The May Queen: Women on Life, Love, Work, and Pulling It All Together in Your 30s

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Penguin, Mar 23, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
If recent bestsellers such as The Bitch in the House and Midlife Crisis at Thirty serve as any indication of how women are experiencing their thirties, who can blame women embarking upon this decade in their life for panicking? Yet, as the contributors to this thoughtful and inspiring book attest, it doesn't have to be so scary.

In The May Queen, a wide array of women-including bestselling author Jennifer Weiner and star of the hit independent film Kissing Jessica Stein Heather Juergensen-describe the conflicting emotions they've felt in response to the "anything is possible" message women of their generation receive. And yet, all of the women featured in this book have found their thirties to be a time of great opportunity-a period in their lives in which they're taking the time to consider what they have lost, what they have gained, and what they still need to learn. This book gives a powerful voice to a new generation of women beginning to make its mark on the world.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
The Difference Between Three and Thirty
10
35
17
Full Circle in Times Square
24
A Hungry Balance
33
Considering the Alternatives
41
My Missing Biological Clock
49
Bedsores and Cocktails
58
Of Sweethearts and Sperm Banks
127
Getting Ready
136
When Falling Is Flying
147
Crossing the Border
159
Hold Your Applause Please
167
The One and Only Buddha
175
How to Be a Seductress Without Even Knowing It
187
Side of the Road
196

Scheherazade Has Left the Building
66
Wide Awake
75
A Random Sampling Age Thirty to Forty
83
Im the One
91
River Love Song
103
When Hes Just That Into You
114
The Late Bloomer
121
How I See It
208
A Nursing Song
217
To All the Men Ive Loved Before
225
Single Mother
235
Plus One Plus Two Plus Three
244
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