Winner: Nautilus Book Awards, Silver, Category: Women A candid and insightful memoir by the feminist writer and social critic Alida Brill, Dear Princess Grace, Dear Betty spans her life from the onset of the modern women's movement in the early 1960s through the second wave in the '70s and '80s and on to the present day, in which she became a leading figure and spokespersoWinner: Nautilus Book Awards, Silver, Category: Women A candid and insightful memoir by the feminist writer and social critic Alida Brill, Dear Princess Grace, Dear Betty spans her life from the onset of the modern women's movement in the early 1960s through the second wave in the '70s and '80s and on to the present day, in which she became a leading figure and spokesperson. Her story begins in the postwar early suburban community of Lakewood, California, when, as a young girl, she wrote a letter to her idol, Princess Grace of Monaco; to her astonishment, she received a reply. Following this cornerstone event of her young years came the arrival of Barbie, in 1959, who represented an entirely different kind of woman in her stylish looks and zebra-striped swimsuit. Then, in 1963, the publication of The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan caused a seismic shift in the Brill household, propelling her mother into a life of feminism, and inspiring Alida to become a writer and steering her own life to a career s a social critic and feminist advocate. Later on, she became the close personal friend and confidante of Betty Friedan, and the two of them shared a bond not only due to their personal beliefs but also because both suffered from chronic illness: Friedan with chronic asthma and Brill with a rare auto-immune disease. This book presents Brill's inspirational message and quiet wisdom obtained from her four decades at the heart of the women's movement, while at the same time engaged in the dilemma of wanting to lead a romantic life. ...
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Alida Brill's work always impresses and moves me, and this memoir proves that again. Brill writes of growing up as a young woman in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, during the second wave of the feminist movement. She recounts her childhood dreams of finding true love, her career aspirations, and her chronic illness as she is raised by strong parents who encourage her but do not follow the gender roles prescribed by their time and community. Her mother reads The Feminine Mystique and is forever changed.Brill writes of her relationships and marriages, her career as it changes with those relationships, and of meeting and befriending Betty Friedan. She becomes one of Friedan's closest friends and pays tribute to her honestly and lovingly.Finally, she calls for romantic feminism, for love based on equality and patience--sage advice from a woman who has lived to tell the tale.For a more in-depth review, see my review at this link: https://medium.com/@LauraOverstreet/f...
‘When I was six, I fell in love with Grace Kelly.’Is it possible to be a romantic feminist, I asked myself when I read the title of Alida Brill’s latest book? Certainly, there’s no reason why being one should exclude the other. So I pushed aside some off my own (sadly stereotypical) assumptions, about romance and about feminism and read ‘Dear Princess Grace, Dear Betty’.I found this memoir full of insights and full of distractions. Distractions? Well, yes. Many of Alida’s recollections set me off on my own memory paths. Much (but not all) of the modern women’s movement passed by regional Tasmania where I spent the first (almost) eighteen years of my life. I’m not aware of my mother ever reading ‘The Feminine Mystique’ by Betty Friedan and it certainly wasn’t discussed in the circles I moved in at the time. My own reaction to what I perceived as deep inequality between men and women was to vow never to marry, never to have children. But that’s a different story, here serving as just one example of distraction.For me, as a woman just a few years younger than Alida, it’s easy to remember the beauty of and poise of Princess Grace, the world represented by Barbie, the advantages (perceived and actual) of being male. I have no memory of wishing to be a princess, instead I wanted to be a scientist like Marie Curie. But few lives take the paths we imagine for ourselves as children. I enjoyed reading Alida Brill’s memoir, of reading about the people and events that influenced her, of living a fulfilling life while living with chronic illness, of examining the choices available to her. It’s made me think about feminism, about the continuing battle for equality, about how easy it is to take for granted some hard-won aspects of equality without remembering the battles fought to attain them. This is Alida’s memoir, but it’s also in part a social history of feminism. Because Alida is so honest about her life, able to share vulnerability as well as triumph, it’s also an invitation to examine your own life, in all its complexity.While I’ve not met Alida in person, I first came to know her as a fellow sufferer of autoimmune disease, as the co-writer (with Doctor Michael Lockshin) of ‘Dancing at the River’s Edge: A Patient and Her Doctor Negotiate Life with Chronic Illness’. Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Schaffner Press, Inc for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes.Jennifer Cameron-Smith
The story of Alida Brill's is captivating, inspiring and full of empowerment. I enjoyed reading about her life and her achievements towards towards gender equality. Alida's story every young woman should read and take in the full scope of feminism. I received this book through NetGalley for a honest review.
I enjoyed this book very much. The story of Alida Brill's life growing up in the 50's and 60's as I did. She was influenced by the feminist movement and counted among her friends Bettu Friedan.She navigated life as a well educated woman but had the disadvantage of a chronic illness. I had never heard of Alida before but admire her courage and toughness through illness. She enjoyed an interesting life and marriage in spite of her illness.