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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (120 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, Alisa Valdés-Rodríguez Narrator: Celeste Ciulla Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781470340032
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The bestselling author of The Dirty Girls Social Club returns with an engrossing memoir about how falling in love with a sexy cowboy turned her feminist beliefs upside down.

Feminism was a religion in Alisa Valdes’ childhood home. Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem took the place of Barbies and left Valdes impressed with a feminist ideology that guided a prolific writing career—at twenty-two Valdes was named one of the top feminist writers under thirty by the editor of Ms magazine.

Yet despite her professional success, Valdes hit forty-two a single mom and a serial dater of inadequate men in tweed jackets—until she met the Cowboy. A conservative rancher, the Cowboy held the traditional views on gender roles that Valdes was raised to reject. Yet as she falls head-over-spurs for him and their relationship finds harmony, she finds the strength, peace, and happiness that come from embracing her femininity.

From their first date the Cowboy makes her pulse race, and she discovers that “when men…act like men rather than like emasculated boys, you as a woman will find not only great pleasure in submitting to them but also great growth as a person.” Told with plenty of humor and candor, The Feminist and the Cowboy will delight the many readers who made The Pioneer Woman a bestseller—not to mention every woman who dreams of being swept away by a rugged cowboy.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Touching, gritty, real, and often laugh-out-loud funny. Highly recommended. A real-life romance, with every kind of beef.”

    Ree Drummond, New York Times bestselling author

  • “An irresistible, post-feminist Taming of the Shrew. Don’t be scared by the premise. This is not a story about a woman relinquishing her identity. Quite the opposite. It is a riveting tale about how a brilliant, strong-minded woman liberated herself from a dreary, male-bashing, reality-denying feminism.”

    Christina Hoff Sommers, author of The War Against Boys

  • “Valdes has written a thought-provoking exploration of her own missteps and the tremendous obstacles she has overcome to achieve happiness in the second half of her life.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nicole | 2/19/2014

    " 1-star is probably generous, but I'll grant it since I don't think any book in the history of books has ever made me so incredibly angry. At least she's finally recognized this as an abusive relationship (well, somewhat since she keeps making excuses and denying the rape). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristen | 1/25/2014

    " This was an interesting book. I've heard a lot about it as it's been a bit controversial. It was an okay read. As a fairly modern woman, I was bothered by the submission/control issues she had with the cowboy. He was/is like a caveman who reads poetry. Overall, I'm glad I read it even if only to see what the fuss was all about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tepoe | 1/24/2014

    " I loved this book for it's ability to make me think- and apply! It was insightful, sassy, sarcastic, intelligent, emotional, and challenging. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dianne | 1/16/2014

    " A glimpse into the private negotiations of relationships that often make no sense to outside observers. In my opinion, the author's pendulum swung way too far in the opposite direction; however, perhaps that is what it took for her to understand herself better in the long run. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy Morrison | 1/2/2014

    " Enjoyed this autobiography. Well written and a very worthy story to tell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb Lie | 12/29/2013

    " I enjoyed this book, as it was different type of read for me. But there was a lot of humor, to go with some rough times. Review to follow close to release date. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 C | 12/7/2013

    " Would have rated this book higher if I had not read the followup articles written about the author's relationship with the cowboy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kellie Read | 9/30/2013

    " Short but a very good read!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandy | 9/20/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. I found it to be an easy read and thought provoking. It was after finishing it that I learned about all the drama not within the pages and honestly, all of that craziness led to me feeling tainted about my original, less informed opinion. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Crystal P | 9/5/2013

    " Others have said it before me, but it holds true. This is a romanticized version of an abusive relationship. Knowing now that the relationship has ended because she alleges rape and abuse at his hands, it just holds true. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eileen | 8/4/2013

    " This book takes place in Albuquerque. So it had that going for it.. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christy Stewart | 7/16/2013

    " Fuck this shit "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denece | 7/1/2013

    " I didnt finish the book. I couldnt get into it. It was too much rambling on and on and on!!!!! I just couldnt go back and finish it. I did recieve this as a first reads for which I am very grateful. Sorry I didnt enjoy the book itself. "

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About the Author
Author Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez

Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Dirty Girls Social Club and Playing with Boys, among other novels. She is an award-winning print and broadcast journalist and Pulitzer-nominated former staff writer for both the Los Angeles Times and Boston Globe. She has written and sold pilot scripts to Nickelodeon, NBC, and Lifetime Television, as well as a teen crossover feature film based on The Kindred.

About the Narrator

Celeste Ciulla is an accomplished actress and voice-over artist based in New York City. For her stage performances, she has received the 2010 Lunt–Fontanne Fellowship and the Callaway Award. She is also an Earphones Award–winning narrator.