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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
The Writing on the Wall by Marilyn Howard is a non-fiction autobiography of the author and her ability to break the professional glass ceiling and live a full, adventurous life during a time in American history that predated what most would recognize as feminism today. Howard's memoir covers a span of decades, through her early life, friendships, and exciting stories as she traversed the globe, on through to relationships, legal woes and government foes, and motherhood—the latter being juggled with the dexterity of an octopus as her shooting star continued to rise and illuminate the Manhattan skyline she so dearly loves. [“...I walked them a mile to school in the morning with Ken in a stroller, and then continued about another mile on to work near Sixth Avenue.”]
Marilyn Howard delivers a strong and timely autobiography with The Writing on the Wall, and it's no wonder she was able to fill a whole book with her stories, which we're fortunate to have her share. Despite an avalanche of issues that would hold most people back, Howard pushed forward with her work and her investment endeavors. I love that in 1981 she bought the Apple IPO for $7 per share even if her broker wasn't as savvy on the sale as she'd hoped, and that she invested in a home in Greenwich as a newly single woman and mother. Often, while reading this well-written, witty, and engrossing memoir, I read bits of advice out loud to my teenage daughter who enjoyed them as much as I did. And honestly, if you can get a teenage girl to smile you're still knocking it out of the park. Very highly recommended.