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The Bitch in the House: 26 Women Tell the Truth about Sex, Solitude, Work, Motherhood, and Marriage

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Staff Pick

Great essays like these give you an opportunity to look at the world through another person's eyes and re-examine your own experiences. The 26 included here take you on a journey through the a myriad women's lives. I laughed, I cried, I felt better about myself after reading this sad, comic and wholly engrossing collection.
Recommended by Danielle, Powells.com

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"Bitch's essayists include a heavy sampling of women from the top echelons of publishing: the executive editors of both Elle and Glamour contributed, as did highly placed staffers at Random House, W. W. Norton, The New York Times, and Vanity Fair. This is one reason the writing is so consistently revealing and fine...." Sandra Tsing Loh, The Atlantic Monthly (read the entire Atlantic Monthly review)

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Publisher Comments:

Virginia Woolf introduced us to the “Angel in the House”, now prepare to meet... The Bitch In the House.

Women today have more choices than at any time in history, yet many smart, ambitious, contemporary women are finding themselves angry, dissatisfied, stressed out. Why are they dissatisfied? And what do they really want? These questions form the premise of this passionate, provocative, funny, searingly honest collection of original essays in which twenty-six women writers — ranging in age from twenty-four to sixty-five, single and childless or married with children or four times divorced — invite readers into their lives, minds, and bedrooms to talk about the choices they've made, what's working, and what's not.

With wit and humor, in prose as poetic and powerful as it is blunt and dead-on, these intriguing women offer details of their lives that they've never publicly revealed before, candidly sounding off on:

  • The difficult decisions and compromises of living with lovers, marrying, staying single and having children
  • The perpetual tug of war between love and work, family and career
  • The struggle to simultaneously care for ailing parents and a young family
  • The myth of co-parenting
  • Dealing with helpless mates and needy toddlers
  • The constrictions of traditional women's roles as well as the cliches of feminism
  • Anger at laid-back live-in lovers content to live off a hardworking woman's checkbook
  • Anger at being criticized for one's weight
  • Anger directed at their mothers, right and wrong
  • And – well – more anger...

"This book was born out of anger," begins Cathi Hanauer, but the end result is an intimate sharing of experience that will move, amuse, and enlighten. The Bitch in the House is a perfect companion for your students as they plot a course through the many voices of modern feminism. This is the sound of the collective voice of successful women today — in all their anger, grace, and glory.

Review:

"The Bitch in the House is...smart, funny, wise, honest, and very probably...the story of your life." Cynthia Kaplan, author of Why I'm Like This

Review:

"I devoured these essays, and took great guilty pleasure in trespassing into these private lives." Elinor Lipman, author of The Dearly Departed and The Inn at Lake Devine

Review:

"Others may find it comforting to know that even smart, articulate, successful women can have deeply unsettled inner lives." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Despite the flippant title, the 26 very good writers gathered here offer thoughtful personal accounts that address important questions." Library Journal

Review:

"Thoughtfully introspective, honorably truthful, and candidly self-revelatory essays that feel less like contemporary feminist rhetoric and more like late-night, soul-searching conversations between best friends." Booklist

Synopsis:

Virginia Woolf introduced us to the “ Angel in the House” , now prepare to meet... The Bitch In the House.

Women today have more choices than at any time in history, yet many smart, ambitious, contemporary women are finding themselves angry, dissatisfied, stressed out. Why are they dissatisfied? And what do they really want? These questions form the premise of this passionate, provocative, funny, searingly honest collection of original essays in which twenty-six women writers— ranging in age from twenty-four to sixty-five, single and childless or married with children or four times divorced— invite readers into their lives, minds, and bedrooms to talk about the choices they’ ve made, what’ s working, and what’ s not.

With wit and humor, in prose as poetic and powerful as it is blunt and dead-on, these intriguing women offer details of their lives that they’ ve never publicly revealed before, candidly sounding off on:

• The difficult decisions and compromises of living with lovers, marrying, staying single and having children

• The perpetual tug of war between love and work, family and career

• The struggle to simultaneously care for ailing parents and a young family

• The myth of co-parenting

• Dealing with helpless mates and needy toddlers

• The constrictions of traditional women’ s roles as well as the cliches of feminism

• Anger at laid-back live-in lovers content to live off a hardworking woman’ s checkbook

• Anger at being criticized for one’ s weight

• Anger directed at their mothers, right and wrong

• And– well– more anger...

“ This book was born out of anger, ” begins Cathi Hanauer, but the end result is an intimate sharing of experience that will move, amuse, and enlighten. The Bitch in the House is a perfect companion for your students as they plot a course through the many voices of modern feminism. This is the sound of the collective voice of successful women today-in all their anger, grace, and glory.

From The Bitch In the House:

“ I believed myself to be a feminist, and I vowed never to fall into the same trap of domestic boredom and servitude that I saw my mother as being fully entrenched in; never to settle for a life that was, as I saw it, lacking independence, authority, and respect.” – E.S. Maduro, page 5

“ Here are a few things people have said about me at the office: ‘ You’ re unflappable.’ ‘ Are you ever in a bad mood?’ Here are things people— okay, the members of my family— have said about me at home: ‘ ‘ Mommy is always grumpy.’ ‘ Why are you so tense?’ ‘ You’ re too mean to live in this house and I want you to go back to work for the rest of your life!’ ” – Kristin van Ogtrop, page 161

“ I didn’ t want to be a bad mother I wanted to be my mother-safe, protective, rational, calm-without giving up all my anger, because my anger fueled me.” – Elissa Schappell, page 195

Synopsis:

Virginia Woolf introduced us to the “Angel in the House”, now prepare to meet... The Bitch In the House.

Women today have more choices than at any time in history, yet many smart, ambitious, contemporary women are finding themselves angry, dissatisfied, stressed out. Why are they dissatisfied? And what do they really want? These questions form the premise of this passionate, provocative, funny, searingly honest collection of original essays in which twenty-six women writers—ranging in age from twenty-four to sixty-five, single and childless or married with children or four times divorced—invite readers into their lives, minds, and bedrooms to talk about the choices they’ve made, what’s working, and what’s not.

With wit and humor, in prose as poetic and powerful as it is blunt and dead-on, these intriguing women offer details of their lives that they’ve never publicly revealed before, candidly sounding off on:

• The difficult decisions and compromises of living with lovers, marrying, staying single and having children

• The perpetual tug of war between love and work, family and career

• The struggle to simultaneously care for ailing parents and a young family

• The myth of co-parenting

• Dealing with helpless mates and needy toddlers

• The constrictions of traditional women’s roles as well as the cliches of feminism

• Anger at laid-back live-in lovers content to live off a hardworking woman’s checkbook

• Anger at being criticized for one’s weight

• Anger directed at their mothers, right and wrong

• And–well–more anger...

“This book was born out of anger,” begins Cathi Hanauer, but the end result is an intimate sharing of experience that will move, amuse, and enlighten. The Bitch in the House is a perfect companion for your students as they plot a course through the many voices of modern feminism. This is the sound of the collective voice of successful women today-in all their anger, grace, and glory.

From The Bitch In the House:

“I believed myself to be a feminist, and I vowed never to fall into the same trap of domestic boredom and servitude that I saw my mother as being fully entrenched in; never to settle for a life that was, as I saw it, lacking independence, authority, and respect.” –E.S. Maduro, page 5

“Here are a few things people have said about me at the office: ‘You’re unflappable.’ ‘Are you ever in a bad mood?’ Here are things people—okay, the members of my family—have said about me at home: ‘‘Mommy is always grumpy.’ ‘Why are you so tense?’ ‘You’re too mean to live in this house and I want you to go back to work for the rest of your life!’” –Kristin van Ogtrop, page 161

“I didn’t want to be a bad mother I wanted to be my mother-safe, protective, rational, calm-without giving up all my anger, because my anger fueled me.” – Elissa Schappell, page 195

About the Author

Cathi Hanauer, the author of the novel My Sister's Bones, has written articles, essays, reviews, and fiction for Elle, Mirabella, Self, Glamour, Mademoiselle, and many other magazines. She has been the monthly books columnist for both Glamour and Mademoiselle, and was the relationship-advice columnist for Seventeen for seven years. She lives in western Massachusetts with her husband, writer Daniel Jones, and their daughter and son.

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Deborah Fochler, May 26, 2008 (view all comments by Deborah Fochler)
This should be a must read for every female over the age of 16. It is funny, irreverant but at all times truthful look at the decisions that women face each and every day. You feel the insecurity, indecision, raw pain and total confusion that has to be dealt with on a daily basis. How do you "have it all" and not screw it all up. Can you have a family and work? And how do you do it? After reading some of these stories, you will not be so quick to judge another woman for not doing one or the other. There is no right answer - only imperfect humans trying to do the best thing for their families.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060936464
Editor:
Hanauer, Cathi
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Editor:
Hanauer, Cathi
Author:
Hanauer, Cathi
Author:
by Cathi Hanauer
Location:
New York
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Interpersonal Relations
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Feminism & Feminist Theory
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Women -- United States -- Social conditions.
Subject:
Interpersonal relations -- United States.
Subject:
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series Volume:
0-1854
Publication Date:
20030931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.25 in 20.40 oz

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Product details 320 pages Perennial (HarperCollins) - English 9780060936464 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Great essays like these give you an opportunity to look at the world through another person's eyes and re-examine your own experiences. The 26 included here take you on a journey through the a myriad women's lives. I laughed, I cried, I felt better about myself after reading this sad, comic and wholly engrossing collection.

"Review A Day" by , "Bitch's essayists include a heavy sampling of women from the top echelons of publishing: the executive editors of both Elle and Glamour contributed, as did highly placed staffers at Random House, W. W. Norton, The New York Times, and Vanity Fair. This is one reason the writing is so consistently revealing and fine...." (read the entire Atlantic Monthly review)
"Review" by , "The Bitch in the House is...smart, funny, wise, honest, and very probably...the story of your life."
"Review" by , "I devoured these essays, and took great guilty pleasure in trespassing into these private lives."
"Review" by , "Others may find it comforting to know that even smart, articulate, successful women can have deeply unsettled inner lives."
"Review" by , "Despite the flippant title, the 26 very good writers gathered here offer thoughtful personal accounts that address important questions."
"Review" by , "Thoughtfully introspective, honorably truthful, and candidly self-revelatory essays that feel less like contemporary feminist rhetoric and more like late-night, soul-searching conversations between best friends."
"Synopsis" by , Virginia Woolf introduced us to the “ Angel in the House” , now prepare to meet... The Bitch In the House.

Women today have more choices than at any time in history, yet many smart, ambitious, contemporary women are finding themselves angry, dissatisfied, stressed out. Why are they dissatisfied? And what do they really want? These questions form the premise of this passionate, provocative, funny, searingly honest collection of original essays in which twenty-six women writers— ranging in age from twenty-four to sixty-five, single and childless or married with children or four times divorced— invite readers into their lives, minds, and bedrooms to talk about the choices they’ ve made, what’ s working, and what’ s not.

With wit and humor, in prose as poetic and powerful as it is blunt and dead-on, these intriguing women offer details of their lives that they’ ve never publicly revealed before, candidly sounding off on:

• The difficult decisions and compromises of living with lovers, marrying, staying single and having children

• The perpetual tug of war between love and work, family and career

• The struggle to simultaneously care for ailing parents and a young family

• The myth of co-parenting

• Dealing with helpless mates and needy toddlers

• The constrictions of traditional women’ s roles as well as the cliches of feminism

• Anger at laid-back live-in lovers content to live off a hardworking woman’ s checkbook

• Anger at being criticized for one’ s weight

• Anger directed at their mothers, right and wrong

• And– well– more anger...

“ This book was born out of anger, ” begins Cathi Hanauer, but the end result is an intimate sharing of experience that will move, amuse, and enlighten. The Bitch in the House is a perfect companion for your students as they plot a course through the many voices of modern feminism. This is the sound of the collective voice of successful women today-in all their anger, grace, and glory.

From The Bitch In the House:

“ I believed myself to be a feminist, and I vowed never to fall into the same trap of domestic boredom and servitude that I saw my mother as being fully entrenched in; never to settle for a life that was, as I saw it, lacking independence, authority, and respect.” – E.S. Maduro, page 5

“ Here are a few things people have said about me at the office: ‘ You’ re unflappable.’ ‘ Are you ever in a bad mood?’ Here are things people— okay, the members of my family— have said about me at home: ‘ ‘ Mommy is always grumpy.’ ‘ Why are you so tense?’ ‘ You’ re too mean to live in this house and I want you to go back to work for the rest of your life!’ ” – Kristin van Ogtrop, page 161

“ I didn’ t want to be a bad mother I wanted to be my mother-safe, protective, rational, calm-without giving up all my anger, because my anger fueled me.” – Elissa Schappell, page 195

"Synopsis" by , Virginia Woolf introduced us to the “Angel in the House”, now prepare to meet... The Bitch In the House.

Women today have more choices than at any time in history, yet many smart, ambitious, contemporary women are finding themselves angry, dissatisfied, stressed out. Why are they dissatisfied? And what do they really want? These questions form the premise of this passionate, provocative, funny, searingly honest collection of original essays in which twenty-six women writers—ranging in age from twenty-four to sixty-five, single and childless or married with children or four times divorced—invite readers into their lives, minds, and bedrooms to talk about the choices they’ve made, what’s working, and what’s not.

With wit and humor, in prose as poetic and powerful as it is blunt and dead-on, these intriguing women offer details of their lives that they’ve never publicly revealed before, candidly sounding off on:

• The difficult decisions and compromises of living with lovers, marrying, staying single and having children

• The perpetual tug of war between love and work, family and career

• The struggle to simultaneously care for ailing parents and a young family

• The myth of co-parenting

• Dealing with helpless mates and needy toddlers

• The constrictions of traditional women’s roles as well as the cliches of feminism

• Anger at laid-back live-in lovers content to live off a hardworking woman’s checkbook

• Anger at being criticized for one’s weight

• Anger directed at their mothers, right and wrong

• And–well–more anger...

“This book was born out of anger,” begins Cathi Hanauer, but the end result is an intimate sharing of experience that will move, amuse, and enlighten. The Bitch in the House is a perfect companion for your students as they plot a course through the many voices of modern feminism. This is the sound of the collective voice of successful women today-in all their anger, grace, and glory.

From The Bitch In the House:

“I believed myself to be a feminist, and I vowed never to fall into the same trap of domestic boredom and servitude that I saw my mother as being fully entrenched in; never to settle for a life that was, as I saw it, lacking independence, authority, and respect.” –E.S. Maduro, page 5

“Here are a few things people have said about me at the office: ‘You’re unflappable.’ ‘Are you ever in a bad mood?’ Here are things people—okay, the members of my family—have said about me at home: ‘‘Mommy is always grumpy.’ ‘Why are you so tense?’ ‘You’re too mean to live in this house and I want you to go back to work for the rest of your life!’” –Kristin van Ogtrop, page 161

“I didn’t want to be a bad mother I wanted to be my mother-safe, protective, rational, calm-without giving up all my anger, because my anger fueled me.” – Elissa Schappell, page 195

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