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More Than Words

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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for my copy of this e-arc

These stories will always needs to be told and I’m glad this author told the stories she did. I hope to read more like it in the future!

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I DNF’d this book not cuz it was bad but just cuz I wasn’t in the right head to read it when I got ..while probably pick back up soon

Thanks for the ARC

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This book really enlightens Sexual Harassment and the effects it can have on a person. It shows the dirtiness of politics and the consequences for the actions.

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As much as I wanted to read this, the writing was difficult to get through so I had to stop. These stories need to be told, so please keep writing them.

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This book was an amazing intro to Me-Too movement and I’m glad I came across it. First chapters were kinda difficult for me to get through but in general it was a very serious-minded and deep book. I also adored the imaginary situations and questions after the chapters so that I can check whether I got the maid idea or the algorithm on what to do in this kind of situations in real life. Thank you🙏

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More Than Words is a heavy but necessary read, that will resonate powerfully with many who read it, and will hopefully inspire and give others the courage to come forward and talk about what has happened to them.

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Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review! It was incredibly well done and something I think everybody should read.

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"If we want to live and work in spaces and places free from sexual harassment, bullying, and retaliation, we must discuss it; the good, bad and ugly."

This was actually such a good book that as well as telling Kirsten's POV of how she won her legal case against the people who harassed and belittled her in the workplace, also provided tips and examples of different scenarios of harassment occurring in the workplace and asked how we would deal with the issue.

When reading it, there is a lot to consider and take away from this book. Standing up to harassment in the workplace or honestly anywhere in your life can be a journey that may take an emotional toll on you. It is not an easy process, as Kirsten recounts the four years it took for her case to be won, But in the end, it is almost always worth it.

This book helped in educating me on the realities of facing harassers and I truly hope that this book does so for others, and is a guideline to help change and correct the toxicity in some workplaces. No person should have to face any sort of harassment in their place of work, whether it be by another colleague, their employer or a customer.

Rules should be set to ensure that any harassment will be dealt with and that the victims are always in the forethought of it happening.

Thank you so much to the publishers for providing me with an eArc in exchange for my honest review

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A hard read but an interesting look at harassment. It took me a while to complete this book due to the topic at hand so I would suggest people read with care.

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Kirsten Anderson worked as a communication specialist for the State of Iowa. In this book, the author tells her story about fighting sexual harassment and bullying at her workplace.

This book is so much more than the author's personal experience. The author has included various examples of harassment cases. (I admit, I felt very helpless while reading those). There are thought-provoking questions, statistics, advice, and hope.

While I have been lucky to have a great workplace where none of this is accepted, and strict HR rules are in place, I have no illusion that this is the norm for everyone else. And for that, my heart is breaking. Therefore, please educate yourself, and guide your spouse, kids, friends, colleagues, and neighbors whenever possible. Please do not stand by and watch in silence when it is happening. Even if you think it will get worse if you speak up, trust me when I say to you - in that situation, you are already at your worst. It could only get better one way or the other.

❗️Sexual harassment in the workplace is an immense issue that needs to be addressed more. I think this book is the perfect way to do so.
✔️This book needs to be available in every workplace.
✔️This book needs to be available in every school.
✔️Everyone on the earth needs to read this book to become a better version of themself.
✔️We need to teach our children to not make the same mistakes we continue to make.

Greatest thanks to the author for writing this book. I am glad books like this exist!

Thanks to Netgalley, Kirsten Anderson and Indigo River Publishing for providing an advanced copy in exchange for my review!

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I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley. This is not a book that I would typically choose to read however in this day I felt it may be a good resource and I can confirm that it certainly was. Kirsten Anderson writes about her own personal experience with sexual harassment in the workplace and her long fight to stand up against it. The book discusses many different values/topics and also shares real life examples and takeaways. I cannot say that I enjoyed this book however I do value the messages that I read and learned from it.

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A heavy subject matter, but a valuable resource. What I really liked about this book is that at the end of each chapter there are questions and scenarios for the reader to think through, so this book can easily be read in sections and activities worked on, which gives you time to digest such a heavy topic.

I'd recommend this book to everyone to have those discussions, to think about how they treat people and reflect on previous actions.

Kirsten's story is one that many people go through - in fact she opens the book by telling us that 81% of women and 43% of men have been sexually harassed in their lifetimes - and she shows how we can all make changes to no matter if we're the 'targeted' (not victim), the abuser or the bystander.

To say I enjoyed this book seems the wrong wording, I value this book and the messages it gives.

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Kirsten Anderson has bravely written about her experience being subjected to workplace harassment and bullying, then her subsequent termination after reporting it, and years-long legal fight to hold the perpetrator and her employer accountable. I love that her stated mission in this book is bold: to end workplace harassment in her lifetime.

The book follows a similar format as I’ve seen in some other recent self-help/ non-fiction books related to the workplace. The format includes personal experience written like memoir, which is then supplemented with lessons learned, tips, tools, recommendations and sample scenarios to drive the points home. Each chapter ends with important take-aways/ key points, along with an example scenario and questions to reflect on for yourself. Anderson also provides some excellent resources as an appendix at the end of the book which I found to be a helpful addition and great way to round out the book.

There were several passages and excerpts that I highlighted while reading this. Anderson weaves her personal experiences from getting the job where she was harassed all the way to the end of the court proceedings, with her personal recommendations for those in similar situations. She shares what worked for her to deal with the challenges she faced and ends with a call to action to stop workplace harassment and bullying. I think there’s something for everyone to take away from this book whether they have experienced similar situations personally or not.

I would have liked more depth in some parts, but I believe that’s a personal preference. Books that are written from an academic point of view, and that include a larger volume of studies and statistics tend to draw me in more. On the other hand, I feel this book will be more relatable and accessible to the general public which is essential to moving the conversation about ending workplace harassment and bullying forward in today’s society.

One of the highlights of this book for me was her suggestion to reframe how we view and name those subjected to workplace harassment and bullying from “victim” to “target” to put the onus back on the perpetrator. I felt like this was insightful and I hope it gains more traction as more people get to read this book and hear Anderson speak.

This book explores such a culturally relevant and vital topic, I think it’s highly worth your time to read it.

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I struggled with this. Not because it's badly written but because it tackles a difficult topic and does it well. Rather than read this in one sitting, like I usually would, I read it over several days.

Kirsten begins a difficult conversation with the aim of enlightening readers and ultimately bringing about change.

She does it well and I hope this book is read by many people.

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I had my up and downs with this book, but overall is a solid 4 stars in first instance, because of the topic, which is still today extremely important tot talk about. I love how the author uses the word 'target' instead of 'victim', and it's a good book to learn how to deal with sexual harassment, to help people struggling... We always say that we have to say something, and this author indeed say and did something.

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It took courage to tell this story that Kirsten shares in this empowering book. I was applauding all the way as I turned the pages. I believe Kirsten’s story will inspire other women to not only fight back against workplace abuse, but to do the healing work necessary to move past the trauma.

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Ahhh I don't know how i feel about this book so the review is going to be a little all over the place. The topics of the book are important and there are some thought provoking questions and scenarios in it. However, the author had a big court case regarding her treatment at work and that formed the majority of the book which sometimes missed the mark.

For example, towards the end she writes something along the lines of i know what i am doing is worth while because people stop me in the street and thank me. I want to give her a huge and send her back to therapy because after that whole book the sum up of advocacy still relied on external validation!?

Also with the scenarios i wish there was some answers i know they were open ended questions to make me think but also some just left me stumped in what the person should do and if there was hope for their situation.

Thank you to netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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A large part of my disappointment in this book, while still a good book, came from mismatched expectations. I went into this book expecting a memoir of her experiences and while that forms about 40% of this book, the remainder does not fit those expectations. Instead, the remainder of the book, a good 60% falls more into the category of self-help. I suppose that more careful attention to the title and synopsis from me prior to reading the book would have helped me hedge my expectations. However, after reading the synopsis subsequent to reading the book, only my knowledge of the contents of the book would have prepared me for what I actually received in this book.
I think that this story needs to be shared and that people need this help and these tools. However, I think that the marketing needs some adjustment so that the main focus of the book can reach more readers.

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81% of females have been sexually harassed in their lifetime. EIGHTY ONE PERCENT.

This book is challenging, because the topic is heavy and rightfully so. But there are legitimate tips to use woven throughout like phrases to use during tough or inappropriate situations.

She poses questions after scenarios to get you thinking.

Such a good piece of nonfiction for all women and men. #MeToo

Thank you to NetGalley and Indigo River for this ARC. I hope it finds its way into the hands of many more soon.

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Wow this one was heavy. It was a quick read where and I think this should be available to everyone as a resource because it really had me looking inwards at my own life and experiences.

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