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Enter Helen The Invention of Helen Gurley Brown and the Rise of the Modern Single Woman This cinematic story about legendary Cosmopolitan editor and champion of the single girl Helen Gurley Brown chronicles her rise as a cultural icon who redefined what it means to be an American woman I

  • Title: Enter Helen: The Invention of Helen Gurley Brown and the Rise of the Modern Single Woman
  • Author: Brooke Hauser
  • ISBN: 9780062342690
  • Page: 141
  • Format: ebook
  • Enter Helen: The Invention of Helen Gurley Brown and the Rise of the Modern Single Woman By Brooke Hauser, This cinematic story about legendary Cosmopolitan editor and champion of the single girl Helen Gurley Brown chronicles her rise as a cultural icon who redefined what it means to be an American woman.In 1965, Helen Gurley Brown, author of the groundbreaking bestseller Sex and the Single Girl, took over an ailing Cosmopolitan and soon revamped it into one of the most bankablThis cinematic story about legendary Cosmopolitan editor and champion of the single girl Helen Gurley Brown chronicles her rise as a cultural icon who redefined what it means to be an American woman.In 1965, Helen Gurley Brown, author of the groundbreaking bestseller Sex and the Single Girl, took over an ailing Cosmopolitan and soon revamped it into one of the most bankable and revolutionary brands on the planet At a time when women s magazines taught housewives how to make the perfect casserole, Helen spoke directly to the single girl next door, cheekily advising her on how to pursue men, money, power, pleasure, and, most of all, personal happiness.In this retro romp that will appeal to fans of Mad Men, journalist Brooke Hauser reveals how a self proclaimed mouseburger from the Ozarks became one of the most influential women of her time Though she was married to the renowned movie producer David Brown , no one embodied the idea of the Cosmo Girl than Helen, who willed, worked, and flirted her way to the top Bringing New York City vibrantly to life during the sexual revolution and the women s movement, and featuring a rich cast of characters, including Hugh Hefner and Gloria Steinem, Enter Helen is the riveting story of a polarizing pioneer who bucked convention to define her own destiny, baiting a generation that both revered and rejected her.

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    1. Not only is this great memorable book Enter Helen The Invention of Helen Gurley Brown and the Rise of the Modern Single Woman the life story of this sensational feminist icon, authored by Brooke Houser this fast paced read highlights the story of the historical American feminist movement that began with Helen Gurley Brown s spectacular revolutionary self help manifesto Sex and the Single Girl 1962.American women everywhere identified with this national bestseller Although HGB 1922 2012 didn t ma [...]

    2. I think this book is at its best when it describes the mindset of the mid sixties and Helen Gurley Brown s masterful branding of Cosmopolitan magazine as the voice of the period s single girl It is very interesting to read how this self described mouseburger albeit with the aid and direction of her husband made the magazine her own However, one of the problems with this book is that the character of Helen Gurley Brown was just not that interesting True, she had tremendous drive and towering ambi [...]

    3. Hauser paints an engaging, well rounded portrait of Helen Gurley Brown, portraying her as a flawed but likable and powerful woman who was not part of the feminist movement and was even somewhat befuddled by it Gurley Brown is a paradoxical figure, and this book does a great job of capturing her contradictions for example, she embraced female sexuality but had an eating disorder and rigid ideas about what the female body should look like While I didn t particularly come away from the book liking [...]

    4. Enjoyable biographyI never read Cosmo, not sure why But I certainly knew the name Helen Gurley Brown and the title Sex and the Single Girl It was great to read this biography to learn about the woman and what she did with the magazine.She sounds driven, but happy enough in her driven ness I think this bio teams up well with Not Pretty Enough, with its look at her emotional life.

    5. Frankly I could not relate to this book at all Maybe it was another time, maybe all the writer did is describe a series of events without actually going into the head and heart of Helen I took a long time to finish it I guess because I don t just read one book at a time, and there was nothing compelling about this one that drew me to it Very mediocre It could have made so much interesting

    6. Disclaimer I know the author pretty well, but this book is still full of surprises It s cinematic and entertaining, and while it might seem like an obvious choice for a women s book group, it s also a great read for guys It s for anyone interested in business, media, fame, and power I highly recommend it.

    7. Helen the Invention of Helen Gurley Brown and the Rise of the Modern Single Woman, by Brook HauserReviewer Lois Rubin GrossIt started with Seventeen, the teenage girl s bible Each month, I would wait anxiously for the thick, glossy magazine to arrive on the magazine rack at the corner candy store Every month I would scout the corner candy store until the thick, glossy magazine arrived on the stand I especially loved the August book, full of clothes for the school year There were stylish, yet mod [...]

    8. Feminists come in all shapes and sizes, Helen Gurley Brown was no exception The author does not shrink away from Helen s imperfections or at times grossly anti feminist viewpoints, but instead shows her life and work as it was, complicated and multifaceted.

    9. I received an uncorrected proof copy of this book from HarperCollins This work of non fiction details the life of Helen Gurley Brown, author of Sex and the Single Girl and editor of Cosmopolitan beginning in the mid sixties Helen was groundbreaking in that she championed the cause of the independent, single but man loving woman during a time when most magazines still detailed recipes for housewives to fix for their husbands She knew this woman because, until her marriage to Hollywood producer Da [...]

    10. Highly entertaining On average each chapter is about five pages which makes for a quick read For me an added bonus was how this book made me rethink my own relationship with the glossies A bit of a primer on second wave feminism but with exciting name dropping.

    11. Today s post is on Enter Helen The Invention of Helen Gurley Brown and the Rise of the Modern Single Woman by Brooke Hauser It is 496 pages long and is published by HarperCollins The cover is orange with Helen Gurley Brown in the center with her book Sex and the Single Girl The intended reader is someone interested in women s history, biographies, and where things start There is mild foul naguage, talk of sex, and no violence in this book There Be Spoilers Ahead.From the back of the book This ci [...]

    12. Sex and the single girl was published in 1961 I was too young to read it But it certainly influenced a lot of people and there was a lot of discussion about it, for many years to come.Some things I didn t know about Helen Gurley Brown and US society in 1950 60 approx She was married in 1959 when she was 37 years old and prior to that had had over 170 lovers, and been the mistress of many very rich and powerful men She had deliberately chosen the chosen the role of mistress.She was very plain in [...]

    13. 3 1 2 stars this is a fluffy sort of biography that was a fun read It s a good summer read I picked it up at my local library the other day because I was curious about the actual woman behind Cosmopolitan of the 1970 s when I was a reader and Sex and The Single Girl which I also read back in the day.Hauser interviewed many of Brown s contemporaries and the book is well written and entertaining.Definitely worth the time to read it if you were around in the late 60s and early 70s.

    14. Although Hauser s title promises a biography that looks at how Brown s life intersected with the rise of the single woman it really is just a badly written patische about Brown s life While I tried to wade through Hauser s light, choppy prose in the end I gave up less than half way through the book Finishing her lunch at Schraffts one day in March, Helen understood that she would never get used to the cold Manhattan was a black and white film when she had gotten used to color Outside, it was gra [...]

    15. A delightful dive into the fascinating life of this incredibly driven woman Hauser expertly weaves historical and cultural context into HGB s rise from West Coast copy writer to EIC of a major women s magazine Helen s is an inspiring tale and Hauser doesn t skimp, drawing HGB into a fully formed, 3 dimensional figure, who dedicated her life to women, and a woman s right to be her own extraordinary person in the bedroom, boardroom, or wherever she strove to be I learned so much Highly recommend

    16. While I understand the need to contextualize how very revolutionary Helen Gurley Brown was, it felt like the author had so much material that she didn t even know where to cut Early on I liked the writing style, but for me, it just dragged on for too long.

    17. This was a choice in my bookclub I knew of Cosmo and Helen, but not curious about Helen She is not a likable character in this book She is smart and a go getter , which is great, especially in this time period.

    18. A fascinating and easy to read biography of the woman who was the editor in chief of Cosmopolitan Magazine for three decades I learned a lot, and the book gave me an appreciation for the role of Cosmo in American society over time.

    19. This book would have been a brilliant read had the author followed the advice that Helen Gurley Brown gave all her writers at Cosmopolitan, Edit, edit and edit again The extensive notes and Index section are great for research purposes, but a briefer book would have had mass appeal.

    20. Regressive politicians in USA this year make this book a timely reminder of where we came from, how far we ve come and how often we ve had to fight to keep the rights acquired and how easy it would be to lose them if we are not vigilant.

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