- Paperback: 282 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (December 30, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743290402
- ISBN-13: 978-0743290401
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,553,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Marry Smart: The Intelligent Woman's Guide to True Love Paperback – December 30, 2008
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Whelan has good news for high-achieving women in their 30s and 40s anxious about why Mr. Right has not appeared. Drawing on the latest demographic findings and her own interviews with 100 men and women nationwide, sociologist and journalist Whelan (Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women) argues persuasively that educated ambitious women, whom Whelan dubs SWANS (Strong Women Achievers, No Spouse), marry in the same numbers as other women though they marry significantly later. The snippets of interviews personalize the data, but while Whelan always sounds positive, many of the high-earning women she talks to are struggling to maintain balance in their lives and often feel lonely. Whelan advocates that women remain in the workplace after giving birth, debunking media reports of highly educated women flocking home. (Jan.)
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"For as long as I can remember, single, professional women have been told that their chances of getting married were smaller than their chances of being hit by a bus. Christine Whelan has now shattered that myth once and for all." -- Heather Boushey, PhD, economist, Center for Economic and Policy Research
"A compelling case against the widespread belief that educated women risk lonely, impoverished lives." -- Viviana A. Zelizer, Princeton University, author of The Purchase of Intimacy
"A new way for women to blend their accomplishments in the work world with romance, marriage, and motherhood." -- Susan Shapiro Barash, author of Tripping the Prom Queen: The Truth About Women and Rivalry
"Reassuring news for all those smart, successful women." -- Good Morning America
"Extensively researched." -- Elle magazine
"In your face, Maureen Dowd." -- Metro New York
"Whelan serves up an overdue reappraisal of the facts." -- New York Post
"Perhaps Dr. Whelan's next project should be to start a matchmaking agency for SWANS® and the men who love them. [Then]...her work will deserve to bypass the Pulitzer committee and be up for a Nobel." -- The Washington Times
"Whelan offers encouragement to everyone in her demographic.... This book contributes to the cultural conversation about marriage by countering outdated stereotypes about male-female relations." -- The Washington Post
"An absolutely excellent book...essential reading for women in their twenties and thirties who need that extra boost that, yes, they did the best thing for themselves and they will be rewarded with the best guys possible, who will treat them like the queens that they are." -- Blogger News Network
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While an entertaining read, it offers practical and useful advice for women. (And just between us... intelligent guys would benefit from reading it as well!)
I hope all my single (and married) friends will learn from it.