The Girls We Leave Behind by Jerome Beatty, Jr.


Published in 1963, this book is aimed at disclosing what New England and Midwest housewives were up to during the day while their husbands were at work and children at school.


My inner feminist did come out from time to time, and I silently declared, “He’s just writing that because he’s a man!” But, that being said, I did find the book rather interesting and at times quite funny. Chapters involve discussions on cooking, alcohol, sex, and the telephone. Recommend to those who want a good laugh—let’s face it, half of the time, the wives brought their issues on themselves.

© Cori Endicott July 2010


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