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Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own

 
 
Author
Kate Bolick.
Publisher Crown  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.35 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780385347136
Pages/Publication Date 308/2015
Daedalus Item Code 59378
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"Whom to marry, and when will it happen—these two questions define every woman's existence." So begins this revelatory and slyly erudite look at the pleasures and possibilities of staying single, from Atlantic contributing editor Kate Bolick. Using her own experiences as a starting point, Bolick invites us into her carefully considered, passionately lived life, exploring why she, along with millions of American women, remains happily unmarried. This demographic shift, she explains, is the outcome of hundreds of years of change that has not been fully understood or appreciated. In this expansion of her Atlantic cover story "All the Single Ladies," Bolick introduces a cast of inspiring women from the last century who have emboldened her to live 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.

"What's surprising about Spinster is how, in its charmingly digressive style, the book sets forth a clear vision not just for single women, but for all women: to disregard the reigning views of how women should live, to know their own hearts and to carve out a little space for their dreams."—NYTBR

"Bolick's evocation of the untethered state is often beautiful, her metaphors precise and lyrical in the manner of her heroines. More important, she does not flinch from describing just how alone alone can feel.... Bolick is adept at spotting the unexamined confusions and curious silences that have arisen in the wake of an incomplete sexual revolution—and that bedevil those of us who are living outside of our culture's sturdiest institutions."—Elle

 
 
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