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March-April 2018

REVIEW: New book explores the feminist history of break-ups

Inside Hard to Do by Kelli María Korducki

Samantha Sobolewski

9781552453520_cover_rb_modalcoverHard to Do: The Surprising, Feminist History of Breaking Up
By Kelli María Korducki
Coach House, $13.95

Hard To Do: The Surprising, Feminist History of Breaking Up, by National Magazine Award-nominated journalist Kelli María Korducki, is a lifeline for women navigating expectations, standards, and break-ups in today’s liberated, but uncharted, relationships. Using examples from history, Korducki unpacks society’s conventional views on marriage and monogamy, which often plague millennial women, despite their freedom to seek what they want in a relationship. She provides validation to women who feel guilty when rejecting traditional ideas of what it means to be a “good” partner, while also reaffirming the importance of friends when breaking up with societal pressures.

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