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Penguin: Adult Hardcover & Trade Paperback Summer 2019

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The Ambition Decisions
What Women Know About Work, Family, and the Path to Building a Life
By (author): Hana Schank By (author): Elizabeth Wallace
9780525558859 Paperback, Trade English General Trade BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Women in Business Jun 11, 2019
$23.00 CAD
Active 5.45 x 8.38 x 0.76 in 288 pages Penguin Books
“These are the ’know your value’ conversations that we need to have. These women—their challenges, choices, and successes—are all of us.”—Mika Brzezinski

Over the last sixty years, women’s lives have transformed radically from generation to generation. Without a template to follow—a way to peek into the future to catch a glimpse of what leaving this job or marrying that person might mean to us decades from now—women make important decisions blindly, groping for a way forward, winging it, and hoping it all works out.

As they faced unexpectedly fraught decisions about their own lives, journalists Hana Schank and Elizabeth Wallace found themselves wondering about the women they’d graduated alongside. What happened to these women who seemed set to reap the rewards of second-wave feminism, on the brink of taking over the world? Where did their ambition lead them?

So they tracked down their classmates and, over several hundred hours of interviews, gathered and mapped data about real women’s lives that has been missing from our conversations about women and the workplace. Whether you’re deciding if you should pass up a promotion in favor of more flex time, planning when to get pregnant, or wondering what the ramifications are of being the only person in your house who ever unloads the dishwasher, The Ambition Decisions is a guide to the changes that may seem arbitrary but are life defining, by women who’ve been there.

Organized by theme, each chapter draws on real women’s stories of facing down crisis, transition, and decision-making to illustrate broader trends Schank and Wallace observed. Each chapter wraps up with a useful bulleted list of questions to consider and tips to integrate that will guide women of all ages along the way to finding purpose and passion in work and life.

FANTASTIC REVIEWS FOR THE HARDCOVER: The hardcover edition of this book has received fantastic reviews and has been included in roundups in Elle, The Washington Post, and HelloGiggles.

RESONANT AND TIMELY: The authors’ series in the Atlantic on this topic garnered over half a million page views, went viral across social media, and spoke to women around the globe: some of the essays were translated and picked up by French and Italian media outlets, and the entire series was translated into Spanish for an Argentinian newspaper.

BROAD APPEAL: The book isn’t based on a single, ultra-successful woman’s life but pulls from a chorus of women’s experiences, all of whom live in reality: each is satisfied with the life she’s made but aware of how seemingly arbitrary decisions along the way irrevocably opened up or limited their lives.

EXISTING FAN BASE: The authors have already been approached by women’s business groups and many sororities about speaking engagements, and intend to pursue promoting the book full time.

Hana Schank is a public interest technology fellow at New America, and a frequent contributor to the New York Times, the Atlantic, and the Washington Post. This is her second book.

Elizabeth Wallace worked for print magazines including Vogue, Nylon, Seventeen, Us Weekly, and Lucky, and is now a freelance editor and writer. She contributes regularly to Domino and Architectural Digest.

Author Residence: Brooklyn, NY

Marketing: Social media and online promotion

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Publicity: New in paperback media attention

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Author Social Media: Twitter: @LizardWallace | @HanaSchank

Praise for The Ambition Decisions:

“A big-picture read that explores the decisions women make over the arcs of their careers. Read it to know what to expect, or to feel heard.”


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