Full version Women Adrift: Independent Wage Earners in Chicago, 1880-1930 (Women in Culture and
with Dreiser s "Sister Carrie," Meyerowitz uses turn-of-the-century Chicago as a case study to explore both the image and the reality of single women s experiences as they lived apart from their families. In an era when family all but defined American womanhood, these women--neither victimized nor liberated--created new social ties and subcultures to cope with the conditions of urban life. "Brilliant. . . . Gracefully written, and mercifully free from the jargon that often plagues social history, this book is a welcome addition to literature in women s, urban, and black history."--Ann Schofield, " American Historical Review" "Meyerowitz provides a splendid portrait of her subjects. . . . She deserves praise for her demographic spadework, sensitive analysis, and engaging style. This is a valuable and rewarding book."--Nancy Woloch, "Journal of American History " "A state-of-the-art product of the new women s history. . . . Meyerowitz s work is an extremely useful contribution, a corrective to over-concentration on women in family, an opening to new ways of looking at single women."--Linda Gordon, "Women s Review of Books " "Women Adrift" not only brings together many of the most exciting insights of women s history in recent years, but Meyerowitz s particular angle on issues of work, family, sexuality, mass culture and relationships among women also encourages us to rethink these insights."--Ileen A. DeVault, "Historian "