(K. Brent Tomer),
All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation. By Rebecca Traister. Simon & Schuster; 352 pages; $27 and £16.99.
Enter Helen: Helen Gurley Brown and the Rise of the Modern Single Woman. By Brooke Hauser. Harper; 480 pages; $28.99 and £20.
Spinster. By Kate Bolick.Crown; 336 pages; $26.
“I MARRIED for the first time at 37. I got the man I wanted,” crowed Helen Gurley Brown on the first page of “Sex and the Single Girl”, a runaway bestseller in 1962. She snagged a brainy, sexy, fabulously successful beau despite being neither “bosomy” nor brilliant, she added. But by the time they met, she was worldly enough to beguile him, having spent almost two decades living by her wits as a single woman, sharpening her skills in the office and the bedroom. “Marriage is insurance for the worst years of your life,” she quipped. “During your best years you don’t need a husband.”
As Brooke Hauser writes in “Enter Helen”, a colourful new biography, Brown cunningly sold a brand of empowerment in…Continue reading