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The Barbizon: The Hotel That Set Women Free (edição 2021)

por Paulina Bren (Autor)

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Título:The Barbizon: The Hotel That Set Women Free
Autores:Paulina Bren (Autor)
Informação:Simon & Schuster (2021), 336 pages
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This was the last book unfinished in March and it was the perfect one in which to end Women's history month. So much history inside all seen through the eyes of the Barbizon. So many women stayed, passed through its doors. Hearts and dreams of becoming more than just a housewife mother. After WWII, women had more opportunity and they came to this safe haven from all over the country.

The Gibbs secretary school opened in the Barbizon, Ford models provided a different opportunity and Madamoiselle housed there girls here for their intern program. So many notables passed through these doors. Joan Didion, Sylvia Plath, Ali McGraw, Grace Kelly, so many, taking advantage of the changing times. We meet ordinary girls from various places, all with one thing in common. Finding a little something for themselves. Living a New York life before settling down. Some found it, some didn't.

The wider history of women is not ignored. Expectations of the wider world and the changing face of societies view of the role women could play is also included. Such a interesting book, so well done. ( )
  Beamis12 | Apr 7, 2021 |
In the 1920's, the Barbizon opened as a women's only hotel in the middle of New York City. These exclusive residents catered to their every need as they sought careers, husbands, or just freedom. This book chronicles the story of the hotel, it's interaction with Mademoiselle magazine, and the famous people who lived within its walls.

I grew pretty bored with this book about halfway through. The book felt extremely repetitive and went over the same few people over and over. I wanted to hear a variety of stories and felt that the book lacked the variety needed for more than a short story or essay. Overall, 2 out of 5 stars. ( )
  JanaRose1 | Apr 1, 2021 |
historical-places-events, historical-research, historical-setting, nonfiction, celebrities, 20th-century*****

This NYC institution housed many of the women who loomed large in the women's movement as well as prominent editors, film and other celebrities, and even an important secretarial school from 1927 until reformatted into apartments for the wealthy. It was a residential hotel like no other and was complete with a dry cleaner, hairdresser, squash courts swimming pool, fashion designs, library, soundproof rooms for musicians and roof gardens in an era when these was a considered to be male amenities. At first some sought to castigate the women and the rules in which there was no male oversight, but it was more like protection from men than by men and it played its own part in laying the path for women's lib. Did you know that during the depression it was illegal for women to have jobs? A wonderful tribute to change and an excellent read.
I requested and received a free temporary ebook from Simon & Schuster via NetGalley. Thank you! ( )
  jetangen4571 | Mar 16, 2021 |
Thanks to Simon & Schuster and NetGalley for a digital advance reader copy. All comments and opinions are my own.

This was an extremely well-researched book that was for the most part fascinating. I read it just as Women's History Month 2021 launched - perfect timing! This nonfiction historical memoir described the history of the Barbizon Hotel in New York as well as the birth of the feminist movement, primarily focusing on the movement's growth in the 1960's and 1970's. Another focal point of the book was the growth of the modeling industry in New York, which I really enjoyed learning about. The book captured the cultural double standard of how men and women were treated in a variety of areas - employment, dating/sex, marriage/childcare, centering mainly on the 1950's and 1960's.

Beginning in the late 1930's through the 1980's, the hotel had an arrangement with Mademoiselle magazine, which allowed a group of 20 young college girls to stay at the Barbizon for a month each summer as a Mademoiselle Guest Editor. Many of the chapters spotlighted one particular woman who had stayed at the hotel, including Joan Didion, Grace Kelly, Gael Greene, and Sylvia Plath. In addition to working at Mademoiselle Magazine, several of the other women who stayed at the Barbizon were models, actors, and dancers. And many attended Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School. Using interviews, letters, books, and articles, the author was able to vividly describe the lifestyle of these young women - their frustrations, limitations, successes and disappointments related to the cultural restrictions of the 1950's and 1960's.

I think this is "must" reading for anyone who wants to know about the birth of the feminist movement. ( )
  PhyllisReads | Mar 2, 2021 |
Thank you to Goodreads, #NetGalley & Simon & Schuster for this ARC.

What history this hotel was. I did know it was a hotel for single women only, in New York, but never knew about the history of the Katherine Gibbs secretarial school being there, or the celebrities staying there or the connections it had with Mademoiselle magazine and it's guest editors every Summer which had upcoming writers like Joan Didion, Diane Johnson. The celebrities include Grace Kelly, Ali McGraw, Jaclyn Smith and so many others. It also focused on the eras and what was happening at the time with racism, having their first African American resident etc. A lot of the girls were upcoming (hopefully) models which Mlle magazine helped them get jobs too.

This book is rich in history and the demise when it was sold in the 1980s was sad and they made into condos that had floors catering to the women who lived there since the 1930s. They were rent controlled rooms couldn't kick them out and how they catered to them by leaving the rooms intact via secret doors on certain floors.

To me one of the downsides of this book is how they focused A LOT on Joan Didion's time there probably because she was their most famous guest. There was a lot mentioned about her book The Bell Jar which is loosely based on The Barbizon which I didn't know when I read it years ago. There was also a chapter after she left and committed suicide. ( )
  sweetbabyjane58 | Jan 20, 2021 |
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