STEPHANIE COONTZ at Town Hall Seattle
Co-presented with the TOWN HALL CENTER FOR CIVIC LIFE. Highly regarded social historian and Evergreen State College professor Stephanie Coontz is at Town Hall this evening with an insightful, open-eyed new book, A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s (Basic Books). "Coontz analyzes the impact of Betty Friedan's groundbreaking 1963 book on the generation of white, middle-class women electrified by Friedan's argument that beneath the surface contentment, most housewives harbored a deep well of insecurity, self-doubt, and unhappiness ... Coontz contends that Friedan's great achievement was uplifting so many women out of despair even if her book ignored the problems of working women, especially blacks, and tapped into concerns people were already mulling over ... This perceptive, engrossing book provides welcome context and background to a still controversial bestseller that changed how women view themselves."- Publishers Weekly. Stephanie Coontz's other books include The Way We Never Were, The Way We Really Are, and Marriage, a History. $5 tickets are available at the door starting at 6:30 p.m., or in advance via www.brownpapertickets.com (1-800-838-3006). Town Hall Seattle is at 1119 Eighth Avenue (at Seneca). Preferred seating for Town Hall members. For more information on this evening, please call Elliott Bay at (206) 624-6600, Town Hall at (206) 652-4255, or see www.townhallseattle.org.