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Books Reviews from the Blog
Below are the American Spinster’s reviews of books – fiction and non-fiction – relevant to the spinster life.
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is, in many ways, about a woman re-creating herself. Evelyn goes through a pretty dark time, and the novel doesn’t shy away from that. Before meeting Mrs. Threadgoode, Evelyn fantasizes about her own suicide just to make it through the long, lonesome… Read More
This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a collection of non-fiction essays, articles, and speeches written by novelist Ann Patchett. Don’t let the title fool you; Patchett may include the story of a happy marriage, but the book is also largely about being a happy, unmarried, independent woman. From a young age, Patchett saw most marriage… Read More
In The Art Of Asking, Palmer demonstrates that asking for things isn’t the same as begging, and receiving isn’t the same as scamming. She explains that trust and asking are intimately, inseparably connected. Asking makes you vulnerable. You just have to trust… Read More
Although it’s written by a modern author, the heroine isn’t an anachronism. Many women found independence as factory hands during the industrial revolution. But Lyddie’s story, fairly typical of working girl, isn’t the inspiring success story you’d find on Oprah. Conditions in the mills… Read More
As a daughter in a family of Chinese immigrants, Kingston struggles with the conflicting messages her mother gives. Daughters are worthless, slaves, maggots. And yet, her mother also told Kingston and her sisters stories of warrior women, like Fa Mulan. Stories of courageous women who avenged their families and fought better than men… Read More
For a book series about a woman who marries the perfect man and has the perfect traditional life with the perfect brood of rosy-cheeked babies, the Anne series kicks down barriers and social stereotypes about women quite a bit. When Anne is single, she… Read More
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