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Book Title: The Late Show: A Semiwild but Practical Survival Plan for Women over 50|
The author of the book: Helen Gurley Brown
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Edition: William Morrow & Co
Date of issue: March 1st 1993
ISBN 13: 9780688100179
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 6.39 MB
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I purchased this book many years ago from the "Withdrawn" shelf at my favorite library. I wasn't over 50 at the time, far from it, but really enjoyed the book for the author's honest accounting of how she deals with the aging process. I would have liked to pass it on to my mother, but I know she would have been put off by some of the statements and language. No doubt about it, Ms. Gurley-Brown has lost none of her wit, bite, and robust appreciation for the carnal pleasures. I found her writing style quite charming, refreshing and ultimately very human. She admits to acting like a prima-donna on occasion (she is after all a successful business woman who is used to making things HAPPEN) but overall, she gives the impression of an intelligent and sensitive woman who's main goal is to share her hard-earned knowledge with the rest of us. There are some touching and very relate-able subjects. Now that I am over 50 years of age myself, I'm re-reading this book with an even greater understanding of the author's perspective; I find it still has a very contemporary appeal and is still a pleasure to read.
August 13, 2012 - Rest in peace Mrs. Brown
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Read information about the authorHelen 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 Morris Agency, she went to work for a prominent advertising agency as a secretary. Her employer recognized her writing skills and moved her to the copywriting department where she advanced rapidly to become one of the nation's highest paid ad copywriters in the early 1960s. In 1959 she married David Brown who was producer of Jaws, The Sting, Cocoon, Driving Miss Daisy, and other motion pictures.
In 1962, at the age of 40, Brown authored the bestselling book Sex and the Single Girl. In 1965 she became editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan and reversed the fortunes of the failing magazine. During the decade of the 1960s she was an outspoken advocate of women's sexual freedom and sought to provide them with role-models and a guide in her magazine. Brown claimed that women could have it all, "love, sex, and money". Due to her advocacy, the liberated single woman was often referred to generically as the "Cosmo Girl". Her work played a part in what is often called the sexual revolution.
In the mid 1990s Brown was ousted from her role as the US editor of Cosmopolitan and was replaced by Bonnie Fuller. However, Brown stayed on at Hearst publishing and remains the international editor for all 59 international editions of Cosmo.