A Double Book Review: A Glorious Freedom and In the Company of Women
This week, I read two somewhat similar books: A Glorious Freedom by Lisa Congdon and In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney. Both books are broken up into short interviews of women with successful careers but the similarities really end there.
I read both books as ebooks and it was clear that these would make lovely coffee table books. They both have nice pictures and the short interview format means you can read a quick interview for an inspiration hit between other activities. Now, I do have a very clear favorite between the two and it's A Glorious Freedom, here's why...
This book is very inspirational. It focuses on the careers developed by women after their 40th birthday, but I don't think this book is just for the older crowd. I think anyone who get's nervous about their birthday and fears running out of time will find this a happy inspiring read. It embraces the idea that experience is EVERYTHING. Living women are thoughtfully interviewed by Congdon and those who have passed are profiled. Successful women in all fields are featured including artists, writers, scientists, social activists etc... Additionally, the book is beautifully enhanced with Congdon's illustrations.
In the Company of Women in contrast is focused on living women who are successful in creative fields such as writing, art, design, fashion, and cooking. The biggest flaw with this book was the standard questions the author provided each women. It was such a sad missed opportunity. There are some truly amazing women included in this book but the repetitive questions produced similar and sterile responses. It felt like the interviews were conducted via email. It fell flat especially when in contrast to Congdon's book where she actively interviewed and asked specific questions to each living women she interviewed.
Reading fits in really nicely with the knitting I'm doing right now. I've added tons of books to my reading list so I started a good reads account. You can find me here: https://www.goodreads.com/dartily