Infamous Princeton Mom Gets a Book Deal

July 11, 2013

Remember Susan Patton? She's the 1977 Princeton University alumna and mother of two Princeton (male) students who wrote a letter to the editor of the student paper urging female students to grab husbands while still in college. An uproar ensued but then died down. Well, Patton is coming back -- and with a broader audience in mind. A Simon & Schuster imprint announced Wednesday that it will publish an advice book by Patton for all young women (not just those at Princeton) to be called Smarten Up: Words of Wisdom From the Princeton Mom. The news release announcing the book included a quote from Patton suggesting she is not backing down on any of her points.

"In this 'politically correct' world where the topics of marriage and motherhood for educated girls are taboo, somebody has to talk honestly with young women about finding husbands, getting married and having babies," Patton said. "That might as well be me! The advice I offered in The Daily Princetonian was intended for the women on the campus of my beloved alma mater, but it is applicable to educated women everywhere who want a traditional family. To avoid an unwanted life of spinsterhood with cats, you have to smarten up about what’s important to you."

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