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The bitch in the house 26 women tell the truth about sex, solitude, work, motherhood, and marriage

by Hanauer, Cathi

Format: Kindle Book 2013 2013
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Summary
"Featuring all original essays by Ellen Gilchrist, Hope Edelman, Pam Houston, Daphne Merkin, Natalie Angier, Vivian Gornick, Jill Bialosky, Helen Schulman, Chitra Divakaruni, Karen Karbo, Kate Christensen, Elissa Schappell, Veronica Chambers, Susan Squire and many more."
Contents
Excuse me while I explode: my mother, myself, my anger / E.S. Maduro
Getting the milk for free / Veronica Chambers
Crossing to safety / Jen Marshall
Moving in, moving out, moving on / Sarah Miller
Papa don't preach / Kerry Herlihy
Memoirs of an ex-bride: looking back, looking ahead / Daphne Merkin
I do, not: why I won't marry / Catherine Newman
Killing the Puritan within / Kate Christensen
Houseguest hell: my home is not your home / Chitra Divakaruni
A man in the heart / Hazel McClay
Why I hate that my mother was right (well, about most things): turning into Elizabeth Taylor / Karen Karbo
How we became strangers / Jill Bialosky
Erotics 102: staying bad, staying married / Cynthia Kling
My marriage, my affairs / Hannah Pine
My mother's ring: caught between two families / Helen Schulman
Attila the honey I'm home / Kristin van Ogtrop
The myth of co-parenting: how it was supposed to be, how it was / Hope Edelman
Daddy dearest: what happens when he does more than his half? / Laurie Abraham
Crossing the line in the sand: how mad can mother get? / Elissa Schappell
Maternal bitch / Susan Squire
The origin, procreation, and hopes of an angry feminist / Natalie Angier
Married at 46: the agony and the ecstasy / Nancy Wartik
The fat lady sings / Natalie Kusz
The middle way: learning to balance family and work / Ellen Gilchrist
What independence has come to mean to me: the pain of solitude, the pleasure of self-knowledge / Vivian Gornick
The perfect equality of our separate chosen paths: becoming a mother, or not / Pam Houston.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "I am woman--hear me roar! And whine, and praise, and ponder the state of contemporary womanhood, from anxiety attacks to the mommy track, from corporate boardrooms to the suburban bedroom. Asked to explore a significant element of her life, each of the 26 remarkable women in this impassioned anthology does so in thoughtfully introspective, honorably truthful, and candidly self-revelatory essays that feel less like contemporary feminist rhetoric and more like late-night, soul-searching conversations between best friends. As one would expect from a powerhouse lineup that includes New York Times best-selling authors and Pulitzer Prize^-winning journalists, the writing is superb: smart, sassy, and honest--oh, are they honest! Call it "therapy in a pen"; there's no such thing as "TMI" (too much information) from women definitely not ashamed to let it all hang out: the anger and rage (hence the title). But self-recriminations and doubts, delights and triumphs are here, too, in this must-read for every woman, be she mother or daughter, wife or lover, sister or girlfriend. --Carol Haggas"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In the spirit of Virginia Woolf, who wrote of killing the "Angel in the House," these 26 women mostly professional writers focus on the inner "bitch": the frustration, anger and rage that's never far from the surface of many women's lives. They sound off on the difficult decisions of living with lovers, marrying, staying single and having children. Those who haven't chosen the single life are almost always frustrated by their mates' incompetence or their toddlers' neediness. (They reserve special scorn for overly laid-back live-in lovers content to live off a hardworking woman's checkbook.) While a handful of entries touch other sources of anger being criticized for one's weight, simultaneously caring for ailing parents and a young family, coping with a husband who's out to win his baby daughter's loyalty most focus on the love vs. work problem. For many of these women, this means a struggle over the right to be a bitch and inflict unpleasantness on others for the sake of a higher goal (one's work) versus the feminine imperative to "make nice." While unbridled rage is terribly cathartic even in print it's the quieter moments that provide more food for thought. Daphne Merkin's observation that she's "more equipped to handle the risks of loneliness than those of intimacy" and thus better off divorced, or Nancy Wartik's thought that "some compromises might actually be healthy," will ring true for many readers. Others may find it comforting to know that even smart, articulate, successful women can have deeply unsettled inner lives. Agent, Elizabeth Kaplan. (On sale Sept. 17) Forecast: With a classy list of contributors (ranging from Natalie Angier to Vivian Gornick), and first serial rights sold to O magazine, Elle, Glamour and Self, this one will find an enthusiastic readership. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Women United States Social conditions Case studies
Interpersonal relations United States Case studies
Sociology
Literary Criticism
Nonfiction
Women's Studies
Electronic books.
Publisher New York :HarperCollins2013
2013
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Hanauer, Cathi.
Gilchrist, Ellen, 1935-
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Language English
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ISBN 9780062276186
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