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Crones don't whine : concentrated wisdom for juicy women
Bolen, Jean Shinoda.
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Boston : Conari Press, [2003]

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116 pages ; 21 cm
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HQ1059.4 .B64 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
HQ1059.4 .B64 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Thirteen brief essays to turn to again and again, in bad times and good, alone and with others-because "Crones Together Can Change the World" as Bolen points out in an inspirational, call-to-arms bonus essay. This, along with Jean's personal musings and a rallying call to men to become crones as well, complete Crones Don't Whine .

Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D. is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst in private practice, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California Medical Center, and an internationally known lecturer. She is the author of many books including Crones Don't Whine and The Millionth Circle, which was published in 1999 and spawned a whole new way for women to become activists from their local circle.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Bolen, a psychiatrist and professor at the University of California Medical School, believes that women need to stand up for their rights, wants and desires and can't afford to be complainers or whiners. Explains Bolen, the author of The Millionth Circle and Goddesses in Older Women, "To be involved and engaged in life is a juicy proposition. Every juicy crone taps into a wellspring or a deep aquifer of meaning in her psyche." They are, according to Bolen, smart, compassionate, courageous and humorous. In these brief essays, she offers commonsense wisdom, calling on women to empower themselves, but also to fight against any emotional demons or problems they have. For example, in discussing women who have been abused or otherwise have some secret from their past that they're ashamed of, she writes, "At some point in their lives, most remember fearing that this truth would become known. Crones, however, also recall when and with whom they broke this taboo of silence as the beginning of feeling whole. To speak the truth is to be able to say, this is who I am." Fans of Bolen's quirky, spiritual tone will find these words comforting. However, much of the text discusses why women need to be juicy crones without offering much practical advice to improve one's life. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Many books seek to convince women over 50 that calling themselves "crones" is a positive next step in female development, e.g., Ruth Gardner's Celebrating the Crone, Dorothy Morrison's In Praise of the Crone, and Barbara G. Walker's The Crone: Women of Age, Wisdom, and Power. In the latest and most direct of the genre, Bolen (psychiatry, Univ. of California Medical Ctr.; Goddesses in Every Woman) dedicates a chapter to each of the 13 qualities that she feels crones should cultivate-among them, follow your heart, speak the truth, never whine, never grovel, laugh, and savor the good. These traits and more, she believes, can be fostered during the last phase of life because it isn't an end but a time of becoming. Rather than be bitter and unhappy, Bolen urges readers to spend time being who they were meant to be and who they want to be-points that are well said and well taken. Highly recommended for all public libraries and for academic libraries with women's studies programs.-Mary E. Jones, Cty. of Los Angeles P.L., Agoura Hills (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.