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3.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 5 3.59 (39 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cathi Hanauer Narrator: Various Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2004 ISBN:
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Despite more power and choices than ever before, women are still angry; that's not necessarily a bad thing, as anger is what continues to open the door for change. In this collection, 15 women speak boldly and passionately about choices they've made, about sex, children, love, and work, and explore what's working and what is not. Their essays, always provocative, honest, witty, and wise, are the culmination of the lessons of the past two decades, the 'me' years and the therapy years, the years that have taught women to express themselves and acknowledge their needs. As celebratory as they are critical, these brilliant essays reflect the truth about life.

This audiobook contains the following essays, written and read by the contributors:

  • Introduction, Cathi Hanauer
  • Getting the Milk for Free, Veronica Chambers
  • Crossing to Safety, Jen Marshall
  • Moving In. Moving Out. Moving On., Sarah Miller
  • Papa Don't Preach, Kerry Herlihy
  • I Do. Not.: Why I Won't Marry, Catherine Newman
  • Killing the Puritan Within, Kate Christensen
  • My Mother's Ring: Caught Between Two Families, Helen Schulman
  • Attila the Honey I'm Home, Kristin van Ogtrop
  • The Myth of Co-Parenting: How It Was Supposed to Be. How It Was., Hope Edelman
  • Daddy Dearest: What Happens When He Does More Than His Half?, Laurie Abraham
  • Crossing the Line in the Sand: How Mad Can Mother Get?, Elissa Schappell
  • Married at 46: The Agony and the Ecstacy, Nancy Wartik
  • The Fat Lady Sings, Natalie Kusz
  • What Independence Has Come to Mean to Me: The Pain of Solitude. The Pleasure of Self-Knowledge, Vivian Gornick
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristal | 2/15/2014

    " This is a very empowering book for women. It gives several different viewpoints on pretty much every subject that women struggle with. Some of the short stories I didn't agree with (the open marriage for one) but it was well worth the read. I will swap if someone wants to read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Inder | 2/10/2014

    " The raw, honest, painful truth is invigorating and scary! I loved this book, and continue to recommend it to my women friends. Several of them report feeling more scared and appalled than invigorated, so read this at your own risk. These women spare no gory details in describing their struggles with marriage, child-rearing, and careers. This book is gritty and real and shocking, and it's also easily the best anthology of personal essays I've read in the past couple of years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula Kolocotronis | 2/8/2014

    " Well, this book tells it like it is. There is no sugar coating in this book which really impressed me. Rarely have I seen a book that I can really relate to in regards to motherhood and marriage and work ect. The stories are brutally honest. These woman talk about things that you can't even tell your friends sometimes. It's nice to know that I am not the only one who is pretty much a bitch. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shelley | 1/30/2014

    " A few good essays, but mostly.... whine, whine, whine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne Corio | 1/29/2014

    " this bitch book STAYS in my bitch house "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kait Ferrall | 1/27/2014

    " Basically it's a book of essays by women talking about their life choices, guilt, anger, love, resentment, self-consciousness, self-discovery... The stories/examples of the writers' lives won't apply to all readers obviously, but I liked reading their perspectives even if I couldn't apply their experiences to my life. The writers touch on things we don't always feel okay talking about for fear of judgement. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marissa | 1/26/2014

    " I love this book. I will buy it for every newly wed and mother to be for the rest of my life... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlane Brady | 1/20/2014

    " The essays in the book are interesting. Some have referred to it as "whining by women who have it all". Well, aren't women whiners when they tell it like it is. I put in to perspective each essay and I found each essay GREAT and DIFFERENT. As I am in my mid-30's now I should read the essays again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jody | 1/20/2014

    " I've never enjoyed a collection of essays more than "Bitch." My new husband was worried when he say me reading this on our honeymoon, but the essays, while brutally honest, promise hope and love. If you're a woman who has ever felt alone in her experiences of motherhood, loving, rearing childhood, marriage, or work, then you should order this book immediately. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelley | 1/20/2014

    " A book that I have had for awhile but I decided to read it now since I fit the "Work, motherhood, marriage" categories. I love short memoir collections and this book did not disappoint. There were some that I felt like were a little over-the-top or whiny but several of the motherhood ones rang true and particularly the ones about motherhood & marriage. Definitely a book I'll pull out again after I have baby #2! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 1/15/2014

    " this is a great essay collection (subtitle says it all). i especially like the pieces on motherhood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cobi | 1/7/2014

    " quick funny read. and all women can relate to at least one of the stories! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 11/25/2013

    " So nice to hear honest accounts from women about what their lives are really like. If only we all spoke truthfully about our experiences and challenges as women. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 10/26/2013

    " interesting perspectives and examples. made me appreciative of my life and marriage (at least for a 1/2 hour). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zara | 10/19/2013

    " I like it. GREAT book. It is sincere, raw, real and the women just speak from the heart. More people should read this so that these negative, dysfunctional gender roles and societal projections become obselete once and for all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Narjes | 5/23/2013

    " An inside look at the private lives of women from ages 25 and up. Topics addressed: single life, marriage, children, motherhood, career, age, aging parents, etc "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leigh | 5/18/2013

    " This book made me depressed. I didn't realize there were so many angry women out there....SCARY!!!!!!!!!! I love being a women but this book gave women a bad image...women need to lighten up or something... To many control freaks..Yikes "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 helen | 3/19/2013

    " fabulous - such thoughtful, heartfelt essays. every time I read it I find a new one I relate to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy Mcconville | 11/15/2012

    " Ruby recommended this book to me a few years ago and it was helpful to read. But there was a lot of emphasis on marriage and kids, and that made it hard to relate to for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie Hale | 10/26/2012

    " I loved this book. I didn't identify with all of the contributors but could with most. I felt like they were living my life and I had an "a-ha moment" on almost every page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 9/19/2012

    " Some I related to, some I did not. Nevertheless, I think the concept is amazing of putting these essays of modern womanhood at home together. I think motherhood is the last bastion of feminism these days. So, I love to read others perspectives on how they are or are not managing the whole thing! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Monena Hall | 5/3/2012

    " I'm not in love with this book. Some of the stories are interesting, some less so. I have a huge pile to read. Not sure this is worth finishing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 4/1/2012

    " Like many anthologies, this one is hit and miss so far. There is enough here to recommend, but I'd definitely by used or borrow it and then go on to buy stuff from the authors one enjoys... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacey Marino | 1/3/2012

    " Eh. I didn't love it. Interesting stories, but lots of whining. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mandy | 12/11/2011

    " Documented pity parties. I hope they are proud of themselves. I'm proud to say I didn't read most of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheree | 11/16/2011

    " Essays written by women mostly bashing men, Most women can relate to at least a few. Too feminist. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Clare | 9/29/2011

    " Awful, awful, awful. Married women bitching about their husbands, or the nannies or the kids or how they are unsatisfied sexually so they have affairs. Ugh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 8/16/2011

    " I enjoyed the candid, intimate look into the minds of women...honest, forthcoming essays which encourage me to continue to find my inner "Bitch In The House" and embrace her! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 6/6/2011

    " I enjoyed the candid, intimate look into the minds of women...honest, forthcoming essays which encourage me to continue to find my inner "Bitch In The House" and embrace her! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 5/14/2011

    " Some essays spoke to me more than others, but overall I was entranced by these women and their stories. Their honest sharing of their lives and doubts, dreams, mistakes, choices felt like a gift. I would love to meet some of them and talk to them over coffee. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicky | 4/1/2011

    " I loved most of the stories in this book. I read it many years ago and infact should re: read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 3/23/2011

    " It sounds corny, but this book helped me get through my first year of marriage with my sanity and our relationship intact. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 3/16/2011

    " a.k.a The Neurotic Whiner in the House "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maggie | 3/2/2011

    " I thought I would sympathize with the essayists in this book; instead, I found myself wondering how their children and spouses cope. Lots of misplaced rage, lots of blueprints for how I hope my life never looks. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mandy | 2/23/2011

    " Documented pity parties. I hope they are proud of themselves. I'm proud to say I didn't read most of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 2/13/2011

    " This book made me want to develop a lesson plan as though I were teaching a class on feminism. Lots and lots and lots of different perspectives on who we are as women now, yesterday, and a little commentary on who we might be as women in the future. Pretty freaking awesome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carmen | 2/12/2011

    " I picked up this book during the summer of 2007 when we were in the States... love it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raquelle | 1/26/2011

    " I think I was the only one in my book club who really liked this book. It's honest, and refreshingly angry. Different perspectives, many of single women, or women without kids, life is always greener.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 12/28/2010

    " Some I related to, some I did not. Nevertheless, I think the concept is amazing of putting these essays of modern womanhood at home together. I think motherhood is the last bastion of feminism these days. So, I love to read others perspectives on how they are or are not managing the whole thing! "

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About the Author

Cathi Hanauer is the author of three novels—My Sister’s Bones, Sweet Ruin, and Gone—and is the editor of the New York Times bestselling essay collection The Bitch in the House. A former columnist for Glamour, Mademoiselle, and Seventeen, she has written for The New York Times, Elle, Self, Real Simple, and other magazines. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, with her husband, New York Times “Modern Love” editor Daniel Jones, and their daughter and son.