21 March 2015

Spinster; Kate Bolick

Spinster: Making a Life of One's OwnSpinster: Making a Life of One's Own by Kate Bolick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another memoir where the non-memoir part was much more interesting than the life under discussion. The author's descriptions of her life as a spinster were somewhat lacking, in that perhaps "spinster" is the wrong term - yes, it means "unmarried woman" but I didn't get the sense that she was truly comfortable being alone (perhaps it's all the men in her life?). I admit that it was a bit surprising that the author, younger than me, got a very different message about what was expected (marriage, being settled) for women than I did growing up. Beyond that, though, her exploration of the lives of several women who had really interesting careers and were truly original is worth it. It may even lead to a more general rediscovery of these women! The book also serves as a reminder that there is no one way to have a relationship (or not have a relationship, if that makes sense).

ARC provided by publisher.

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