The Resource Not pretty enough : the unlikely triumph of Helen Gurley Brown, Gerri Hirshey

Not pretty enough : the unlikely triumph of Helen Gurley Brown, Gerri Hirshey

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Not pretty enough : the unlikely triumph of Helen Gurley Brown
Title
Not pretty enough
Title remainder
the unlikely triumph of Helen Gurley Brown
Statement of responsibility
Gerri Hirshey
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
"A bold and deeply researched biography of a complicated cultural icon When Helen Gurley Brown published Sex and the Single Girl in 1962, it sold more than two million copies in just three weeks, presaging the self-help boom and helping to usher in the unapologetic self-affirmation of second wave feminism. Brown declared that it was okay, even imperative, to enjoy sex outside of marriage; that equal rights for women should extend to the bedroom; that meaningful work outside the home was essential for a woman's security and self-esteem. The book catapulted Brown into national renown, cementing her status as a complex and divisive feminist personality. And the ripple effects of her outspokenness about sex and her emphasis on friendships between women can still be seen today, on TV shows like Sex and the City and Girls, and in the magazine world as well. When she died in 2012, her obituary appeared on the front page of The New York Times, which noted that "the look of women's magazines today. is due in no small part to her influence." She may not always have been loved--but she was always talked about. Brown's life story--a classic American rags-to-riches tale--is just as juicy as her controversial books. In this wonderful new biography, the writer and reporter Gerri Hirshey traces Brown's path from deep in the Arkansas Ozarks to her wild single years in Los Angeles, from the New York magazine world to her Hollywood adventures with her film producer husband. Along the way she became the highest-paid female ad copywriter on the West Coast, and transformed Hearst's failing literary magazine, Cosmopolitan, into the female-oriented global juggernaut it is today. Full of firsthand accounts of Brown from some of her closest friends, including Liz Smith, Gloria Vanderbilt, Barbara Walters, and more, as well as those whose paths she brushed--her 1939 prom date, a sorority sister from business school, Cosmo cover girls like Beverly Johnson and Brooke Shields--and writing from the woman herself, Not Pretty Enough is a vital biography that shines new light on the life of one of the most incomparable and indelible women of the twentieth century."--
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Biography type
individual biography
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hirshey, Gerri
Dewey number
  • 070.5/1092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Language note
Text in English
LC call number
PN4874.B768
LC item number
H57 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Brown, Helen Gurley
  • Periodical editors
  • Editors
Label
Not pretty enough : the unlikely triumph of Helen Gurley Brown, Gerri Hirshey
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 429-476) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The trouble with Helen -- That woman -- Arkansas. Cleo's lament ; Daddy's girl ; Fear itself ; Roads to nowhere -- Los Angeles. What fresh hell ; Sinking in ; Not pretty enough ; The keptive ; Dear Mr. B ... ; How ever did she do it? ; The cures ; The marriage plot ; Let the games begin ; Whiskey sours with Carl Sandburg ; For all the single ladies ... ; We have liftoff! ; Roadshow ; Meet the press -- New York. She'll take Manhattan ; "How dare you, Helen Gurley Brown?" ; In which Cosmopolitan gets a makeover ; Weekdays in the park with David ; Recipe for success ; Big sister and the youthquake ; A march forward, a few steps back ; Cosmo goes to Harvard ; Isn't she lovely? ; High tide ; Victory lap ; Thin ice ; A sort of crisis ; The politburo must fall ; "What the hell, we're off to Korea!" ; The long goodbye ; The women : can we talk? -- "Take me to the Ozarks."
Control code
ocn947104927
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxiv, 500 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780374169176
Lccn
2016007143
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)947104927
Label
Not pretty enough : the unlikely triumph of Helen Gurley Brown, Gerri Hirshey
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 429-476) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The trouble with Helen -- That woman -- Arkansas. Cleo's lament ; Daddy's girl ; Fear itself ; Roads to nowhere -- Los Angeles. What fresh hell ; Sinking in ; Not pretty enough ; The keptive ; Dear Mr. B ... ; How ever did she do it? ; The cures ; The marriage plot ; Let the games begin ; Whiskey sours with Carl Sandburg ; For all the single ladies ... ; We have liftoff! ; Roadshow ; Meet the press -- New York. She'll take Manhattan ; "How dare you, Helen Gurley Brown?" ; In which Cosmopolitan gets a makeover ; Weekdays in the park with David ; Recipe for success ; Big sister and the youthquake ; A march forward, a few steps back ; Cosmo goes to Harvard ; Isn't she lovely? ; High tide ; Victory lap ; Thin ice ; A sort of crisis ; The politburo must fall ; "What the hell, we're off to Korea!" ; The long goodbye ; The women : can we talk? -- "Take me to the Ozarks."
Control code
ocn947104927
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxiv, 500 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780374169176
Lccn
2016007143
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)947104927

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