Making a Life of One's Own
Author(s): Kate Bolick
Original Publish Date: Apr 21, 2015
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Product Number: Z100085341
Released: Apr 21, 2015
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ISBN: #9780553397482
Narrator/s: Kate Bolick
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A New York Times Book Review Notable Book "Whom to marry, and when will it happen—these 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—along with over 100 million American women, whose ranks keep growing—remains 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—the 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—a 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.

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Author(s): Kate Bolick
Product Number EB00584818
Released: Apr 21, 2015
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: #9780385347143

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"Kate Bolick considers the question of two competing forces facing contemporary women today: societal pressure to get married and the desire to remain an independent single woman. Bolick takes on an academic tone while narrating her work with precise diction and pronunciation befitting her literary approach to her topic. Bolick explores the possibility of living an unconventional life through a selection of five literary women in recent history who, in her estimation, espouse the spinster lifestyle to which she aspires, and whom she designates as her awakeners. The result is an academic and historical approach to the author's contemporary experiences as both a coupled and an uncoupled woman. S.E.G. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"