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Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox

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Hillary Clinton's name is on everyone's lips as we head into the 2016 presidential election. But as we know from the 2008 presidential campaign, and its outcome, Clinton evokes extreme and varied emotions among voters in a way no other candidate in recent memory has. But why? Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox delves into the nuances of our complicated feelings ab ...more
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Published November 3rd 2015 by She Writes Press
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Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Interesting set of essays about Hillary Clinton - through a wide range of lenses.

Curiously, I found myself googling "Madam President" - which is the accepted title corollary to "Mister President". Somehow Mister ≠ Madam to me, but whatev.

I was a teensy bit dismayed that the essay by Katherine Reynolds Lewis was titled "What I've Learned from Hillary the Wellesley Girl". I suppose because Lewis attended Harvard, she has no way of knowing that the students at Wellesley are women, not girls. It ru
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have an essay in this forthcoming anthology about Hillary Clinton. If you are interested in reviewing this anthology, please contact me. I have PDF copies for review. Thanks, Goodreads friends!

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Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure I would vote for Hillary when I started reading this book. And I can't say that I "like" her more now than I did before reading it, but looking at her through the eyes of do many other women and retreading about a few of her actions prior to this election run made me realize how much my own latent sexist thoughts were making me not want her to be my candidate. She still isn't my ideal for president, but now I see her strengths in a different and sharper lens and feel confident she ...more
Randal White
Surprisingly Thought Provoking! Extremely timely, this is an interesting collection of 28 essays written by women from different walks of life. It offers insight into how people feel about Hillary Clinton. Love her, hate her, or somewhere in between, this book will help you examine your own thoughts about the woman who may become the next President of the United States. As the narrator points out, "Our country has a very complicated relationship with Hillary Clinton. There is no doubt that when ...more
Mary Ann
This is a collection of essays published in 2015, long after Hillary had announced but before her nomination. I got it a week ago after seeing a panel discussion of it on C-SPAN's Book TV. Editor Bamberger, in the Introduction, classifies voters in categories: love her, hate her, hate to love her, and love to hate her. I am unapologetically in the first group, but all are represented in the book. The different perspectives are illuminating and interesting. Quite obviously, none foresaw the outco ...more
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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There are few people who inspire emotional responses the way Hillary Clinton does. Whether they like her or don’t, everyone seems to have a strong opinion about her. A new collection of essays edited by Joanne Conrath Bamberger, Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox, tries to get to the heart of these complicated feelings about Clinton.

Love Her, Love Her Not is not my usual fare, but I found it pretty interesting. Bamberger’s essayis
I know the editor, Joanne Conrath Bamberger, one of the contributors, Linda Lowen, and a handful of the other contributors to this book. It's filled with thoughtful essays about Hillary Rodham Clinton, who many were hoping to be elected as the first female president of the United States. That didn't happen. Which made it an interesting read after the fact.

The essay I had the most visceral reaction to was Linda's. She started by telling of her two young daughters' enthusiasm for Clinton. She move
Joanne Bamberger
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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My rating is not for me. I think contributors to Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox all deserve 5 stars for their intelligent, thoughtful & entertaining writing. You aren't going read these essays on these topics anywhere else - why her clothing choices are much more than a fashion statement, how actions through her life prove her loyalty to American voters, how we deal with women candidates and the perfection conundrum, why we seem to need Hillary to be our BFF, and so much more. Issue ...more
Jill Hall
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm not very political, but prior to presidential elections I always thoroughly study the candidates so that I can make informed decisions while voting. Over the years, even though she has intrigued me, it has been difficult to understand Hillary and her motivations. The essays from a multitude of prolific, intelligent writers in "Love Her, Love Her Not" have filled the blanks for me and I will be able to vote with knowledge as well as with my heart. I hope my candidate wins. ...more
Kathy Morelli
Love this book of essays about Hillary Clinton and her politics. Helped me understand her, as she is a complex and often maligned figure, I wanted facts and I got them. I'm with her. ...more
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I started reading this book the other day with the intention of writing a review, something I rarely do, because I've been dying to share my thoughts on Hillary's candidacy, somewhere, without getting into the inevitable arguments with people who hate her and can't stand that I don't. This is different from what I expected to write.

I was so touched by some of the essays. The piece by Jennifer Hall Lee was particularly inspiring. She talks about how the sexism she saw Hillary facing in the 2008
Shawn Mooney (Shawn The Book Maniac)
I was disappointed by this anthology of women's essays about Hillary. Then again, I've been a political news junkie since before the dawn of the Bill Clinton era. There was virtually nothing here - nary a fact or an opinion - that I hadn't already read or heard about dozens of times in the media and in depth. I suppose the book might be of some use to non-news-junkies or first-time voters, but not much: there are almost no profound insights on offer here, and many of the essays seem thrown toget ...more
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I liked this book much more than I expected to like it. This book will appeal most to women who remember Hillary Clinton from when she was First Lady. The focus of this book is what women think of Hillary as an example of a high profile woman who is running for president.

The book dominated by the left. Most of the writers like her. Despite this limitation this book does provide some interesting information about Hillary Clinton . There are some essays by her neighbors in New York which show her
Let me be clear - the "Love Her Not" part of this book is pretty mild. If you're looking for a book that truly shows both sides of the aisle's opinions on Hillary, this is not it. If you're liberal-leaning and looking for something that will make you think about why you feel the way you do (or did in 2008), then this will fit the bill.

Not every essay is amazing - some leave a lot to be desired, some seem only to leave you with the notion that the writer really wanted you to know how smart they
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
For those who are ambivalent about whether to support Hillary Clinton in the upcoming election (like me), this book is timely and will really make you think. Several of the essays in it spoke to many of the concerns I have regarding Secretary Clinton, and even if they didn't address my concerns, they made me think about them in a different light. Others did a great job of highlighting a different side of the Secretary, making me think of her in a new light. This anthology definitely shifted my t ...more
Monette Chilson
Sep 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very timely book. I enjoyed several of the essays immensely. But, as is often the case with anthologies, there were some weak ones to wade through. Very glad I read it and recommend to those interested in the life of our first female presidential candidate.
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have an essay in this anthology. My star rating is for my colleagues who write with such clarity and focus about what they love - and don't love - about Former Secretary Clinton's campaign to win the White House in 2016. ...more
Lauren McFadden
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great read!! Absolutely astonishing how women are viewed compared to men in positions of power. Also, maternity/family leave in America is an absolute joke. Hoping that Hillary is elected and something can be done to help empower women.
Austin Allred
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I got this book from a free giveaway.

Very interesting books. Just a bunch of essays about people's thoughts on Hillary.
I am not a huge political person, so I don't have some strong opinion on Hillary. Some of the essays were very well written and interesting points as to why they would/would not be voting for Hillary.
Pretty good read. If you are interested in Politics.
Cindy Eastman
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a timely and essential book, a concordance for the current election year. Reading these essays gives me the feeling of having a conversation with an array of friends with different views and observations about the woman who could be president. This is important, because the media shines a harsh and unrelenting glare on Hillary Clinton's, well--everything, from her clothing to her hair to her "crimes" to her speaking voice, it is often difficult to stay focused on the person and her messa ...more
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this book a while ago and kept forgetting to review it. In all fairness I'm friends with the editor, but that's not why I read it. I've had it on my shelf for a while and really wanted to read it. I decided a while ago I was voting for Hillary, but would not consider myself a Hillary fan or supporter and I'm certainly not tweeting #imwithher. But this book really changed my mind on a lot of my thoughts on Hillary, but I also found myself agreeing with some of the essays that were written ...more
Tammy Hetrick
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this before the election, and revisited several of the essays since, mining for clues. Each essay is provocative without the hysteria or fawning that taints much of what is out there. Ms. Bamberger put together a balanced blend of opinions spanning the middle of the spectrum where integrity is most often found. A timely read even - and perhaps especially - now.
Jill Miller
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Interesting and thoughtful book. While I am not a fan of Hillary Clinton's, I must say that I did gain a new respect for her and her toughness after reading the essays in this book. ...more
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