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Book Title: Sex and The Single Girl|
The author of the book: Helen Gurley Brown
Edition: Barricade Books
Date of issue: January 1st 2003
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 4.8
ISBN 13: 9781569802526
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I read this eons ago, when I was in my late teens or early 20s, and I remember being impressed, gaining a lot of good advice from it. So when HGB died last week, I knew it deserved a re-read, and happily, it did not disappoint. It's especially fun to note how much Mad Men took from this book, particularly Peggy's career path and Joan's style.
The title is misleading: only the first 60 pages or so are about sex; basically, It's Good to Enjoy Men, How to Sleep with Married Advertising Executives, and How to Feel Sexy. The latter chapter is good advice for anyone; the first two, eh, pretty outdated.
But the rest of the book (200 pages) is filled with practical, timeless advice for living independently, both financially and emotionally. There are tips on everything from how to save and invest your career money, how to move up the ladder (without sleeping with the boss!), the importance of having your own apartment (not necessarily owning it!), why and how to buy quality clothes and home furnishings instead of amassing cheap junk, the importance of being a health nut and exercising every day, how to throw a party, and how to cook a few decent, filling, yummy meals. Very good advice for anyone living on their own, no matter how old or how "girly" you are!
Brown herself was no spoiled glamour girl. She was very poor as a child. Her father died when she was 10 and her sister had polio; her mother raised them in a tiny home in a crappy Los Angeles neighborhood. "Not beautiful or even pretty," in her own words, Brown had guts, spirit, determination, independence, and a strong work ethic, while supporting her family during her whole rise to Cosmo fame and glory. She was no snob, though lots of people who don't know her story seem to think she was something she wasn't. She was a pioneer!
I'm afraid the 1- and 2-star reviews here are from people who didn't actually read the book, or were so blinded by the audacity of the first two chapters that they seem more straightlaced than Brown's naysayers in 1962. Never mind them. This book is a classic.
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Read information about the authorHelen Gurley Brown, is an author, publisher, and businesswoman. She was editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine for 32 years.
Brown's father died in an elevator accident when she was young, and her sister was a polio victim. She was raised in Little Rock, Arkansas.
From 1939 to 1941 she attended Texas State College for Women and Woodbury Business College.
After a stint in the mailroom at the William Morris Agency, she went to work for a prominent advertising agency as a secretary. Her employer recognized her writing skills and moved her to the copywriting department where she advanced rapidly to become one of the nation's highest paid ad copywriters in the early 1960s. In 1959 she married David Brown who was producer of Jaws, The Sting, Cocoon, Driving Miss Daisy, and other motion pictures.
In 1962, at the age of 40, Brown authored the bestselling book Sex and the Single Girl. In 1965 she became editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan and reversed the fortunes of the failing magazine. During the decade of the 1960s she was an outspoken advocate of women's sexual freedom and sought to provide them with role-models and a guide in her magazine. Brown claimed that women could have it all, "love, sex, and money". Due to her advocacy, the liberated single woman was often referred to generically as the "Cosmo Girl". Her work played a part in what is often called the sexual revolution.
In the mid 1990s Brown was ousted from her role as the US editor of Cosmopolitan and was replaced by Bonnie Fuller. However, Brown stayed on at Hearst publishing and remains the international editor for all 59 international editions of Cosmo.
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