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It gave me a wonderful opportunity to no what it was like for my mother in the fifties. I wasn't born until 1959. I read a copy of it from the library and when the time came I purchased this copy for someone I hoped would like as much as I did.
I very much enjoyed reading this book. The author starts each chapter with a little historical information about the topic she is discussing (e.g. abortion, suburban life, homosexuality), and then she lets the women she interviewed take over the story. This book could be a fast or slow read, depending on if you are taking notes or just reading for pleasure, for example, but either way, the women's voices stick with you. I still think about the women's stories long after I have read the book! I would recommend this book to people who want to learn more about women's lives in the 1950s, but specifically to people who want a history book that is accessible and full of interesting stories and anecdotes about women by women.
This book is a fantastic resource that reveals surprising information about womens' lives in the 1950s. It pulls no punches on such topics as abortion and homosexuality, resulting in a complete and diverse picture of midcentury women. This is one of the most personally influential books I have ever read; it changed a lot of my historical views as well as my current political ones. I recommend this book to anyone interested in feminism, women's history, or midcentury history.
I have been reading alot of 50s inspired or 50s written books lately and find myself fascinated with the women of the era. How interesting and different life was, not that long ago...I really enjoyed this book.