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"I wonder if Judy Blume really knows how many girls' lives she affected. I wonder if she knows that at least one of her books made a grown woman finally feel like she'd been a normal girl all along. . . ." -- FROM Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume Whether laughing to tears reading Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great or clamoring for more unmistakable "me too!" moments in Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, girls all over the world have been touched by Judy Blume's poignant coming-of-age stories. Now, in this anthology of essays, twenty-four notable female authors write straight from the heart about the unforgettable novels that left an indelible mark on their childhoods and still influence them today. After growing up from Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing into Smart Women, these writers pay tribute, through their reflections and most cherished memories, to one of the most beloved authors of all time.
Zoe Rose never quite fit in. As the only kid in kindergarten with an enormous red afro, Zoe was taunted by the other little girls for refusing to share her "Annie" wig, even when she swore it was her own hair (it was). In second grade, after seeing her best friend ridiculed for wearing a dirty, pink, polka-dot party dress to school every day, she became obsessed with understanding what makes normal girls tick and why they're so cruel to the girls who never seem to "get it." And so Zoe begins a lifelong study of girl behavior, and by thirty, finds herself editor of Issues magazine. Determined to raid the locker room of the female psyche and rip open the frilly façade of femininity once and for all, she sets out to reform an entire nation of women, beginning with the readers of the most notorious magazine on Madison Avenue. It's the feminist vs. the fashionistas. Can Zoe stop girls from behaving badly toward other girls, and turn them into a strong, united force that can succeed in our male-dominated world? Or will her spectacularly warped sense of humor, pathetic wardrobe, and plethora of psychosomatic illnesses get her eaten alive? Zoe's willing to risk losing it all, including her mind, but she'll walk away with something she never dreamed she wanted: the little girl hiding inside of her.
What if the narrator of The Devil Wears Prada was too busy changing her outfits to get upset by her boss? What if the Shopaholic got locked in Lucky's shoe closet? What if Plum Sykes had to get a real job? Find out in Stephanie Lessing's fabulous first novel about climbing the ladder (at a thinly-veiled fashion magazine) without breaking a sweat--or a heel. When Chloe gets her dream job as assistant to the assistant at Issues Magazine, she is in hog heaven. Her sister, however, is ready to keel over at the very thought of her own flesh and blood slaving away to further the patriarchy and sell cellulite cream. Chloe pays her sister's ranting no mind, which is exactly the same amount of attention she pays to her grasping, desperate boss and the swamp of office politics she's unknowingly waded into. Sure, filing pedicure receipts and making coffee exactly the same colour as a camel (one hump, not two) is hard work. But as long as she has a key to the shoe closet, how bad could things be? Well, bad. Chloe's bumbling lovability and miraculous gift for accessorizing has attracted just a tad bit too much attention, not only from the Editor-in-Chief and his boss, the Publisher, but also from a small but dogged group of underfed beauty editors who can't stand that they can't get a rise out of her. But when they publicly slander her, are they telling the truth? Has Chloe's sweetness been just an act that lets her steal shoes (lots of them), tell lies (whoppers) and undermine her idiot boss in the hopes of getting her job? Wouldn't you like to know?
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