What Do We Need Men For? by E. Jean Carroll

What Do We Need Men For?

A darkly funny and very personal attempt to answer the question by America's longest running advice columnistWhen 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 the country with her blue-haired poodle Lewis Carroll, E. Jean stoppe...

Details What Do We Need Men For?

TitleWhat Do We Need Men For?
Release DateJul 2nd, 2019
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreNonfiction, Feminism, Autobiography, Memoir, Literature, 21st Century

Reviews What Do We Need Men For?

  • Angel
    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 Miss Bingley.
  • Carolyn
    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 WDWNMF: "To me the outdoors is what you must pass through to get from your apartment into a taxi"). However, after reading the recent article about her in New York Mag...
  • Georgev
    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...
  • Daryll
    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).
  • Shannon
    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- By the “Now LADIES” @ me the 100th time, I was cringing. I also could not handle any more of the whose name was what number on the popularity list (really, who cares...
  • Yana Gifford (Ms.Yana Reads)
    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, what do I know, I am just at the beginning of the book. Also, I would not recommend an audiobook. E. Jean Carroll narrates it herself and I don't like it. She is hard to listen too. I think it was a mistake to self narrate it. I think I will put it aside, for n...
  • Campbell Disbrow
    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.
  • Lorri Steinbacher
    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. Carroll's style is breezy, sarcastic, a little off-center (which sometimes veers off into making no sense) but there is one line in there that broke my heart and add...
  • Christine
    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 it felt a bit... tiring as it went on. Carroll often went on tangents, which made it a bit difficult to get through. She would start a story, go on about something else...
  • Frances
    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.
  • Cassidy
    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 good sort of way. or in a “gut and soul -wrenching, speaks to my heart” sort of way. i can’t quite decide how to name it. but i do know i will be talking about e...
  • Kirsten Hessler
    "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 woman who has endured countless harassments and assaults over the decades but maintained her laughter, conversationalism, and habit of calling other women (strangers) thin...
  • Jane Casey
    Auntie E has written my favorite advice column in Elle Magazine for years, and this book did not disappoint. I highly recommend listening to the audio book, which she narrates. She had me laughing out loud about all her eccentricities and those of whom she interviewed, fuming about the lack of balance in power between genders, and fired up about voting bad men out and awesome women in. Her life is fascinating and I'll eat up any insight she gives...
  • Koen
    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 references.Still, it was kinda entertaining and a quick enough read for me to see it all through. Despite me being white male from Europe, hardly the audience the autho...
  • Moira
    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 reading this book. The concept is interesting but some of the details were incredibly difficult to read. TBH I’m not sure how to rate this book, it jumps around quite a...
  • Lori
    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 life most in need of personal strength (E. Jean has that in spades). Read this book, you will love it and you will feel better and then let's all take a road trip to...
  • Hklbrries
    Some rather traumatic things apparently happened to her throughout her life but she never even thought to mention - let alone deal with them - until she could use it against trumpski? I am NOT victim blaming. I believe her. I just wonder at her desired outcome. And was it necessary to sprinkle the narrative with details of her childhood sexual experiences? I thought it rather weird and only slightly humorous. We’re from decidedly different worl...
  • Sergio
    I was not familiar with E. Jean Carroll until New York magazine published an excerpt from this book. It was the excerpt that made me want to read the full work. Having now done so, I can say that my initial impression of Carroll's writing had more to do with the skill of the magazine's editors than with her style.
  • Laura
    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. Terrific summer read, funny and you'll love Lewis Carroll!
  • ➷
    Such an incredibly funny, heart-warming book (absolutely despite the content.) Few minor errors (some typos), but for the most part this was really entertaining and was a great spite book for the weekend. Highly recommend!
  • Cary Zahaby
    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.
  • Shauna Hargrove
    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 fucking treasure.
  • Anta Mireille
    Hard to describeFascinating look into the psychology of the women of middle America through the eyes of E. Jean but also quite a look into E. Jean's own psyche, all under the guise of what to do about men.
  • Megan
    “Or, if I don’t come up with an answer, we can simply vote all the chumps out of office, vote women into office, and completely take over.”
  • Nicole
    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.
  • patsy A. Glass
    Entertaining and thoughtful contentThis woman has an amazing mind and creative writing style. Love the book. Hope many will read it. It was entertaining too.
  • Catherine
    I happened upon her interview on NPR ( WNYC). She was smart, witty and delightful. This was a delicious read!