TLC Review: The Bitch is Back

October 12, 2016 Uncategorized 13 ★★★★

TLC Review: The Bitch is BackTitle: The Bitch Is Back: Older, Wiser, and (Getting) Happier
Author: Cathi Hanauer
Source: TLC Book Tours
Links: Bookshop (affiliate link) |Goodreads
Rating:four-stars

Summary: These well written life stories from women slightly to very ahead of me in life were endlessly fascinating

The Bitch is Back is a follow-up to an earlier essay collection entitled The Bitch in the House. Both collections feature essays primarily by women in their thirties. The essays focus on the decisions these women have made in regard to their significant others, their children, and their careers. Essays by women who wrote pieces for the earlier collections included brief introductions, such that I never felt lost because I hadn’t read The Bitch in the House first.

I was a bit uncertain about how much I would relate to the women in this book. In part, that might be because I think of myself as much younger than people in their thirties, although I’m 27 myself. I think it’s more because I still feel like I’m at the beginning of my life though – just out of (grad) school, first job, just married, no plans to have kids. Either way, my fears were unfounded. While I didn’t always have experiences of my own that were similar to those described in these essays, every single essay was well written enough to draw me in.

I think these essays served an even more important purpose for me than simply being relatable stories. Because these women chose to share their varied experiences, I got to hear from people who had made a wide variety of life choices and hear how that worked out for them. Reading it made me think a lot about my own life and where I want to be in ten years. Even though it didn’t cause me to want to make any major changes, I thought it was an incredibly useful collection of essays. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone, but perhaps especially to women my age and older.

For some other perspectives, check out the other stops on the tour.

13 Responses to “TLC Review: The Bitch is Back”

  1. Monika @ Lovely Bookshelf

    I just turned 40 so this book was great timing for me. I was wondering how younger book bloggers would receive it. I kept thinking as I read, I would have liked to have heard these perspectives when I was in my 20’s. Glad to hear that you enjoyed it!

  2. Heather

    I’m 32 so I think I’m the perfect age for this one. Plus, I’m going through some major life changes so I think this would really speak to me. Thanks for the recommendation!

    • DoingDewey

      That does sound like perfect timing! I wish we heard stories like this more often. It was so interesting hearing where everyone’s choices ended up taking them.

  3. Jenny @ Reading the End

    I read The Bitch in the House so long ago — might’ve even been before I had the blog? Absolute dogs’ ages, so I do want to read the follow-up. I think it’ll be interesting to see what the women have to say about their lives and just like, womanhood in general, a few years on. (Dogs’ ages on. :p)

    • DoingDewey

      That’s fun! I don’t know that I’ll go back and read the original, since it seems like it might not be as relevant as this collection, but I really enjoyed this one. I’d definitely recommend checking it out 🙂

  4. Lindsey

    This sounds really interesting! I haven’t read the earlier book but I will turn 30 next year, so it seems like the timing is right.

    • DoingDewey

      I think it could be a great book to read around your 30th birthday and I didn’t ever feel like I was missing out by not having read the earlier book, so I’d recommend it 🙂

  5. Naomi

    This sounds like something that I would love. Although, I’m wondering if I might be too old at 42? It’s never too late to make major life changes, right? I might be a little bit worried that I’ll wish I had done something differently. Or earlier. But, mostly, I’m always just curious to hear how other people live their lives.

    • DoingDewey

      My guess is that you’d still enjoy it and find all the different perspectives helpful. It really is never too late to make changes and if I remember properly, some of the women who wrote essays were aged 50 to 70, even if most were in their 30s. It if it sounds good to you, I say go for it!

  6. Heather J @ TLC Book Tours

    I think I would have really appreciated hearing these perspectives when I was younger, for different reasons than I would appreciate them now. Back then I might have gained insight into where my life choices might take me.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

    • DoingDewey

      That makes sense! I certainly found it helpful for the perspective on how things might work out for me in the future. Thanks for including me!

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