A partial list…
“One new book does offer a more promising road map for women stuck on the ceaseless treadmill. Written by Barbara and Shannon Kelley and published by the feminist Seal Press, Undecided is a helpful, funny, winsome guide to navigating through both perfectionism and its close cousin, ‘analysis paralysis.’ I enthusiastically recommend Undecided.”
– Hugo Schwyzer, history and gender studies professor
“Job or career? Biker or banker? Paper, plastic, or recycled, reusable tote? Sane, sensible and funny, Undecided uncovers the many ways having too many choices can mess with a gal’s head—with insightful tips for not only getting where you want to go, but actually enjoying the ride.”
— Jenna McCarthy, author of The Parent Trip and If It Was Easy, They’d Call The Whole Damn Thing a Honeymoon
“Undecided sheds light on the complexity of options for women today and the burden our culture places on women who settle. If ever there was a call to arms and a road map to better understand ourselves, it can be found in this impressive guidebook.”
— Susan Shapiro Barash, author of You’re Grounded Forever and Tripping the Prom Queen
“I realized just how universal feeling lost is amongst people who are, by most measures, successful. So many of us feel unfulfilled, unsatisfied, and yearning for more, even if we don’t know what we want more to be. In the midst of trying to figure this all out, a book arrived at my office. I get so many job-related books at work from publicists and authors who want me to use them as sources that I couldn’t possibly read them all. Yet from the name of this book, I knew right away I’d want to read it: Undecided: How to Ditch the Endless Quest for Perfect and Find the Career—and Life—That’s Right For You.“
— Alexis Grant, US News and World Report Careers Editor
“Undecided is a breezy, stimulating read… [and] eloquently describes the hard, painful choices women still have to make. The Kelleys’ overview, their analysis of where contemporary women are in their lives and how challenging they are finding it to make life choices, is so skillfully and perceptively done. The book offers a lucidly feminist analysis of a whole generation which views itself as having transcended feminism—which is interesting territory, indeed.”
— Gabriella West, writer and author of Time of Grace and The Leaving
“What makes the book unique is that it’s a “big think” that provides resonance, understanding, background, and a route to – if not satisfaction – self-awareness.”
— Laurie Rowen, founder and co-owner of Montage Legal Group
“So I’m only about five chapters in, but already your book is everything I never knew I was thinking! Can’t wait to finish it!
— Hilary Tone, Communications Associate, Equal Rights Center, Washington D.C.
“Mom-and-daughter pair Barbara and Shannon Kelley have a gem here — an important read for basically any shrewd woman of my generation. … it dives right to the core of women’s “analysis paralysis,” wisely eschewing self-help rhetoric in favor of a more rigorous cultural investigation of the professional challenges that plague today’s young women. The Kelleys thoroughly map the complex web of expectations, both social and internal, that push women to agonize over each and every life decision, and to grieve excessively for the loss of the option given up.”
– Miranda, Women’s Glib: Feminism with Ease
From Amazon Readers:
D Halasz says: I’m 33 years old, and this book spoke directly to my demographic. I highly recommend it to any woman.
Alison P. Buchanan says: Undecided is a well-researched combination of fascinating case studies, academic research, history, and humor. What could have been a dry recitation is, instead, interesting, funny, throught-provoking and a true page-turner. This book is pertinent to all women struggling to identify what they want in life and/or wondering whether the fact that they don’t know the answer to that question means there is something wrong with them. Even if you don’t struggle with this issue, you likely have a daughter, sister, friend, co-worker, or direct report who does. Undecided provides insight, encouragement, and entertainment
Ck says: I read this book in basically one sitting. It’s fascinating to read the stories of people who go through the exact same thing that you go through (different details, but the same doubts), all the while thinking they’re alone. And finally, we get an explanation of how and why we all got so screwed up. The moral of the story: You’re not alone! Which coincidentally is what I have discovered whenever I bring up the topic of the book to any woman I know, and am met with the familiar, “OMG, that is exactly what I’m going through!” Do yourself and your friends a favor, and buy a few copies, one to read, and the others to pass along to all the undecided women in your life!
Modmomca says: This book is so much more than a guide for those undecided on their careers. This book is about the quandary of the modern woman…how do we have it all and why does the ‘all’ prove to be so elusive. The writing is excellent, as is the research on everything from the science of choice to the current research on work/life fit.
Kaneisha says: Undecided by mother-daughter duo Barbara Kelley and Shannon Kelley is an excellent book for women in college, graduate school, and professionals who are freaking out about what to do next, worrying that if they choose the “wrong” path, they will miss out on being amazing and “having it all.” It helped me put my career decisions and angst into perspective and move forward with my life with a sense of peace and clarity while also being excited.
Palmer says: I attended a reading and book-signing of Undecided a few weeks ago in Santa Barbara after hearing about the event through the local weekly newspaper. I was absolutely blown away by the insights revealed in the few selections the authors shared during the reading — I just HAD to get a copy for myself! Happily, the book only gets better the more you get into it. I’m enjoying it so much that I already bought a close gal pal a copy. It may sound trite, but it really feels like the authors are talking ABOUT me and TO me: It’s conversational while being well researched, and the stories and struggles they document mirror so much of my inner dialogue. A must read for the modern woman!
Wg says: I picked up Undecided as an undecided young lady. Reading the stories of other women and our common struggles with pleasing everyone but ourselves really resonated with me. I’ve recommended it to everyone I know. The writers are insightful, use scientific and anecdotal backup and make you laugh. The conversation in this book is the one we need to be having with our girlfriends and sisters and mothers. Great book!!
Laurie Gormican says: Undecided is one of those books that every woman needs to read. I recognized myself in so many of the women’s stories, and the book helped me let go of the idea that I need to “have it all” and “do it all.” So many women are going to benefit from reading it.
From the Twitterverse:
@justbeingmealy says “I’m so glad I’m not alone!”
@anne_elizabeth says “Reading, and hugely identifying with,@undecidedbook on my flight home. read if you suffer from “analysis paralysis”
@mylisia says “I find a lot of what I’ve read about this book extremely relevant. http://t.co/I9u1xCt @Undecidedbook”
@flourishinlife @undecidedbook — “The undecided women in your book are true leaders.”