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Bad Girls Go Everywhere

Gina Bellafante reviews Jennifer Scanlon’s Bad Girls Go Everywhere The Life of Helen Gurley Brown for the New York Times. Beginning in the early 1960s, Brown, who had married at 37 and remained childless, advocated for the primacy of work in women’s lives, rejecting essentialist ideas about motherhood and believing women ought to delay marriage, or forgo it entirely, largely on the grounds that it made them less fun. Without sovereignty over her.. Read More

Review of A Jury of Her Peers

Katha Pollitt reviews Elaine Showalters, A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx. The 350-year span of A Jury of Her Peers takes in more than 250 writers and covers sweeping tides of history and social change. It’s a long book, but it doesn’t feel long at all because it is so full of information, ideas, stories, and characters. The celebrated get their due–Harriet Beecher Stowe, Sarah.. Read More