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

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 plastic surgery. Lisa Bloom fears that women are in danger of spiraling into a nation of dumbed down, tabloid media obsessed, reality TV addicts. Too often, they outsource matters to "experts" and in doing so neglect to truly think for themselves.

The solution:

Lisa Bloom has the solution and it involves one simple word: Think.

In this provocative, entertaining, educational, and thoroughly researched book, Lisa outlines the ways that we as a society, and particularly women, have fallen off the intellectual path, and, very specifically, points to how damaging this has been to us on many levels. Lisa shows us the fallout—but she also provides the solutions for "Reclaiming the Brain God Gave You" and seizing back control of your mind and your life. Think is delivered in a no-nonsense manner that will make you laugh, make you question yourself, make you squirm, but, most important, make you start thinking again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593156596
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 05/24/2011
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Lisa Bloom is an award-winning journalist, legal analyst, and trial attorney. From 2001-2009, Lisa hosted a daily, live, national television show on Court TV. She is currently the CBS News and the CNN Legal Analyst, appearing frequently on The Early Show, and on CNN and HLN prime time shows. She is a regular legal expert on The Dr. Phil Show and in the last year has guest-hosted Larry King Live, The Early Show, and Showbiz Tonight. Lisa graduated early and phi beta kappa from UCLA and then from the Yale Law School. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction 1

1 I Came by It Honestly 7

The Problem

2 What a Waste It's Been to Lose Our Minds 25

3 The Fallout 81


4 Reclaiming the Brains God Gave Ya 133

Recommended Reading 225

Un-Recipes 237

Notes 243

Acknowledgments 259

Index 263

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"A wake-up call for women who have succumbed to a culture of mediocrity." —-Kirkus

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Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
8LIMBS More than 1 year ago
So, this book has been in my wife's hands every night for the past week. It has trumped our usual nightly shows. She left it sit'n on the nightstand yesterday morning, I happen to have the day off. I picked it up, read the back cover, cracked it open for a glance....and...didn't put it down till last night! I literally could not set it down! GREAT BOOK! So well written, easy to read, smart, funny, and lives up to the title. I think I have a new secret set of tools that are gonna come in handy while raising our daughter. Now I just need to tell my wife I finished her book before she did...Ha!
poosie More than 1 year ago
Lisa Bloom is one to emulate. She is witty, funny and knows how to inspire. I love books that inspire me to search out the true joy in life and serve as a reminder to me to USE my own, individual power, desires and ideas to keep me peeked at all times. There is so much more to life than worrying how you "look" to other people, when they most likely don't really care how you look. What a relief just to rid ourselves of that minor detail so we can spend our time thinking about important matters. This is a great message to pass on to those you care about.Truly a wonderful gift idea!
Peacefly1 More than 1 year ago
This book is not only empowering but entertaining as well. I never realized how stagnant my mind has become until I got slapped upside the head by Lisa Blooms' thought-provoking words. Thanks for the wake-up call Lisa!
Reviewaholic More than 1 year ago
Lisa Bloom has accomplished what so many authors before her have failed to do - write a provocative, intelligent book that ANYONE can read. I feel like so many books these days are written by people who just reworded their book from a thesaurus...but Think reminds us all of the importance of not letting our minds become bogged down by culture in a creative, easy to read tone. I highly recommend this book for anyone, from people looking to reevaluate their life to people just looking to get a good book.
ChloeCos More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book. Lisa's writing style is captivating, clever, and easy to read. A great book for moms, daughters, or women of any age. Brilliant tips for time management, happiness, and staying smart. This book will be my new go-to gift for all my girlfriends!
AngieR38 More than 1 year ago
As a lover of books, this was one of the best reads I've had in some time. I couldn't put it down and read it in two days. It inspired me to "do something." After reading, I reached out to several charitable organizations with which I wanted to work. I'm now so happy to be helping others in ways I couldn't imagine. I owe it all to Lisa!
beck2112 More than 1 year ago
This is the book for women who appreciate the Feminine Mystique but who yearn for more practical advice and less antiquated jargon. I think all young women should read as they find their own voices and individuality in this "dumbed down" world.
JulesSF More than 1 year ago
I can't wait for my friends to read Think so that we can talk about it -- Bloom has a way of presenting challenging and oh-so-important issues in a way that is actually fun to read! This book is especially important to me because I have daughters. When pop culture is telling them to worry about how shiny their hair is or how their butts look in their jeans, this book makes it okay -- even cool -- to think about issues like education, justice and poverty, and to question, question, question what messages they're fed by the culture at large. A clever call to engagement that should be a must-read for everyone.....
Leslielou More than 1 year ago
What an eye opener. Grandmother's, Mothers, buy this book for your daughters. I'll change their lives. An excellent book that will make you THINK!
Renee-Brooklyn More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put Think down. It was one of those books that I stayed up until 3am to read as long as my eyes would stay open. I loved the combination of being intelligent, sassy, smart, funny and inspirational. I will gift this book to every girlfriend of mine. We all become stronger as individuals and in communities with raising our levels of awareness in how we can harness the power of our own minds.
RoryReads More than 1 year ago
This book really had an effect on me; it changed how I think, act, speak, and carry myself. It was also really fun, fast, and easy to read, which is impressive considering how interesting and informative it was, too. But none of this is a surprise coming from the incredibly smart and talented Lisa Bloom. I can't wait to read whatever she comes up with next.
Julieanna_Hever More than 1 year ago
As a woman, I was obviously intrigued by the concepts presented in this book. Once I began digging in, however, my mind began a journey of provocation and education, taking me to new heights of intrigue and inspiration. Lisa Bloom was born to inspire, motivate, and change minds. Her writing style makes you instantly feel like her best friend, there to support you and help you learn and grow. Everyone who wants to have their comfort zone tickled or intellect expanded should read this book. It is impossible to come away from it unchanged.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lisa is a brilliant television host, commentator, and a talented author. This book is just like she is: interesting and smart.
BookMonkeys More than 1 year ago
You must read this book if you are a woman - or have a daughter, a mother, a sister... If you know any women, buy them this book. This WILL be the conversation once this book is release. I was fortunate enough to read a review copy and I can't stress enough how important this topic is. It took the brilliance of Lisa Bloom to get people taking about this. You need to be part of this conversation.
LeeRegal More than 1 year ago
Lisa Bloom is something rare in this world, a straight-talking media personality whose mission is to improve the world, not "dumb it down." She uses her high-profile status and her law degree to stand up for children and families. Ms. Bloom is already a super-heroine on issues like discrimination, bullying and women's rights. I often quote her, and now I'll have her wisdom always at hand with "Think." I know this book will inspire conversations between mothers and daughters, and women everywhere.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first I thought that this book might be just of interest to women, but after I started reading it, I realized that she perfectly describes the increasingly celebrity obsessed and anti-intellectual strain that's causing America to fall into decline. Unlike most authors who just point out problems, she also tells how to *fix* what we're doing wrong. Five stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have followed Lisa Bloom for years, and expected something hard hitting and thought provoking. Well that is exactly what I got out of it. The book forces you to challenge your knowledge in a very male driven world, and at the same time will give men a very accurate glimpse into what drives women, or rather should drive women.
Susola More than 1 year ago
Okay, so 90% of the books I read are fiction/murder mysteries. But as soon as I saw Lisa Bloom on The Talk, I had to get this book. It sat in my office for 2 months until I finally picked it up, and now I can't put it down! If it's possible to feel smarter by just reading a book, then this is THE BOOK. A lot of what Lisa Bloom writes about are things I've been thinking about for years, but haven't had anyone to talk to about. Reading this book is like having a friend who really knows you and shares the same thoughts and feelings as you. Lisa bloom skillfully juxtaposes the topics the media deems important (e.g., Angelina Jolie's beauty and sexiness) v. the real things you find out if you just THINK (Angelina Jolie's political activism and how she spends her spare time trying to change the world for the better). But most of all, Lisa Bloom not only challenges us to think and look beneath the glossy mindless media headlines, but relates to the reader knowing we are capable of thinking much harder then we do. Run, don't walk, to the bookstore and buy this book! It will not only make you THINK, but you'll feel smarter doing it.
GeminiCO More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable, moving and thought provoking. Think really made me Think! I am going to use these ideas to help raise my grandaughter into a kickass type of woman. Thank you Ms. Bloom for this insightful book.
knowledgeispower123 More than 1 year ago
heard about this book on dr. phil after reading this book it changed my life to where i read as much as i can and becoming more politically aware of our nations economy. straight talk for women isnt just for women to read!! you go lisa
mom-of-daughters More than 1 year ago
I'm reading this book now and can't wait to share it with my 2 daughters in high school. I have had so many conversations with my daughters about what girls their age are focusing on and am so thankful that they don't just follow along thinking that being an airhead is cute! Lisa Bloom is saying so many things I try to convey but can't express so well and with such great humor. Please have your daughters read the book and talk about it before girls stop being able to read at all! From a concerned but hopeful mom
nyk1973 More than 1 year ago
Tried as sample. Best sample I have read on the nook. Def a buy.
schatzi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am pretty sure that I am not the intended audience for this book. I read (voraciously), I have no interest in celebrity gossip, I don't have cable, I have no desire for cosmetic surgery, and I don't spend hours applying makeup or on household chores. So I read about 75% of the book thinking, "wow, people actually LIVE like that?" I did get some good book recommendations, but that's about it.However, for women who don't read, or are focused solely on their outward appearance, or spend countless hours fixating on celebrities, this would likely be a good wake up call. There is more to life than who is sleeping with whom.I did find the author to be a little, hmm, out of touch with middle class America, though. She casually mentions spending $100 for shoes (the most I've ever spent for shoes was $45 for a pair of quality tennis shoes), or hiring someone to do your housework for you so you can spend more time reading (seriously?), or jetting off to India for a yoga retreat. She also assumes that the readers live near a big city, apparently; I would LOVE to visit an independent bookstore, but the nearest one is something like two hundred and fifty miles away. And my local library doesn't have much of a selection of anything. It's Amazon or nothing for me out here in the boonies. Still, the book gets three and a half stars from me because I do agree with quite a bit of it. It bothers me how much our American culture is obsessed with consumerism and celebrities. I may get teased a bit at work for not knowing anything about the latest "celeb scandal" (I was rather proud the other day for having no idea who the Kardashiens are or why they are famous), but don't we have better things to think about and do? And reading. Yes. So much love for anyone who promotes promiscuous reading. ;)
snat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Think, Lisa Bloom asserts that our society (and women in particular) has succumbed to our narcissistic, self-indulgent, consumer driven culture. Women in our culture are smart and have more options available to them than ever before--and 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? Using their intellect and first world education to address serious problems, like poverty, hunger, and the repression of women in countries far less fortunate than ours. In other words, they're not thinking. Amen, amen, amen! Obviously, Lisa Bloom is preaching to the choir here and I'm probably not her target audience, but it is certainly nice to feel some affirmation for the intellectual and educational choices I make on a daily basis since they do go against the norm. For example, most women would rather lose their ability to read than their figure (oh, hell no!) or win America's Next Top Model than win the Nobel Peace Prize (my heart weeps).I'm not necessarily giving Think a 5 star based upon it's writing style (although it is accessible and often funny) and there are some points that ever-so-slightly rubbed me the wrong way. For example, Bloom asserts that cleaning is not a woman's job (no complaint from me here) and we should simply outsource it to someone else so we have time to read and think. We should also have our children pitch in and do their part. These are not concepts with which I disagree, but they are easier said than done. Many women can't afford to hire a maid (even on a bimonthly basis) and even the most cooperative of teenagers will pitch a hissy fit upon occasion when asked do their part, yet Bloom makes it sound so effortless. However, I am giving it a 5 star because anyone who advocates the need to read, that it's valuable and worthy of our time, is someone with a message that today's culture needs to hear. Don't believe me? Check out the NEA statistics from the 2007 To Read or Not to Read report (also quoted in Bloom's book):--80% of American families did not read or buy a book last year--70% of adults have not been to a bookstore in the last 5 years--1/3 of high school graduates never read another book after graduationI've read several reviews that scoff at Bloom taking the time to talk about how to make time for reading books, how to choose books, and how to savor books, as though this is "duh" information and unnecessary. Based upon these statistics, I would argue that such information is definitely needed. I teach in a high school classroom and, when my students come to me, most of them are not readers. They don't know how to make time for reading or even how to pick out a book. Reading is not valued in their households. They don't ask for books for birthdays or Christmas. Their parents don't read. There are too many electronic diversions in their lives. I'm proud to say that, by the time they leave my classroom, most of them are readers. Why? Because I've taught them the simple things: how to create and value quiet time for reading, how to choose good books, and how to reflect upon their responses to literature. That's right--I'm bragging, and I should. Because there's nothing more valuable to leading a productive, happy life than reading. And it's a skill that has to be consistently taught and modeled--and that's what Bloom is doing in those chapters. Sure, if you're reading this review, you may not need it as you've obviously bought into a love of reading if you're on a social media site dedicated to it, but I'm willing to bet you know people who probably do. And Think is for them. I, for one, plan on pushing this book like crack-cocaine to the people in my life who need it--especially teenage girls
Lostshadows on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to like this book. In fact, I'd say I loved the first part of the book, which details the problem, and found it very informative.The solution section, however, just got more disappointing the further I read. Depending on who you are, there are some very practical ideas in this book for carving out more free time, improving your mind, and making yourself happier and more involved in the world around you. However, the further you get from her apparent assumption that you're able-bodied, only working one job, live near a library, and have internet access in your own home, the less useful her solutions will seem.Oh, and there's a nice healthy does of fat shaming lurking in the pages too. Newsflash Ms. Bloom, while ideally everyone should eat healthy and get plenty of exercise, it doesn't actually magically cause you to lose weight, and also isn't possible for everyone for a wide variety of reasons. Nor does being "overweight" magically mean you're unhealthy. There are even fat active vegans in the world.