Sisters who read together, lead together!
Both Tiffany Trump and Lara Trump posted photos of themselves posing with the book on May 2. And from the views, it’s pretty obvious they’re supporting their dad, President President Trump, as well — it seems they are both at a Trump Tower in New York City.
“I’m so proud of my big sister @IvankaTrump on the launch of her #WomenWhoWorkBook! I can’t wait to start reading it!” Tiffany wrote on Instagram as she held the book up for the camera.
“Very proud of my sister-in-law, @ivankatrump and the launch of her #WomenWhoWorkBook,” Lara Trump captioned an Instagram picture of herself reading the book (it looks like she’s on the dedication page).
Unfortunately, they may be the book’s biggest fans. So far, reviewers are unimpressed with and unsurprised by the content, it seems. The New York Times’ Jennifer Senior reviewed the book, calling it “anodyne,” meaning rather dull. The most positive way she described it was: “For a while, it reads like the best valedictorian speech ever.”
That’s not necessarily bad if that’s what you’re going for. She identifies the “why” of her seemingly female-empowering book as “extending the Trump brand.”
“The book is not really offensive so much as witlessly derivative, endlessly recapitulating the wisdom of other, canonical self-help and business books,” Senior wrote.
NPR was equally apathetic. It even used the same word — anodyne: “Ostensibly a business guide for women, Women Who Work is a long simper of a book, full of advice so anodyne (‘I believe that we each get one life and it’s up to us to live it to the fullest’), you could almost scramble the sentences and come out with something just as coherent.”
The NPR reviewer compared reading it to “eating scented cotton balls.”
However, the reviewer admit that “in spite of this formlessness, there are distinct, revealing moments here.”
Slate went so far as to call it “vapid.” And many publications address Ivanka’s unchecked privilege. Huffington Post proclaimed: “Trump’s book, written before the election but published Tuesday, is a grab-bag of generic work-life advice for upper-middle-class white women who need to ‘architect’ (a verb that pops up a lot) their lives. But underneath that, and perhaps more remarkable, is Trump’s inability to truly recognize how her own privileged upbringing was key to her success.”
On GoodReads, the book has a 2.73 out of 5 rating.
Twitter users have been more forthright about their distaste for the tome.
Ivanka's new book quotes Charlotte Perkins Gilman & I am frankly furious
— Jia Tolentino (@jiatolentino) May 2, 2017
— Reshma Saujani (@reshmasaujani) May 2, 2017
Ivanka quoted Jane Goodall in her book, who had this to say about it:
— Jill Disis (@jdisis) May 2, 2017
It’s not all bad news, though: the Associated Press described it as “earnest.” “Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success offers earnest advice for women on advancing in the workplace, balancing family and professional life and seeking personal fulfillment.” The AP pointed out that Ivanka is donating the proceeds of the book to charity.
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