If the story doesnt end with marriage or a child, what then?This question plagued Glynnis MacNicol on the eve of her 40th birthday. Despite a successful career as a writer, and an exciting life in New York City, Glynnis was constantly reminded she had neither of the things the world expected of a woman her age: a partner or a baby. She knew she was supposed to feel bad about this. After all, single women and those without children are often seen as objects of pity, relegated to the sidelines, or indulgent spoiled creatures who think only of themselves.Glynnis refused to be cast into either of those roles and yet the question remained: What now? There was no good blueprint for how to be a woman alone in the world. She concluded it was time to create one.Over the course of her fortieth year, which this memoir chronicles, Glynnis embarks on a revealing journey of self-discovery that continually contradicts everything shed been led to expect. Through the trials of family illness and turmoi...
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No One Tells You This Reviews
Glynnis Macnicol eloquently tells the story of a single woman in New York who turns 40 and tries to fit in the conservative expectations of the outside world - it’s her own story. She’s struggling to find her own path between her sister who is about to get her 3rd baby, her mother who was diagnosed with Parkinson and all the friends who gratefully make use of the help she offers whenever needed. Only later she realizes what her own needs are. The author is telling all that in an enjoyable way an ...more
No One Tells You This-- is a debut memoir that highlights life of a unmarried single woman without the possibility of a socially expected life that includes a husband and family. Glynnis MacNicol is a full-time writer and co-founder of The List. Her award winning writing has been featured in numerous notable publications including the NYT, The Guardian and Forbes, she lives in NYC.
As a dutiful daughter and sister with too many friends to count, Glynnis led the extremely busy life of a profession ...more
The writing speeds along; it's a quick read with many head nodding moments, but by and large I found myself wondering what the book is even about. It seems like the chapters should dovetail chronologically, but I still found the timeline and characters hard to follow. I wonder if it would work better if it were developed into a work of fiction, or if it were presented as a collection of essays.
**I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway, and there several spoilers in this review**
This is a very honest memoir that really gives you a glimpse of how complicated life gets as you grow older and how hard it is to know if you've made the right choices.
MacNicol describes with candor what it was like losing her mother slowly to degenerative disease, helping her sister with 3 kids including a newborn after the husband walked out (and thoroughly exemplifying how kids can be incredibly annoying an ...more
I very much enjoyed this book of a woman seeking to define herself outside the usual, expected societal parameters. It was insightful, well-written and entertaining.
Thank you to Simon&Schuster Canada for a free copy of this book for an honest review. This is a very engaging memoir by the author as she comes to some revelations as to the direction her life is going. Glynnis is celebrating her 40th birthday, alone, as the book begins. She lives a very busy life in NYC but has never found ‘the one’ or had children. As she contemplates this she has to come to terms with whether her life, as it is, is enough or if she should be trying harder to find a partne ...more
As a single woman over 40 who has chosen not to marry or have children I can't tell you how excited I was to receive this book. It gets so tiresome when people are constantly making you feel less than complete because you lack a partner and a family. Like most of us Glynnis is still learning how to navigate through life, making mistakes and figuring it out along the way. I very much related to how everyone around Glynnis relies so deeply on her, after all she has the time and freedom to take car ...more
Clear-eyed, vulnerable, and open-hearted without being maudlin or navel-gazey. And for me, the perfect combination of the relief of seeing yourself well-defined on a page, and a touchstone for the next decade or so of my life.