Thursday, October 22, 2009

Giveaway: Permission Slips

When it comes to the popular media, I am totally uncool. I don't watch TV except for what I happen to hear because I'm on the computer in the same room. I most certainly do not watch daytime TV and the little of it I've seen has made me say "It's enough to send you to work if for no other reason than to get away from it". When Hatchette offered complimentary review copies of Permission Slips: Every Woman's Guide to Giving Herself a Break I didn't realize the author, Sherri Shepherd was the host of a popular show. My husband saw the book and wondered why I was reading about what that liberal ____ had to say. Oh well.

I've found the book to be both amusing and sad. The writing style is breezy; its like listening to a girlfriend who has been there and done that. Shepherd is the first to say she has made some real mistakes in her life, but so far 9and I haven't finished the book yet) she doesn't seem to have figured out why she did such dumb things. She was raised as a Jehovah's Witness and attended church regularly, but saw her virginity as something to get rid of at 14, not because she was in love, but because she heard sex was great. She went through a series of relationships with men who were real losers.

The book is autobiographical to a point. She tells stories from her life to illustrate her points, and throughout the book tells women to give themselves permission to____. Some of the things she encourages us to give ourselves permission to do include forgiving others, taking naked pictures of yourself (not in a million years thank you, and it has nothing to do with any perceived figure flaws), being blunt, and saying hello to God.

I'm enjoying this book, and thanks to the folks at Hatchette, five of my readers will get to enjoy it too. The usual Hatchette conditions apply: US or Canada only, no PO Boxes. To enter:
  • One entry for leaving a comment with an email address
  • Another entry for leaving a comment with a link to your blog
  • Another entry (up to three) by linking a review you wrote to one I wrote on the same book. Leave me a comment here to say which review you linked to. You can do it via Mr. Linky if he is up on the post, or via comment, if not.
  • Another entry for following or subscribing, tell me if you are new, or just joining us.


  1. I know who she is, only by accident! I don't really watch television and if I do, I never watch talk shows. If Whoopi wasn't on the View, I might check it out, but those things aren't my thing.

    I passed the chance to review this, but so far, from what I've seen, people like it.

    You can enter me. It could prove an interesting read!


  2. Like Holly, I passed on the chance to review it..... but what the heck throw my name in the hat to win a copy.

  3. I would enjoy reading this interesting book. I have seen her on the program and would enjoy learning more. Thanks for this chance. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. I rarely watch The View, but Sherri is one of only two that I like on that show, besides Elizabeth. Please include me in the giveaway! The book sounds interesting to me.

    I follow your blog on Google.


  5. Please enter me. I'm not super familiar with Sherri but I do know who she is and would be interested to learn more about her.


  6. I'm a current follower.

  7. Hi Yes I've seen her on TV. Sometimes her comments have been kindof out there. But she strikes me as a funny lady. polo-puppy-fluffyAThotmail *dot* com I'd like to read her book.

  8. I am very interested in reading her book

    Please enter me. Thanks

  9. I am a new follower of your blog


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