The Venus Chronicles:
Musings from the Feminine Side
by Carol Gee
Gee has written a humorous, thoughtful account of the journey
into womanhood. Her down-to-earth prose and witty insights are
especially real to women of color but are relevant to all women
. . . . a refreshing addition to the literary world.
- Melanie Murphy
Thank you Carol Gee for writing a book we all can relate to.
The Venus Chronicles is a page by page journey of humor, candor
and nostalgia. In a world often burdened with the seriousness
of the issues of the day, this read is a welcome retreat of sisterhood.
I enjoyed reading Carol's book The Venus Chronicles: Musings
from the Feminine Side. I find myself laughing as we read each
of the 30 vignettes. It was easy and enjoyable quick reading when
I had the time to relax for a few minutes. A funny experience
happened between my husband and me in regards to Carol's book.
I usually leave Carol's book at my end table next to my bed. When
I was finished with it, I placed it on the bookshelf with the
other fun reading books. One evening, my husband was looking for
the book and asked me where I'd placed Carol's book. I told him
where it was. He was annoyed. Seeing that I was perplexed by his
annoyance and surprised that he had been reading the book, he
explained that he likes to read the vignettes when he goes to
the bathroom. My husband said that Carol's writing reminds him
a just bit of Dave Barry. My husband enjoys Dave Barry's writing.
I was pleasantly surprised that he read it. I recommend the book
for both men and women for a leisurely reading.
This book is so entertaining and funny. Fortunately, I have
had the pleasure of sharing with other women about the book, we
all agree that it is a wonderful work of art. The amazing things
is how your stories take us back to life experiences that we never
realize were shared among so many others. It's as if we all grew
up in the same neighborhood. Again, thank you for sharing your
remarkable ability to make us laugh and cry at the same time.
I had a friend say she just howled at the stories.
I have enjoyed Venus Chronicles tremendously, it is
a pleasure to read something so pleasant and thought provoking.
While my day may not be going well, reading just one story could
change it too one of humor and laughter. The stories reminded
me of things in the past and the silly day to day adventures ladies
sometimes face. It's been a joy to read and I hope there is more
to come in the future.
There are so many things that I have wondered about the world
of women and things I've never imagined. Carol Gee's short pieces
are funny and revealing, human and three-dimensional. As a man,
this isn't a workbook to make me more sensitive, or encourage
me to leave the toilet seat down, but it's a wonderful ride that
lets me in on her "scene" with every piece. I can't wait for her
- Robert Brown
Carol Gee's, The Venus Chronicles: Musing from the Feminine
Side, is an open diary every woman should have. I have not
laughed and cried at the same time in a long time. I'm a sentimental
fool, just lay me away. To this day I'm still the layaway Queen
as a matter of fact I have my new living room table set on layaway
right now. If I can't afford to pay for it when I want it just
let me lay it away and it's mine baby! 30-60 days to pay, I can
I cherish the memories from shopping with Helena to Vaseline,
which my house is never without. It's one of the best-kept secrets
from healing to gleaming. I never met a bra that fit just right
and a girdle that didn't bite. Those unfriendly panties, "too
funny." In the year 2002 bologna is still going strong in my house.
My grandchildren love my bologna sandwiches with cheese please!
And don't forget the Kool-Aid. You go girl. Thanks for keeping
it on the real.
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