Saturday, June 6, 2015

"Spinster" by Kate Bolick

Given the fun title and cover, how could I not read this book?  Starting off with the historical definition of spinster, this book hits the ground running.  Afterwards, I was surprised to realize that the author analyzed five writers from years gone by.  All these writers were women similar to Bolick.  Interestingly enough, not all of Bolick's heroines were really spinsters in the truest sense of the word.  Some of them even married.  Also surprising was the fact that Bolick writes of her dating life.  With a title like "Spinster," I was expecting some sort of feminist book that shuns all men.  However, Bolick writes of her boyfriends and even near-engagements with clear honesty.  Thought-provoking and insightful, this book is a nice respite for a sunny day.  Since Bolick is so honest in her dating life, I would not suggest this book for young readers.  This is not a graphic book, but still it is not good for youngsters.