[A] cracking new biography . . . of an icon whose optimistic, go-getter vision of female emancipation helped bring on [feminism's] third wave.'
- Naomi Wolf, The Washington Post
Helen Gurley Brown called herself a 'mouseburger: a young woman of average looks, with some intelligence, more likely working in a job then pursing a career.' But as the author of the revolutionary Sex and the Single Girl and the longtime editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, Brown changed the way women thought about sex, money, and their bodies in a way that resonates in our culture today. Jennifer Scanlon offers a mesmerizing picture of an often overlooked figure, relating 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.'
'In her entertaining new biography . . . [Scanlon] argues, convincingly, for Ms. Brown as a feisty, pivotal and too easily dismissed pioneer of the American women's movement.'
- The New York Times
'Scanlon's shrewed biography reveals a woman of contraditions . . . a strategically racy cultural pioneer.'
-O, The Oprah Magazine