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A History of the Wife by Marilyn Yalom
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Sep 06, 2011

really liked it
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Read from April 28 to September 06, 2011

Incredibly interesting read! Yalom goes through Western history, beginning in the ancient world and going through the year 2000, analyzing how the role of women and wives has changed. She looks at the social, political, religious, and cultural influences of each time period that influenced the ever-changing and adapting role of women. As a new-ish wife myself, it really made me think about what type of relationship I want to have with my husband and how I may be falsely idiolizing the post-WWII housewives. This is definitely a book that'll stay in the back of my mind for a while.

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04/30/2011 page 123
09/05/2011 page 299
64.0% "Quote: "The increased visibility of contraceptive information and devices ran afoul of what came to be known as the "purity movement." During the second half of the nineteenth century, American and European purity activists, determined to control other people's sexuality, railed against male vice, prostitution, the spread of venereal disease, and the risks run by a chaste wife in the arms of a dissolute husband.""
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alana how is this so far?

message 2: by Ari (new) - rated it 4 stars

Ari Pepper I really like it! I just haven't had a lot if time to read...

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