More than a decade after the New York Times bestselling anthology The Bitch in the House spoke up loud and clear for a generation of young woman, nine of the original contributors are back—along with sixteen captivating new voices—sharing their ruminations from an older, stronger, and wiser perspective about love, sex, work, family, independence, body-image, health, and aging: the critical flash points of women’s lives today.
"Born out of anger," the essays in The Bitch in the House chronicled the face of womanhood at the beginning of a new millennium. Now those funny, smart, passionate contributors—today less bitter and resentful, and more confident, competent, and content—capture the spirit of postfeminism in this equally provocative, illuminating, and compelling companion anthology.
Having aged into their forties, fifties, and sixties, these "bitches"—bestselling authors, renowned journalists, and critically acclaimed novelists—are back . . . and better than ever. In The Bitch Is Back, Cathi Hanauer, Kate Christensen, Sarah Crichton, Debora Spar, Ann Hood, Veronica Chambers, and nineteen other women offer unique views on womanhood and feminism today. Some of the "original bitches" (OBs) revisit their earlier essays to reflect on their previous selves. All reveal how their lives have changed in the intervening years—whether they stayed coupled, left marriages, or had affairs; developed cancer or other physical challenges; coped with partners who strayed, died, or remained faithful; became full-time wage earners or homemakers; opened up their marriages; remained childless or became parents; or experienced other meaningful life transitions.
As a "new wave" of feminists begins to take center stage, this powerful, timely collection sheds a much-needed light on both past and present, offering understanding, compassion, and wisdom for modern women’s lives, all the while pointing toward the exciting possibilities of tomorrow.
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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
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
Reader's Guide Discussion Questions 333