Despite more power and choices than ever before, women are still angry; that's not necessarily a bad thing, as anger is what continues to open the door for change. In this collection, 15 women speak boldly and passionately about choices they've made, about sex, children, love, and work, and explore what's working and what is not. Their essays, always provocative, honest, witty, and wise, are the culmination of the lessons of the past two decades, the 'me' years and the therapy years, the years that have taught women to express themselves and acknowledge their needs. As celebratory as they are critical, these brilliant essays reflect the truth about life.
This audiobook contains the following essays, written and read by the contributors:
Introduction, Cathi Hanauer
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
I Do. Not.: Why I Won't Marry, Catherine Newman
Killing the Puritan Within, Kate Christensen
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
Married at 46: The Agony and the Ecstacy, Nancy Wartik
The Fat Lady Sings, Natalie Kusz
What Independence Has Come to Mean to Me: The Pain of Solitude. The Pleasure of Self-Knowledge, Vivian Gornick
"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....The writing is superb: smart, sassy, and honest....[A] must-read for every woman, be she mother or daughter, wife or lover, sister or girlfriend." (Booklist)
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Mostly, the essays are honest, well written, and revealing. A few are whiny and annoying. To the woman whose chief complaint is that her husband does more than his share: OMG! Are you nuts?
Yes, the essays are thought provoking, so that was inspiring, but the experience of listening to only half of what I know to be The Entire Book also now inspires me to bitch that what is advertised as unabridged is not; it's less than half the book.
Good grief, where's the rest of the book???