Each woman is different and unique, and author Mary Anne Radmacher and artist Liz Kallock aim to explore those diverse qualities in “She: A Celebration of Greatness in Every Woman”. Radmacher divides the woman into many different categories, which are celebrated in their own chapters: She is Willing, She is Nurturing, She is an Intrepid Traveler, She is Magical, She is a Purposeful Risk Taker, She is Cooperative and Collaborative, She is Compassionate, She is Resourceful, She is Mystical, She has a Voice, She is Inspiring, She is Happy, She Embodies Actions and Words, She is Regal, She is a Leader, She is Determined, She is a Life Long Learner, She is Imaginative, She is in Service, She is Creative, She is Welcoming, She is an Exquisite Aesthetic, She is Contentment, She is a Model of Balance, and She is a Fine, Kind Friend.
These chapters are comprised of quotations from a wide variety of sources ranging from J.K. Rowling to Madonna, Marilyn Monroe to Gloria Steinem, and Margaret Cho to Madeleine L’Engle. These quotes are all related to the theme of the chapter. For instance, in the She is a Life Long Learner Chapter there is a quote from one of my favorites, Eartha Kitt, “I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.”
The artwork in “She” is fabulous. Pages have a pressed flower look along with images of women that have a vintage artwork aesthetic. Viva Editions was wise to spare no expense in publishing “She” by making the book hardcover and full color throughout with thicker, studier paper stock that will withstand repeated viewings.
All of this comes together making “She: A Celebration of Greatness in Every Woman” a wonderful gift for young women graduating, Mother’s Day, or just a fun and inspiring coffee table book. Maybe it’s the gift you’ve been looking for to give yourself.