of sentiments I agreed with, and had a worthy aim of motivating readers to action on issues of environmental and social justice, I found it a somewhat tedious read. The text was not inspiringly written or engaging, and I kept thinking it read more like a handbook or textbook, especially when I came to the "group discussion" topics at the end.

That said, I admire what Francis Moore Lappe is trying to achieve, and the book is a useful source of ideas for stimulating a
Mar 09, 2008 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: concerned citizens who need a little pick-me-up
A nice dose of hopefulness to counter the cynicism and negativity that is so rampant in our "culture of fear". Champions the power of positive thinking and positive language. Differentiates between our current system of "Thin Democracy" vs. the rising grassroots movement of people demonstrating the values of "Living Democracy".
May 31, 2011 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really really really like this book. Subtitle: Clarity, creativity and courage in a world gone mad. Wonderful to read an activist book that addresses gloom and doom but doesn't stop there. This book is optimistic, uplifting and motivating. I strongly recommend it.
Mary Ann
Oct 26, 2007 Mary Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who is worried about what's going on in this country
This is an important book; Ms. Lappe writes about what we can do to be involved with making important changes in the world around us. The book is written well and simply. I would recommend this to anyone. There is hope for us all!
Jen Chau
Mar 18, 2008 Jen Chau rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: activists, people interested in change
The author introduced the idea of "living democracy" -- which really boils down to the empowerment of citizens to create change (and consciousness-building so that each of us is really cognizant of how we impact the world).
Jan 28, 2008 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: progressives!
A hopeful book that makes you want to take action immediately... in fact, I'm off to donate to Kiva, join a CSA, and read some Indymedia!
Mar 12, 2008 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inspiring with lots of examples of people making positive change in the world. She also proposes some new models for looking at the world, which can be useful when evaluating problems/solucions.
Jan 20, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Focusing on food and environment, a fresh look at what democracy means (or could mean). Presents the idea that the beliefs we (society) have shape what we see in the world.
Mary Revoy
Feb 12, 2013 Mary Revoy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely a must read!
I feel encouraged by the cycle of hope. I now enjoy a new found inspiration to search inside myself for new ways to respond to fear.
Aug 27, 2008 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I heard Frances Moore Lappe speak on this book last week and I was really inspired. The book is a fast read, also inspiring and motivating!
Nov 12, 2007 Torie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm reviewing this book for Counterpoise. So far, it's not at all what I want to read right now, so the going is slow. Stay tuned. Or not.
Jan 25, 2009 Pat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful little book of fresh good sense and encouragement to go out and do something. Thanks for a great gift, Louise!
Oct 20, 2008 Karl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People exploring social science course material
Good insights, a bit repetitive, reads like a textbook. Would make excellent material for a high school or undergraduate course.
Feb 20, 2008 Cathy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Slow going, somewhat annoying, probably could have been published as a tighter essay.
Apr 06, 2008 Aleli marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Another by Frances Lappe I am EAGER to read...... and probably re-read!
Jun 19, 2013 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just as good as the first one only with current information.
Jul 23, 2008 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all Americans
A call to action that is insightful and encouraging.
Ellie Schwartz
I liked the title more than the book.
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Frances Moore Lappe--author of fifteen books, including three-million-copy bestseller Diet for a Small Planet --distills her world-spanning experience and wisdom in a conversational yet hard-hitting style to create a rare "aha" book. In nine short chapters, Lappe leaves readers feeling liberated and courageous. She flouts conventional right-versus-left divisions and affirms readers' basic sanity - ...more
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