A Single Woman by Any Other Name

spinster_making_a_life_of_ones_own_by_kate_bolick_book_WEBSpinster: Making a Life of One’s Own (Crown, $26) is a fascinating, brave and incredibly smart new nonfiction narrative by writer and editor Kate Bolick of The Atlantic. Part-memoir and part contemporary feminist manifesto, Bolick examines the meaning and history behind the laden title “spinster” and its social, economic, and even literary repercussions. In an unflinching examination of her own unmarried status and that of her five chosen “awakeners” (Maeve Brennan, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Neith Boyce, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Edith Wharton), Bolick asks the reader if society is “ready for a young woman to set out on the long road of her life as a human being who inhabits but isn’t limited by gender.”

Recommended by Kristen Zory King of the Writer’s Block Book Shop, 1020 Fremont St., 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Mon-Sat, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun.

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