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Spinster - A Life of One's Own

Kate Bolick

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book "Whom to marry, and when will it happen-these two questions define every woman's existence." So begins Spinster, a revelatory and slyly erudite look at the pleasures and possibilities of remaining single. Using her own experiences as a starting point, journalist and cultural critic Kate Bolick invites us into her carefully considered, passionately lived life, weaving together the past and present to examine why­ she-along with over 100 million American women, whose ranks keep growing-remains unmarried. This unprecedented demographic shift, Bolick explains, is the logical outcome of hundreds of years of change that has neither been fully understood, nor appreciated. Spinster introduces a cast of pioneering women from the last century whose genius, tenacity, and flair for drama have emboldened Bolick to fashion her life on her own terms: columnist Neith Boyce, essayist Maeve Brennan, social visionary Charlotte Perkins Gilman, poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, and novelist Edith Wharton. By animating their unconventional ideas and choices, Bolick shows us that contemporary debates about settling down, and having it all, are timeless-the crucible upon which all thoughtful women have tried for centuries to forge a good life. Intellectually substantial and deeply personal, Spinster is both an unreservedly inquisitive memoir and a broader cultural exploration that asks us to acknowledge the opportunities within ourselves to live authentically. Bolick offers us a way back into our own lives-a chance to see those splendid years when we were young and unencumbered, or middle-aged and finally left to our own devices, for what they really are: unbounded and our own to savor. From the Hardcover edition.

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book "Whom to marry, and when will it happen-these two questions define every woman's existence." So begins Spinster, a revelatory and slyly erudite look at the pleasures and possibilities of remaining single. Using her own experiences as a starting point, journalist and cultural critic Kate Bolick invites us into her carefully considered, passionately lived life, weaving together the past and present to examine why­ she-along with over 100 million American women, whose ranks keep growing-remains unmarried. This unprecedented demographic shift, Bolick explains, is the logical outcome of hundreds of years of change that has neither been fully understood, nor appreciated. Spinster introduces a cast of pioneering women from the last century whose genius, tenacity, and flair for drama have emboldened Bolick to fashion her life on her own terms: columnist Neith Boyce, essayist Maeve Brennan, social visionary Charlotte Perkins Gilman, poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, and novelist Edith Wharton. By animating their unconventional ideas and choices, Bolick shows us that contemporary debates about settling down, and having it all, are timeless-the crucible upon which all thoughtful women have tried for centuries to forge a good life. Intellectually substantial and deeply personal, Spinster is both an unreservedly inquisitive memoir and a broader cultural exploration that asks us to acknowledge the opportunities within ourselves to live authentically. Bolick offers us a way back into our own lives-a chance to see those splendid years when we were young and unencumbered, or middle-aged and finally left to our own devices, for what they really are: unbounded and our own to savor. From the Hardcover edition.
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A New York Times Book Review Notable Book "Whom to marry, and when will it happen-these two questions define every woman's existence." So begins Spinster, a revelatory and slyly erudite look at the pleasures and possibilities of remaining single. Using her own experiences as a starting point, journalist and cultural critic Kate Bolick invites us into her carefully considered, passionately lived life, weaving together the past and present to examine why­ she-along with over 100 million American women, whose ranks keep growing-remains unmarried. This unprecedented demographic shift, Bolick explains, is the logical outcome of hundreds of years of change that has neither been fully understood, nor appreciated. Spinster introduces a cast of pioneering women from the last century whose genius, tenacity, and flair for drama have emboldened Bolick to fashion her life on her own terms: columnist Neith Boyce, essayist Maeve Brennan, social visionary Charlotte Perkins Gilman, poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, and novelist Edith Wharton. By animating their unconventional ideas and choices, Bolick shows us that contemporary debates about settling down, and having it all, are timeless-the crucible upon which all thoughtful women have tried for centuries to forge a good life. Intellectually substantial and deeply personal, Spinster is both an unreservedly inquisitive memoir and a broader cultural exploration that asks us to acknowledge the opportunities within ourselves to live authentically. Bolick offers us a way back into our own lives-a chance to see those splendid years when we were young and unencumbered, or middle-aged and finally left to our own devices, for what they really are: unbounded and our own to savor. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Length:

9h 35m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:07


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:40


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:36


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:32


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:38


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:34


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

09:25


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:23


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:31


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:40


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:55


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:28


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

02:50


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:40


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:37


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:14


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:23


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:42


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:47


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:38


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:28


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:32


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:39


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:45


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:09


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:28


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:51


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:35


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:40


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:52


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:57


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:46


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:19


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:29


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:46


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:56


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:43


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:43


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:17


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:07


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:00


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:59


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:56


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:52


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:29


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:57


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:12


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:55


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:59


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

09:02


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:27


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:58


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:44


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:47


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:02


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:06


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:02


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:51


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:50


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:40


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:00


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:19


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:14


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:33


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:06


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:44


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:32


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:02


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:20


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:11


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:46


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:47


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:02


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:59


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:59


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:46


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:42


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:53


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:28


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:35


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:06


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:45


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

02:49


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:31


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:18


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:41


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:10


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:33


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:29


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:36


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:09


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:16


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

08:12


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:37


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:42


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

00:28