"SHAKING HER ASSETS is funny, smart, and hugely
- Jill A. Davis, author of GIRLS' POKER NIGHT
"A funny page-turner for the entrepreneur in
- Alison Pace, author of IF ANDY WARHOL HAD A GIRLFRIEND
"Funny and true to life--a smart and clever read."
- Johanna Edwards, author of THE NEXT BIG THING
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Have a job interview? Exploring raise possibilities? Now's the
time to go for it! For inspiration, check out SHAKING HER ASSETS,
a hilarious novel about pursuing a dream job.
-LIFE & STYLE WEEKLY, 7/18/05
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You don't have to possess X-Ray vision or a Lasso of Truth to
be a superhero. New York City native Rachel Chambers, the star of
the clever chick-lit title "Shaking Her Assets," finds her power
simply by thwarting evil blind dates and leaping from job to job.
Eventually, one of Rachel's coworkers gets wind of her urban adventures
and sketches a compic strip based on her. Will her alter ego inspire
Rachel to take control of her life?
-INSIDE TV, 6/13/05
New This Week
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"Shaking Her Assets," a stylish cut of chick
lit by Robin Epstein and Renee Kaplan...is a breezy bathtub read
about one of those ideas -- you know, the kind that makes you think,
"I should quite this gig and just..."... This light romp through
Manhattan -- with all its art, food and creative energy -- and makes
readers want to hop and train and take a bite out of the Big Apple,
just like the city's newest heroine.
for full review: When
You're Down, Shake It Up
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Like many young professionals, Rachel - the protagonist in the
new novel "Shaking Her Assets" by Renee Kaplan and Robin Epstein
- is just trying to carve out her territory as a catalog editor
in the creative hive that is New York City when personal tragedy
strikes... Sounds like a job for - no, wait. Ambitious young women
don't have a superhero! That is until Rachel embarks on a daring
business idea and new friend Zach depicts her exploits as comic
book character Marilyn Manizer, the woman with nerves - and bra
- of steel. Rachel starts to believe she just might pull off her
crazy but creative new life...
-ITHACA TIMES, 6/22/05
for full review: http://www.theithacatimes.com
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What do you do when you lose your job and your
boyfriend in the same month (after polishing off one too many vodka
gimlets with your best friend, that is)? You reinvent yourself,
for full review: http://www.theithacajournal.com
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Fresh ideas like the comic book angle make this debut novel a
cut above the ordinary. Engaging characters, particularly the smart
and thoughtful protagonist, add sparkle to an appealing plot. The
witty dialogue never falters and the Manhattan hipster scene feels
authentic. Writing partners Epstein and Kaplan have collaborated
on a sexy success story with great big heart.
-Romantic Times, 4-stars
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The savvy, independent woman chicklit readers
want to identify with is Rachel. She struggles in her relationships
with her family, both envying her married sister and feeling blessed
by and proud of her sister’s family. She... figures out how to run
a business, makes quick smart decisions that further her company.
She demands to be taken seriously and respected, particularly by
her best friend and his fiancée in one memorable restaurant showdown.
Ah, the glory of it! Watching her business savvy is in itself a
reason to read the book though ultimately, it is her entire coming
of age, with her family, friends, romantic partners, and career,
that make this story fascinating.
-Small Spiral Notebook
for full review: http://www.smallspiralnotebook.com
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[T]he writing is surprisingly smooth, written
in the first person events in the life of Rachel Chambers... The
book has a likable heroine, and is written in a breezy colloquial
style. Even at the heroine's darkest hours, she keeps a sense of
-PRESS FOCUS, All Around Philly, Book Review
for full review: 'Shaking
Her Assets': A Comic Look At a Young Entrepreneur
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Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons may be on to something: Life would be much easier if we were all superheroes. That's the premise of Robin Epstein and Renée Kaplan's hip new tome, Shaking Her Assets, which is one part chick lit, one part graphic novel. The story's heroine, Rachel Chambers, is a copywriter who gets mercilessly kicked to the curb by her boss and boyfriend. But things start looking up for Rachel when Zach, a co-worker at her temp job, creates a comic-book superhero based on her misadventures. Marilyn Manizer is a hot-blooded (and just plain hot) superheroine with steel resolve -- and a steel bra.
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