Judith Rossner [1935–2005] was an American novelist, most famous for the bestseller, Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1975). A lifelong New Yorker, her books centered around the themes of urban alienation and gender relations.
Looking for Mr. Goodbarby Judith Rossner
Theresa Dunn spends her days as a schoolteacher whose rigid Catholic upbringing has taught her to find happiness by finding the right man. But at night, her/i>/i>
Based on a harrowing true story, the groundbreaking #1 New York Times bestseller, Looking for Mr. Goodbar, is a story of love, power, sex, and death during the sexual revolution of the 1970s.
Theresa Dunn spends her days as a schoolteacher whose rigid Catholic upbringing has taught her to find happiness by finding the right man. But at night, her resentment of those social mores and fear of attachment lead her into the alcohol-and-drug fueled underworld of singles' bars, where she engages in a pattern of dangerous sexual activity that threatens her safety and, ultimately, her life.
Looking for Mr. Goodbar is “uncommonly well-written and well-constructed fiction, easily accessible, but full of insight and intelligence and illumination” (The New York Times Book Review). With more than four million copies in print, this seminal novel—a lightning rod for controversy upon its publication—has become a cultural touchstone that has forever influenced our perception of social rebellion and sexual empowerment.
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I bought this book on a friends advice, and to be honest, I probably wouldn't have picked it up otherwise. I'm so glad I did, however. This story details a young woman's struggle with acceptance in the 60's, with her sister whom she always considered to be better than her, with the school where she teaches young children, and the single, barhopping, sexually indulgent 'Terri' she becomes at night. This is one of the greatest books I've ever read, but I highly advise you to never see the movie - the movie does this story no justice at all.
I read this book when it first came out back in the 1960's. I found it profound then and still do today. I find that in the present day there are more girls out there 'Looking for Mr. Goodbar.' Because of coming from single parent homes...just mom or coming from a house of abusiveness. Looking for someone to love them that is male. I have told many young women and men who are going into child psychology to read this book. I have told them it may be fiction..but if you read it, you will see it could be non-fiction and describing someone you know. This book is for the ages and will always be in style. Kudos for having it here to order. Thanks Barnes and Noble. As far as I am concerned it should be mandatory reading for any PSCY 101 Class.
A true classic of the 1970's. A dark tale of sex, drugs and murder. Set in the lthe 1960's, this book deals with the issues of the day - women's lib, sexual freedom, abortion, drugs, etc. There is an underlying story of one young woman's struggle with her childhood illness and how it impacted her as an adult. This book contains explicit sex, violence and foul language. It also includes derogatory terms for women and ethnic groups which some may find extremely offensive but were unfortunately, part of the '60's culture. Overall, a sad tale with a powerful statement regarding lifestyle and how our choices impact our lives.
I read this when it first came out. Its still good. Reminds me of eariy 70s. Change is the key word describing the time. Good and bad. Its worth the money
I found this book in a box of my moms old things. It was her favorite book when she was my age. I loved it!! I read it in one day.It brought me back to reading. Every woman young and old should read it.
Could have been written by any non-pro who wanted to show a poor lost soul in continual need of sex.
Very entertaining.I read it in one day ,and i want to read it again. Definately good reading.
This was probably one of the worst books I've ever read. I couldn't stand the main character & couldn't identify with any of the other characters in the book. It was dark & seemed to really have no point. Finally, in the last few pages of the book, you see the main chatacter start to realize things about herself & then the book just ends - terribly.