I can’t write about this book the way I usually write about books. And most of the time when I write about a book on this site it is usually intended for my own memory, as in “Don’t buy that book, you’ll just start reading and discover you’ve already read it!” But this book is something entirely different and I just wanted to share a review of it with others because it really is a good book.
How to Be a Geek Goddess: Practical Advice for Using Computers with Smarts and Style by Christina Tynan-Wood is a book for women, obviously. I work in IT, I know how geeky the guys get and I can hold my own with my co-workers. But I know how to turn that geek-speak off when I’m working with others who are somewhat less tech-savvy. I have co-workers who have not mastered that skill, and I think it’s a skill that comes easier to women. My mom is the same way, awesome techno-nerd but can totally speak to others without confounding them.
Anyway, back to the book…
The book is written with a sarcasm and wit, but still manages to get the point across in a straight-forward and clear manner. And the book covers a broad range of topics: from buying a computer, installing software, setting up a wireless network and social networking. It’s pretty comprehensive without being too verbose.
I enjoyed this book and found myself picking up on a few new bits of info in almost every chapter. The book is structured in a way where you could just read through it to learn (and laugh) about everything, or keep it around as a reference on specific topics. I was really impressed with this entry into the computer book market.
Check out Christina’s blog – Geek Girlfriends – she’s continually got interesting posts.