I have spent the past few days reading Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume, edited by Jennifer O’Connell. I will likely spend the next several weeks recommending it to everyone I meet!
This is a book that will speak to anyone who grew up as a girl in the USA in the time since Judy Blume became a published author. There are essays by a wide range of women writers, all discussing the impact of Judy Blume’s work on their lives. I am sure that each person will have essays that speak directly to them, and essays that are less personal. However, all of the essays are thoughtful and well-written. I was amazed at how moved I was while reading the essays – I flew back in time to my childhood, laughed at some of the memories and cried at others. I felt myself nodding over and over as I completely identified with what I was reading. Read the full review …
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