Category: Women

  • Her Brilliant Career: Ten Extraordinary Women of the Fifties by Rachel Cooke

    By Rachel Cooke

    An exuberant team biography—"a wonderfully numerous number of 'brief lives' written with either gusto and sensitivity" (The Guardian)—that follows ten ladies in Fifties Britain whose pioneering lives prepared the ground for feminism and laid the basis of recent women's success.

    In Her incredible profession, Rachel Cooke is going again in time to provide an unique and iconoclastic examine ten girls within the 1950s—pioneers whose expert careers and intricate inner most lives helped to create the possibilities to be had to today's ladies. those plucky and bold individuals—among them a movie director, a cook dinner, an architect, an editor, an archaeologist, a race automobile driver—left the home, found the bliss of labor, and ushered within the period of the operating woman.

    Daring and self reliant, those amazing unsung heroines—whose obscurity makes their accomplishments all of the extra amazing and suitable —loved passionately, challenged men's regulate, made their very own errors, and took lifestyles all alone phrases, breaking new flooring and delivering concept. Their person snap shots progressively shape a panorama of Fifties tradition, and women's unique—and quickly evolving—role.

    Before there can be a Danica Patrick, there needed to be a Sheila van Damm; sooner than there has been Barbara Walters, there has been Nancy Spain; sooner than there has been Kathryn Bigelow, got here Muriel field. The pioneers of Her incredible occupation without end replaced the cloth of tradition, society, and the paintings force.

    This is the Fifties, retold: brilliant, miraculous and, such a lot of all, glossy.
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  • Hard Choices: How Women Decide About Work, Career and by Kathleen Gerson

    By Kathleen Gerson

    How do girls make a choice from paintings and relations commitments? And what are the explanations, limits, and outcomes of the "subtle revolution" in women's offerings over the Nineteen Sixties and Nineteen Seventies? to reply to those questions, Kathleen Gerson analyzes the stories of a gently chosen team of middle-class and working-class ladies who have been teenagers within the Seventies. Their informative lifestyles histories exhibit the rising social forces in American society that experience led present day girls to stand numerous tough choices.
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  • Housewitch: A Novel by Katie Schickel

    By Katie Schickel

    Allison Darling, former foster baby, now a stay-at-home mother of 3, desperately desires to slot in with the natural latte ingesting, hundred-dollar-yoga-pants-wearing mothers who run Monrovia, her fascinating seashore village. continually feeling like an interloper, Allison desires of extra for her children.

    When the Glamour ladies, a soap-selling corporation run by means of the main charismatic and strong girls on the town, recruits Allison, she jumps on the invitation. The Glamor women have a hand in every thing in Monrovia, from bake revenues to enterprise bargains. this can be what Allison's sought after her entire life—to be loved. To be well known. To belong.

    After Allison's estranged mom passes away, she learns her family's heartbreaking legacy and the key Allison's been battling to suppress all her existence emerges: she's a witch. What's extra, she's now not the one one on the town. There's extra to the Glamour women then it seems... and as soon as you're a Glamour lady, there's no going back.

    Allison needs to use her rediscovered magic to safeguard Monrovia, safeguard her marriage and her kids, and reclaim her legacy. scuffling with teeth and nail for her relations is straightforward, yet what approximately for herself? Is it too past due to confront her personal demons and turn into the girl she desires of being? [/i]
    "Katie Schickel's debut entertains whereas delightfully skewering our culture's obsession with household perfection. within the spirit of John Updike's [i]Witches of Eastwick and Alice Hoffman's useful Magic, Schickel casts a spell all her personal. Housewitch takes us deep contained in the darkish arts of twenty first century motherhood and flickers with unforeseen magic." —Amber Dermont, manhattan occasions bestselling writer of The Starboard Sea
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  • Having It All in the Belle Epoque: How French Women's by Rachel Mesch

    By Rachel Mesch

    Right now deeply old and unusually well timed, Having all of it within the Belle Epoque indicates how the debates that proceed to captivate high-achieving ladies in the USA and Europe may be traced again to the early 1900s in France. the 1st photographic magazines aimed toward ladies, Femina and los angeles Vie Heureuse created a feminine position version who may perhaps stability age-old conference with new equalities. usually pointed out easily because the "modern woman," this fascinating determine embodied the hopes and goals in addition to the main urgent inner conflicts of huge numbers of French ladies in the course of what used to be a interval of profound swap. jam-packed with never-before-studied pictures of the trendy French girl in motion, Having all of it exhibits how those early magazines exploited new photographic applied sciences, inventive currents, and literary developments to create a robust version of French femininity, person who has exerted an enduring effect on French expression.

    This e-book introduces and explores the concept that of Belle Epoque literary feminism, a fabricated from the elite milieu from which the magazines emerged. outlined by way of its refusal of political engagement, this feminism was once however preoccupied with increasing women's roles, because it labored to build a collective delusion of lady fulfillment. via an astute mix of historic learn, literary feedback, and visible research, Mesch's research of women's magazines and the preferred writers linked to them deals an unique window onto a bygone period which may function a framework for ongoing debates approximately feminism, femininity, and work-life tensions.
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  • Women's Fiction: From 1945 to Today by Deborah Philips

    By Deborah Philips

    Now in its moment variation and with new chapters overlaying such texts as Elizabeth Gilbert's consume, Pray, Love and 'yummy mummy' novels comparable to Allison Pearson's I Don't understand how She Does It, it is a wide-ranging survey of well known women's fiction from 1945 to the present.

    Examining key tendencies in well known writing for girls in each one decade, Women's Fiction deals case learn readings of significant British and American writers. via those readings, the booklet explores how well known texts usually ignored through feminist literary feedback have charted the transferring calls for, aspirations and expectancies of girls within the twentieth and twenty first centuries.
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  • The 12 Secrets of Highly Successful Women: A Portable Life by Gail McMeekin

    By Gail McMeekin

    Take the degree of women’s success!

    Popular inventive trainer Gail McMeekin, writer of the bestselling The 12 secrets and techniques of hugely inventive Women, bargains a wealth of recommendation for the categorical demanding situations inventive ladies face at the present time: considering too small, underestimating the necessity for switch, fearing the longer term, and missing self-confidence.

    McMeekin combines interviews with a few of today’s so much winning ladies and her personal confirmed good fortune innovations to aid readers go beyond their “blocks” and attain good fortune. girls will become aware of how to:

    Dismantle proscribing ideals
    • Take optimistic, calculated hazards
    • Make profession alterations fueled via ardour and purpose
    • “Filter and Focus” to offer their inventive rules time and house to evolve

    As in her prior ebook, The 12 secrets and techniques of hugely winning Women deals enormous quantities of examples of the way artistic ladies marketers and company leaders have used those techniques for fulfillment. this is often an inspiring ebook for girls that indicates what’s attainable in the event you stick to your middle and honor your presents.
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  • Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy by Mimi Alford

    By Mimi Alford


    In the summer season of 1962, nineteen-year-old Mimi Beardsley arrived by means of educate in Washington, D.C., to start an internship within the White apartment press workplace. The Kennedy management had reinvigorated the capital and the country—and Mimi was once wanting to give a contribution. For a tender girl from a privileged yet sheltered upbringing, the activity used to be the opportunity of a life-time. even if she all started as a lowly intern, Mimi made an impact on Kennedy’s internal circle and, after simply 3 days on the White apartment, she was once offered to the President himself.
     
    presently, the 2 started an affair that will proceed for the subsequent eighteen months.
     
    In an period whilst ladies within the place of work have been nonetheless thought of “girls,” Mimi was once actually a woman herself—naïve, blameless, emotionally unprepared for the joys that got here whilst the President’s aura and gear have been grew to become on her full-force. She used to be additionally unprepared for the sentiments of isolation that might keep on with as she fell into the double lifetime of a school scholar who was once additionally the key lover of the main robust guy on the earth. Then, after the President’s tragic loss of life in Dallas, she grieved in inner most, locked her mystery away, and attempted to begin her existence anew, in basic terms to discover that her previous might solid an extended shadow—and eventually damage her courting with the guy she married.
     
    In 2003, a Kennedy biographer pointed out “a tall, narrow, attractive nineteen-year-old university sophomore and White residence intern, who labored within the press office” in connection with one of many President’s affairs. The disclosure trigger a tabloid frenzy and shortly uncovered Mimi and the key that she had stored for 41 years. simply because her previous have been printed in this kind of surprising, public approach, she was once pressured, for the 1st time, to ascertain the alternatives she’d made. She got here to appreciate that shutting down one a part of her existence so thoroughly had closed her off from a lot more.
     
    now not outlined through silence or disgrace, Mimi Alford has ultimately unburdened herself with this searingly sincere account of her lifestyles and her super inner most moments with a really public guy. Once Upon a Secret bargains a brand new and private depiction of 1 of our so much iconic leaders and a strong, relocating tale of a girl coming to phrases along with her earlier and relocating out of the shadows to reclaim the truth.
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