Reviews & Endorsements

Endorsements for Book I

Sharleen Daugherty writes about her journey from corporate executive to a specialist in Navajo weaving with an honest voice and an open heart. She tells her own story with humor and humility. Daugherty is a fine writer and a worthy guide for anyone interested in learning more about the Dine from the perspective of an astute and non-judgmental observer.

— Anne Hillerman, author of Song of the Lion and the best-selling Leaphorn/Chee/Manuelito mysteries

Instead of asking her Navajo subjects to shape-shift to conform to preconceived Anglo ideas about them, Sharleen Daugherty shape-shifts herself like the double doll of her childhood ... [She] immerses herself in Navajo culture, learns from them with humility, and feels through their dilemmas with compassion. She is trustworthy and respectful, a reliable guide to a world outside the American mainstream, and a fine story-catcher.
— Diana Hume George, author of The Lonely Other: A Woman Watching America

A breathtaking tale of risk, vision, and wisdom, Sharleen Daugherty's Double Doll leads us from the pressure cooker of Wall Street to the big skies of the Navajo Nation. Like the Navajo weavings the book celebrates, Daugherty intertwines issues of race, class, and gender against a backdrop of heartbreaking beauty.
— Robert Wilder, author of Daddy Needs A Drink

My relationship with Ms. Daugherty has gone on for over one hundred years. From writer's coach to deep friend, we have traveled together ... Her cross-culture journey and her insistence on finding the core of that adventure is recorded in this trilogy. Hers is the “Beauty Way” of a strong woman willing to dare.
— Michael Thunder, Writer's Coach

Writing a memoir requires the ability to face the truth and to share it with a strong voice that tells the story with heart and dignity. Sharleen Daugherty has done this and more in the first book of her memoir trilogy Double Doll. Her story brings both the beauty of the Southwest and the complexity of its people to life. Wonderfully written, this book should not be missed!
— Marcia Rosen, author of My Memoir Workbook

Words of Praise for Book I

In her memoir Double Doll: Turning Myself Upside Down, Sharleen Daugherty struggles with feelings of inferiority instilled by a strict religious upbringing and against pressure to compete in a fast-paced marketplace. Through her contacts with Navajo weavers and their families, she learns to define success on her own terms, meeting the challenges of the harsh but beautiful reservation landscape and developing a rewarding but sometimes frustrating network of relationships with the Navajo. In vivid, empathetic detail, she shows us how turning herself upside down turns her world right side up.

— Carol Schmudde

It's quite a trip and miles do not account for the distance from the Eastern Fortune 500 Companies and Wall Street to the Southwestern Navajo country and the Navajo culture. The first book in an autobiographical remembrance trilogy, Double Doll, is an interesting read, particularly when the author, Sharleen Daugherty, tells of her first interactions with the Navajo. Although the author had studied the Navajo extensively by book, she had much to learn. Some of the learning was fun; some not so fun. All in this book is described as honestly as possible. Anxiously awaiting books 2 and 3.
— C. N. Flanders

Sharleen Daugherty has created an amalgamation of two diverse cultures. Tiring of the rampant discrimination in the "man's world", she leaves a successful consulting business with an idea for a new enterprise. The concept is to combine the artistic capabilities of the Amish community where she has been living with the weaving capabilities of the Navajo Nation, and then offer collectible art to the East Coast market. Her initial step is to re-visit the Navajo Nation where she had traveled at an early age with her drunken, religious, controlling father. Sharleen then spins a tale of her immersion into the culture of the Navajo's and takes us through how she re-made her person and how she learned to do business with the Navajo Nation - by their rules. How this plays out makes for interesting - and informative reading.
— Joel Flanders

The courage to change directions in your life to follow your passion comes through in Double Doll. A great piece of work that keeps you turning the pages to see how things turn out. A life of business that turns into friendship is inspiring and a great read.
— Frankie Andreu

Sharleen, I powered through your book on my two flights home. I liked it very much! I enjoyed how you switched from your childhood memories to the business side of working with the Navajo trying to get the product made. It took some huge guts to quit your job and follow your passion. I kept turning the page to see what was going to happen with all the problems, and trust issues, that arose when dealing with the Navajo people. That handyman, hardware store guy, that called you little lady, I'm surprised you didn't go off and hit him after he stole the one weaving from you. Crazy story and incredible how the business turned into one of dear friendship. Very inspiring.
— Sincerely, Frankie Andreu

Sharleen, I finished your book a couple weeks ago and want to tell you that I enjoyed it so much. You have a great way with words that keep interest throughout your story. This book was so special because your love and knowledge of your Navajo family, and other members of the Navajo Nation, immediately became apparent. I learned so much and so easily about the conditions, culture, and life of the Navajos that I didn't even realize I was acquiring any proficiency! I loved Double Doll and look forward to your continuing books. Thank you for sending it to me. PS--Love the card you sent with the book--It has become a book mark.
— Suzanne G.

A simple outline of this lovely memoir doesn't truly do it justice, but here goes anyway: Sharleen Daugherty, a successful businesswoman in a fast-paced East Coast environment, decides to drop out of that rat race and start a business selling Navajo weavings. To make this work, she travels to the Southwest, connects with a number of Navajo weavers, and becomes good friends with several, one of whom adopts her as a family member. Daugherty's account of what she learns about herself and about her Navajo friends and their culture, written in clear prose and full of vivid details, makes for a compelling story. But the best part, the special part, is that the story she tells has heart and therefore touches the reader's heart also.
— Gerry McFarland

March 17, 2014

A Wall Street–savvy consultant turns Navajo rug trader, finding a path to happiness in the process.

In this first volume in a memoir series, Daugherty tells of how she decided to quit her job and devote her life to the Navajo tribe. She was inspired, in part, by a childhood memory of befriending a young Navajo girl who gave her a cherished “double doll” that had both Anglo and Navajo torsos that could be flipped back and forth. Daugherty took this dual-culture metaphor to heart as she set out to find weavers on the reservation; she aimed to sell their rugs and tapestries to wealthy collectors on the East Coast. …

She gradually learned the nuances of Navajo relationships and developed a close friendship with the matriarch of a renowned family of Navajo artists, Anna Mae Hoskie, who later adopted her as an honorary daughter. Inspired by the Navajo women’s sense of community and harmony with nature, Daugherty pledged to “walk in beauty” by finding balance in her life and respect for herself, others and the world around her.

Endorsements for Book II

She Faces Her Enemy, the second book of the Double Doll series, is a tale about taking chances, starting over and over again as the author moves through life finding success, joy, and unexpected obstacles. It is about love and trust and betrayal and resentment and, as the title notes, facing the roadblocks that the universe puts in our way. One of the memoir’s central themes, a narrative thread that will resonate with many readers, is that whether our enemies are outside forces, ghosts, and memories from our past or dysfunctional elements of our own psyche, none of us has to face them alone.

— Anne Hillerman, author of: Song of the Lion and the best-selling Leaphorn/Chee/Manuelito mysteries

This story of Sharleen Daugherty’s partnerships with Navajo artisans and their families is a fascinating and compelling glimpse into a world few outsiders understand. Highly recommended for lovers of the southwest and anyone interested in native cultures.

— Sean Murphy, Hemingway Award winning author of: The Hope Valley Hubcap King and The Time of New Weather


Words of Praise for Book II

I just finished your wonderful book that you gave me in Tucson. I can't tell you how much it means to me. That we crossed paths and have made this connection is not by chance, I believe. Your book brought me to tears a couple of times, and I look forward to the continuing story! So much of what you have experienced will resonate with many--women especially. Thank you again for the book! May we both continue to walk in the Beauty Way!

— Ellen, San Francisco, California


Sharleen, I finished it in one day. You have had some amazing experiences! The description of taking those women through O'Hare and customs was so real, I was getting a headache! You are one tough woman. I appreciate your honesty and sharing your life lessons. I want to scan Double Doll and see if I can figure out which friend didn't want you to write about her. You have lived boldly and bravely. I'm impressed with your gutsy approach to life. Hope you are on the way to the next book.
- Emelda

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Literary Review and Recommendation for Book II

 “Glad to have found this book. Truly, it’s a can’t put down.

There is no way to write something that captures the power of the truth that is written in this book. You can tell that the author was genuine and not just trying to put a book out. . . .