With or Without a Man: Single Women Taking Control of Their Lives


Featuring a friendly, nonclinical tone, this book focuses on defining affirmative choices for single women and offers sensible tools for looking at what makes a good life.

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Featuring a friendly, nonclinical tone, this book focuses on defining affirmative choices for single women and offers sensible tools for looking at what makes a good life.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"If it weren't for wanting to be with a man, the single life can be quite satisfying." Psychotherapist Lewis hits the nail on the head in her seminal handbook for heterosexual women who are postponing living full, "adult lives" because they're biding their time in what they hope is the transitional stage of being single. All women, whether married or single, she asserts, have the same basic needs for intimacy, a healthy self-image and sexual expression; without a man, a single woman must work more diligently to fulfill each of these fundamental needs. To help women do so, Lewis offers nine worthy "tasks" ("being grounded," "making a decision about children," etc.), followed by opportunities for reflection and self-assessment--a well-thought-out road map for women to travel beyond feeling overwhelmed by value judgments (theirs and everyone else's) about why they're not married. She encourages women in their mid-30s to their late-60s to recognize "this distinction: You have no control over when an appropriate man will fit in your life, but you do have control over making the life that you have a good one--for however long you have it." Well written, motivational and practical, Lewis's guide offers single women fresh and detailed advice for creating a happy, meaningful life. Like the 1995 bestselling Flying Solo, Lewis's book provides single women a bracing perspective--and an action plan. With its broad appeal, this title is well suited for reading groups. (Nov. 1) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780923521509
  • Publisher: Bull Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Gail Lewis is a psychotherapist in private practice in Washington, DC. She has frequently led seminars and workshops for both single men and women and weekend retreats for couples. She is the author of four professional books.

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