Ivanka Adds Book-Like Object to Product Line

Ivanka Adds Book-Like Object to Product Line

Ivanka Trump isn’t just the Official White House Lifestyle Guru, she’s a favorite POTUS daughter, multimillionaire wife, nanny-hiring mother, former model, and retail brand! On May 2nd, Ivanka Inc. released a compilation of mis-applied quotations and alleged career advice for women called Women Who Work. This handsome volume would look absolutely fabulous on a Trump Home by Dorya Cocktail Table.

By a strange coincidence, “Women Who Work” is the marketing slogan for Ivanka Trump clothing, jewelry, and accessories. And talk about your coincidences, around the time of the book release Ms. Trump took a high-profile jaunt to Europe, was profiled in the New York Times, chatted in the West Wing with “CBS This Morning,” and appeared with SBA chief Linda McMahon at the U.S. Institute of Peace. It’s not a government-enabled book tour, though. Of course not.

Another coincidence: The State Department tweeted a photo promoting Women Who Work.

But what do the critics say about Women Who Work?

“… a long simper of a book … you could almost scramble the sentences and come out with something just as coherent.” –Annalisa Quinn, NPR

“… Women Who Work should put an end to the idea that Ivanka is particularly self-aware.” “Which came first, Ivanka’s women’s-empowerment initiative or her desire to sell more shoes?” — Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker

“Can a book be poised? If so, this book is an exemplar of poise. It is also more than 200 pages of nonspecific reassurance that everything will be great.” — Robin Givhan, Washington Post

“… the book is not really offensive so much as witlessly derivative….” “It’s a strawberry milkshake of inspirational quotes. Lee Iacocca appears two pages before Socrates. Toni Morrison appears one page after Estée Lauder. A quote from Nelson Mandela introduces the section that encourages women to ask for flextime….” — Jennifer Senior, New York Times

“She pulls from Toni Morrison’s Beloved, a book about slavery, for an epigraph to a chapter titled ‘Work Smarter, Not Harder.’” ” If a person’s identity revolves around having things handed to her, then she must publish a book titled Women Who Work.” —  Katy Waldman, Slate

“Beneath the inspirational quotes from Oprah and the Dalai Lama and the you-go-girl cheerleading, the message of Women Who Work is that people get what they deserve.”  “… she quotes the management guru Stephen Covey: ‘You choose success. You choose failure. You choose courage. You choose fear.’ Both she and her father, of course, had the good sense to choose to be heirs to a real estate fortune.” —  Michelle Goldberg, Slate

“In the book’s acknowledgements, Trump thanks her children’s two nannies, Liza and Xixi, ‘for being a part of our extended family and enabling me to do what I do.'” “Some of my best photos of the kids were taken by my nanny ….” “Trump also thanks Dorothy and Bridget, the nannies who helped raise her and her siblings.” — Kate Taylor, Business Insider

“This isn’t the voice of a #WomanWhoWorks; it’s the voice of a #WomanWhoSupervisesOtherWomen.” — Sady Doyle, Elle

“This is not a book about policy or about navigating the minefield of male-dominated corporate culture. Much of it is a celebration of the unlimited possibilities open to working women when they have full-time household help.” — Michelle Goldberg, Slate

“She also describes how hard it was for her during her father’s campaign, noting that she didn’t have time for meditation or massages.” — Emily Peck, Huffington Post

Related:

“The incredible sadness of reading Ivanka Trump’s Women Who Work after reading her father’s views on women,” Thu-Huong Ha, Quartz

Update:

“Someone Is Rearranging Ivanka Trump’s Barnes & Noble Book Display,” Gabriella Paiella, New York Magazine

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