Author: Cathi Hanauer
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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.