Thursday, October 6, 2016

Book Review: The Bitch Is Back by Cathi Hanauer

The Bitch Is Back: Older, Wiser, and (Getting) Happier
More than a decade after the New York Times bestselling anthology The Bitch in the House spoke up loud and clear for a generation of young women, nine of the original contributors are back—along with sixteen captivating new voices—sharing their ruminations from an older, stronger, and wiser perspective about love, sex, work, family, independence, body-image, health, and aging: the critical flash points of women’s lives today...
Having aged into their forties, fifties, and sixties, these "bitches"—bestselling authors, renowned journalists, and critically acclaimed novelists—are back . . . and better than ever. In The Bitch Is Back, Cathi Hanauer, Kate Christensen, Sarah Crichton, Debora Spar, Ann Hood, Veronica Chambers, and nineteen other women offer unique views on womanhood and feminism today. Some of the "original bitches" (OBs) revisit their earlier essays to reflect on their previous selves. All reveal how their lives have changed in the intervening years—whether they stayed coupled, left marriages, or had affairs; developed cancer or other physical challenges; coped with partners who strayed, died, or remained faithful; became full-time wage earners or homemakers; opened up their marriages; remained childless or became parents; or experienced other meaningful life transitions. 
Writing
The writing here is fantastic, as you would expect from some of the most highly acclaimed feminist writers of our time.  Obviously, I connected with some essays more so than others, and I'm significantly younger than many of the authors (I'll have to make The Bitch in the House a priority on my TBR) but I found a lot to enjoy here.

Entertainment Value
Again, the audience here is older.  Fortunately, that also means, in many cases, wiser.  I'm embarking on my own major life changes and this was a great place to turn for some advice on doing so with grace and dignity (or in some cases the pitfalls to avoid to maintain my grace and dignity).  I think there's a lot of value here for all readers, regardless of age and life situation.

Overall
Highly recommend for those interested in feminism and women's issues, particularly those surrounding marriage, careers, children, and independence.  There's a lot of humor to be found here, but also a lot of great advice and motivation.

A major thank you to TLC for having me on the tour and to Harper Collins for sending a copy of the book.  Click here for a list of other stops and links to reviews.

2 comments:

  1. As I'm approaching 40 and dealing with all the conflicting demands of my family, job, life, etc. this seems like the perfect book to pick up.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

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  2. Handling things in life with grace and dignity seems so daunting sometimes, and it's nice to read others' experiences to, like you said, learn from their success at this (and occasionally their failure!).

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