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On a clear day you can see yourself : turning the life you have into the life you want
Friedman, Sonya.
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First edition.
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Boston : Little, Brown, [1991]

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ix, 225 pages ; 22 cm
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HQ1206 .F725 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In this book, the author exhorts each woman to be the sole arbiter and architect of her life, showing her how to find and heed the unique voice within her, and how to distinguish her internal needs amidst the welter of external expectations and demands.

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Booklist Review

Friedman is the enormously successful author of Men Are Just Desserts [BKL Mr 15 83] and Smart Cookies Don't Crumble (Putnam, 1985) and the host of the popular television interview show "Sonya Live" on CNN. She's also a practicing psychotherapist who, like many other self-help gurus, knows how to wrap commonsense tips on everyday living into a dazzling package the masses can't resist. Like those before it, her current book is addressed to women. Feminists will cringe at the author's patronizing tone, cutesy-pie turns of phrase, and smug generalizations about women's learned helplessness. (Didn't the 1950s end some 30 years ago?) But for women still snared in the web of others' expectations, this book offers reassurance and encouragement, as well as broad guidelines, to help them stake out their own life paths. Woven throughout are self-assessment questions, exercises, and anecdotes that spotlight both self-limiting and growth-enhancing behaviors. A real crowd pleaser that's certain to top the best-seller lists. No index. ~--Mary Banas

Publisher's Weekly Review

New York City psychologist Friedman, seen daily on cable TV, is a columnist for the Detroit Free Press and author of Smart Cookies Don't Crumble. With freelance writer Kettelhack, she addresses a reader assumed to be, like her patients, a woman bewildered by shifts in self-perception, offering advice for ``increasing your own sense of personal power over your life.'' Citing the ``feminine mistake,'' Friedman cautions against heeding the siren call to total liberation. With equal force she challenges advocates of the stereotype of the housebound wife and mother. Specific and practical steps in this guide encourage the reader to know herself and to discard others' expectations and live her own life. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

In her fourth self-help book with a catchy title ( A Hero Is More Than Just a Sandwich , LJ 11/1/86, is this book's immediate predecessor), clinical psychologist and TV personality Friedman reiterates her message that women need to examine and direct their own lives. Here she tries to outline a way to make choices that will result in a satisfying life, whether it includes a man, a career, motherhood, or some combination of these that fulfills the individual's personal goals. Friedman loves lists--the four Rs of positive change, the nine facts of life, the seven goals for the grown-up woman--and she expounds on them with the enthusiasm of a cheerleader. There's nothing new here, but the advice is chatty and the author is popular, so expect some demand.-- Ilse Heidmann Ali, Motlow State Community Coll., Tullahoma, Tenn. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.