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The Power of No

How to Keep Blowhards and Bozos at Bay

by (author) Beth Wareham

Rodale Books
Initial publish date
Jul 2009
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jul 2009
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The terrible yes years. You know them well: You're suckered into working late and often, unflattering haircuts and poodle perms, back-fat-exposing blouses, too small jeans, treacherous friendships, and dudes who kiss like a Saint Bernard…all because you couldn't use that one little word…that one little word with so much power…N-O.


Unlike "please respect my boundaries," N-O has teeth. It says jump back! Stand down! Mess-with-me-at-your-peril! It can be delivered like a whisper or spat out like a curse. N-O is perfect for every relationship, from cubicle to corner office, backyard to bedroom, dry cleaner to grocery store. Worn on your hip and drawn in one smooth action, NO lets you say, "I don't have time for this nonsense. I am making a great life here."


The perfect book for anyone who has ever been passed over for a promotion, dated jerks, married a disaster, suffered too many fools, or just needed more time alone,The Power of No will teach you how to manage what you don't want and get what you do.


About the author

Contributor Notes

Beth Wareham is a book editor whose mantra is "double space." She is married to her first and last husband, and they live in New York City and a small island off the coast of Canada. The couple recently celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary, a fact that baffles them both.

Editorial Reviews

"This book is a must-read for any woman who has ever agreed to work too late, do too big of a favor, or overlook one slight too many in the name of ‘love.’ If I had read this book earlier, I could have saved myself a lot of heartache and many of the ‘Slips’ that are now synonymous with my name." —Sherri Shepherd, cohost ofThe View and author ofPermission Slips: EveryWoman's Guide to Giving Herself a Break"If I'd understood the power of NO earlier in life, I would have avoided cheerleading tryouts, white go-go boots, several thousandmiles of Ben and Jerry’s Rocky Road, at least one husband, and karaoke last night at the Hedge Fund Pub. No is the new yes." —Molly O'Neill, author ofMostly True: A Memoir of Family, Food, and Baseball"Beth Wareham has written a laugh-out-loud pistol-packing book. After reading it, you have no choice but to say yes, yes, a million times yes to saying no, especially after hearing about the naked brother." —Geneen Roth, author ofWhen You Eat at the Refrigerator, Pull Up a Chair andWhen Food Is Love