This book is so much fun. I grew up reading Cosmo in the '80s and ultimately moved to New York because I dreamed of working in women's magazines just like HGB. Readers who toiled in the New York publishing world in the 70s, 80s and 90s will recognize the many famous names and places in Hirshey's narrative. But even if you're not a media person, there's plenty to like in this nostalgic trip through the last half of the 20th Century. It's all there--the women's movement, the sexual revolution, midcentury home decor, the horror of AIDS, the birth of the modern new-age wellness movement, the rise of cosmetic surgery...all through the eyes of a glamorous everywoman. Could not have enjoyed it more.
As biographies go, this was a great read - the author's style manages to convey the essence of Gurley-Brown's personality with her breezy style of writing.
I knocked off the extra stars due to the lack of photos in the Kindle version - a shameful omission considering the price.
Gerri Hirshey deserves a dozen stars for this bio of Helen Gurley Brown. It's impossible to put down until you've read single word. No question HGB was indeed unique and the author does her justice. No reader could help but wonder at the life she came from, then created and led! Her story may shock some but it's a story that is utterly fascinating. I can't imagine there could ever be another HGB!
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