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The new wife : the evolving role of the American wife
Barash, Susan Shapiro, 1954-
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Lenexa, Kan. : Nonetheless Press, [2004]

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277 pages ; 23 cm
The social implications of marriage -- The fifties wife : kitchens and carpools -- The sixties wife : hell let loose -- The seventies wife : blazers as armor -- The eighties wife : a variety of power -- The nineties wife : desperation and isolation -- The millennium arrives : the backlash and new accolades -- The twenty-first-century wife : enlightened at last.
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The role of wife is the most desired status for millions of women across America. But isn't it time to take a good look at what the role of wife entails?Women's relationships expert Susan Shapiro Barash says, ?Over 80 percent of women'whether divorced, widowed, or never married; old, young, or in mid-life'claim that being a wife is their goal.'In Barash's newest book, THE NEW WIFE: THE EVOLVING ROLE OF THE AMERICAN WIFE (Nonetheless Press, November 2003, case bound, 280 pages, $24.95), she delves into an exploration of the modern wife through the decades, from the 1950s to today's 21st century wife. Barash uncovers the reasons why women yearn to be wives, and their disappointments, pretenses, and steadfast resolve in the role. Her unique study brings insight into the myriad ways women work at being successful wives in our complex world.An eye-opening study of wives of all ages, THE NEW WIFE: THE EVOLVING ROLE OF THE AMERICAN WIFE reveals how deeply a woman's identity is vested in her marriage. Marriage is still a powerful and alluring concept for women yet today, much like its siren call to their mothers, aunts, and grandmothers in decades past.Barash's meticulous yet personal summations of five decades of wifing include:?The Fifties Wife: Kitchens and Carpools - Wives relegated to the home and raising children.'The Sixties Wife: Hell Unleashed - How the women's movement and the sexual revolution changed the status quo.'The Seventies Wife: Blazers as Armor - Wives marched in droves to the workplace, ready to sustain marriages and careers. ?The Eighties Wife: Flavors of Power - Even as the true believers climbed the corporate ladder, the second shift kicked in.'The Nineties Wife: Desperation and Isolation ? Worlds apart as stay-at-home moms or working mothers but like-minded in another respect, across-the-board extramarital affairs explode.'The 21st Century Wife - Confident in her choice, whether working or not'bearing children or not.'The Enlightened Wife - Each decade of the last half-century has contributed to shaping today's wife, with her accumulated knowledge and experience.'Generations X and Y - Today's young and future wives exude a confidence never before imagined.In this breakthrough book interspersed with personal stories of women of all ethnicity, age, and social strata, Barash graphically illuminates the shadowy world of the wife: her dreams, her realities, her progress.

Author Notes

Susan Shapiro Barash is the author of "Second Wives: The Pitfalls & Rewards of Marrying Widowers & Divorced Men", "A Passion for More: First Wives Reveal the Affairs That Make or Break Their Marriages", "Sisters: Devoted or Divided" & "The Men Out There: A Woman's Little Black Book". Susan teaches critical thinking, gender studies & screenwriting at Marymount Manhattan College & resides with her husband & children in New York City.

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Library Journal Review

The author of nine books, including A Passion for More, Barash (gender studies, Marymount Manhattan Coll.) here focuses on the role of the American wife. The book was constructed from personal interviews with women who married in each of the six decades studied (1950 to present), as well as synopses of material reflecting cultural and societal attitudes about marriage, such as novels, news stories, films, and various artistic and political statements. The end result is a small and immensely readable volume that highlights the experiences of a group of women from varying socioeconomic, religious, ethnic, and educational backgrounds, utilizing their stories to support contentions about the changing role of the wife in each era examined. Sex, abuse, finances, affairs, divorce, and childrearing are all discussed in light of the expectations these women harbored, accompanied by the backdrop of the expectations of others. Barash's conclusions are backed by statistics in addition to the interviews and cultural research. The book comes to life with the voices of many candid women and ends all too soon. Recommended for large public and academic libraries.-Lori Carabello, Ephrata P.L., PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.