Yuck! I thought I was going to like this book and read only the chapters that pertained to me like sex, solitude, and work. Well ... all it was was women bitching! Yes, truly bitching. It got to be annoying after a while. And a little bit disturbing. For example, Sarah Miller wrote a little ditty about meeting her boyfriend Mike. She doesn't actually meet him as stalk him. They talk but he's obviously not interested but she persues him. After a few uneventful dates, she suggests moving in together! He is unemployed, spends all day napping, and playing video games. He doesn't contribute to anything and when Sarah mentions this, he whines how he can't afford his own place, that she's putting too much pressure on him, blah, blah, blah. But, after about another week, they decide to get married! And this little essay was in the front of the book! I scanned and read a few interesting pieces such as "Houseguest Hell." This was about an Indian woman who feels obligated to go all out when she has visitors from India. I completely understand how you want to impress your guests but Chitra finally realized how to push do-it-yourself tourism and Indian take-out. This book is not for everyone.
When I first bought this book I held off reading it. I thought it would be a book full of stories about angry women and the things that set them off. Instead I found wonderful stories about the many events in a woman's life and the multliple ways of dealing with them.
I have seen myself in some of these stories, and had nothing in common with others. No matter what the circumstance I enjoyed each story!
"What a book for men and women both. There is no bitterness here, only the eloquence of honesty. Different voice present themselves forthrightly; ultimately there is something so open, and openheartdd, in the way these women offer up their versions of marriage, work, children, divorce, affairs, and dress sizes, that the reader is tempted, in the face of such truthfulness, to set the book down and say 'Thank you'."
A wonderful book of mini-essays that will confirm without a doubt that you are not the only woman who has momentarily regretted motherhood, marriage, and the choices you have made or those that were forced upon you. A previous review said it is a book of women bitching, and that is somewhat true: Like listening to a friend unload over a glass of wine. But it is also uplifting in the knowledge that we are not alone and there is a solution to the feelings we all share.
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This book is a series of short stories from women about women's lives. They tell the honest and sometimes shocking truth about solitude, work, marriage and motherhood.
Great read for women who are at any stage in their lives.
Starts out strong, funny and insightful - then it turns into a complete whinefest. I loved the beginning of the book - especially the introduction. As I was reading, I was thinking, if men read this book they would understand what their women were thinking. However, after a while all of the stories seemed to blend into one another and it got boring.
I think this is a book that tends to read better if you read a few essays and put it down and then pick it up at a later date rather than try to read it all in one sitting.
The title of this book should have given me a few clues to the contents. There were many good reviews as well as several recommendations from other readers that assisted in my decision to pick it up. As a young, conservative, Christian woman I was very upset by several of the short stories. There were two stories that I did somewhat enjoy, however, on a whole, the book was against many of my morals and beliefs. I cherish marriage, and believe that while it does have its difficulties, that does not warrant infidelity. Our house has its share of âbitchâ moments, but never once would any of these situations come into play in not only my life, but of those which I associate myself with. I did not laugh; I did not find any of it funny. To be honest, it broke my heart. The idea that children are living in these homes, and that wives are not only putting up with these things, but are embracing them as a way of life was upsetting to say the least. If you are looking for a real-to-life book with laughs try ânap time is the new happy hourâ. If you are looking for a book without morals this one is for you.