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November 13, 2008

How to Be a Geek Goddess--New from No Starch Press: Practical Advice for Using Computers with Smarts and Style

How to Be a Geek Goddess San Francisco, CA, November 13, 2008—Men and women rarely think alike, and when it comes to technology, their differing wants and needs are often glaringly apparent. If we are to believe the stereotypes, men are obsessed with acronyms and the size of their hard drives. On the other hand, women use technology to get things done as they struggle to work, shop, email, raise children, and host perfect dinner parties, all at the same time.

How to Be a Geek Goddess (No Starch Press, Dec 08, 344 pp, ISBN 9781593271879) shows every woman how to sort out the complicated world of technology. Whether she's buying a computer, shopping for a cell phone, trolling electronics aisles, or simply surfing the Internet, How to Be a Geek Goddess makes sense of it all with wit, intelligence, and attitude. "This book proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Christina Tynan-Wood totally gets where men and women divide in terms of technology," said Jonna Gallo Weppler, senior editor at Family Circle magazine. Weppler praised How to Be a Geek Goddess as a "comprehensive, easy-to-understand guide" and advised readers to "buy this book now."

"I decided to write this book so that I could answer the questions my girlfriends asked me about technology all at once," explained author Christina Tynan-Wood. "Women are working, raising kids, taking care of parents, and running businesses as well as homes. They need time-saving and organizing tools, but they also need to grasp technology in order to help their kids navigate it."

With practical, clear, and down-to-earth insight, readers learn how to:

  • Buy the right computer to fit their needs, decor, and budget
  • Surf the Web with confidence, organize schedules, and manage finances
  • Master email, cell phones, and instant messaging
  • Keep family members safe from spyware, viruses, stalkers, and phishing scams
  • Connect with friends, grow their professional networks, or find that special someone online

How to Be a Geek Goddess will show readers how to expertly join the Web conversation, start a blog, and solve many common technical crises. "This book is as much a manifesto on female techno-empowerment as it is a book on how to use technology," explains Tynan-Wood. In no time at all, readers will become the tech-savvy girlfriend on all of their friends' speed dials.

For more information, to schedule an interview, or to request a review copy of How to Be a Geek Goddess, contact Travis Peterson at No Starch Press (nostarchpr@oreilly.com, +1.415.863.9900, x300), or visit www.nostarch.com.

About the Author
Christina Tynan-Wood has published hundreds of articles on technology, parenting, and education in her 15 years as a working writer. She has written for Family Circle, Parenting, This Old House, USA Weekend, Edutopia, Working Mother, Scholastic Administrator, Family PC, and Popular Science and has contributed regular columns to both PC World and PC Magazine. Christina has won multiple awards for business and investigative journalism. She blogs at www.geekgirlfriends.com.

Additional Resources
Chapter 5, "Shopping!" (PDF)
Table of contents overview
Detailed table of contents (PDF)
Index (PDF)
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How to Be a Geek Goddess How to Be a Geek Goddess
By Christina Tynan-Wood
December 2008, 344 pp
ISBN 9781593271879, $24.95 USD
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Founded in 1994, No Starch Press is one of the few remaining independent computer book publishers. We publish the finest in geek entertainment—unique books on technology, with a focus on Open Source, security, hacking, programming, alternative operating systems, and LEGO. Our titles have personality, our authors are passionate, and our books tackle topics that people care about. See http://www.nostarch.com for more information and our complete online catalog. (And most No Starch Press books use RepKover, a lay-flat binding that won't snap shut.)

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