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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Book review: The Women of Duck Commander provides background but little insight

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  • The women of the Robertson family recently added a new book, "The Women of Duck Commander" to the family's ever-growing list of published volumes, but it offers a minimal amount of profound insights into their lives and, instead, focuses on filling in a few blanks in the family's background.
    In the book, each woman takes the narrator's position and talks about her family, the larger Robertson family and, at times, their rise to fame and fortune.
    The book starts with each woman taking center-stage to provide a bit of background information in the form of a questionnaire featuring numerous queries that direct the conversation back to the men folk, such as which Robertson they are married to, what their husband's best quality is, how they feel about being a Robertson and how they feel about housework. Other chapters in the book focus on how each lady met the family for the first time and how they feel about Phil.
    Despite the patriarchal tilt of the book, there are moments where each woman gets a bit candid and is able to focus more on herself or her individual family versus the clan as a whole. These portions do make the book shine and feel more like the volume promised.
    Hopefully, the future will give the Robertson women an additional opportunity to write books that will focus on their independent entrepreneurial efforts, the ways they have branched out as a group or the ways they have grown as individuals under a glaring spotlight. Such a volume would better live up to this book's subtitle, which promises surprising insights.
    In short, "The Women of Duck Commander" is interesting enough for a casual read but could have zeroed in on the women to live up to the title. For avid viewers of the show "Duck Dynasty," much of the content will feel too familiar while those who are merely interested in finding out more about Kay, Korie, Missy, Jessica and Lisa will leave feeling like they only got to know the ladies in terms of how they relate to the men.
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