The Bitch Is Back: Older, Wiser, and (Getting) Happier

The Bitch Is Back: Older, Wiser, and (Getting) Happier

by Cathi Hanauer


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062389510
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/27/2016
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 1,127,631
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Cathi Hanauer, the author of the novel My Sister's Bones, has written articles, essays, reviews, and fiction for Elle, Mirabella, Self, Glamour, Mademoiselle, and many other magazines. She has been the monthly books columnist for both Glamour and Mademoiselle, and was the relationship-advice columnist for Seventeen for seven years. She lives in western Massachusetts with her husband, writer Daniel Jones, and their daughter and son.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

1 Me, Myself, and My Midlife Choices: My Way or the Highway 1

Five Crucial Things the Fifty-Three-Year-Old Bitch Knows That the Thirty-Nine-Year-Old Bitch Didn't (Yet) Pam Houston 3

Vagina Notwithstanding Jennifer Fianey Boylan 15

Gone Girl: What I (Don't) Own My Mother Anna March 25

Wrinkles in Time. Or Not Debora L. Spar 37

What's Love Got to Do with It: I'm Havin' My Baby Lizzie Skurnick 49

The "Other Woman"-Then and Now Kerry Herlihy 63

Dirty Work Kathy Thomas Cathi Hanauer 75

2 Sex, Lies, and Happy(ish) Endings: Because this Ain't Disney, Dolls. It's Life 89

The Coming of Age: Sex 102 Sarah Crichton 91

Still in the Heart Hazel McClay 105

My Filthy Little Heart: Love It? Or Lose It? Claire Johnson 117

Once a Week: Take It or Take It Grace O'Malley 129

Fifty Shades of Free Robin Rinaldi 143

My War with Sex Lynn Darling 153

3 To Hell and to Hold 165

Her Life. My Life: Two Women, Two Worlds Erin White 167

Jason, Me, and Jesus: The Other Guy in Our Relationship Veronica Chambers 179

Trading Places: We both wanted to stay home. He won. But so did I Julianna Baggott 191

Beyond the Myth of Co-Parenting: What We Lost-and Gained-by Abandoning Equality Hope Edelman 203

Now There Were Two Jill Bialosky 217

Living Alone: A Fantasy Sandra Tsing Lolt 227

4 Starting Over 241

Second Time Around: Letting Go of Convention (and Listening to My Mother) Kate Christensen 243

What was in It for ME: Saying Yes, Saying No, Leaning In, Leaning Out Rabia Hussain 257

Stepping Off the Scale Ann Hood 271

Getting It Right the Third Time. Or Wrong. You Tell Me Karen Karbo 283

Jes Susanna Sonnenberg 297

A New Life Under the Ladder Cynthia King 309

Contributors 323

Acknowledgments 331

Reader's Guide Discussion Questions 333

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