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"A piercing examination of what it means both to love grown-up, complicated women - and to be one." -- Rebecca Traister, All The Single Ladies
"Glynnis has written a book that is honest, hilarious and raw...it misses nothing." -- Alyssa Mastromonaco, Who Thought This Was a Good Idea
If the story doesn't end with marriage or a child, what then? This question plagued Glynnis MacNicol on the eve of her 40th birthday. Despite a successful career as a writer, and an exciting life in New York City, Glynnis was constantly reminded she had neither of the things the world expected of a woman her age: a partner or a baby. She knew she was supposed to feel bad about this. After all, single women and those without children are often seen as objects of pity, relegated to the sidelines, or indulgent spoiled creatures who think only of themselves.

Glynnis refused to be cast into either of those roles and yet the question remained: What now? There was no good blueprint for how to be a woman alone in the world. She concluded it was time to create one.

Over the course of her fortieth year, which this memoir chronicles, Glynnis embarks on a revealing journey of self-discovery that continually contradicts everything she'd been led to expect. Through the trials of family illness and turmoil, and the thrills of far-flung travel and adventures with men, young and old (and sometimes wearing cowboy hats) , she is forced to wrestle with her biggest hopes and fears about love, death, sex, friendship, and loneliness. In doing so, she discovers that holding the power to determine her own fate requires a resilience and courage that no one talks about, and is more rewarding than anyone imagines.

Intimate and timely, No One Tells You This is a fearless reckoning with modern womanhood and an exhilarating adventure that will resonate with anyone determined to live by their own rules.



About the Author

Glynnis MacNicol

Glynnis MacNicol is a writer and co-founder of TheLi.st. She is the author of the forthcoming memoir NO ONE TELLS YOU THIS (Simon & Schuster, 2018) . Her work has appeared in print and online for publications including ELLE.com, where she was a contributing writer; The New York Times, The Guardian, Forbes, The Cut, New York Daily News, W, Town & Country, The Daily Beast, Shondaland, and Capital New York.

MacNicol co-wrote HelloFlo: The Guide, PERIOD.: The Everything Puberty Book for the Modern Girl (Dutton, 2017) , a guide to puberty, with HelloFlo founder Naama Bloom. She co-edited and contributed to the best-selling Amazon Kindle essay collection The 10 Habits of Highly Successful Women. Her series of articles for Chase's award-winning "From the Ground Up" package on Brownsville, Brooklyn won a 2015 Contently Award. ?She lives in New York City.



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