No One Tells You This by Glynnis MacNicol

No One Tells You This

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 se...

Details No One Tells You This

TitleNo One Tells You This
Release DateJul 10th, 2018
PublisherSimon & Schuster
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Feminism, Biography Memoir

Reviews No One Tells You This

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister
    Glynnis MacNicol was about to turn 40, and all-of-sudden, she began to question her life’s purpose. Up to that point, she’d had it all in her mind- a successful career and an exciting life. But should she want more? Should she want what society says every 40 year old woman should have? This memoir chronicles MacNicol’s 40th year, as she takes a deeply personal journey of self-discovery. It’s a tough year for her emotionally, she has an il...
  • Valerity (Val)
    Not every woman is meant for couplehood, marriage, babies and PTA. And not every woman grows up wanting a life that includes all of those things. On the cusp of turning 40, the author has been thinking about her options and wondering why she isn’t more panicked about being in a relationship or her biological clock ticking down. With her mother going through serious health problems and her sister’s marriage experiencing a breakup as she’s ab...
  • Lydia
    This memoir isn't just for single ladies- it's for all of us who feel like life is passing us by and we can't see or fathom where the time has gone. It's for those trapped in memories of childhood and times past, feeling as though we are still living in those moments. It's also a memoir for anyone who has watched an older woman in their life who they loved deeply, become lost inside herself because of something beyond her control. Loved this book...
  • Michelle
    No One Tells You This-- is a debut memoir that highlights life of a unmarried single woman without the possibility of a socially expected life that includes a husband and family. Glynnis MacNicol is a full-time writer and co-founder of The List. Her award winning writing has been featured in numerous notable publications including the NYT, The Guardian and Forbes, she lives in NYC.As a dutiful daughter and sister with too many friends to count, G...
  • Corinna Fabre
    I'm not even sure where to begin reviewing No One Tells You This. This book is breathtaking and poignant to the point of surreal. Glynnis leads by example: by taking readers through her trials, tribulations and moments of peace as partners in her journey, she imparts the kind of wisdom that can't be achieved by smacking you over the head with proselytization, but instead flows from a deep well of empathy and experience.Her writing is expert and n...
  • Shereen Lee
    An cool and eccentric story about nostalgia and aging. Would recommend a read if this is a genre you're already interested in, but since I'm not that emotionally invested in memoirs I just found this okay.
  • Susan
    As a single woman over 40 who has chosen not to marry or have children I can't tell you how excited I was to receive this book. It gets so tiresome when people are constantly making you feel less than complete because you lack a partner and a family. Like most of us Glynnis is still learning how to navigate through life, making mistakes and figuring it out along the way. I very much related to how everyone around Glynnis relies so deeply on her, ...
  • Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
    Thank you to Simon&Schuster Canada for a free copy of this book for an honest review. This is a very engaging memoir by the author as she comes to some revelations as to the direction her life is going. Glynnis is celebrating her 40th birthday, alone, as the book begins. She lives a very busy life in NYC but has never found ‘the one’ or had children. As she contemplates this she has to come to terms with whether her life, as it is, is enough ...
  • Sarah
    **I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway, and there several spoilers in this review**This is a very honest memoir that really gives you a glimpse of how complicated life gets as you grow older and how hard it is to know if you've made the right choices. MacNicol describes with candor what it was like losing her mother slowly to degenerative disease, helping her sister with 3 kids including a newborn after the husband walked out (and thoroughly e...
  • Kayo
    Why do I think Sex and the City 2.0 , minus the sex. Lol
  • Jessica
    Won in the First Reads giveaway.This made me seek out articles by Glynnis MacNicol, I hope she writes more books. I don't know how to review a memoir that I liked by a person I think is really cool. I hope to return to it when I'm 40 (in 13 years, which is strange but not too scary).My only criticism is that she got a detail about Grey Gardens wrong, Little Edie didn't live there for the rest of her life.
  • Janice
    I very much enjoyed this book of a woman seeking to define herself outside the usual, expected societal parameters. It was insightful, well-written and entertaining.
  • Starr Waddell
    The universe, perhaps, brought this book to me at exactly the moment I needed it. Although my situation is a bit different than the author's, I am in somewhat the same headspace. I'm nearing 40 and coming to terms with that fact that I'll most likely never meet someone that I grow old with. Glynnis' words resonated; I felt her words deep inside my soul. Thank you, Glynnis, for sharing your story. I helped me a lot.
  • Jordana Horn Gordon
    Just stunning. Beautifully written, and the rare book that only gets better as you read on. I wish we were friends!
  • Robin Bonne
  • Sharon
    Clear-eyed, vulnerable, and open-hearted without being maudlin or navel-gazey. And for me, the perfect combination of the relief of seeing yourself well-defined on a page, and a touchstone for the next decade or so of my life.
  • paige
    The writing speeds along; it's a quick read with many head nodding moments, but by and large I found myself wondering what the book is even about. It seems like the chapters should dovetail chronologically, but I still found the timeline and characters hard to follow. I wonder if it would work better if it were developed into a work of fiction, or if it were presented as a collection of essays.
  • Rachel
    I enjoyed the memoir quite a bit. I understand it was her real life but the parts with her mother's illness were quite lengthy and I felt detracted a bit from the story. She didn't connect it enough to her situation of becoming comfortable with being 40, unmarried and childless. The end seemed rushed and I didn't quite understand how she was able to just work on a dude ranch for a month when she spent so much time in the book talking about how sh...
  • Verena
    “I knew I could be alone, but what if I gave myself permission to prefer it? What would that be like?”
  • Karen LeBlanc
    No One Tells You This by Glynnis MacNicol, A Memoir explores the writer’s journey into midlife and a reconciliation with choices she has made. Single and successful and living in New York City, Glynnis MacNicol turns 40 at the start of her memoir and decides to spend it alone on an overnight trip to a nearby beach resort where she is plagued by the question: “If her story doesn’t end with marriage or a child, what then?” Not a feminist ma...
  • Lady Alexandrine
    *SPOILERS AHEAD*"No One Tells You This" describes an intimate journey of a woman, that had to face her mother’s illness and death and her own loneliness. Glynnis MacNicol viewed her 40th birthday as a disaster. She was single, childless and clueless about what would the future bring. She realised that maybe she would never have children, maybe she would always be alone, without a partner, a man on whose arm she could lean. Where was her happy e...
  • Dana Portwood
    What happens when you overthrow cultural norms and decide to live life the way you want to live it? In her memoir No One Tells you this., Glynnis Macnicol challenges the cultural assumptions that women are more "whole" as part of a married couple and as a mother. The year Glynnis turns forty, her mother is dying of Parkinson's disease, most of her friends are married and becoming parents and Glynnis is at the end of a string of unsuccessful and u...
  • Christina
    Glynnis offers a sobering glimpse of how much there is more to life than the conventional expectations our society places on us. I look at myself, I turn 32 in September, and I’m a single mother of three and attempting to make life happen. Is my life over? Maybe my life is just finally beginning. I highly recommend this book because it dives deeply into topics and makes you really think how you are living your life. I hold the title itself as t...
  • Janilyn Kocher
    No One Tells You This is a compelling memoir about a Canadian author who lives in NYC, but grapples with a mother who has Parkinson's and living in a society who still feels that women can't be fulfilled without marriage and family. Parts of the book resonated with me. I am single and have no children and am content with my life. And the author loves Laura Ingalls Wilder as I do. There is one mistake, the author mentions the Homestead Act and sta...
  • Samantha
    3.5/5I thought Glynnis MacNicol's No One Tells You This was going to be a narcissistic memoir about how MacNicol's life sucked and how she needs us to know how great she is anyway. It's not that.The parts of it where she discusses being 40 and 'alone' are often the most drab parts. Where MacNicol excels is in her story telling. Her relationship with her mother is absolutely heartbreaking, and it sometimes seems like this book is fiction because...
  • Robin
    I had never heard of Glynnis MacNicol before, although I was intrigued by the title. I think she is the voice of so many women of a 40 -ish age. Women have become a force in the workplace and are more and although our current political climate seems hell bent on taking away our basic reproductive rights, health care etc. women are fighters, women have their tribes of women who help one another and support each other no matter what. I loved this b...
  • Stella
    If ever anyone wants to understand me, they should read this book.
  • Nita
    I was able to relate to this book, her story, her life so much. I loved it!
  • Natalie
    A resonate, relatable, compulsively readable book!