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Tall Poppies Review: In Praise of Difficult Women

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I’ve long been a fan of Karen Karbo, the award-winning author of the Kick-Ass Women series and more. This past fall, I holed up with Karen and about 20 other writer friends at a weekend long conference of our fellow Tall Poppy Writers at an Airbnb in Chicago. We shared a bathroom and brainstormed about the writing biz and our respective places in it. If you’d asked me then, I would have told you Karen Karbo isn’t the least bit “difficult.” But now I’ve read her latest book, In Praise of Difficult Women, (Foreword by the fabulous Cheryl Strayed) and I’ve changed my mind. Karbo has written a collection of essays about what it is to be a “difficult” woman…

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‘Battle of the Sexes’: Books Inspired by Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs

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When Billie Jean King trounced Bobby Riggs in the legendary 1973 tennis match now referred to as the “Battle of the Sexes,” she wasn’t just winning a game, she was staking a claim for female athletes everywhere. The story of that iconic match – and what it meant for females players – is at the heart of the new Emma Stone and Steve Carrell film, Battle of the Sexes. Premiering on September 22nd, Battle of the Sexes dives into the lives of both Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King, and how much was at stake for both of them during the match, despite the over-the-top spectacle that surrounded the events. Not only did 55-year-old Riggs taunt King and all female…

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