Making A Life of One's Own

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A bold, original, moving book that will inspire fanatical devotion and ignite debate."Whom to marry, and when will it happen&́#x1b;p0b4sthese two questions define every woman's existence." So begins Spinster, a revelatory and slyly erudite look at the pleasures and possibilities of remaining single. Using her own experiences as a starting point, journalist and cultural critic Kate Bolick invites us into her carefully considered, passionately lived life, weaving together the past and present to examine why­ she&́#x1b;p0b4salong with over 100 million American women, whose ranks keep growing&́#x1b;p0b4sremains unmarried.This unprecedented demographic shift, Bolick explains, is the logical outcome of hundreds of years of change that has neither been fully understood, nor appreciated. Spinster introduces a cast of pioneering women from the last century whose genius, tenacity, and flair for drama have emboldened Bolick to fashion her life on her own terms: columnist Neith Boyce, essayist Maeve Brennan, social visionary Charlotte Perkins Gilman, poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, and novelist Edith Wharton. By animating their unconventional ideas and choices, Bolick shows us that contemporary debates about settling down, and having it all, are timeless&́#x1b;p0b4sthe crucible upon which all thoughtful women have tried for centuries to forge a good life.Intellectually substantial and deeply personal, Spinster is both an unreservedly inquisitive memoir and a broader cultural exploration that asks us to acknowledge the opportunities within ourselves to live authentically. Bolick offers us a way back into our own lives&́#x1b;p0b4sa chance to see those splendid years when we were young and unencumbered, or middle-aged and finally left to our own devices, for what they really are: unbounded and our own to savor.From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, 2015
ISBN: 9780553397468
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (9 hr., 34 min., 44 sec.))
Additional Contributors: Bolick, Kate

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Oct 25, 2017

I adore this book. I have the ARC and the hard back, and I'm currently listening to it on audio book.

It's so refreshing to know that there are heterosexual women who don't seek marriage and family, who are willing to choose a life of solitude and singleness so they don't dissipate their energies on things other than their work and/or their art. She makes it very plain that men of course get to "have it all," mainly because he has a wife at home to take care of everything outside of his other ambitions. But for a woman to "have it all," she has to DO it all and most often without help.

I hope that young women will discover this book and find it a useful guide to contentment and success in singlehood. SPINSTER need not be a dirty word.


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