Description : * NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOKS OF 2016 SELECTION * BEST BOOKS OF 2016 SELECTION BY THE BOSTON GLOBE * ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY * NPR * CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY * The New York Times bestselling investigation into the sexual, economic, and emotional lives of women is “an informative and thought-provoking book for anyone—not just the single ladies—who want to gain a greater understanding of this pivotal moment in the history of the United States” (The New York Times Book Review). In 2009, award-winning journalist Rebecca Traister started All the Single Ladies about the twenty-first century phenomenon of the American single woman. It was the year the proportion of American women who were married dropped below fifty percent; and the median age of first marriages, which had remained between twenty and twenty-two years old for nearly a century (1890–1980), had risen dramatically to twenty-seven. But over the course of her vast research and more than a hundred interviews with academics and social scientists and prominent single women, Traister discovered a startling truth: the phenomenon of the single woman in America is not a new one. And historically, when women were given options beyond early heterosexual marriage, the results were massive social change—temperance, abolition, secondary education, and more. Today, only twenty percent of Americans are married by age twenty-nine, compared to nearly sixty percent in 1960. “An informative and thought-provoking book for anyone—not just single ladies” (The New York Times Book Review), All the Single Ladies is a remarkable portrait of contemporary American life and how we got here, through the lens of the unmarried American woman. Covering class, race, sexual orientation, and filled with vivid anecdotes from fascinating contemporary and historical figures, “we’re better off reading Rebecca Traister on women, politics, and America than pretty much anyone else” (The Boston Globe).
Description : When we think about the European past, we tend to imagine villages, towns, and cities populated by conventional families—married couples and their children. Although most people did marry and pass many of their adult years in the company of a spouse, this vision of a preindustrial Europe shaped by heterosexual marriage deceptively hides the well-established fact that, in some times and places, as many as twenty-five percent of women and men remained single throughout their lives. Despite the significant number of never-married lay women in medieval and early modern Europe, the study of their role and position in that society has been largely neglected. Singlewomen in the European Past opens up this group for further investigation. It is not only the first book to highlight the important minority of women who never married but also the first to address the critical matter of differences among women from the perspective of marital status. Essays by leading scholars—among them Maryanne Kowaleski, Margaret Hunt, Ruth Mazo Karras, Susan Mosher Stuard, Roberta Krueger, and Merry Wiesner—deal with topics including the sexual and emotional relationships of singlewomen, the economic issues and employment opportunities facing them, the differences between the lives of widows and singlewomen, the conflation of singlewomen and prostitutes, and the problem of female slavery. The chapters both illustrate the roles open to the singlewoman in the thirteenth through eighteenth centuries and raise new perspectives about the experiences of singlewomen in earlier times.
Description : This book is a chance to swap stories, develop a single women's network, voice their concerns and hone their survival skills. Sunny Singh draws on her own experience as well as that of other single women all over the countryýthe never-married, the divorced and the widowedýto put together a witty and insightful book that is as much a guide for single women as it is a commentary on modern, urban society in present-day India. The stories related here with frankness and humour cover a range of subjects such as: power, promotions and passion at the workplace how to ensure safety in the house and on the road identifying sexual harassment and fighting it how to make money work single motherhood being single among couples romance, its joys and sorrows Sunny Singh's debut novel, Nani's Book of Suicides, was hailed as a book of 'rare scope and power'. Single in the City: The Independent Woman's Handbook, an unusual and path-breaking book which explores the meaning of being a single woman, illustrates once again her special talent and versatility. An illuminating read to empower yourself and celebrate the joys of living alone.
Description : In the inspiring tradition of The Lady, Her Lover, and Her Lord, Bishop T. D. Jakes delivers a compassionate collection of scriptural verse and empowering wisdom for all women still looking for love, searching for their own divine worth—and longing for a connection with the Lord. If you’re a single woman, chances are you have concerns about your life and where it’s headed. You may be struggling with loneliness, wondering if you will ever find Mr. Right. Or if you are in a relationship, you may be dealing with issues of commitment, fidelity, sexuality, and intimacy. Now, with inspirational and specifically chosen Bible verses and passages, as well as his own personal understanding and insight, Bishop Jakes guides you through the joys, and sometimes overwhelming hardships, of being single—touching on love, sex, forgiveness, temptation, and other topics that affect your life—all the way directing you toward a stronger relationship with God. Promises from God for Single Women is a vital handbook for navigating the complex path of being a single woman in today’s world.
Description : Historically women have been defined in relation to men. Single women have been represented both as old maids who could not get a man, and as city-singles who do not want a man. Both stereotypes potentially marginalize single women in family-centred societies. But there is also increasing diversity in family and household formations.
Description : With its lively new cover, this specially focused complement to Men Are Like Waffles--Women Are Like Spaghetti, guides singles through the journey of developing and maintaining healthy relationships with members of the opposite sex. This book offers valuable insight for single men and women as they learn to...work together more effectivelysocialize with each other more enjoyablydate one another more successfullyDiscussion topics and activities for small groups are included, as well as a ten-week study guide for couples dating seriously.
Description : Martha Vicinus's subject is the middle-class English woman, the first of her sex who could afford to live on her own earnings 'outside heterosexual domesticity or church governance.' She wanted and needed to work. Meticulous, resonant, original, triumphant, Independent Women tells of the efforts and endurance of this Victorian woman; of her courage and the constraints that she rejected, accepted, and created. . . . The independent women are the 'foremothers' of any women today who seeks significant work, emotionally satisfying friendships, and a morally charged freedom."—from the Foreword by Catharine R. Stimpson "Feminist insight combines with vast research to produce a dramatic narrative. Independent Women chronicles the energetic lives and imaginative communal structures invented by women who 'pioneered new occupations, new living conditions, and new public roles.'"—Lee R. Edwards, Ms. "Vicinus is to be congratulated for her brave and unflinching portraits of twisted spinsters as well as stolid saints. That she stretches her net up into the '20s and covers the women's suffrage momement is a brilliant stroke, for one may see clearly how it was possible for women to mount such an enormous and successful political campaign."—Jane Marcus, Chicago Tribune Book World "Vicinus' beautifully written book abounds in rich historical detail and in subtle psychological insights in the character of its protagonists. The author understands the complexities of the interplay between economic and social conditions, cultural values, and the aims and aspirations of individual personalities who act in history. . . . A superb achievement."—Gerda Lerner, Reviews in American History "Martha Vicinus has with intelligence and energy paved and landscaped the road on which scholars and students of activist women all travel for many years."—Blanche Wiesen Cook, Women's Review of Books "Independent Women can be read by anyone with an interest in women's history. But for all contemporary women, unconsciously enjoying privileges and freedoms once bought so dearly, this book should be required reading."—Catharine E. Boyd, History
Description : Filled with fascinating personal accounts of single women living in the U.S., this exploration of a growing trend finds many unmarried women over the age of thirty-five living fulfilled, happy lives.
Description : Single Women in Popular Culture demonstrates how single women continue to be figures of profound cultural anxiety. Examining a wide range of popular media forms, this is a timely, insightful and politically engaged book, exploring the ways in which postfeminism limits the representation of single women in popular culture.
Description : A groundbreaking book portraying the new American lifestyle of single midlife women. Unmarried at 40--could there be anything worse? Our culture dictates that women who have failed to catch or hold the golden ring of marriage are destined to be deprived and depressed, perhaps even dangerous. Add the burden of age and you have a woman headed for disaster. Not necessarily so, say the authors of Flying Solo, who talked with never-married, divorced, and widowed women in midlife across the country. These women's stories offer blueprints for living, as well as inspiration, for other women "flying solo." Most of these women did not intend to be single at midlife. Yet they have given up the dream of "happily ever after" to create lives on their own that are rich and rewarding. The authors share these women's stories as well as their practical advice on managing the mechanics of being single, transforming loneliness, redefining the place of work, developing friendship and support networks, living with and without intimacy and sex with men, and choosing to have and raise children. In the process they define not just a new American lifestyle but a new American Dream.