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September 11, 2002

Media Bitch

Friedrich --

Good lord. Here's the publicity copy for a book Morrow will be bringing out later this month.

Girl becomes woman, and woman becomes bitch. It is a matter of self-preservation and the beginning of independence. Just as women begin to celebrate their freedoms, anger sets in. Sometimes harrowing, always intriguing and each time hitting close-to-home, THE BITCH IN THE HOUSE: 26 Women Tell the Truth About Sex, Solitude, Work, Motherhood, and Marriage is the polar opposite of what Virginia Woolf coined, "The Angel in House." To Woolf, the angel in the house symbolized the domestic goddess who kept her family content and cared for at all costs, especially her own.

The Bitch in the House is a flawed goddess. She often must do the work of the angel, but while balancing myriad roles. The bitch is sometimes selfish, sometimes angry. As Hanauer says in her introduction, "This book was born out of anger." And the bitch realizes that sometimes her anger fuels her. But ultimately, she doesn't want to be angry.

I've got whiplash -- partly from trying to make sense of the above, but mostly from running for cover from the kinds of people who'd publish such a thing.



posted by Michael at September 11, 2002


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