Book Review: Certain Women by Linda K. Burton
Certain Women was a talk given by Linda K. Burton in the April 2017 General Conference. We have already addressed the talk here. (spoiler: we liked it!)
This book is something that is typical within Deseret Book, in that it is a word-for-word reproduction of the talk, printed in hardcover with art image and cut outs. This particular book is probably too physically small for a coffee table book (7.5 inches or about 18cm square), and because it has no additional writing content, I am honestly not sure what the purpose the book serves.
To be clear, I liked the talk. And I like the gorgeous, bright, water-colour artwork that is include within the pages of the book (maybe buy it for the artwork! Sheryl Dickert Smith did a fabulous job!). I suspect that it will make an excellent “busy book” for my children, if the sacrament meeting talks on a Sunday don’t retain their attention— the wide spacing, and abundant artwork will be something they enjoy and yet retain focus on the spirit. And it might be a good book for those who would choose to gift it to a “less active” person.
In all honesty, I don’t see the reason behind this marketing of a General Conference talk in hard copy. I have a friend who purchased a “book” similar to this a few years ago that was a word-for-word reprint of a talk by then-President Uchtdorf. She was so upset at feeling ripped off that she returned the book and demanded her money back. So perhaps this kind of book is better suited for those who are not familiar with or those who do not watch, listen or read all of General Conference.
This book is not political, and I think most Mormon women would appreciate it as a gift, even though they probably recall the talk from general conference. I love that rather than following the format of books like this being based on men’s general conference talks—that this is by a woman. And the artwork is grand.
But you know the old metaphorical saying, “why pay for the cow when you can get the milk for free?” You can get this for free right here on LDS.org. Just sayin.
Should you be interested in this as a busy book for tweens trapped in less-than-attention grabbing sacrament meetings, you can purchase the book through Amazon for $15.99 US.