Single State of the Union: Single Women Speak Out on Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Happiness

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Diane Mapes
Seal Press, 2007 - Social Science - 277 pages
13 Reviews
Are single women happy individualists? Neurotic man-hunters? Crazed cat ladies? Are they confused, or content? Bitter, or better off?

No one seems to know. The popular media gives us shoe shopaholics, ditzy desperados, wannabe brides forever making cow eyes at The Bachelor. But what do single women have to say about their own lives?

With sass, humor, and style, Single State of the Union paints a provocative, playful, and complex portrait of today's single woman, taking on such topics as:

o sex and the single girl
o single motherhood
o buying a house without a spouse
o faux boyfriends
o cohabitation hesitation
o single women in the media

Written by an impressive roster of single (and some formerly single) women, this collection portrays single women as individuals whose lives extend well beyond Match.com and Manolo Blahniks.

So listen up, Carrie. Attention, Bridget. It's time for the rest of us to be heard.
  

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Review: Single State of the Union: Single Women Speak Out on Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Happiness

User Review  - Lisa - Goodreads

I enjoyed this collection of essays. I inevitably didn't relate to/agree with the views of each author, but found myself nodding in agreement when reading some if the essays. Read full review

Review: Single State of the Union: Single Women Speak Out on Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Happiness

User Review  - Adrienne Urbanski - Goodreads

I started reading this book years ago when it was sent along in a press package. I never got a chance to review the book but wish I had, it offers really great perspectives from women who are single ... Read full review

Contents

Dodged a Reality Show Bullet sasha cagen
8
An Open Letter to Mom Deana Mary
19
You Cant Go Home Again Jane hoDges
27
Cohabitation Hesitation JuDy mcguire
41
Marriage Aint Prozac susan Jane gilman
47
Can a Single Woman Really Be Happy
57
Faux Boyfriends Jane ganahl
69
What Daughters Do amy huDock
78
Next Is Now michal reeD
147
Sex ed sarah iverson
157
Me and I rachel Toor
167
Doctor Donor Desperado margareT smiTh
175
Choosing Single Parenthood and
181
Single Scapegoat Seeking rachel sarah
189
Tangled Up in Wild Blue amanDa casTleman
199
Postcard from the edge heaTher mckinnon
205

The Straight and Nappy april sinclair
84
The Return on My Investment
93
The Great Cookie Offering liTsa Dremousis
99
Victorias True Secret Dana rozier
111
The Streak suzanne schlosberg
118
The Wisdom of Menopause WenDy merrill
125
Thunder chelsea hanDler
132
Inside the Mind
139
Out of Africa in Karen Blixens Footsteps Jillian robinson
212
The Speech laurie noTaro
225
Single All the Way bella Depaulo
235
Single Blessedness abigail groTke
246
House Without a Spouse michelle gooDman
252
Life After Death genevieve Davis ginsburg
260
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Diane Mapes is the author of How to Date in a Post-Dating World (Sasquatch, 2006), a funny journalistic take on the traditional dating manual. Her satire and reported essays on dating, singles' rights, television, travel, freak magnets, naked sushi, swingers, and more have appeared in Bust, Christian Science Monitor, Health, Los Angeles Times, MSNBC.com, Seattle Magazine, Seattle Times, and the Washington Post. Happily single, she lives in Seattle.

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