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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
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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Elinor
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I picked up this book at a flea market and have spent the last week engrossed in 462 pages of advice from the original Cosmo girl herself, Helen Gurley Brown. I have always been fascinated with this woman -- she was such a blend of drive and insecurity, and she holds nothing back in this tell-all book about how a "mooseburger" like herself made it to the top.

It must be noted that the common understanding of "having it all" didn't apply, since Helen never had children nor wanted any. But she did
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Amanda
Feb 20, 2012 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".
Angie
Oct 16, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Jessica
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so, some of her advice is very questionable, ranging from outdated to unhealthy. But, the bad advice is easy to spot because it's things like "workplace sexual harassment isn't that bad," "don't eat for a day or two if you go over 105 lbs," and "date married men." The majority of Having It All is insightful and very entertaining. Her straightforwardness and confidence mixed with self-deprecation clicked with me immediately, plus most of the advice makes sense and inspired a lot of self-ref ...more
Holly
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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!
Kelli
Feb 06, 2017 rated it liked it
OH MY GOD stop saying mouseburger.
Oullie
Feb 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Facepalm. This book contains so much inane "advice." As a girl I grew up on a Cosmopolitan magazine subscription that was obtained via my parents participation in "Publishers Sweepstakes." Cosmo was what American females read and I wanted to be a normal American girl. I'm glad I was able to survive my teen years with a healthy sense of self despite being bombarded with such dribble-I think I can look to my healthy love of Star Trek and nerdy sci fi as a nice contrasting anchor.

Helen Gurley Brow
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Madeleine
Feb 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Lena Dunham said this book inspired her to write her own memoir, "Not That Kind of Girl," which I didn't love but found highly entertaining. I had the same reaction to this book. It's pretty outrageous, and quite dated, but I did underline lines in here that stuck with me after I finished it. ("My dear, nobody wants you to waste your time, but you can soul-search your self to pieces and it isn't necessary," "Discipline!" "I always found everything that went into my job I got back -- with interes ...more
Ruta Sevo
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Stacia
Oct 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Julie Witte
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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.
Celine
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
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
Dec 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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. :)
Carol Rose Stark Neal
May 25, 2010 marked it as to-read
scheduled to reread, actually
Mariam Talakhadze
Apr 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Fantastic vintage read, still greatly relevant, if you dont mind for a few sexist ideas and remarks.
Max
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It may have been written for women exclusively, but the 21 year old me took this book to heart.
Lynda
Aug 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
I'm going to call her books biographies, but I read them because I wanted to be a strong, self-relient woman.
melissa
Mar 22, 2007 rated it really liked it
Another HGB. I'll eat up anything this woman writes. The epitome of the average woman succeeding, of hard work = success.
Charise
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
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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