Author of Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own
When Kate Bolick's 2011 Atlantic story, “All the Single Ladies” was published, it marked only the third time in the magazine's storied history that a female author had appeared on the cover. Interest in Bolick's marquee article was so intense that it landed her a book deal, and is now being made into a show on CBS. Her book, Spinster: A Life of One's Own, is forthcoming in April 2015 from Crown.
Bolick has appeared on The Today Show, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, The Gayle King Show, and numerous NPR programs across the country.
CBS has given a script commitment to a single-camera, half-hour show based on Bolick's "All the Single Ladies" Atlantic story. Bolick will serve as co-producer.
Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own
“Whom to marry, and when will it happen—these two questions define every woman’s existence.” So begins this bold, original keynote from journalist and cultural critic Kate Bolick. Using her own experiences as a starting point, Bolick weaves together the past and present to examine why she—along with over 100 million American women, whose ranks keep growing—remains unmarried.
After a half century of ascent for women, which coincided with the descent of men, we've reached a historical point where career-minded women are finding fewer suitable mates, and are marrying later and in fewer numbers. What does this mean for women, for men, and for our society? This unprecedented demographic shift, Bolick explains, is the logical outcome of hundreds of years of change that has neither been fully understood, nor appreciated. It's an unreservedly inquisitive talk that asks us to acknowledge the opportunities that exist within ourselves to live authentically.
Spinster: A Life of One's Own
“Whom to marry, and when will it happen—these two questions define every woman’s existence.” So begins Spinster, a revelatory and slyly erudite look at the pleasures and possibilities of remaining single. Using her own experiences as a starting point, journalist and cultural critic Kate Bolick invites us into her carefully considered, passionately lived life, weaving together the past and present to examine why she—along with over 100 million American women, whose ranks keep growing—remains unmarried.
This unprecedented demographic shift, Bolick explains, is the logical outcome of hundreds of years of change that has neither been fully understood, nor appreciated. Spinster introduces a cast of pioneering women from the last century whose genius, tenacity, and flair for drama have emboldened Bolick to fashion her life on her own terms: journalist Neith Boyce, essayist Maeve Brennan, social reformer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, and novelist Edith Wharton. By animating their unconventional ideas and choices, Bolick shows us that contemporary debates about settling down, and having it all, are timeless, the crucible upon which all thoughtful women have tried for centuries to forge a good life.
Intellectually substantial and deeply personal, Spinster is a new kind of unreservedly inquisitive work of memoir and broader cultural exploration that asks us to acknowledge the opportunities that exist within ourselves to live authentically. Bolick offers readers a way back into their own lives—a chance to see those splendid years when we were young and unencumbered, or middle-aged and finally left to our own devices, for what they really are: unbounded and our own to savor.
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