"A work of comic genius." Mary Norris, The New Yorker
“Darkly humorous and deadly serious.” –Sibbie O'Sullivan, Washington Post
“A compulsively interesting feminist memoir.” –Virginia Heffernan, Slate
"Somehow hilarious, in the way that only E. Jean could have written it" –Leigh Haber, Oprah Magazine
America's longest running advice columnist goes on the road to speak to women about hideous men and whether we need them.
When E. Jean Carrollpossibly the liveliest woman in the world and author of the “Ask E. Jean” advice column in Elle Magazine, realized that her eight million readers and question-writers all seemed to have one thing in commonproblems caused by menshe hit the road. Crisscrossing the country with her blue-haired poodle, Lewis Carroll, E. Jean stopped in every town named after a woman between Eden, Vermont and Tallulah, Louisiana to ask women the crucial question: What Do We Need Men For?
E. Jean gave her rollicking road trip a sly, stylish turn when she deepened the story, creating a list called “The Most Hideous Men of My Life,” and began to reflect on her own sometimes very dark history with the opposite sex. What advice would she have given to her past selvesas Miss Cheerleader USA and Miss Indiana University? Or as the fearless journalist, television host, and eventual advice columnist she became? E. Jean intertwines the stories of the fascinating people she meets on her road trip with her “horrible history with the male sex” (including mafia bosses, media titans, boyfriends, husbands, a serial killer, and a president), creating a decidedly dark yet hopeful, hilarious, and thrilling narrative. Her answer to the question What Do We Need Men For? will shock men and delight women.
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Table of Contents
I "I'm Nothing but Your Punching Bag and Slave." Elnom, Indiana 7
II "Get the F_Out of the Middle of the F_ing Road, You F_ing Stupid C_!" Cynthiana, Indiana 29
III "I'd Kill Him!" Anita, Indiana 47
IV "She's … Uh, Having Boy Problems Right Now." Bonnie, Illinois 67
V "I've Showed It to a Lot of People, but Nobody Can Tell Me What It Is." Ina, Illinois 79
VI "I'm Reporting You to the Queen Committee!" Jennette, Arkansas; Blytheville, Arkansas; Pocahontas, Missouri 95
VII "He Will Actually Put His Head Down So Molly and Sally Can Pee on His Face." Mananna, Arkansas; Eudora, Arkansas 127
VIII "I'm Gonna Run for Mayor!" Tallulah, Louisiana; Pearl, Mississippi; Verona, Mississippi 159
IX "Opportunity Is a Beautiful Woman. You Have to Grab Her." Florence, Alabama; Bonnieville, Kentucky 187
X "Just Cuz You Have Boobs Doesn't Mean You're Not Strong!" Elizabethtown, Kentucky; Marysville, Ohio; Elyria, Ohio; Seneca Falls, New York 219
XI "Go Try This On." Angelica, New York 235
XII "Let's Do It!" Eden, Vermont 251
Author's Note 269