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From the importance of a peignoir to the joy of breakfast in bed (alone), Hillis's tips made single life desirable and chic. Now, historian and critic Joanna Scutts reclaims Hillis as the queen of the "Live-Aloners" and explores the turbulent decades that followed, when the status of these "brazen ladies" peaked and then collapsed. The Extra Woman follows Hillis and others like her who forged their independent paths before the 1950s saw them trapped behind picket fences yet again.
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By Julia on 05-24-18
One seriously acerbic wit here!
Your grandparents and great-grandparents leave you their success books? This book is like visiting my grandmother's friends after the point where Grandma stopped trying to be a good example. You know the sadness of Marge Simpson having no friends? This is what her friends would sound like if she had had any, talking over the self help books over the years and planning out their own lives. Great book -- great history and many, many great laughs.