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|Author||: Rebecca Traister|
|Editor||: Simon and Schuster|
"Today, only twenty percent of Americans are wed by age twenty-nine, compared to nearly sixty percent in 1960. The Population Reference Bureau calls it a 'dramatic reversal.' [This book presents a] portrait of contemporary American life and how we got here, through the lens of the single American woman, covering class, race, [and] sexual orientation, and filled with ... anecdotes from ... contemporary and historical figures"--
|Author||: Jane Costello|
|Editor||: Simon & Schuster UK|
An ex-lover, a fake lover and an ambitious plan. Be careful what you wish for... The sparkling new novel from the Sunday Times Top 10 bestselling author Samantha Brooks' boyfriend has made a mistake. One his friends, family, and Sam herself know he'll live to regret. Jamie has announced he's leaving, out of the blue. Jamie is loving, intelligent and, while he isn't perfect, he's perfect for her - in every way except one: he's a free spirit. And after six years in one place, doing a job he despises, he is compelled to do something that will tear apart his relationship with Sam: book a one-way flight to South America. But Sam isn't giving up without a fight. With Jamie still totally in love with her, and torn about whether to stay or go, she has three months to persuade him to do the right thing. So with the help of her friends Ellie and Jen, she hatches a plan to make him realise what he's giving up. A plan that involves dirty tricks, plotting, and a single aim: to win him back. But by the time the tortured Jamie finally wakes up to what he's lost, a gorgeous new pretender has entered Sam's life. Which begs the question . . . does she still want him back?
|Author||: Dorothea Benton Frank|
The perennial New York Times bestselling author returns with an emotionally resonant novel that illuminates the power of friendship in women’s lives, and is filled with her trademark wit, poignant and timely themes, sassy, flesh-and-blood characters, and the steamy Southern atmosphere and beauty of her beloved Carolina Lowcountry. Few writers capture the complexities, pain, and joy of relationships—between friends, family members, husbands and wives, or lovers—as beloved New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank. In this charming, evocative, soul-touching novel, she once again takes us deep into the heart of the magical Lowcountry where three amazing middle-aged women are bonded by another amazing woman’s death. Through their shared loss they forge a deep friendship, asking critical questions. Who was their friend and what did her life mean? Are they living the lives they imagined for themselves? Will they ever be able to afford to retire? How will they maximize their happiness? Security? Health? And ultimately, their own legacies? A plan is conceived and unfurls with each turn of the tide during one sweltering summer on the Isle of Palms. Without ever fully realizing how close they were to the edge, they finally triumph amid laughter and maybe even newfound love.
|Author||: Joanna Nell|
|Editor||: Hachette Australia|
Joanna Nell's life-affirming debut is a moving, funny, heartwarming tale of love and community in the spirit of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Grace and Frankie The life of 79-year-old pensioner PEGGY SMART is as beige as the décor in her retirement village. Her week revolves around aqua aerobics and appointments with her doctor. Following a very minor traffic accident, things have turned frosty with her grown-up children and she is afraid they are trying to take away her independence. The highlight of Peggy's day is watching her neighbour Brian head out for his morning swim. She dreams of inviting the handsome widower - treasurer of the Residents' Committee and one of the few eligible men in the village - to an intimate dinner. But why would an educated man like Brian, a chartered accountant no less, look twice at Peggy? As a woman of a certain age, she fears she has become invisible, even to men in their eighties. But a chance encounter with an old school friend she hasn't seen in five decades - the glamorous fashionista ANGIE VALENTINE - sets Peggy on an unexpected journey of self-discovery. 'Lively and whimsical ... with some serious points to make about ageing, love, community and friendship' Sydney Morning Herald 'This heartwarming story about growing old gracefully - and disgracefully ... is a funny, witty and thoroughly enjoyable read for all ages' Daily Telegraph 'I haven't been this entranced by a character since Eleanor (Oliphant, of course). This book is a joy - it's a celebration of age instead of an apology for it, and a reminder that life is always an adventure if you let it be. I loved this uniquely endearing book' KELLY RIMMER 'I loved it! I want to be Peggy when I'm older. With many laugh-out-loud moments, this book is sure to make you see "getting old" in a different light. A refreshing, funny, realistic and warm read' FIONA PALMER 'The perfect blend of funny and moving: had me laughing and crying in this ultimately uplifting story' NATASHA LESTER **Contains bonus extract from Joanna's new novel THE LAST VOYAGE OF MRS HENRY PARKER**
|Author||: Rebecca Traister|
|Editor||: Simon and Schuster|
A journalist and feminist explores the ways the 2008 election brought issues concerning women and power, sexism and feminism into the national spotlight, and what it means for the country, all the while weaving in her first-person experience navigating this turbulent time.
|Author||: Blake Karrington|
|Editor||: Urban Renaissance|
Single Ladies is back! Get ready to deal with the drama of baby daddies, side chick issues, divorce, child custody, child support, medical issues, money problems, infidelity, lust, in-laws, jobs, law enforcement, incarceration, and everything else that comes along with being a "Single Lady in the hood!" Tammy, Falisha, Kim, and Lisa return with new issues and old relationships threatening each lady’s happiness. Tammy finds herself deeply in love with her new man, Darious, but when a secret is revealed, will it destroy her now seemingly perfect world? While Lisa and Ralphy are hospitalized and forced to evaluate what each means to the other, will this near death experience convince them that love can conquer all? Lamar finally gets up the nerve to pop the big question to Kim, but is Falisha all the way out of his heart? Speaking of Falisha, will the news of Lamar and Kim push her back into Fox’s arms? This raw and uncut hood soap is a guide to living life as a single lady in this crazy world. Forget a seat belt—ride with Blake Karrington in this series with no brakes, and don't worry about crashing!
|Author||: Jane Costello|
|Editor||: Simon and Schuster|
An ex-lover, a fake lover and an ambitious plan. Be careful what you wish for... The sparkling new novel from the Sunday Times Top 10 bestselling author Samantha Brooks' boyfriend has made a mistake. One his friends, family, and Sam herself know he'll live to regret. Jamie has announced he's leaving, out of the blue. Jamie is loving, intelligent and, while he isn't perfect, he's perfect for her- in every way except one: he's a free spirit. And after six years in one place, doing a job he despises, he is compelled to do something that will tear apart his relationship with Sam: book a one-way flight to South America. But Sam isn't giving up without a fight. With Jamie still totally in love with her, and torn about whether to stay or go, she has three months to persuade him to do the right thing. So with the help of her friends Ellie and Jen, she hatches a plan to make him realise what he's giving up. A plan that involves dirty tricks, plotting, and a single aim: to win him back. But by the time the tortured Jamie finally wakes up to what he's lost, a gorgeous new pretender has entered Sam's life. Which begs the question . . . does she still want him back?
|Author||: Rebecca Carroll|
W.E.B. Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk is one of the most influential books ever published in this country. In it, Du Bois wrote that “the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line,” a prophecy that is as fresh and poignant today as when it first appeared in print in 1903. Now, one hundred years after The Souls of Black Folk was first published, Saving the Race reexamines the legacy of Du Bois and his “color line” prophecy from a modern viewpoint. The author, Rebecca Carroll, a biracial woman who was reared by white parents, not only provides her own personal perspective, but she invites eighteen well-known African Americans to share their ideas and opinions about what Du Bois's classic text means today. Lalita Tademy, author Stanley Crouch, cultural critic, novelist A’Lelia Bundles, great-great-granddaughter of Madame C.J. Walker, author David Graham Du Bois, stepson of W.E.B. Du Bois, writer, teacher, activist Touré, novelist, contributing writer for Rolling Stone magazine Julian Bond, chairman of the board, NAACP Thelma Golden, chief curator and deputy director for exhibitions and programs at the Studio Museum of Harlem Kathleen Cleaver, former communications secretary of the Black Panther party Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., civil rights leader and lawyer Cory Booker, former New Jersey councilman, mayoral candidate, activist Jewell Jackson McCabe, founder and president of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Derrick Bell, professor of law, New York University Elizabeth Alexander, poet and writer Clarence Major, author, poet, artist Terence Blanchard, horn player, film composer Reverend Dr. James Forbes, senior minister of Riverside Church, New York Patricia Smith, poet LeAlan Jones, author The result is an insightful and illuminating collection of interviews both provocative and inspiring. Saving the Race paints a fascinating, complicated, and colorful portrait about the “souls of black folk” in twenty-first century America.
|Author||: Erika R. Godfrey|
|Editor||: Xulon Press|
With the evolution in dating that has taken place, many Christian women are finding themselves still single without a hope of being married. Single Ladies CLAP Your Hands encourages single women, to take the focus off of being married, and to focus on Praising God for what He has already done and what He is going to do This book invites women to Clap their Hands in the midst of being single. With a sister to sister approach, Godfrey addresses issues to consider while you are single like: [Being created for a purpose and how being single plays into that purpose [Being patient with God while He works things out for your good [Being victims of fairy tales and re-writing your own fairy tale [Being a first class single Single Ladies, read this book and get ready to C.L.A.P.-Celebrate Life Always Praising Sister Erika R. Godfrey is a native of Richmond, California, Erika is a devout seeker of knowledge, always eager and excited to learn as much as God will allow her to know. Having already obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, she is currently in the pursuit of her Master of Divinity degree. At her home church Erika serves as the Director of Christian Education and a youth department teacher. With the combination of Erikas effective pursuance of the complete understanding of Gods Word, her heart for young women and a desire to help empower them through His Word, she was chosen to teach the Young Adult Womens group, The D.O.L.L.S (Divas Outrageously, Living and Loving the Savior) She presides as an Associate Dean for the California State Congress of Christian Education.
|Author||: Andrea J. Lee|
|Editor||: Xlibris Corporation|
CALLING ALL WOMEN OF ALL RACES AND NATIONALITIES, THIS COULD BE YOU OR SOMEONE YOU MAY KNOW! Single Ladies, PUT A CAP ON IT! Is an educational tool and a self-help guide designed to challenge single women into their full potential before entering into relationships with men. I believe that being confident in God and loving yourself first will permit healthier relationships. Letting go of past hurts and pains and learning to forgive is the first step in the healing process! Enclosed you will find my twelve golden rules and steps to follow while living single. I’ve come in contact with many women in my lifetime, and all of our stories are similar, or we know someone who has experienced some of the things I talk about in my book. A PERFECT GIFT FOR YOUR TEENAGER HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR MEN: THIS BOOK WILL ALSO GIVE MEN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF WOMEN AND ALLOW THEM TO RECEIVE US AND RESPOND TO US BETTER
|Author||: Melissa Blanco Borelli|
|Editor||: Oxford Handbooks|
This text offers new ways of understanding dance on the popular screen in new scholarly arguments drawn from dance studies, performance studies, and film and media studies. Through these arguments, it demonstrates how this dance in popular film, television, and online videos can be read and considered through the different bodies and choreographies being shown
|Author||: Mandy Hale|
|Editor||: Thomas Nelson|
Smart, strong, independent—single women can live a fabulous life. Husband not required. Mandy Hale, also known by her many blog readers and Twitter fans as The Single WomanTM, shares her stories, advice, and enthusiasm for living life as an empowered, confident, God-centered woman who doesn’t just resign herself to being single—she enjoys it! Being single has had its stigmas, but Mandy proves it has its advantages too, and she uses wisdom and wit to inspire her fellow single ladies to celebrate and live fully in the life God has given them. Mandy encourages her readers on subjects such as taking chances, building friendships, letting go, and finding a greater purpose. With her help, readers can stop worrying about happily ever after and discover a happy life instead.
|Author||: Gail Collins|
|Editor||: Little, Brown|
Gail Collins, New York Times columnist and bestselling author, recounts the astounding revolution in women's lives over the past 50 years, with her usual "sly wit and unfussy style" (People). When Everything Changed begins in 1960, when most American women had to get their husbands' permission to apply for a credit card. It ends in 2008 with Hillary Clinton's historic presidential campaign. This was a time of cataclysmic change, when, after four hundred years, expectations about the lives of American women were smashed in just a generation. A comprehensive mix of oral history and Gail Collins's keen research--covering politics, fashion, popular culture, economics, sex, families, and work--When Everything Changed is the definitive book on five crucial decades of progress. The enormous strides made since 1960 include the advent of the birth control pill, the end of "Help Wanted--Male" and "Help Wanted--Female" ads, and the lifting of quotas for women in admission to medical and law schools. Gail Collins describes what has happened in every realm of women's lives, partly through the testimonies of both those who made history and those who simply made their way. Picking up where her highly lauded book America's Women left off, When Everything Changed is a dynamic story, told with the down-to-earth, amusing, and agenda-free tone for which this beloved New York Times columnist is known. Older readers, men and women alike, will be startled as they are reminded of what their lives once were--"Father Knows Best" and "My Little Margie" on TV; daily weigh-ins for stewardesses; few female professors; no women in the Boston marathon, in combat zones, or in the police department. Younger readers will see their history in a rich new way. It has been an era packed with drama and dreams--some dashed and others realized beyond anyone's imagining.
|Author||: Melanie Bales,Karen Eliot|
|Editor||: Oxford University Press|
Dance on its Own Terms: Histories and Methodologies anthologizes a wide range of subjects examined from dance-centered methodologies: modes of research that are emergent, based in relevant systems of movement analysis, use primary sources, and rely on critical, informed observation of movement. The anthology fills a gap in current scholarship by emphasizing dance history and core disciplinary knowledge rather than theories imported from disciplines outside dance. Individual chapters serve as case studies that are further organized into three categories of significant dance activity: performance and reconstruction, pedagogy and choreographic process, and notational and other written forms that analyze and document dance. The breadth of the content reflects the richness and vibrancy of the dance field; each deeply informed examination serves as a window opening onto the larger world of dance. Conceptually, each chapter also raises concerns and questions that point to broadly inclusive methodological applications. Engaging and insightful, Dance on its Own Terms represents a major contribution to research on dance.
|Editor||: Instaread Summaries|
All the Single Ladies is a novel by Dorothea Benton Frank that centers on three women brought together by the death of a friend, Kathryn Harper. Lisa St. Clair is in dire straits. She lost all of her money in a failed yoga studio business and has been reduced to living in a home vacated by her parents' elderly friends. She is also estranged from her grown daughter, Marianne, who has chosen to live in Colorado to be near her father, Lisa's ex-husband, and to build a marijuana business. Lisa strongly disapproves of Marianne's choices and the situation has placed a firm wedge between mother and daughter. Lisa works at a senior care home as a part time nurse. There, she befriends Carrie and Suzanne as she treats their dying friend, Kathryn. When Kathryn passes away of cancer, Suzanne is named executor of her estate. No one knows if Kathryn has any family. In fact, they know little about Kathryn's past...
|Author||: Monique Moultrie|
|Editor||: Duke University Press|
In Passionate and Pious Monique Moultrie explores the impact of faith-based sexual ministries on black women's sexual agency to trace how these women navigate sexuality, religious authority, and their spiritual walk with God. Providing churchwomen a space to candidly discuss these issues, these popular ministries exist largely beyond the traditional church, with dialogues about sex taking place in chat rooms and through text messages, social media, email, and other media. Moultrie foregrounds televangelist Juanita Bynum's construction of the black Christian sexual identity these ministries promote while emphasizing how churchwomen reconcile these prescriptive identities with their individual experiences. What does it mean for senior women to exercise sexual agency when their church standing could be questioned? What does celibacy mean for women who experience same-sex desire while believing that such desire goes against God's will? Advancing a womanist sexual ethics, Moultrie reframes biblical interpretations and conceptions of what constitutes a healthy relationship to provide a basis for sexual decision making that does not privilege monogamy or deny female pleasure, thereby calling on black churchwomen to experience responsible and life-enhancing sex.
|Author||: Sara Eckel|
“Why am I still single?” If you’re single and searching, there’s no end to other people’s explanations, excuses, and criticism explaining why you haven’t found a partner: “You’re too picky. Just find a good-enough guy and you’ll be fine.” “You’re too desperate. If men think you need them, they’ll run scared.” “You’re too independent. Smart, ambitious women always have a harder time finding mates.” “You have low self-esteem. You can’t love someone else until you’ve learned to love yourself.” “You’re too needy. You can’t be happy in a relationship until you’ve learned to be happy on your own.” Based on one of the most popular Modern Love columns of the last decade, Sara Eckel’s It’s Not You challenges these myths, encouraging singletons to stop picking apart their personalities and to start tapping into their own wisdom about who and what is right for them. Supported by the latest psychological and sociological research, as well as interviews with people who have experienced longtime singledom, Eckel creates a strong and empowering argument to understand and accept that there’s no one reason why you’re single—you just are.
|Author||: Kate Bolick|
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.
|Author||: Daphne Merkin|
|Editor||: Farrar, Straus and Giroux|
A wide-ranging collection of essays by one of America's most perceptive critics of popular and literary culture From one of America's most insightful and independent-minded critics comes a remarkable new collection of essays, her first in more than fifteen years. Daphne Merkin brings her signature combination of wit, candor, and penetrating intelligence to a wide array of subjects that touch on every aspect of contemporary culture, from the high calling of the literary life to the poignant underside of celebrity to our collective fixation on fame. "Sometimes it seems to me that the private life no longer suffices for many of us," she writes, "that if we are not observed by others doing glamorous things, we might as well not exist." Merkin's elegant, widely admired profiles go beneath the glossy façades of neon-lit personalities to consider their vulnerabilities and demons, as well as their enduring hold on us. As her title essay explains, she writes in order "to save myself through saving wounded icons . . . Famous people . . . who required my intervention on their behalf because only I understood the desolation that drove them." Here one will encounter a gallery of complex, unforgettable women—Marilyn Monroe, Courtney Love, Diane Keaton, and Cate Blanchett, among others—as well as such intriguing male figures as Michael Jackson, Mike Tyson, Truman Capote, and Richard Burton. Merkin reflects with empathy and discernment on what makes them run—and what makes them stumble. Drawing upon her many years as a book critic, Merkin also offers reflections on writers as varied as Jean Rhys, W. G. Sebald, John Updike, and Alice Munro. She considers the vexed legacy of feminism after Betty Friedan, Bruno Bettelheim's tarnished reputation as a healer, and the reenvisioning of Freud by the elusive Adam Phillips. Most of all, though, Merkin is a writer who is not afraid to implicate herself as a participant in our consumerist and overstimulated culture. Whether ruminating upon the subtext of lip gloss, detailing the vicissitudes of a pre–Yom Kippur pedicure, or arguing against our obsession with household pets, Merkin helps makes sense of our collective impulses. From a brazenly honest and deeply empathic observer, The Fame Lunches shines a light on truths we often prefer to keep veiled—and in doing so opens up the conversation for all of us.
|Author||: Chuck Klosterman|
|Editor||: Simon and Schuster|
Takes a humorous look at expectations versus reality in pop culture, sports, and media, exploring such topics as pop culture's obsession with time travel and what Kurt Cobain and David Koresh have in common.