The Bitch in the House by Cathi Hanauer
26 Women Tell the Truth About Sex, Solitude, Work, Motherhood, and Marriage

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My friends and I moaned about how tired we were. During dips in our conversation, I found myself looking at the teenage couple seated at a table, their chairs side by side. They kissed. My friend asked me about my marriage. "Are you guys having sex?" she asked bluntly... I wanted to laugh.

-- Jill Bialosky

Women today have more choices than at any time in history, yet many smart, ambitious, contemporary women are finding themselves angry, dissatisfied, stressed out. Why are they dissatisfied? And what do they really want? These questions form the premise of this passionate, provocative, funny, searingly honest collection of original essays in which twenty-six women writers invite readers into their lives, minds, and bedrooms to talk about the choices they've made, what's working, and what's not.

Here are a few things people have said about me at the office: "You're unflappable." "Are you ever in a bad mood?" Here are things people -- okay, the members of my family -- have said about me at home: "Mommy is always grumpy." "Why are you so tense?" "You're too mean to live in this house and I want you to go back to work for the rest of your life!"

-- Kristin van Ogtrop

With wit and humor, in prose as poetic and powerful as it is blunt and dead-on, these intriguing women -- ranging in age from twenty-four to sixty-five, single and childless or married with children or four times divorced -- offer details of their lives that they've never publicly revealed.

I didn't want to be a bad mother I wanted to be my mother-safe, protective, rational, calm -- without giving up all my anger, because my anger fueled me. -- Elissa Schappell

The result is an intimate sharing of experience that will move, amuse, and enlighten. This is the sound of the collective voice of successful women today, in all their anger, grace, and glory.

 

About Cathi Hanauer

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Cathi Hanauer is the author of the novels My Sister's Bones and Sweet Ruin and the editor of the New York Times bestselling essay anthology The Bitch in the House: 26 Women Tell the Truth About Sex, Solitude, Work, Motherhood, and Marriage. Her articles, essays, and/or criticism have appeared in The New York Times, Elle, O, Glamour, Self, Parenting, Whole Living, and other magazines. She lives with her family in western Massachusetts. Visit her website at CathiHanauer.com.
 
Published September 17, 2002 by William Morrow. 304 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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The Bitch in the House: 26 Women Tell the Truth About Sex, Solitude, Work, Motherood and Marriage edited by Cathi Hanauer Viking £10.99, pp284 The Ascent of Woman: A History of the Sufragette Movement by Melanie Phillips Little, Brown £18.99, pp370 In the nineteenth century, women in this country...

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The Bitch in the House: 26 Women Tell the Truth about Sex, Solitude, Work, Motherhood, and Marriage edited by Cathi Hanauer 304pp, Viking, £10.99 In this collection, 26 American women, mostly well-known writers and journalists, as well as a handful of teachers of creative writing, describe how...

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(They reserve special scorn for overly laid-back live-in lovers content to live off a hardworking woman's checkbook.) While a handful of entries touch other sources of anger—being criticized for one's weight, simultaneously caring for ailing parents and a young family, coping with a husband who's...

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Maduro talks about her epiphany in high school when she realized how unfair the division of labor seemed in her parents' marriage: "I became angry at both of my parents: at my father that his chores (take apart and reassemble the kitchen sink, work in the garden, snow-blow the driveway) seemed in...

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