What Do We Need Men For?: A Modest Proposal

What Do We Need Men For?: A Modest Proposal

A darkly funny and very personal attempt to answer the question by America's longest running advice columnist When E. Jean Carroll?possibly the liveliest woman in the world and author of Ask E. Jean in Elle Magazine ? realized that her eight million readers and question-writers all seemed to have one thing in common?problems caused by men?she hit the road. Criss-crossing A darkly funny and very personal attempt to answer the question by America's longest running advice columnist ...

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Title:What Do We Need Men For?: A Modest Proposal
Author:E. Jean Carroll
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Genres:Nonfiction
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

What Do We Need Men For?: A Modest Proposal Reviews

  • Frances
    Jul 18, 2019
    The author's whimsical effervescence prevails even while she covers a lifetime of misuse at the hands of men. Her stories are remarkable in that they are NOT unique. We should all be as courageous and irrepressible. ...
  • Gina
    Sep 08, 2019
    I have no idea how this book works on the page but the audio version, read by the lively and hilarious E. Jean herself, is definitely a FIVE STARS affair. ...
  • Jeanette
    Nov 16, 2019
    In which E. Jean Carroll tells the story of how Toadstool Tallywhacker Trump raped her in a dressing room at Bergdorf Goodman back in the 1990s. Most of this book was just so-so. I had expected it to be a lot more entertaining, but sometimes it seemed like she was trying too hard to ...
  • Andrea
    Dec 07, 2019
    E. Jean Carroll is like your eccentric aunt, or your mom's single friend. When I started the audio, it was A LOT. "Ladies!! What do we need men for?" And then lists, so many lists! But ultimately there is a method to her madness. As she goes on a road trip state to state staying in ...
  • Sarah
    Aug 21, 2019
    I read Carroll?s advice columns in Elle magazine for years, and thought it was worth reading. This book was quite witty and even a bit zany, but the author made her point really well about the injustices toward woman. Unfortunately, some of the chapters were too glossed over and humo...
  • Carolyn
    Jul 08, 2019
    I've never read anything written by E. Jean Carroll before. I didn't even know she was a long-time advice columnist for Elle, or that she had written an article long ago for Outside magazine about one of my favorites, Fran Lebowitz (excerpting one of my favorite Lebowitz quotes for WD...
  • Melanie Page
    Oct 22, 2019
    Like many Goodread reviewers confess, I had never heard of E. Jean Carroll before picking up What Do We Need Men For? A Modest Proposal, but turns out she?s famous. She?s been a ?somebody? in one fashion or another since college. Most famously, she is the advice columnist at El...
  • Lorri Steinbacher
    Jul 10, 2019
    If you like E. Jean Carroll's column and her style you will likely enjoy this book. She manages to convey the reality of the sexual harrassment, diminishment, and abuse that many (most?) women experience in their lifetime while at the same time showing how strong and vital women are. C...
  • Moira
    Aug 05, 2019
    I picked up this book after listening to a podcast featuring the author (With Friends Like These). I?ve never, to the best of my knowledge, read the authors column in ELLE, so I wasn?t really sure what to expect. I equally laughed, clutched my pearls and wanted to rage while readi...
  • Eric Dowdle
    Sep 24, 2019
    Hilarious, seething, and horrifying. A breezy, worthwhile read for an afternoon. ...
  • Shannon
    Jul 23, 2019
    In all honesty, I couldn?t finish it. I kept pushing myself to get further, but it was just unmanageable. Surprised I made it 2/3 of the way until I couldn?t stop cringing. I wish that the author could have just told a/her story without all of the ridiculous crap in the book- B...
  • Nicole
    Aug 08, 2019
    I love her wit. A very good read and sad, but in a comical way, or tragic. Depends on how sensible you are to women's issues. I think I am all for her plan. Let women lead, men go to camp. ...
  • Janet Hutchinson
    Oct 10, 2019
    I think I would have enjoyed this more if I had read it all in one sitting. As it was, I had to get into her style of writing before I could enjoy it. But she is funny. And a character as well. ...
  • Emily Goenner
    Nov 01, 2019
    How do I not know E. Jean Carroll? This was my introduction to her and I found her funny and caustic, universal and personal. I enjoyed the road trip and Lewis Carroll and laughed out loud at a few points. Well worth the listen! ...
  • Angel
    Jul 03, 2019
    A celebration of womanhood in all its glory. Also, very funny. E. Jean is a national treasure. Pre-publication coverage has been all about the Trump incident, but that's about 1 percent of the book, and it comes at the end. Read it for the humor, the insight, and for Lewis Carroll and ...
  • Koen
    Jul 21, 2019
    I realize i'm not quite the target audience for this book. This is a light reading, somewhat frivolous read. There's no definitive conclusion to the question posed in the title. It's a little bit funny at times but i guess i might have missed quite a bit as i don't get a lot of the ...
  • Lisajo
    Aug 04, 2019
    Exactly what I need to hear-- about the travesties of men perpetrated on women for years. She spoke for me-- and was liberatingly funny about it-- without diminishing the constant diminishing of women. I felt that I was "spoken for" and got some satisfaction from her apt and true descr...
  • Georgev
    Jun 25, 2019
    Just began the journey and loving it. This profile of the author set me off to buy the book. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2... ...
  • Cary Zahaby
    Aug 04, 2019
    This is a funny, rolicking, sharp account of a road trip across America interwoven with memories of the author's very many sexual assaults throughout her life. Despite the tough content, it is funny, inspirational, spirited, and hopeful. I fell in love with her. ...
  • Yana   (Reading Thrillers)
    Jul 18, 2019
    Update: OK, I finished the book. My first impression has not changed. A book about nothing.... OK, This is my first impression. It's cute. Way too much of man-bashing even for my taste and I am a single (by choice, after three marriages) very independent, self-sufficient woman, but,...
  • Campbell Disbrow
    Jul 14, 2019
    Former Miss Indiana University, Miss Cheerleader USA, Elle columnist, TV host and SNL writer, current national treasure E. Jean Carroll races around the country in a pimped-out prius named Miss Bingley with her standard poodle asking women why we need men, what else do you need to know...
  • Christine
    Jul 04, 2019
    I enjoyed this book quite a bit to begin with, but it was a bit of a rollercoaster ride. This review is going to pertain towards the writing rather than the content (Carroll has dealt with a lot of bs and it isn't my intention to review that piece). I liked the humour at first, but ...
  • Shauna Hargrove
    Aug 04, 2019
    well, i devoured this in less than 3 hours and i loved every page. now i can only hope that nancy logan, the former miss chicago, does something so egregious and unforgivable that e. jean is forced to enter the market for a new best friend and that i somehow get the job. national fucki...
  • Daryll
    Aug 06, 2019
    I am not sure what I just read, but I know that I hated it. I expected something ironic and funny, but all I got was awkward rambling with unique storytelling (also not a positive trait). ...
  • Janet Savill
    Oct 30, 2019
    The #metoo shitstorm has influenced my reading in several stages: pain (all the reporting/revelations/allegations since 2016) moved into anger (Good & Mad by Rebecca Traister), which opened up to calls for action (Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez) and I finally landed at sa...
  • Laura
    Jul 28, 2019
    E. Jean is hilarious and I love her because she loves all women unconditionally. The horrific and criminal act perpetrated on her by the current occupant of the White House is a minor episode in this book so don't let that dissuade you from reading it. Her modest proposal is sublime. T...
  • Janet
    Dec 02, 2019
    *A world run by women will be as bad as a world run by men. Just a different bad. *I also would have screamed at her to get the fuck outta the road. *I live in a very white collage town and come across Ladies like her everyday, I call them "Ann Arbor Stupid", because they are not u...
  • Lori
    Jul 13, 2019
    Okay, bear with me, I'm new to writing reviews. I read a couple books a week but rarely take the time to write a review. THIS BOOK IS INCREDIBLE! I laughed so hard at times and cried at others and all the while felt my own demons losing power. WOW! I've sent copies to the women in my l...
  • Cassidy
    Jul 07, 2019
    residue from the back cover of this book has embedded itself lightly in my fingerprints due to the resulting hand sweat of reading this so prolongedly in the sun. it?s as good a metaphor as any i could have thought up for what it?s like finishing this book. and i mean that in a goo...
  • Kirsten Hessler
    Jul 28, 2019
    "The ten-thousand?year-old damsel-in-distress story is dead. Bad things still happen to women, yes; but women are no longer damsels. Women are sweaty. Women are scalding. Women are strong. Women are tender. Women are fierce. Women are fighters!" E. Jean is a force of nature, a wom...