This is a book people either love, or hate. I myself have studied astrology for years, and I adore this book. Apart from her bad habit of addressing the sign of the hare as "Cat," It's a refreshingly modern look at astrology. After browsing over a copy of her "New Chinese Astrology" at the library I work at, I had to run out and buy this book. 9 times out of 10, the accuracy is stunning. I spent weeks walking around and reading passages of this book out loud to every friend and family member who would listen. It was spot-on with everyone but my sister. In any group situation, it's a great way to start conversations! While the name-dropping is a bit annoying, it's entertaining to learn of all the celebrities born under the same signs (I was positivly giddy when I learned that Tolstoy was a fellow rat!)
This book is so spot on it scares me. I have a lot of books about Chinese astrology which are definately more detailed but this combination of Western and Eastern astrology gives a short description of each sign which is totally enough. I like the way the book is structured. Each sign, for example Leo/Tiger or Virgo/Pig is described on 4-5 pages which is perfect for a quick and playful reading. This sounds superficial, but Suzanne White is so accurate that people think I'm making it up when I read their's out loud. Astrology is something you believe or you don't, but I can actually tell certain people what Chinese sign they are by their looks. Not all, but for example women born in the year of the rat all have mouse-like features(examples: Sally Kellerman, Lauren Bacall, Gwyneth Paltrow are all born in the year of the rat) and Suzanne White is really good in recognizing and describing this. The way she writes might seem a bit casual but it's not. She's better than some more "serious" written books on this subject translated from Chinese into English. Just buy it and compare it with your friends and you'll know what I'm talking about.