The wives in this revelatory genealogy resonate with the aid of illuminating stories and the lively voices found in letters and diaries. Through these, Yalom lithely demonstrates that the fantasy of the selfless devoted wife has always had an ineluctable twin, the archetypal powerful woman--and vice versa. While college women in the 1970s may have declared that "the idea that a woman's place is in the home is nonsense," Yalom points out that society still acts like every breadwinner has a stay-at-home wife, and the anxieties that are raised in advice columns today are not that different from those a hundred years ago. Greater independence and equality have not, as feared, led to the abandonment of the marital institution, nor many of the issues that haunt it. --Lesley Reed --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I look forward to reading more of her books.
She does a marvelous job combining scholarly work with personal diaries and anecdotes, as well as the analysis of art and other cultural references.
This is a very readable, interesting book detailing the history of the wife from biblical stories to present day America.
A very good read, A History Of The Wife shoud be in the top ten pieces of literature that every feminist should go through.Published 6 months ago by miri
I bought this book and I found it interesting from the start. The book starts with the wifes role in biblical times and covers the wife's role during the varies time periods.Published 6 months ago by cardinal 101
I found this book every bit as engaging as a novel. I've stayed up too late many nights because I can't put it down.Published 13 months ago by jkskillo
Have a daughter in her late twenties who plans on becoming a marriage partner [wife?] in 2014. Read book, and sent her a copy to make sure she knows what she's getting into.Published 22 months ago by Richard Wiringa
This was a great book. I'm a bit of a history nerd, and this was a fascinating story of the history of wife-dom throughout the world. The book was in great condition.Published 24 months ago by Michelle Sayers
I found this book to be well written and very interesting. Just to nit-pick, it does focus on European and American history and perhaps that should be mentioned in the title? Read morePublished on March 17, 2012 by Knitting Cat
First off, there is no such thing as the "rule of thumb" dictating how thick of a stick a man can beat his wife with. Read morePublished on June 5, 2011 by The Virgin Green
I bought this book hoping to find some inspiration for a podcast I do called (Over)Thinking Mom. I didn't necessarily dislike the book, but I found the observations not... Read morePublished on February 2, 2011 by Meredith Bartron
Marilyn Yalom's narrative voice is perfectly suited to her chosen subject material. Yalom is no dry historian; she is obviously emotionally invested in what she has to say, and is... Read morePublished on April 18, 2010 by Luxx Mishley