Monday, March 21, 2005

reading: The Bitch in the House

The Bitch in the House: 26 Women Tell the Truth About Sex, Solitude, Work, Motherhood, and Marriage, edited by Cathi Hanauer
while this book has a lot of insights into women's daily lives, and while i related to many of the views presented in its essays, i have to say, it kind of depressed me. so many women are so angry at their "plight" and seem not to appreciate the choices they have. it is a good book, but for me, not a fun one. i would like, actually, to read a counterpoint to it in which the women are just as honest, but about the things that they enjoy about being women and living the lives they choose to live. this one is hard for me to recommend, as it left me feeling somewhat blah at the end of it all...

as a side note, i have heard that the rebuttal to this, the bastard on the couch, which is edited by cathi hanauer's husband, daniel jones, is a bit less insightful. even so, i feel like i should at least check it out.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have not read this book yet, Jackie, but know some others who had the same reaction you did, so I am not thinking I will love it either. But as far as choices women (and especially mothers)have, they may not be quite as many as you think now. I would highly recommend a book called "The Price of Motherhood" by Anne Crittenden which I found both very readable and quite eye-opening. For some interesting essays on motherhood, try "Mothers Who Think" by the editors of Salon and "Mother Shock" by Andi Buchanan. And for some chick lit with some great observations on womens lives, I like the books by Jennifer Weiner. Enjoy reading!