The Meaning of Wife

The Meaning of Wife

Book - 2006
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Delving into the complex, troubling, and sometimes humorous contradictions, illusions, and realities of contemporary wifehood, this book takes the reader on a journey into the wedding industrial complex. Anne Kingston looks at "wife backlash," and the new wave of neo-traditionalism that urges women to marry young; explores the apotheosis of abused wives and the strange celebration of wives who kill; and muses on the fact that Oprah Winfrey and Martha Stewart, two of the world's wealthiest and most influential women, are both unmarried. The result is an entertaining mix of social, sexual, historical, and economic commentary that is bound to stir debate even as it reframes our view of both women and marriage.

Publisher: New York : Picador/Farrar, Straus, and Giroux : [Distributed by Holtzbrinck Publishers], 2006, c2004.
Edition: 1st Picador ed.
ISBN: 9780312425005
0312425007
Characteristics: xiv, 336 p. ; 22 cm.

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