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Bachelor Girl: The Secret History of Single Women in the Twentieth Century

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In this lively and colorful book of popular history, journalist Betsy Israel shines a light on the old stereotypes that have stigmatized single women for years and celebrates their resourceful sense of spirit, enterprise, and unlimited success in a world where it is no longer unusual or unlikely to be unwed.

Drawing extensively on primary sources, including private journals, newspaper stories, magazine articles, advertisements, films, and other materials from popular media, Israel paints remarkably vivid portraits of single women — and the way they were perceived — throughout the decades. From the nineteenth-century spinsters of New England to the Bowery girls of New York City, from the 1920s flappers to the 1940s working women of the war years and the career girls of the 1950s and 1960s, single women have fought to find and feel comfortable in that room of their own. One need only look at Bridget Jones and the Sex and the City gang to see that single women still maintain an uneasy relationship with the rest of society — and yet they radiate an aura of glamour and mystery in popular culture.

As witty as it is well researched, as thoughtful as it is lively, Bachelor Girl is a must-read for women everywhere.

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"[I]mpressive....Israel's witty and provocative look at a topic dear to many women deserves wide readership." Publishers Weekly

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"Engaging, convincing, even stirring." Kirkus Reviews

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"Journalist Israel writes wittily but reveals few 'secrets' about single women....Although her bibliography is impressive, this popular history lacks specific citations, and some of her generalizations are misleading. More important, most of the women she discusses are not single so much as not yet married..." Library Journal

Review:

"[I]nsightful....It wasn't until the 1970s that being a single young woman started to lose some of its ignominy, though Israel astutely notes that the stigma continues to nip at the heels of single women today. A must read for contemporary bachelor girls." Kristine Huntley, Booklist

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"Bachelor Girl absorbingly depicts the struggles single women faced in fighting for freedom and independence..." Elle

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"Israel has made the triumphs and travails of those Bowery babes...and women's libbers...immediate and hilarious..." Vogue

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"The book provides an intriguing balance of cultural history and pointed detail." San Francisco Chronicle

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"Betsy Israel's brilliant book takes us through a century of the 'different-ness' and explores why it might be extant." Helen Gurley Brown, previous Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan, and author of Sex and the Single Girl

Synopsis:

In this lively and colorful book of popular history, journalist Betsy Israel shines a light on the old stereotypes that have stigmatized single women for years and celebrates their resourceful sense of spirit, enterprise, and unlimited success in a world where it is no longer unusual or unlikely to be unwed.

About the Author

Betsy Israel is a journalist and former editor who has contributed to the New York Times, Elle, Rolling Stone, GQ, Harper's Bazaar, Redbook, People, Mademoiselle, Vogue, New York, Spin, Playboy, and the Los Angeles Times, among many others. She is a former columnist for Glamour, Us, and New York Woman and was a contributing writer for Mirabella. She has written numerous screenplays and is the author of Grown-Up Fast: A True Story of Teenage Life in Suburban America. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780380976492
Subtitle:
The Secret History of Single Women in the Twentieth Century
Author:
Israel, Betsy
Publisher:
William Morrow
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Single women
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
TR-02-1
Publication Date:
October 8, 2002
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.01 in 19.04 oz

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Product details 304 pages William Morrow & Company - English 9780380976492 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[I]mpressive....Israel's witty and provocative look at a topic dear to many women deserves wide readership."
"Review" by , "Engaging, convincing, even stirring."
"Review" by , "Journalist Israel writes wittily but reveals few 'secrets' about single women....Although her bibliography is impressive, this popular history lacks specific citations, and some of her generalizations are misleading. More important, most of the women she discusses are not single so much as not yet married..."
"Review" by , "[I]nsightful....It wasn't until the 1970s that being a single young woman started to lose some of its ignominy, though Israel astutely notes that the stigma continues to nip at the heels of single women today. A must read for contemporary bachelor girls."
"Review" by , "Bachelor Girl absorbingly depicts the struggles single women faced in fighting for freedom and independence..."
"Review" by , "Israel has made the triumphs and travails of those Bowery babes...and women's libbers...immediate and hilarious..."
"Review" by , "The book provides an intriguing balance of cultural history and pointed detail."
"Review" by , "Betsy Israel's brilliant book takes us through a century of the 'different-ness' and explores why it might be extant."
"Synopsis" by , In this lively and colorful book of popular history, journalist Betsy Israel shines a light on the old stereotypes that have stigmatized single women for years and celebrates their resourceful sense of spirit, enterprise, and unlimited success in a world where it is no longer unusual or unlikely to be unwed.
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