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Looks at changing conceptions of spinsterhood in modern American culture.

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Genre: History
Author: Naomi Braun Rosenthal
Publisher: SUNY Press
Release: 2012-02-01
File: 198 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780791489437

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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. From the Hardcover edition.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Kate Bolick
Publisher: Broadway Books
Release: 2015-04-21
File: 352 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780385347143

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Author: Miss F. CHILD
Publisher:
Release: 1844
File: 395 Pages
ISBN-13: BL:A0022462510

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Sheila Jeffreys examines the activities of feminist campaigners around such issues as child abuse and prostitution and how these campaigns shaped social purity in the 1880s and 1890s. She demonstrates how the thriving and militant feminism of late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was undermined, and asserts that the decline of this feminism was due largely to the promotion of a sexual ideology which was hostile to women’s independence. The circumstances about which she writes are frighteningly familiar in the present political climate.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Sheila Jeffreys
Publisher: Spinifex Press
Release: 1997
File: 237 Pages
ISBN-13: 1875559639

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Ms. Ensler wants to soften the ever-fraught relationship between American women and their bodies, to expose the destructive formulas that lead them to assuage their insecurities by punishing their flesh...rich in pointed, amusing details...forthrightly funny [Marnich] has an ear for warm, natural dialogue that eschews snarky quips and truisms...the play's linguistic honesty satisfies. --Time Out NY. ...has a humanistic glow...clockwork precision...an initially comic and ultimately tragic look at how individual wome

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Genre: Drama
Author: Federico García Lorca
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc
Release: 2009-01-01
File: 49 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780822222354

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The late Victorian period brought a radical change in cultural attitudes toward middle-class women and work. Anxiety over the growing disproportion between women and men in the population, combined with an awakening desire among young women for personal and financial freedom, led progressive thinkers to advocate for increased employment opportunities. The major stumbling block was the persistent conviction that middle-class women - "ladies" - could not work without relinquishing their social status. Through media reports, public lectures, and fictional portrayals of working women, From Spinster to Career Woman traces advocates' efforts to alter cultural perceptions of women, work, class, and the ideals of womanhood. Focusing on the archetypal figures of the hospital nurse and the typewriter, Arlene Young analyzes the strategies used to transform a job perceived as menial into a respected profession and to represent office work as progressive employment for educated women. This book goes beyond a standard examination of historical, social, and political realities, delving into the intense human elements of a cultural shift and the hopes and fears of young women seeking independence. Providing new insights into the Victorian period, From Spinster to Career Woman captures the voices of ordinary women caught up in the frustrations and excitements of a new era.

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Genre: History
Author: Arlene Young
Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
Release: 2019-05-30
File: Pages
ISBN-13: 9780773558496

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Mr. Charles Norris needs help finding a wife... For he has the unfortunate habit of falling for each Season's loveliest debutante, only to have his heart broken when she weds another. Surely Lady Marjorie Penwhistle can help him. She's sensible, clever, knows the ton, and must marry a peer, which he is not. Since she's decidedly out of his reach, Charles is free to enjoy her refreshing honesty—and her unexpectedly enticing kisses... Lady Marjorie Penwhistle doesn't want a husband... At least not the titled-but-unbearable suitors her mother is determined she wed. She'd rather stay unmarried and look after her eccentric brother. Still, advising Mr. Norris is a most exciting secret diversion. After all, how hard will it be to match-make someone so forthright, honorable, and downright handsome? It's not as if she's in danger of finding Charles all-too-irresistible herself...

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Jane Goodger
Publisher: Kensington Books
Release: 2015-02-03
File: 304 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781601831637

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Traditional Mother Goose nursery rhymes are rewritten, depicting unruly students attending the school of Spinster Goose.

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Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Author: Lisa Wheeler
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release: 2011-03-08
File: 48 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781416925415

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Jodi and Jill Spingold are the Spinster Sisters. With a radio show, speaking engagements, DVDs, and two bestselling books, they've built a thriving cottage industry helping other single women find happiness. Their futures have never been brighter-until Jill turns out the lights on Jodi by announcing her engagement. Jodi is stunned. How can they be the Spinster Sisters if one of them is married? Complicating things is her own love life, involving three vastly different paramours offering three different kinds of happiness-none of which Jodi is sure she wants. And her ex-husband, backed by his lawyer girlfriend, may be angling for a piece of the Spinster Sisters empire. Now, Jodi must make some tough decisions, keep the business afloat, and get to the altar to stand by her sister-even if means that from now on she'll be single all by herself.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Stacey Ballis
Publisher: Penguin
Release: 2007-03-06
File: 304 Pages
ISBN-13: 1440625301

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Features watercolor portraits of female college students printed by Risograph.

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Genre: Artists' books
Author: Robert Smythe Hichens
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
Release: 2015
File: 88 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781465551177

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