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Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World

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According to Lisa Bloom, the women and girls of today represent a stark paradox. While American women excel in education at every level, they likewise obsessively focus on celebrity media. While women outperform their male counterparts in employment in urban areas for the first time in history, they simultaneously spend countless hours staring in the mirror contemplating p ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Vanguard Press (first published May 2011)
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Aug 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In Think, Lisa Bloom asserts that society has succumbed to our narcissistic, self-indulgent, consumer driven culture. Women today are smart and have more options available to them than ever before, yet what are most of them doing? Applying for The Bachelor, wondering what the hell is going on with Kim Kardashian's marriage or divorce or whatever it is at this point, considering a plethora of cosmetic procedures, and reading online gossip blogs (if they're reading at all). What are they not doing ...more
Dec 22, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Although the basic message of the book is sound - that American women are wasting too much time on rubbish (eg celebs) and need to pay more attention to the important issues of the world and read more to be informed - the author's incredible arrogance and hypocrisy leave her with no credibility whatsoever. Her blatant misinterpretation of scientific studies to support her (at times) supurious arguments were truly incredible given the title of the book is "think" and one of her key messages is to ...more
Cindi (Utah Mom’s Life)
Jul 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
Originally posted on my blog :

My father-in-law has a simple note pinned to the door that leads to his garage. It reads : THINK.
The simple word is meant to help him remember the things he needs to take with him when he leaves the house to run errands. One final reminder to check to make sure he didn't forget the checks he needs to deposit at the bank or the the books he means to return to the library.

Lisa Bloom's recently published book Think : Straight T
Jun 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jillian by: Janice Rakos
This is one of those books that may change your life. I've always respected Bloom and was excited to learn that she's a bookish, adventure-seeking, vegan-environmentalist. Perhaps because she and I have so much in common, her words spoke to me. I ended up underlining about half of the book, and although I don't have the patience to write down every fact or quote that I loved, I agreed with 99 percent it (except for the anti-plastic surgery section). I feel that people should enhance whatever the ...more
Sep 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: for-fun
I quickly changed back and forth from hating this book to being okay with it. The whole idea is that most women are not reading and thinking enough. How does writing a book help solve that problem? This has to be all about making money then, yes? Also, the writer was talking about thinking, but a lot of the statistics and examples she used were very biased and rarely told the whole story. That really frustrated me.

She doesn't think women should waste their time doing housework, where I don't al
Sep 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
I first heard about this book via social media - something along the lines of what to say to a young girl you meet. Hint, it's not "Oh what a pretty dress!" Lisa lays it all out there - we are a nation of people getting dumber every day. Slowly, but surely, we're separating ourselves from the "real" news and following the masses into stupidity.


Honestly, I think we're overconditioned to know that 'pretty' girls or 'dumb' girls get what they want. They have all the money, all the glitz and gla
Oct 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
The breezy tone ("you go girl") was a little off-putting to me, but considering the fact that much critic-endorsed and more literary writing leaves me unmoved, it's probably my problem. The targeted audience is, sadly, pretty much all of us: the self-absorbed whiners who waste time on celebrity lifstyles, agonize about not meeting unrealistic societal standards of beauty, dawdle away hours on electronic gadgets, refuse to address or even learn about the real problems and issues that confront our ...more
Dec 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I read this book cover to cover in one day (granted, I was on vacation). But I really couldn't put it down! It appealed to my humanitarian senses and advocated something I'm already passionate about: reading. It emphasizes the choices we make in the reading material and social media in which we choose to invest our time and attention and the impact of those individual choices on our society as a whole.

This book exposes the average American's solipsistic views on politics and world issues, often
Aug 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
I've named this one the "privileged white lady book." I loved Bloom's article about how to talk to young girls that appears on Huffington Post so I was excited to read this book. And then 50 pages in I was so insulted I nearly quit reading. Maybe my problem is simply that I don't think US Weekly is at the heart of all the worlds problems (which seems to be the premise of this book).

My biggest issue with this book was that Bloom didn't acknowledge her own privilege. The most egregiousness of whi
Jun 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, meridian
I would love to have lunch with Ms. Bloom. We would have so much to talk about...

So many times reading this book I had to stop and doublecheck the cover to make sure I hadn't written it. (I didn't. Ms. Bloom's picture is very prominent and we don't really look anything alike.) But seriously, sentences like the following could have come out of my mouth (and several actually have!):

"It doesn't matter what everyone else says, even everyone else of your political persuasion. Mull it over yourself -
Jun 03, 2012 rated it liked it
The first thing that struck me about the intro, is that the author touts "This is not a self help book"...but, really, a large majority of it is just that. And with any book of that nature, it is riddled with author bias and a desire for you to act or think as they do. However, sprinkled throughout the book, there are good lessons that should be strongly considered for implementation in your daily life. As an avid reader, her suggestion to read more is something I am already quite passionate abo ...more
Sep 04, 2011 rated it liked it
I was really excited to read this book after reading what it was about and watching her intro video. I thought the first half of the book was very good, important, and contained lots of useful information. It was quite interesting. However, the book headed south when we got to the "solutions" part. The second half of the book is all about why you should be a reader (duh!). It goes to great lengths to explain to you how to fit reading into your schedule, when to read, what to read, where to get b ...more
May 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I grabbed this book from PG Library’s “New” shelf. I totally agree with Bloom’s thesis: We all (and I add men as well as women) need to THINK more. Since I’m not a television watcher, I’ve never seen Lisa Bloom. Her credentials, listed on the book jacket, are impressive. Her writing did and did not impress me. She has some great ideas and suggestions, but she uses a bit much “vernacular” for my taste. To put it bluntly, she throws around a lot of mild “swear words” which I found offensive. And w ...more
Lisa  Carlson
Aug 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Lisa by: heard about it on the radio
Shelves: memoir
I didn't know who Lisa Bloom was until a week ago. Her mom is Gloria Allred, the high-profile attorney who usually wears red. I wasn't going to listen to Bloom give an interview with a Mpls radio station because I had mixed feeling about her mom. However, it became clear within a few moments Lisa
is fascinated and bewildered by our culture. This book will give you many facts you were not aware of; if you have a certain opinion about Angelina Jolie and Jimmy Carter it will be altered; if you belie
Jul 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads, audio
I am not, as we say, the intended audience. I downloaded Bloom's book on a whim after seeing a Facebook meme I liked about how to speak to little girls (don't tell them they're pretty; ask them what they're reading or what they think!). But I got a kick out of this book. The audio version captured my attention like few others do (I'd finished the interminable George Packer audiobook while cooking dinner and this one began playing while my hands were busy ... then I couldn't stop - it was like a ...more
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Virginia by: Huffington Post
Amazing. Not only funny, this book is informative, provoking (in the best way), scathing and helpful. But most of all, Bloom made me think.

My favorite takeaways:

1) The reading list - Not comprehensive by any means since these are Bloom's favorites, but still useful!

2) The un-recipes

3) Causing me to subscribe to the New York Times.

4) Me resolving to read at least one non-fiction book a month.

Highly recommend this book - regardless of your sex. Life-changing.
Dec 11, 2011 rated it liked it
This book starts off rocky for me, beginning with the usage of a lot of facts, such as how European and Asian high schoolers outperform American high schoolers, without citing any references. She might perhaps cite those references in later chapters (can't really remember), but come on, you need to do so at the first reference. Then she starts discussing a whole bunch of various topics which all seem to indicate that women are too vain, too celebrity obsessed, and not knowledgeable enough. Some ...more
Tam Lontok
Dec 12, 2011 rated it liked it
In evaluating Lisa Bloom's intention for "Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World," her purpose was to create awareness and compassion for the world around us and encouraging us all to raise our ecological intelligence. Her goal was clear, however, I found the beginning of the book to be inundated with numerous statistics and heavily focused on how American women only care about celebrities, gossip, vanity, and live in a solipsistic world. My question is, "How accurat ...more
Jan 22, 2012 rated it liked it
This book is a cautionary tale of the results of consuming a steady diet of junk media: squandered time, and apathy and ignorance about the issues that really matter. Filled with horrifying examples of "dumb Americans" pitted against real world problems such as child slavery, it's enough to make you check yourself before the next time you sit down to watch a reality TV show -- even if you do realize it's junk. She focuses on women, because let's face it, it's incredibly profitable to market fash ...more
Sara Gottfried
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love Lisa Bloom (and her brave publisher) who decided to go against the grain and write about the importance of holding a high bar for ourselves while living in a culture that loves tabloids. Thank you, Sister Lisa!
Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, women

I first heard of Lisa Bloom when I read a fantastic article she wrote for the Huffington Post: "How to Talk to Little Girls." I knew I needed to read her book.

Bloom is the feisty, bright daughter of a feisty, bright mother, pioneering and well-known lawyer Gloria Allred. Allred trained her daughter well--to be an advocate for equality and to stand up for herself and the downtrodden.

The book is divided into two parts. The first part, "The Problem," delves i
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I truly appreciated the premise behind this book, so it pains me (somewhat) to say it felt... immature in its execution. Maybe I was just the wrong audience and would have gained more from it had I been much younger and more shallow.
Kyle Wendy Skultety (
I would like to thank Vanguard Press and Goodreads for offering this book in the FirstReads contest. As you can tell, I'm a happy winner :)

Lisa Bloom is the daughter of Gloria Allred (a fact marveled on by all who read my book jacket). Bloom wrote this book to encourage girls and women to THINK about things, and consider them in a new light. Not exactly a "question authority" kind of thing, just a "why are you conforming to stereotypes" thing. Her parents raised her to be a free thinker, challen
Laura Dugovic
Jul 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any women who have rad feminist/liberal/bleeding heart filters
Dear Lisa Bloom,

I was really excited about your book, but about 30 pages into it, I realized that you are kind of {and by "kind of", I mean extremely} feminist/liberal/bleeding heart-ish who is nothing short of positive that we can {and SHOULD!} go all sorts of nuts about the looming threat of global warming.

Really, Lisa? Really?

Um, have you like, noticed how like, way back in prehistoric olden times, scientists say that there was an ice age...? And have you noticed how, like, scientists have f
Dec 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and think you all should read it!

Lisa Bloom grew up more or less with the mantra of "I never thought about it like that", and so constantly while reading her book, she invokes that same idea on the reader. She discusses many of our current national and international problems, and throughout the book, I realized that I rarely take the time to do research of my own and figure out what's going on in my world. She is an attorney who is also a consultant for many main stream media a
Dec 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Thank goodness someone is telling it like it is! What is wrong with us as a society, and our educated females? I love Ms. Bloom's take on the world, in fact she may be my long-lost, more articulate twin (and you all thought I was quite verbal and opinionated!) C'mon folks, do you really care what the Kardashians or Housewives did last night? Why is that? Really, she says it best in her book, so I'll let her summarize her thoughts:
And how can they be mentally stimulated when their only reading ma
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2014
I, like a few others, decided to read this book after reading Bloom's nugget of wisdom about how to talk to little girls. And Bloom does have more nuggets of wisdom and information scattered throughout the book that are worthwhile. But the heart of the problem with this book is that the message doesn't match the medium. Women who don't read books aren't likely to pick up this one. I don't know about other readers, but the last time I picked up a rag magazine for myself was more then a decade ago ...more
Sarah Mikayla
Jan 22, 2012 rated it liked it
I was attracted to this book based on Ms. Bloom's highly circulated post on HuffPost "How to talk to Little Girls." The book is toned differently. The start was weak. I didn't know if I wanted to continue, but it was reading so quickly, I stuck with it. The beginning reads "Pundit." Even though she's liberal and preaching to choir with me, it borrowed too many tools from cable tv for my taste - over the top, screed worthy, endless repetition, statistics. Moving into the middle section, I found m ...more
Sep 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have felt compelled to give a review on and for good reason. This book celebrates reading to further one's knowledge and understanding! My favorite thing to do!

In the first section Lisa Bloom dissects our culture's obsession with looks and celebrity and the effect it has on women. She cites statistics showing just how uninformed adult women are and (even more unnerving) how unashamed they are about it. She attributes this to our society's rewarding of the "hot and thin"
Jul 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all women
I'm torn how to review this. On one hand, I think every woman needs to read this book. In fact, I wish this book was required reading for every 20 year old woman. On the other hand, there's a lot of fluff in this book - like some tips on how to make more time to read (get a maid). And while I'm sure she tried to remain neutral in writing this, some of her political and social agendas do come out. But that shouldn't be a deterrent to reading this.

This book has not only motivated me to read more
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Author of upcoming SUSPICION NATION: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It (releases 2/26/14). Author of the New York Times bestseller, Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World, and #1 parenting bestseller, Swagger: 10 Urgent Rules for Raising Boys in an Era of Failing Schools, Mass Joblessness and Thug Culture.
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