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Not Pretty Enough - The Unlikely Triumph of Helen Gurley Brown-logo

Not Pretty Enough - The Unlikely Triumph of Helen Gurley Brown

Gerri Hirshey

A bold and deeply researched biography of a complicated cultural icon When Helen Gurley Brown published Sex and the Single Girl in 1962, it sold more than two million copies in just three weeks, presaging the self-help boom and helping to usher in the unapologetic self-affirmation of second wave feminism. Brown declared that it was okay, even imperative, to enjoy sex outside of marriage; that equal rights for women should extend to the bedroom; that meaningful work outside the home was essential for a woman's security and self-esteem. The book catapulted Brown into national renown, cementing her status as a complex and divisive feminist personality. And the ripple effects of her outspokenness about sex and her emphasis on friendships between women can still be seen today, on TV shows like Sex and the City and Girls, and in the magazine world as well.When she died in 2012, her obituary appeared on the front page of The New York Times, which noted that "the look of women's magazines today . . . is due in no small part to her influence." She may not always have been loved--but she was always talked about. Brown's life story--a classic American rags-to-riches tale--is just as juicy as her controversial books. In this wonderful new biography, the writer and reporter Gerri Hirshey traces Brown's path from deep in the Arkansas Ozarks to her wild single years in Los Angeles, from the New York magazine world to her Hollywood adventures with her film producer husband. Along the way she became the highest-paid female ad copywriter on the West Coast, and transformed Hearst's failing literary magazine, Cosmopolitan, into the female-oriented global juggernaut it is today. Full of firsthand accounts of Brown from some of her closest friends, including Liz Smith, Gloria Vanderbilt, Barbara Walters, and more, as well as those whose paths she brushed--her 1939 prom date, a sorority sister from business school, Cosmo cover girls like Beverly Johnson and Brooke Shields--and writing from the woman herself, Not Pretty Enough is a vi

A bold and deeply researched biography of a complicated cultural icon When Helen Gurley Brown published Sex and the Single Girl in 1962, it sold more than two million copies in just three weeks, presaging the self-help boom and helping to usher in the unapologetic self-affirmation of second wave feminism. Brown declared that it was okay, even imperative, to enjoy sex outside of marriage; that equal rights for women should extend to the bedroom; that meaningful work outside the home was essential for a woman's security and self-esteem. The book catapulted Brown into national renown, cementing her status as a complex and divisive feminist personality. And the ripple effects of her outspokenness about sex and her emphasis on friendships between women can still be seen today, on TV shows like Sex and the City and Girls, and in the magazine world as well.When she died in 2012, her obituary appeared on the front page of The New York Times, which noted that "the look of women's magazines today . . . is due in no small part to her influence." She may not always have been loved--but she was always talked about. Brown's life story--a classic American rags-to-riches tale--is just as juicy as her controversial books. In this wonderful new biography, the writer and reporter Gerri Hirshey traces Brown's path from deep in the Arkansas Ozarks to her wild single years in Los Angeles, from the New York magazine world to her Hollywood adventures with her film producer husband. Along the way she became the highest-paid female ad copywriter on the West Coast, and transformed Hearst's failing literary magazine, Cosmopolitan, into the female-oriented global juggernaut it is today. Full of firsthand accounts of Brown from some of her closest friends, including Liz Smith, Gloria Vanderbilt, Barbara Walters, and more, as well as those whose paths she brushed--her 1939 prom date, a sorority sister from business school, Cosmo cover girls like Beverly Johnson and Brooke Shields--and writing from the woman herself, Not Pretty Enough is a vi
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A bold and deeply researched biography of a complicated cultural icon When Helen Gurley Brown published Sex and the Single Girl in 1962, it sold more than two million copies in just three weeks, presaging the self-help boom and helping to usher in the unapologetic self-affirmation of second wave feminism. Brown declared that it was okay, even imperative, to enjoy sex outside of marriage; that equal rights for women should extend to the bedroom; that meaningful work outside the home was essential for a woman's security and self-esteem. The book catapulted Brown into national renown, cementing her status as a complex and divisive feminist personality. And the ripple effects of her outspokenness about sex and her emphasis on friendships between women can still be seen today, on TV shows like Sex and the City and Girls, and in the magazine world as well.When she died in 2012, her obituary appeared on the front page of The New York Times, which noted that "the look of women's magazines today . . . is due in no small part to her influence." She may not always have been loved--but she was always talked about. Brown's life story--a classic American rags-to-riches tale--is just as juicy as her controversial books. In this wonderful new biography, the writer and reporter Gerri Hirshey traces Brown's path from deep in the Arkansas Ozarks to her wild single years in Los Angeles, from the New York magazine world to her Hollywood adventures with her film producer husband. Along the way she became the highest-paid female ad copywriter on the West Coast, and transformed Hearst's failing literary magazine, Cosmopolitan, into the female-oriented global juggernaut it is today. Full of firsthand accounts of Brown from some of her closest friends, including Liz Smith, Gloria Vanderbilt, Barbara Walters, and more, as well as those whose paths she brushed--her 1939 prom date, a sorority sister from business school, Cosmo cover girls like Beverly Johnson and Brooke Shields--and writing from the woman herself, Not Pretty Enough is a vi

Language:

English

Narrators:

Eliza Foss

Length:

18h 39m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:16


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:39


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:09


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:21


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:46


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:22


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:51


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:11


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:21


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:47


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:18


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:07


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:18


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:11


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:30


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:49


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:02


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:03


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:17


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:24


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:58


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:21


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:05


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:22


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:28


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:18


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:57


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:59


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:27


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:58


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:43


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:54


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:53


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:19


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:29


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:05


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:29


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:54


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:20


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:09


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:24


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:02


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:56


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:38


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:57


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:33


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:47


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:40


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:31


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:29


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:43


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:17


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:36


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:42


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:15


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:33


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:44


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:08


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:46


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:38


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:49


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:14


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:21


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:31


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:19


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:36


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:57


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:14


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:15


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:31


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:51


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:25


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:34


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:54


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:00


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:40


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

08:51


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:34


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:10


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

08:15


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:56


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:31


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:11


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:48


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:15


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:59


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

08:11


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:09


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:48


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:05


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:12


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:57


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:46


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:05


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:39


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

08:04


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:51


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:25


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:02


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

07:35


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:45


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

08:28


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

07:14


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:48


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

08:24


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:07


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

07:49


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

06:34


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

08:00


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

06:39


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

07:30


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:07


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:05


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

08:40


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:46


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

06:38


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

07:11


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

06:07


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

08:23


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

07:26


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:57


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

07:08


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

06:11


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

08:38


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

08:27


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

08:18


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

04:37


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

06:22


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

08:37


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

05:53


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

07:03


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

06:12


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

03:26


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

08:47


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

05:42


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

06:30


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

05:03


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

06:20


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

06:42


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

08:01


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

05:17


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

04:52


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

08:07


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

06:48


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

05:48


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

04:15


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

08:19


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

08:56


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

07:23


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

04:21


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

06:39


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

05:57


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

08:05


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

05:09


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

08:11


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

03:29


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

05:39


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

03:36


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

08:47


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

05:04


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

08:42


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

06:13


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

07:27


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

05:12


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

06:14


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

07:58


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

00:31