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The new single woman
E. Kay Trimberger
Adult Nonfiction HQ800.2 .T75 2005

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From Publishers' Weekly:

If Bridget Jones had had a chance to meet Trimberger as a teenager, it's a good bet that her diary might have read very differently. The Good News from Planet Singleton is that despite overwhelming cultural messages to the contrary, it's possible for women to live happily ever after alone. A professor emeritus of women's and gender studies at Sonoma State University, Trimberger bases her book on a qualitative study detailing how 27 women between the ages of 30 and 60 have crafted full and satisfying lives. Nancy, like many of the women in the study, never consciously decided to remain single. But, she explains, "One of the major sources of joy that I have in my life is that I can take care of myself." She lives near family, and her network of friends is built around her workplace and people she's met pursuing her hobby, flamenco dancing. Wynona, a mother of four, earned advanced degrees after leaving an abusive marriage. Trimberger's research skills are impressive and her message clear. What's missing is the voices of the women she's describing. She talks at length about them and provides the occasional quote, but her clinical prose style doesn't serve the subject matter well. Still, this is a great resource for social science professionals. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Trimberger (women's & gender studies, emerita, Sonoma State Univ.; editor, Intimate Warriors) argues in this very readable book that today's women understand the choice of accepting personal independence rather than framing their lives around the concept of a soul mate. Albeit with struggles and difficult decisions, they can and do chart their own lifestyles, with or without a resident partner. Trimberger began a study in the 1990s with group interviews of 46 single, divorced, or never-married women, all middle-class but from different backgrounds and outlooks. She found that most had not abandoned the hope of a contented life shared with another. In the early 2000s, she revisited 27 of these women. Most had reached a positive acceptance of their lives as singles (some of them were single mothers). Their work and sexuality, family relationships, connection with the upcoming generation, a supportive community, and networks of friends had nourished reservoirs of self-respect. Trimberger herself is a single mother and, while not dismissing coupled life, recognizes that it is not "the only and best way." Recommended for public and academic libraries.-Suzanne W. Wood, emerita, SUNY Coll. of Technology at Alfred (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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