Alice in Womanland

Alice in WomanlandAlice in Womanland, or The Feminine Mistake

Submitter: Remember your “How To Ski A Little Bit” book and how some folks wished to read “Alice In Womanland”? Well, I found it!  This is actually a “Last Copy.” For the non-library types (if you post this) it means that when a book, fiction or non-fiction, is down to only one copy in our county-wide system, they send the very last book to headquarters and if it’s not too bad a shape, they keep it there.  Any person who wants the book can put it on hold and read it. Which is what I’m doing now. So people who worry about books no longer being available when they’re weeded need not worry because it is saved somewhere!

It’s not a bad book. I have to look some people it references up such as Jack E. Leonard and Helen Gurley Brown – what can I say? When it comes to insult comics I know Don Rickles and I wouldn’t read Cosmo if you paid me a million dollars. A billion, yes, but not a dime less. I guess it’s a parody of The Feminine Mystique but I’ve never read that.  It’s got some rather oddball stories meant to be funny about women – such as the “advice letter” from a woman who preserves an already burnt pot roast with hairspray and uses it to get her husband to take her out to dinner. The tale of a marriage nearly broken up because the wife won’t drink. An advertisement for a school to teach women how to have better sex. I’m on the dining chapter right now.

Anyway, let people know the book is out there for Inter-library loan (ILL) if they really want to read it because we do have it as a Last Copy!

Holly: There you have it, folks!  It’s out there for the asking!

  1. A lot more Drinking than Eating going on in this book. Just something I noticed. And I have heard of Helen Gurley Brown, but I wouldn’t know what the heck she did. Art Patroness? Interesting.

  2. OMG! I remember reading this book when I was a teenager in the early 70s. I borrowed it from our small local library. Strangely enough, when I checked their online catalog, they no longer have it in the collection 🙂

  3. Helen Gurley Brown; I’m so surprised nobody knows who she is. She was a very famous editor for Cosmo magazine for years. She wrote that book Sex and the Single Girl that was later a movie w/Natalie Wood playing H.G.B.

  4. Helen Gurley Brown wrote several other books as well, and was married to Hollywood producer David Brown. I think there was a biography of her written last year. She was a celebrity in the 1960’s especially, for a kind of pre-Hippie, pre-women’s movement, pre-Stonewall sexual liberation. She also promoted the idea of the career as being very a fulfilling path for women, and promised a glamorous sort of route rather than a more political kind of approach to feminism. Some would not consider it feminism at all, and I believe the biography was an attempt to get her taken seriously for her contributions.

  5. Well, not being a Cosmo reader I don’t know, nor do I care who Helen is/was/will be. For all I can she could run naked in the streets with those What Not To Wear morons.

  6. I’ve heard the name but am not real famliar with her. And not everyone thinks the What Not To Wear duo are morons! It’s a good show.

  7. Well, Mel, I think they’re morons. They can’t dress a fat woman properly for one thing. I don’t care how educated Stacy & Clinton or the British ladies the show was stolen from are, they don’t have LIFE experience as fat women.

  8. I remember the book, Alice in Acidland (not the movie), a tongue-in-cheek critique of the novel, citing all the drug references. It was back in my days as a page in a public library…the 800’s were one of my shelf-reading responsibilities.

  9. Jami, You don’t have to like Cosmopolitan magazine to appreciate that Helen Gurley Brown was a role model for working women in powerful, decision-making positions, a rarity in her generation. Without Helen Gurley Brown, there would be no Tina Brown!