I’m always a bit leery when a new book comes out telling women how to get the job she wants and basically take over the world!
Who can forget our favorite #NastyGirl, Sophia Amoruso? She wore a black bob that rivaled Anna Wintour, sans sunglasses. Her eyes drove deep into your soul and you listened. She was the author and founder of Nasty Girl, a sassy and irreverent company that became the darling of Wall Street, at one time worth $200 million dollars – until Nasty Sophia filed for bankruptcy and the company was sold for just $20 mil. I’ve read a lot of these books, seen the experts come and go. Fly up the bestseller list and then crash. I’m sure you have too.
Say hello to Jennifer Romolini and her book, WEIRD in a WORLD THAT’S NOT (HARPERBusiness). The title alone kind of speaks to me, but I had to dig deeper. Jennifer went from being a broke, divorced, college dropout to running some of the biggest websites in the world, including “HelloGiggles” of Zooey Deschanel fame. And who doesn’t love Zooey? Now Jennifer is chief content officer at ShondaLand.com. You know, THAT Shonda who created SCANDAL and half of ABC and NBC’s primetime line-up.
Jennifer began her career like a lot of us, an awkward twenty-something misfit, fresh out of college. She navigated her way through the shark-infested New York media and became a boss – an editor-in-chief, an editorial director, and a vice president – all within little more than a decade. WEIRD in a WORLD THAT’S NOT argues being outside-the-norm is actually an advantage. Jennifer writes its possible to achieve success without just succeeding at office politics, or ___-kissing, as some of us call it. That isn’t the direct path to the corner office, or central pod, or whatever.
WEIRD in a WORLD THAT’S NOT reads as if you’re chatting with you new BFF. I suggest serving up a bottle of chilled sauvignon blanc and delving in. Even if you’re not looking for a job, or wanting to change careers, there are tips in WEIRD in a WORLD THAT’S NOT that anyone can use.
- How do I navigate the awkwardness of networking?
- How do I deal with intense office politics?
- How do I leave my crappy job?
- How do I learn how to be a boss not just a #boss?
- And, most importantly: How do I do all this and stay true to who I really am?
I see how WEIRD in a WORLD THAT’S NOT can be used when navigating the world of friendships – making and keeping. I plan on getting copies for my “weirder” friends.
About Jennifer Romolini
Jennifer Romolini is the chief content officer at Shondaland.com, a website founded by Shonda Rhimes. She was previously the editor in chief of HelloGiggles and Yahoo Shine, and the deputy editor of Lucky magazine. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times and Lenny Letter. She lives in Los Angeles.
Connect with Jennifer on Twitter.
Thanks to TLC Book Tours, we have one copy of WEIRD IN A WORLD THAT’S NOT. Just tell us what the weirdest job you ever had. We’ll announce a winner next week.