Marry Smart: Advice for Finding THE ONE

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 11, 2014 - Family & Relationships - 256 pages
The “Princeton mom” who caused a stir with her controversial letter to the Daily Princetonian offering advice to young women at Princeton about marrying early delivers more unvarnished truths in this smart, straightforward, and witty book of life lessons.

You’re single and you know what you want in your life. And if your dreams include getting married and having children, this fresh new approach to finding the right one at the right time shows the way to make those dreams a reality.

A graduate of one of the first classes of women at Princeton University, Susan Patton has heard smart young women admit they aspire to marriage and motherhood but have no model for pursuing those goals; reflecting on the choices she made in her early twenties, she’s boldly turned the tables on our “career first” conditioning and suggests that you seek out the golden opportunities right in front of you, right now.

In Marry Smart, she shares the wisdom of her experience with warmth, humor, and very straight talk. But this is not your mother’s dating guide— Marry Smart celebrates the vital achievements of traditional marriage and motherhood, and gives you the essential life strategies that no one’s talking about, including how to:

• strike while the greatest number of single young men is available to you
• attract a man who is your intellectual and emotional equal
• date to find a mate—and how to spot a diamond in the rough
• find total satisfaction in your roles as a wife and mother

Whether or not you are in college, whether your future plans are clear or still undecided, Marry Smart is a must-read for all young women who want to get the most out of love and life.
 

Contents

PART I
1
Your TwenTies
47
Husband Hunting in the Real World
53
What the Feminist Movement Did
59
Go for the Best Credentials
67
Hes Too Old for You Shes Too Young for You Mr Right?
81
Are You a Little Hothouse Tomato?
95
Behaving Badly
103
LifeWork Balance
139
Take It Back
147
Watch Your Mouth
157
Bad Childhood? Get Over It
165
Speaking Your Truth
171
Beware the GreenEyed Monster
177
Like a Pit Bull on a Pot Roast
183
To Forgive Its Divine
205

Plan for Reality
111
So a ThirtyFiveYearOld Single Person
117
Do It Yourself
125
The Gender Equality Fallacy
133
wise adviCe For wise women
215
You Know What? This Is Who I
233
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Susan Patton is a first-generation American and was in one of the first classes of women to graduate from Princeton in 1977. She is a first-time author, a human resources consultant, and an executive coach in New York City. She is the proud mother of two Princeton sons, a daughter-in-law who also graduated from Princeton, and a long-haired red dachshund named Lucille.