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Sex and the Single Girl
(NY), Bernard Geis, (1962). "The Unmarried Woman's Guide to Men, Careers, the Apartment, Diet, Fashion, Money and Men." (Yes, "Men" twice.) Advice from the long-time editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan (1965-1997), published three years after she became a married woman, at age 37. The book became a bestseller, and the basis for a 1964 film with a screenplay by Joseph Heller. It dared to separate sex from marriage and (two years after FDA approval of the pill) from motherhood, while still remaining enthralled by subservience to male desire. This copy is inscribed by Brown: "For Wayne Thomas/ I can't think of anyone I'd rather be taken off the air with! Thank you for such a happy interview/ Love/ Helen Brown." Thomas was the off-camera announcer for the Hollywood edition of The Million Dollar Movie on KHJ TV; decades prior, Brown's first job was answering fan mail for the radio station KHJ. A fine copy in a very good, lightly rubbed dust jacket with modest edge wear. The epitome of second wave feminism: closer to shore, but still drowning. Uncommon in the first printing, let alone signed and with a good association. [#035339] $750

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