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The May Queen: Women on Life, Love, Work, and Pulling It All Together in Your 30s [NOOK Book]

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If recent bestsellers such as The Bitch in the House and Midlife Crisis at Thirty serve as any indication of how women are experiencing their thirties, who can blame women embarking upon this decade in their life for panicking? Yet, as the contributors to this thoughtful and inspiring book attest, it doesn't have to be so scary.

In The May Queen, a wide array of women-including bestselling author Jennifer Weiner and star of the hit ...
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The May Queen: Women on Life, Love, Work, and Pulling It All Together in Your 30s

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Overview

If recent bestsellers such as The Bitch in the House and Midlife Crisis at Thirty serve as any indication of how women are experiencing their thirties, who can blame women embarking upon this decade in their life for panicking? Yet, as the contributors to this thoughtful and inspiring book attest, it doesn't have to be so scary.

In The May Queen, a wide array of women-including bestselling author Jennifer Weiner and star of the hit independent film Kissing Jessica Stein Heather Juergensen-describe the conflicting emotions they've felt in response to the "anything is possible" message women of their generation receive. And yet, all of the women featured in this book have found their thirties to be a time of great opportunity-a period in their lives in which they're taking the time to consider what they have lost, what they have gained, and what they still need to learn. This book gives a powerful voice to a new generation of women beginning to make its mark on the world.
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Publishers Weekly
In these previously unpublished essays, writers, artists, musicians, filmmakers, actors and businesswomen in their 30s take stock of their lives and "consider what they have lost, what they have gained, and what they still need to learn." Ivy Meeropol discusses making a documentary about her grandparents Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, who were in their 30s when they were executed for treason in 1953. Heather Juergensen wonders if she'll be the type of actor who takes the risk of aging naturally; and Veronica Chambers, who is now happily married after ignoring the advice of countless self-help dating books, knows that it's "okay to fall head over heels for one loser after another." Flor Morales, who runs a housecleaning service, fled an alcoholic husband in El Salvador for a new life in California; and prochoice activist Jennifer Baumgardner never considered an abortion when she learned she was unexpectedly pregnant, while Tanya Shaffer scrapped her plans for artificial insemination when the right man proposed marriage. This perceptive if uneven collection gathered by freelance writer and editor Richesin will speak frankly to 30-something readers as they make critical decisions about their own lives. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440684920
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/23/2006
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 508 KB

Meet the Author

Andrea N. Richesin began work on The May Queen on the eve of her thirtieth birthday, and has been talking to women from all walks of life about this critical decade in their lives for the last four years. A writer and editor, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Table of Contents

The difference between three and thirty 10
35 17
Full circle in times square 24
A hungry balance 33
Considering the alternatives 41
My missing biological clock 49
Bedsores and cocktails 58
Scheherazade has left the building 66
Wide awake 75
A random sampling age thirty to forty 83
I'm the one 91
River love song 103
When he's just that into you 114
The late bloomer 121
Of sweethearts and sperm banks 127
Getting ready 136
When falling is flying 147
Crossing the border 159
Hold your applause, please 167
The one and only Buddha 175
How to be a seductress without even knowing it 187
Side of the road 196
How I see it 208
Milk dress : a nursing song 217
To all the men I've loved before 225
Single, mother 235
Plus one, plus two, plus three 244
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  • Posted April 24, 2010

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    Interesting Yet Unbalanced

    As a recently turned 30, single gal, I was hoping and praying to glean lots of motivational wisdom from the series of essays included in The May Queen. However, there was a distinct unbalance. 'Having it all' seems to have been defined as the career, married, with kids sort of mentality. Not that I am opposed to those options, but I would have preferred reading a little more essays with the 'you can have it all without kids, a committed relationship and that picket fence'. The perspectives on what defines 'having it all' in ones thirties was interesting, but there was a certain traditional weight to what many of the contributors define as such.

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