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Could you recommend books which deal specifically with adolescent girls. I've read Sylvia Plath, Joan Brumburg, Mary Pipher, and Susanna Kaysen. I would greatly appreciate a list of any books about the way girls think, or the problems which concern them.

I'm a graduate student who is using this information for a body of artwork about young women.

Thank you, Lynn

Thanks for your note to FEMINIST.COM. Your note arrived just as I am finishing a book I am co-writing with Jennifer Baumgarnder. One of the chapters of our book deals with Girls--and thus we have created a bibliography for books about girls. Though the bibliography is still not complete, I wanted to send along this draft as I think it might be what you are looking for.

The Girls Room: the cottage industry of girls low self-esteem produced lots of books and workbooks. All are good-hearted.

  • Blume, Judy Brooks, Susan M., Any Girl Can Rule The World. Minneapolis: Fairview Press, 1998.

  • Brown, Lyn Mikel, Raising Their Voices: The Politics of Girls' Anger. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.

  • Brumberg, Joan, Fasting Girls. Brumberg, Joan, The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls. New York: Random House.

  • Carlip, Hillary, Girl Power: Young Women Speak Out . New York: Warner Books, 1995.

  • Dee, Catherine, The Girls' Guide to Life: How to Take Charge of the Issues That Affect YOU . New York: Little, Brown, 1997.

  • Gadesberg, Jeanette Brave New Girls: Creative Ideas to Help Girls Be Confident, Healthy, & Happy . Minneapolis: Fairview Press, 1997.

  • Gilligan, Carol, Nona P. Lyons and Trudy J Hanmer, editors, Making Connections: The Relational Worlds of Adolescent Girls at the Emma Willard School. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1990.

  • Gray, Heather M. and Samantha Phillips, real girl real world: tools for finding your true self . Seattle, Washington: Seal Press, 1998.

  • Hughes, K. Wind, and Linda Wolf, Daughters of the Moon, Sisters of the Sun: Young Women & Mentors on the Transition to Womanhood . Gabriola Island, BC, Canada: New Society Publishers, 1997.

  • Johnston, Andrea, Girls Speak Out: Finding Your True Self . New York: Scholastic Press, 1997.

  • Karnes, Frances A. and Suzanne M. Bean, Girls And Young Women Leading the Way. Twenty Stories About Leadership . Minneapolis, Minnesota: Free Spirit Publishing, 1993.

  • Kravetz, Stacy, Girl Boss: Running the Show Like the Big Chicks . Los Angeles, California: Girl Press.

  • Mann, Judy, The Difference: Growing Up Female in America . New York: Warner Books, 1994.

  • McCune, Bunny and Deb Traunstein, Girls to Women, Women to Girls . Berkeley, California: Celestial Arts, 1998.

  • Misiroglu, Gina, editor, Girls Like Us: 40 Extraordinary Women Celebrate Girlhood in Story, Poetry, and Song . New World Library.

  • Pipher, Mary, Reviving Ophelia .

  • Sandker, Myra and David, Failing at Fairness: How America's Schools Cheat Girls . New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1994.

  • Shandler, Sara, editor, Ophelia Speaks: Adolescent Girls Write About Their Search for Self . New York: HarperPerennial, 1999.

You can try looking up these books at Amazon.com. Hope that helps!



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