From Publishers Weekly
If Bridget Jones had had a chance to meet Trimberger as a teenager, it's a good bet that her diary might have read very differently. The Good News from Planet Singleton is that despite overwhelming cultural messages to the contrary, it's possible for women to live happily ever after alone. A professor emeritus of women's and gender studies at Sonoma State University, Trimberger bases her book on a qualitative study detailing how 27 women between the ages of 30 and 60 have crafted full and satisfying lives. Nancy, like many of the women in the study, never consciously decided to remain single. But, she explains, "One of the major sources of joy that I have in my life is that I can take care of myself." She lives near family, and her network of friends is built around her workplace and people she's met pursuing her hobby, flamenco dancing. Wynona, a mother of four, earned advanced degrees after leaving an abusive marriage. Trimberger's research skills are impressive and her message clear. What's missing is the voices of the women she's describing. She talks at length about them and provides the occasional quote, but her clinical prose style doesn't serve the subject matter well. Still, this is a great resource for social science professionals. (Sept.)
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The Good News from Planet Singleton is that despite overwhelming cultural messages to the contrary, it's possible for women to live happily ever after alone . . . Trimberger's research skills are impressive and her message clear.-Publishers Weekly
"This fascinating study is the perfect antidote to the onslaught of books telling women to marry or be miserable. The women Trimberger depicts have complex and interesting lives enriched by . . . children, family, lovers, and most of all friends. Must reading for the single, the coupled, and everyone in between."--Katha Pollitt
"A much-needed breath of fresh air. Women have been in bondage to the dream of the 'soulmate' for far too long, and Kay Trimberger gives us the inspiration and insight to get on with our lives."--Barbara Ehrenreich
"Trimberger explores with openness and grace the experience of single women in a soul-mate culture."--Arlie Russell Hochschild
"Could Cinderella have been happy if she had never met Prince Charming? Before reading E. Kay Trimberger's book, The New Single Woman
, I wouldn't even have asked the question. Now, I can't stop pondering it." --Jennifer Moeller, Christian Science Monitor
"This is an invaluable study . . . I applaud the entire project."--Vivian Gornick
"Can you hear it? That grinding noise? It's the paradigm shifting ever so slightly . . . The New Single Woman
is all about this shift . . . [the book] is edifying for single women of a certain age and possibly inspiring to young women who are fretting that unless they marry, they are fated to die alone—and lonely." --Jane Ganahl, San Francisco Chronicle
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