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Subject: Need a book to motivate daughter
Date Posted: 9/26/2011 2:43 AM ET
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I would like to find a particular kind of book and wonder if you can help direct me as to how to go about looking for it on pbs. I am looking for one that's easy-to-read for my 23-year old. She is not a reader; however she loves reading only one type of book--the Chicken Soup for the Soul" series. So, I would like to find something easy like that, and engaging, but instead of a collection of short inspirational stories, I'd like something like a biography or autobiography of a woman who became successful in a career related to Public Relations or Marketing. If it is someone who didn't attend college, that would be a real plus.

That is my daughter's love, PR. However, she (and me too pretty much) have figured out that she is really not the studious type, after flunking out of her first year of college a few years ago. She has much initiative as well as potential, so much! But it's not directed too well, and she keeps working the same minimum wage jobs year after year.

Could someone tell me how to go about looking for such a book?

Thanks much,

Date Posted: 9/26/2011 8:01 PM ET
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There's a book called "Conscious Choices, An Evolutionary Woman's Guide to Life," by Lucky Sweeny and some other women.  It's a collection of different women's stories.  Don't know if it's what you'd be looking for, but if you Amazon has a "look inside" feature for the book and you couldn look at the table of contents to see if it's something your daughter might like. 

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Date Posted: 9/26/2011 10:03 PM ET
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This isn't exactly what you're looking for, but how about a book on Madam C.J. Walker? She was a daughter of slaves, a self-made millionaire and a marketing genius. 

There are a few books out on her life, but this one looks like a good choice:  On Her Own Ground the Life and Times of Madam C J Walker

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Date Posted: 9/27/2011 3:11 PM ET
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Maybe Rick Warren's "Purpose Driven Life"?

Date Posted: 9/27/2011 3:48 PM ET
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Joan Braden worked in public relations. She wrote a memoir called Just Enough Rope. I haven't read the book but maybe your daughter would find it interesting. I wish her luck with her career planning.

Date Posted: 10/16/2011 12:26 PM ET
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I cant think of any books that would fit what you are looking for - have you tried posting a message also on goodreads ( dot ) com?

There are alot of good discussion threads on that site also    Hope this helps!

and good luck in your search!

Date Posted: 11/9/2011 4:50 PM ET
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 I would say anything by Shelia Walsh would be good for that. I forget the name but the one with the Ruby Slippers on the cover is perfect for that. And, I'd reccomend the Bridget Jones trilogy as well. 

Date Posted: 11/25/2011 4:04 PM ET
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Good call, Carla, on suggesting the Bridget Jones books! I don't know how "motivational" Bridget Jones is as a character, but she's definetely fun. And the diary-style of writing makes is an easy way to get into her mind-set.

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Date Posted: 11/25/2011 10:53 PM ET
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Well, this is not about a woman who went into PR, but I really recommend No Life for a Lady which, unfortunately, is not posted here.

See my review at