The Writing on the Wall provides strategies to conquer and succeed in life and business, while telling an entertaining story. Becoming an entrepreneur wasn't an option for a woman in the early 1960s, but explorations called and opportunities appeared. Breaking through an ad agency's glass ceiling, skiing in Aspen, and a year of travel adventures led to the founding and operating of Creative Freelancers Inc., the first central agency for freelance commercial artists and writers in Manhattan. In 1997 it became the first agency on the web.
A late marriage to an older, sophisticated New York man made the author a mother to three surprise stepdaughters and two of her own children. Finding herself with a family in Manhattan and great business potential, she knew she needed to learn more. Her path as an entrepreneur is explained and suggestions are mentored from experiences. Events converge and uncanny predictions come true. The stories portray youthful travels, harrowing legal battles, and romantic surprises. This true story is both an exciting treasure hunt and a penetrating exploration of the challenges facing women entrepreneurs from the 1960s till today.
I thought this was incredibly interesting and engaging. It's a memoir I will want to re-read later on. The insights shared here are valuable... If you are a woman looking to be inspired and want to break through your own glass ceiling (or whatever your limits may be), this is the book for you.
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. 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. 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.
— Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers’ Favorite