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

ISBN-10: 0060936460

ISBN-13: 9780060936464

Edition: 2002

Authors: Cathi Hanauer

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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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Book details

List price: $14.99
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 9/16/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.31" wide x 8.00" long x 0.72" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

Cathi Hanauer is the author of the novelsnbsp;My Sister's Bonesnbsp;andnbsp;Sweet Ruinnbsp;and the editor of thenbsp;New York Timesnbsp;bestselling essay anthologynbsp;The Bitch in the House. Her articles, essays, and/or criticism have appeared in The New York Times,nbsp;Elle, O, The Oprah Magazine, Glamour,nbsp;Self, Parenting, Whole Living,nbsp;and other magazines. She lives with her family in western Massachusetts. Visit her online atnbsp;CathiHanauer.com.

Introduction
Me, Myself, and I
Excuse Me While I Explode: My Mother, Myself, My Anger
Getting the Milk for Free
Crossing to Safety
Moving In. Moving Out. Moving On
Papa Don't Preach
Memoirs of an Ex-Bride: Looking Back. Looking Ahead
For Better and Worse
I Do. Not.: Why I Won't Marry
Killing the Puritan Within
Houseguest Hell: My Home Is Not Your Home
A Man in the Heart
Why I Hate That My Mother Was Right (Well ... About Most Things): Turning into Elizabeth Taylor
How We Became Strangers
Erotics 102: Staying Bad. Staying Married
My Marriage. My Affairs
Mommy Maddest
My Mother's Ring: Caught Between Two Families
Attila the Honey I'm Home
The Myth of Co-Parenting: How It Was Supposed to Be. How It Was
Daddy Dearest: What Happens When He Does More Than His Half?
Crossing the Line in the Sand: How Mad Can Mother Get?
Maternal Bitch
The Origin, Procreation, and Hopes of an Angry Feminist
Look at Me Now
Married at 46: The Agony and the Ecstasy
The Fat Lady Sings
The Middle Way: Learning to Balance Family and Work
What Independence Has Come to Mean to Me: The Pain of Solitude. The Pleasure of Self-Knowledge
The Perfect Equality of Our Separate Chosen Paths: Becoming a Mother. Or Not
Afterword
Contributors
Acknowledgments
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