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Retail Therapy: Life Lessons Learned While Shopping

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  83 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Amanda Ford, the bestselling author of "Be True to Yourself," now presents "Retail Therapy," the ultimate guide to life -- through shopping! Retail Therapy is a playful yet wise look at the pleasures of shopping. Amanda Ford loves to shop, and she exuberantly shares the stories of her most memorable finds -- the perfect pink sweater, a set of precious porcelain dishes, a d ...more
ebook, 202 pages
Published May 14th 2014 by Conari Press (first published September 15th 2002)
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This mindless tripe reduces women to shallow shopaholics. I only hope that this isn't a sign of things to come for women's literature.

The limited extent of the author's "experience" (both life and shopping) and her naive view are better confined to that of 16 year olds. Better to have given her a monthly column in a teen magazine than let her pretend to be well-versed in life (or shopping, for that matter).

While it is a quick and easy read, I did not find enough substance to make it exciting.
Mar 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After I read this book I thought about how nice it would be to only own and wear clothing that I really loved. This book is well-written and fun to read. I found a *lot* of good advice in here.
Feb 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alexa by: Jaymee
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(Review originally posted on Alexa Loves Books)

This is another book I borrowed from a friend over the weekend while I was staying at her place - a fitting read for her and I because we both love to shop!

This was definitely a nice, easy read, with the book broken down into main sections, and then into little "rules" under each section. The author successfully managed to integrate some basics of shopping (and some other characteristics of shopping) into advice for how to live your life. With this
I had a sinking feeling that despite my fairly horrible compulsive shopping habits I was far from the intended audience for this book when the author has a total gratitude epiphany while buying a Greatest Hits of U2 CD. For most of this book I could see where Amanda Ford was coming from, but some of her personal anecdotes about shopping are so amazingly daffy that I was embarrassed to be one of her people. One of her shopping people. For example, an incredibly involved story about how she wanted ...more
stop shopping. It requires strength to acknowledge difficult times; it takes true dedication to sit with pain. It is easy to run to the mall or to your favorite little shop at the first sense of dissatisfaction with your life. Like a turtle retreating into her shell, spending money in hopes of changing your mood, your look, or your reputation is just hiding-it's avoiding the true source of your pain. A courageous woman searches within herself to get through tough times."

I actually walked away fr
Oct 18, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: one-time-reads
Overall, this book is not my cup of tea. Honestly, it was a bathroom read over many a month. It was not compelling to any vast degree. The life lessons were not profound in any dramatic way: don't shop while hungry, always make a little money for yourself, and the like. Additionally, I actually disagreed with some of the lessons (trust your own advice always over others, based on the premise that the author has not had wonderful luck following the advice of others: makeup artists, relationship a ...more
May 13, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a little disappointing. Maybe I was expecting something else from what I understood of the title.

The first few chapters were great! I can so relate to what Ford was saying then by the time I reached the middle of the book, it seems like she lost it. I was like "HUH? I can't see the point." She just recovered herself by the last chapter of the book. It also seems like she’s trying so hard to relate the whole shopping bit to life. She succeeded in some but for some, UGH!

Maybe it’s j
Lynn Rueff
Sep 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an entertaining, light-hearted little book that I really enjoyed reading. The life lessons were the highlight of the book. I looked for other books in our collection by Amanda Ford and she co-wrote a book with her mother about relationships between teenage daughters and their mothers. It was nice to read a book that was very amusing and charming.
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
okay so far the author is a bit addicted to shoes and purses...but the book goes beyond shopping, for example if you can say no to a sales person trying to get you to buy lip balm, then you can say no to your roommate who leaves dirty dishes every where! And so much more
Cynthia Musiel
I think I will be saving this little book, it really had some good insight and was an enjoyable read for me at the right time in my life.
Anita Smith
What a light, cute, funny book! Many interesting connections between shopping and mindfulness, not two things people usually group together.
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I learned that there is way more to shopping than simply a new outfit. A must read for women who love to shop.
Gloria Salas
Dec 28, 2009 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
so far soo good
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was great for advice if you are an avid shopper. It makes you sit back and think, do I really want to waste my money on meaningless things?
Sep 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute book!! I love to shop and thought why not. It was a quick easy read and I was amused by the stories
Hey! We all have our own issues...I mean...guilty pleasures??
Carole Dailey
AH, shopping - how it defines us and our style
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Amanda Ford is a young, vibrant writer with a talent for uncovering extraordinary meaning in everyday events. Amanda's work has been featured in publications such as Real Simple, Glamour, The Chicago Tribune, and The Seattle Times, and she is a regular contributor to the popular travel website Girl's Guide to City Life.
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