Item description for Single Woman of a Certain Age: 29 Women Writers on the Unmarried Midlife--Romantic Escapades, Empty Nests, Shifting Shapes, and Serene Independence by Jane Ganahl...
In Single Woman of a Certain Age, Jane Ganahl assembles a chorus of sophisticated and witty voices for this revealing anthology about flying solo in midlife. Joyce Maynard and Dakota Cassidy try online hookups, Debra Ginsberg brings up the M-word, Cameron Tuttle goes on a date (with herself), Susan Griffin finds joy in solitude, and Rachel Toor finally finds companionship --- the four-legged kind.
Reflecting on the (mostly) ups and (sometimes) downs of women cruising past 40, these writers address the challenges and rewards of growing older as a single woman: sex, loneliness, motherhood, learning to live alone, financial struggles, blossoming careers, menopause, and more. Contributors include April Sinclair, Cameron Tuttle, Spike Gillespie, Laura Fraser, Susan Griffin, Jane Juska, Joyce Maynard, Sunny Singh and more.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6.2" Height: 1" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Release Date Sep 29, 2005
Publisher New World Library
ISBN 1930722583 ISBN13 9781930722583
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More About Jane Ganahl
JANE GANAHL wrote the popular aSingle-Mindeda column for the "San Francisco Chronicle" until July 2006. She recently edited an anthology of women writers entitled "Single Woman . . . Of a Certain Age" and has written for "Parenting" and "Rolling Stone,"
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Excellent Stories! May 16, 2006
I found the honesty in this book to be very inspiring. I found both humor and sadness echoing my own experiences with navigating the single life as a woman in her late forties. It is a wonderful book in the sense that the truths to the stories are geniune and unique-- yet offer a sense of community with the single mid-life women like me. A great read!
Thought-provoking and painstakingly written Apr 1, 2006
This book resonates with emotional intensity like those moments in real life when every emotion seems almost painfully bright. When you look inside and try to find answers to questions that make you uncomfortable. The book is deeply reassuring - full of honesty and humor. Its an easy read, one that will hold your attention and get your empathy.
Old maids and widows: book club topic du jour Mar 28, 2006
This compilation of essays is at times very interesting and at other times just plain odd. Being a semi-single woman on the verge of marriage, I find anything about the study of singledom to be fascinating. It was interesting to me to see the various situations that led to the singledom of these women and in many instances the stories were humorous enough to keep me reading long past my bedtime. In a culture where being single is both frowned upon and secretly admired, I was not surprised to see those sentiments reflected in the essays. Most of the stories are written by women in their 40's that live on the West coast. They are either single by choice, divorce, or death. Some don't want to be single at all and that is just their lot in life. This would be a good women's book club selection as it is sure to provoke discussion.
The twenty-nine essays comprising Single Woman Of A Certain Age range from desperation to optimism Feb 13, 2006
Compiled and edited by San Francisco journalist Jane Ganahl, Single Woman Of A Certain Age: 29 Women Writers On The Unmarried Midlife-Romantic Escapades, heavy Petty, Empty Nests, Shifting Shapes And Serene Independence address the challenges and rewards of growing older as a single woman. The contributors address such germane issues as sex, loneliness, motherhood, financial struggles, blossoming careers, menopause, and more. The twenty-nine essays comprising Single Woman Of A Certain Age range from desperation to optimism, from bad moods to good grace, from the glamorous to the mundane, all the while keeping a focus upon the benefits and travails of living solo in a coupled world. This is highly recommended, thoughtful and thought-provoking reading.
A whole new culture Nov 21, 2005
The success of "Sex and the City" and the apparent success of books like this one surely must be indicative of a whole new culture in America, that of single women over 40. Can it be that we're fast becoming a force to be reckoned with? In this youth-centered world we call America, we have to be the fastest growing group.
That is one reason I was hoping for a little more from this book. These 29 women are survivors. They haven't been beaten down by our being regarded as disposable items. But surviving isn't the same as living. They've found their niche in life, so to speak, with satisfaction but sometimes there's no joy. Are their voices subdued because they're afraid if someone hears, they might lose it all?
There is a lot of disappointment here. But there is also hope. Each one still has a long way to go in this life, many years in which to live, not only survive. And they seem strong enough, determined enough. Surely they have already experienced many positive events or moments. Those are what keep them going. And those I would have loved to read about more.
I can relate so strongly to the underlying sadness in many of these stories. There is joy in their wisdom, greater freedom and independence. And the attitude that says I got through this, and I can get through whatever else comes along, can encourage us all.