Alexandra Jacobs
September 05, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

When Work Doesn't Work Anymore

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Elizabeth Perle Mckenna
Women's Studies

We gave it a B+

With When Work Doesn’t Work Anymore, former bigwig publisher Perle McKenna joins the Sarah Ban Breathnach (Simple Abundance) brigade of women advocating voluntary downsizing. Only she’s armed with a tape recorder instead of a trowel, counting Gloria Steinem, Anna Quindlen, and Letty Pogrebin among some 200 other empathetic interviewees. Most buttress her elegant, well-thought-out argument that an outdated, unaccommodating — oh, all right, masculine — corporate culture is responsible for a generation of career gals’ rankling unease re ”having it all.” We are not our business cards! she insists. Yet she fails to adequately address those outside her privileged circle — those who, perhaps, never had business cards to begin with. B+

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