* Spinster by Kate Bolick

After reading Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own, I was a little surprised to see its adoring reviews (although perhaps being on Vogue‘s list of 15 recommended books for Spring says it all) because I was quite bored by the meandering blend of the author’s single life, told through excerpts of her insipid diary, and the five “single” famous women whose lives she explores. (Several are not single, but that’s another story.)

The most interesting part of the book is the historical review of the difficult life of spinsters in older days, when marriage was considered the basic duty and attainment for all women, and best to do it early, too, making it very difficult for long-term single women to find satisfying jobs and lives.  The rest, well, seems self-indulgent and curiously tainted by the unceasing hope to find Mr. Right.

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