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Product Details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469968525
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469968520
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #501,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

About The Author Born and raised in Washington, DC, Eleanore Wells now lives in and loves New York City. Her very popular blog –The Spinsterlicious Life—celebrates the joys and realities of life as a happily single woman. Due to its widespread popularity, the obvious next step was a book by the same name. Funny, insightful, and wise, The Spinsterlicious Life: 20 Life Lessons for Living Happily Single and Childfree, is part memoir, part-self help. It chronicles Eleanore’s life and lessons, and enlightens us all that there’s a lot that’s really good about being single, free, and unencumbered. When she’s not writing about “the single life”, Eleanore runs her own consumer research and strategy firm, Golden Door Consulting. Contact: Eleanore Wells 646.926.1656 eleanore@TheSpinsterliciousLife.com

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It's a very easy, quick, enjoyable read.
Meg
The insight, wisdom and humor in the pages of this book warmly invite the reader into Eleanore's single, full life.
Debra A. Collins
I recommend this book to anyone, single or not, childfree or a parent.
Taylor Cast

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By TheBookFetish on March 26, 2012
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I ordered Eleanore Wells' The Spinsterlicious Life on the recommendation of a friend, and the title alone had me fully intrigued.

Based on some of the essays found on her blog of the same name, The Spinsterlicious Life recounts Wells' adventures in life and dating as a woman of a certain age who has chosen to remain single and childless.

I admit that although I was excited to read this one, I also approached it with a degree of trepidation. While Wells happily celebrates her choices, I am not single and childless by choice. Still, it's the circumstance in which I find myself, and what resonates from Wells is the message that a single life, a life not defined by motherhood, is not a wasted or incomplete life.

The sisterhood of the single is an intimate one, and Wells touches on so many of its nuances. The disconnection we feel when our formerly fabulous friends pair off and procreate- and then can talk about nothing but their children. This is a delicate area, hard to approach with our friends, and Wells handles it with aplomb, honesty, and just a touch of snarky humor: "...and we want the opportunity to have conversations with you that are as banal as those we're having with everyone else! And honestly, your kids are interesting, but they're not that interesting."

As a single by circumstance, I'm largely happy with my life. Still, it's sometimes hard to focus on what's cool about being single rather than focusing on not being part of a long term couple. Wells points out some great things about being single, including how as singles, we're less likely to be murdered by a loved one (I promise, this is an unexpectedly funny and simultaneously sad part of the book).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cece on April 29, 2012
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A new, much-needed voice for women who know -- or need to learn -- how to embrace a life of independence. Just as Susan Cain's "Quiet" explores and elevates the power of introversion, Eleanore Wells's "The Spinsterlicious Life" takes on societal perceptions of women who are unmarried and child-free, and shows the richness of a single life well-lived. Her confidence in living the life she has always wanted, and knew she was meant to have, is a blast of fresh air in a world full of stale stereotypes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Taylor Cast on April 17, 2012
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"There's nothing wrong with asking if I'm married, but the "yet" implies that this is something I must do." -Eleanore Wells
I read this book and loved it. I completely understood why she wrote it and where she was coming from. Being single at the advance age of, gasp, 29, I get asked a lot why I'm not married or why I haven't really had a desire for children. Invasive much? People don't seem to understand that these questions come across as rude. In Ms. Wells book she discusses how to deal with these questions with a bit of humor and she shares her own personal stories. I especially like how she explained her lack of desire for children. When people say to you, "Oh you'll change your mind." or "You have to have kids!" they truly need to back off and Ms. Wells gets that point across her in her book. She has a completely full life without having a husband or children. She also explains the disadvantages to her decision to live single and child free. There is no right way to live your life. I enjoyed how she shed light on the benefits and negatives about the choices she has made for her life. She doesn't sugar coat it but she is also completely upbeat and positive. I recommend this book to anyone, single or not, childfree or a parent. Anyone can find humor and inspiration from it. Cheers to you Eleanore!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nina on April 6, 2012
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Eleanore Wells has gotten it right. She has taken away the guilt, the feelings of unworthiness and the ill at ease moments when yet another attractive single woman is asked,"So why aren't you married?" Man oh man, I can't even count how many times I've been asked that question. It's always implied that there is something "wrong" with me because I chose to follow a different path. I never wanted to settle, still don't. I wanted to have a child and I've done that but it still doesn't mean I have to marry. It doesn't mean I have to marry someone I don't love or I'm not attracted to because it's "the thing to do."

Eleanore finds the delicious in spinster and she's living proof that you shouldn't do anything because others think you should. You should live the life you want to live and like Eleanore does, live it loud, live it proud and live it single if that's what makes your boat float, baby.

A must read for those who are interested in broadening their horizons.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bklyn Smiley on August 13, 2012
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I ordered this book to get another perspective on my own situation of being over 40 and never marrying or having kids. The book gave me a humorous and truthfull perspective that made me even more proud of being single and not having kids. Having a husband and child isn't for everyone, and having them does'nt guaranty a happy life. The book went into detail on the angle that not being married can be a great thing for some, and that there are positives and negatives to any situation. The author is full of humor, truthfullness and wisdom. Her perspective was refreshing and funny. I recommend this book.
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