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Having It All: Love, Success, Sex, Money, Even If You're Starting with Nothing

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She's one of the most successful women in America, and now you can sit down and listen to her best advice, in her own voice - as if she were you best friend sharing a cup of coffee and telling all her secrets. Best-selling author and editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, Helen Gurley Brown has become model for women who won't settle for less than the best in their lives. In thi ...more
Unknown Binding, 462 pages
Published January 1st 1982 by Simon & Schuster
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Kate
11/19

"As it happens, Helen Gurley Brown cries quite a lot." -- Nora Ephron, 'Helen Gurley Brown Only Wants to Help.'

The chapters on Marriage, Friends and Money are basically more of the same. They contain predominantly reasonable advice, delivered with lots of italics and a sprinkling of strange -- for instance, the section in the marriage chapter about how to cheat successfully. HGB herself was very happily married to a man named David Brown, (one of the producers of Jaws!), whom she mentions o
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Amanda
Feb 20, 2012 Amanda added it
This book was brought to mind regarding women's roles as mother, wife, worker etc. I read this in my early 20s and remember thinking "you can't be all things to all people".
Holly Tierney-Bedord
I recently started to reread this book. I think every young woman should read it at some point. I first read it when I was about twenty-two and found it strangely dead-on. I enjoyed her blunt, self-deprecatingly honest, politically-incorrect advice. This book says things I had never heard said before, but that I secretly agree with. For instance, the book says it's a good thing to be left alone much as a child. I totally agree. It says a college degree is not that important. While I think that c ...more
Holly
I thought this book was so hilarious by today's standards! I howled with laughter through it! I thoroughly enjoyed the audio book, as I listened to the author's purrs, conspiratory whispers and "dirty" nuances. LOL! I lived through the days of which she wrote and enjoyed the walk down memory lane. Terrific!
Ruta Sevo
Timeless wisdom on most aspects of life as a woman. I am her generation so the parts that are anachronistic don't bother me. She is great on politics at work, friends, taking care of yourself. She endorses sex, with respect for marriage, and believes that experience is a good thing. Lots of permissions to break with traditional molds, including defensiveness about looks. Much of the junk is still current. Her own humble beginnings give her examples and credibility as someone who struggled with a ...more
Angie
Oct 16, 2008 Angie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Angie by: women
Probably little longer than it should be, 'Having It All' was good. Famous Cosmo editor, Helen Gurley Brown, writes about how to be successful in all aspects of life (note the title). Yes, it was written in 1982. Yes, by the time she wrote this book she was in her late 50s/early 60s. Yes, much of this is dated. However, I have learned from 29 years of living that good advice, is just that, good advice. I don't care if it's from Dr. Phil or Jane Goodall. Timeliness is important, but not everythin ...more
Julie Witte
I read this book in fits and starts. I enjoy the narrative of Helen Gurley Brown! I did take a grain of salt with some of the dated ideas, but a lot of her advice is still valid. I am looking for the other 2 books by this author.
Margot Note
I love me some HGB.
Stacia
Oct 08, 2008 Stacia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Every lady I know.
Recommended to Stacia by: Molly left it on my couch.
GAWD I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!! Even the insane diet advice seems reasonable with her charming italics and "darlings" dropped in all the right spots. HGB = total inspirational force in my life right now. If only it was as easy to get scooped up by an attractive, wealthy, married man in Austin as it seems to be in New York. Sigh.
Celine
I read this when I was way too young to be an audience for this book. But I've always, always loved Helen Gurley Brown and read anything that she writes or has written. So I give it five stars on the basis that it was written by Helen Gurley Brown.
Lisa Proulx
I read the paperback version when I was a teenager and believe me, I learned a lot from this book!

I still refer to it at times and think back with fond memories on some of the advice I learned. :)
melissa
Another HGB. I'll eat up anything this woman writes. The epitome of the average woman succeeding, of hard work = success.
Lynda
I'm going to call her books biographies, but I read them because I wanted to be a strong, self-relient woman.
Max
It may have been written for women exclusively, but the 21 year old me took this book to heart.
Charise
It's nice to have advice and get some perspective from the 80's.
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Helen 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
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