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The Resource Fear of fifty : a midlife memoir, Erica Jong

Fear of fifty : a midlife memoir, Erica Jong

Label
Fear of fifty : a midlife memoir
Title
Fear of fifty
Title remainder
a midlife memoir
Statement of responsibility
Erica Jong
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A publishing event, a real-life novel, Fear of Fifty is the true story of the woman who twenty years ago showed her generation how to soar in Fear of Flying and now looks back - and ahead - to assess the costs, the rewards, and the meaning of the journey. Opening on her fiftieth birthday, Erica Jong's midlife memoir reads like fast-paced fiction as it flashes back and forth in time to tell at last the truths at the heart of her novels. Poet, novelist, essayist, Jong has forged one of the most visible, and volatile, careers in American letters, and as a charter member of what she calls the "whiplash generation," she has had a front seat on the roller coaster American women have been riding for the past decades. Raised to be Doris Day, growing up wanting to be Gloria Steinem, now rearing daughters in the age of Princess Di and Madonna, today's women have had their expectations raised and dashed and raised and dashed again, as they've watched themselves go in and out of style like hemlines. Now, as she and her contemporaries look for answers to the second half of their lives, Jong offers powerful, provocative insights into sex, marriage, and aging; feminism - past, present, and future; the writing life; motherhood and family; identity and love, loyalty and loss, drawn through the brilliant prism of her own experience. In chapters such as "Fear of Fifty," "The Mad Lesbian in the Attic," "How I Got to Be the Second Sex," "How I Got to Be Jewish," "Fear of Fame," "Seducing the Muse," "Dona Juana Gets Smart," "Becoming Venetian," and "How to Get Married," Erica Jong takes readers on an impassioned, outrageous, irreverent tour de force through the sea changes that have defined a generation. From technical virginity to the sexual revolution to the AIDS pandemic; from The Feminine Mystique to "political correctness"; from monogamy to open marriage and back again; from stay-at-home moms to moms who have won the right to be eternally exhausted; from sexual secrecy to sexual openness - Jong proves yet again her unique ability to tap into the inner lives of women and the issues that matter most to them. Fear of Fifty is an intoxicating, riveting read, free-wheeling and fun, warm, tough, and full of wisdom. Sure to be embraced by women everywhere, it is destined, like its classic predecessor Fear of Flying, to become required reading for a generation on the threshold of a new revolution
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Jong, Erica
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Authors, American
  • Women authors, American
  • Jong, Erica
Label
Fear of fifty : a midlife memoir, Erica Jong
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Fear of fifty -- How my parents were and "all that David Copperfield kind of crap" -- The mad lesbian in the attic -- How I got to be Jewish -- How I got to be the second sex -- Sex -- Seducing the muse -- Fear of fame -- Baby, baby, baby -- Divorce and after -- Doña Juana gets smart, or A good girl's guide to bad boys -- Becoming venetian -- The picaresque life -- How to get married -- Men are not the problem -- Woman enough: interview with my mother -- Births, deaths, endings
Control code
30318929
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxvi, 325 pages
Isbn
9780060177393
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1597052
Label
Fear of fifty : a midlife memoir, Erica Jong
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Fear of fifty -- How my parents were and "all that David Copperfield kind of crap" -- The mad lesbian in the attic -- How I got to be Jewish -- How I got to be the second sex -- Sex -- Seducing the muse -- Fear of fame -- Baby, baby, baby -- Divorce and after -- Doña Juana gets smart, or A good girl's guide to bad boys -- Becoming venetian -- The picaresque life -- How to get married -- Men are not the problem -- Woman enough: interview with my mother -- Births, deaths, endings
Control code
30318929
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxvi, 325 pages
Isbn
9780060177393
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1597052

Library Locations

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