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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 This book contributes to the cultural conversation about marriage by countering outdated stereotypes about male-female relations."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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Product Details

  • 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: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,629,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a very intelligently written book that makes an important point for young women: achievement in life does NOT mean you will not get married! For too long we've been told that success in career will mean failure in marriage, and Dr Whelan sets the story straight. Must read for young women!
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Meticulously researched and elegantly written, Whelan hits the nail on the head.

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.
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I wouldn't read another word from her if you paid me... What a bunch of crap ... Young Women enjoy your life - if you love you will be loved. Enjoy your life and your freedom you don't want a man that feels the way that this woman talks about. Young Men you should be pissed off too! She really puts you down as a bunch of dead beats!
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I can summarize this book very easily and save you $10. It only speaks to women with a Master's degree and higher. The statistics today show that more and more, educated women are marrying later in life. Have no fear, its only a small percentage that don't get married. Its ok that you're in your 30s or 40s and still single. Be true to yourself and don't pretend to be someone you are not - it will only attract a man that you don't really want. That's it. Nothing earth shattering. Just repeated statistics and boring stories of women that finally met the right guy. I kept waiting to get to something worthwhile and it never happened. The only suggestion I got out of it was to host a dinner party where everyone has to bring a friend you have never met, to help expand your social circle. Now go spend that $10 on a drink with your gals and celebrate your beautiful life!
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