August 26, 2010

Review: Bad Girls Go Everywhere by Jennifer Scanlon


"Scanlon's shrewed biography reveals a woman of contraditions...a strategically racy cultural pioneer."
-O, The Oprah Magazine


As the author of the revolutionary Sex and the Single Girl and the longtime editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, Helen Gurley Brown changed how women thought about sex, money, and their bodies in a way that resonates in our culture today. In Jennifer Scanlon's widely acclaimed biography, the award-winning scholar related Brown's escape from her humble beginnings in the Ozarks to her eyebrow- raising exploits as a young woman in New York, and her late-blooming career as the world's first "lipstick feminist." A mesmerizing look at an often overlooked figure, Bad Girls Go Everywhere will appeal to everyone from Sex and the City aficionados to students of women's studies.


I have been a huge Cosmo fan since I was a teen. I love that it empowers women and shows that women are just as capable of doing something as a man is. Jennifer's portrayal of Helen was light and fun. If you're a woman, I think you will really enjoy this book.

Penguin Group (USA)
9780143118121
August 31, 2010
304 pages
$16.00 US




Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for free from Penguin Books. All opinions expressed are 100% mine. If you purchase a book using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.



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20 comments:

CallMeKayla said...

This sounds fun and I love the cover!

Kayla said...

I too love the cover, and this sounds really good!

Thanks for the giveaway!

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holdenj said...

I think this sounds like it would be a very interesting biography. I'm glad it seems light.

debbie said...

I have been reading cosmo since I was young. I would love to read this book.
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Bethie said...

I have always loved Cosmo too! This looks like a fun book.

Kerri said...

I love Cosmo also! I am looking forward to adding this book onto my "to-read" list! Thank you for sharing!

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Deborah Wellenstein said...

Thanks for the insightful review-I look forward to reading this book!

Janelle said...

Having read her autobiography years ago, this seems like an interesting read!
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Frugaluser said...

I could see myself reading this book
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Jennifer said...

I'd like to read this one!

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Anonymous said...

Never thought I'd like HGB as a person, wonder if this story would change my mind?

--Liza

Liz, love. said...

can't wait to read this! thanks for the giveaway.

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Amber said...

This sounds like an awesome summer beach read!

thatlittlehouse said...

I've always been fascinated by Helen Gurley Brown, although she is pretty much my exact opposite. I'd love to read this!

tallcapp said...

I remember clearly when Helen and the new liberated Cosmo burst on the scene. At first we were all shocked and then loved it. This should be an interesting book chronicling the life and times of Helen Gurley Brown.

susan1215 said...

Sounds like a good book

lknott said...

Enjoyed your review. I too remember Cosmopolitan as a controverseal magazine. I would enjoy winning the book on Helen Gurly Brown!!!


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allisonsbj3 said...

I would love to read this book!

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purango said...

I would love to read this book. It sounds very interesting. garrettsambo@aol.com

casey aubut said...

This sounds like a book i would love!
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