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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580052738
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580052733
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,660,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. Embarking on a road trip across the U.S. to engage with contemporary women, writer Aronowitz and the late artist Bernstein (1985-2008) assert that "all we want is conversation." Through 127 casual discussions with female college students, burlesque dancers, musicians, nuns-in-training, single mothers, abortion clinic staffers and others, the authors privilege the unique experiences and perspectives of both established activists and women who hesitate to identify with any notion of feminism. Coupling luminous, enigmatic photography with insightful diary entries, the pair contribute sharp commentary on modern womanhood and gender issues. The project is most striking when exploring the personal stories of interview subjects, but the authors' ambitious scope makes some encounters feel repetitive. Clearly a work of passion for Bernstein (who committed suicide before the book's publication) and Aronowitz both, the authors share of themselves generously, imprinting the "open-ended, fluid conversation" with their voices, feelings and personalities.


Girldrive provides a wide-angle snapshot of contemporary feminism, and raises provocative questions about our responsibilities to the movement.”

Girldrive is gutsy in its endeavor and gives agency to emerging feminist voices … This work’s very publication shows how far you can go if you only have the drive.”
Bust magazine

“A fascinating tour-de-force … [Nona and Emma's] voices struck me as distinctly young and alive and unapologetic.”
— Courtney Martin of Feministing

“Nona and Emma have done what I suspect many women, young and old, have always dreamed of doing: Hit the open road with nothing more than a partner in crime, a full tank of gas, a playlist of good music, a pad of paper, a camera, and an unyielding curiosity. Girldrive is part travel diary, part social document, part art exhibit, and, sadly, part eulogy. Not only do I highly recommend Girldrive, I have to admit that I’m insanely jealous I didn’t think of it first.”

— Anna Holmes, Founder/Editor,

Girldrive is a fascinating, fiery, dramatic whirlwind tour through modern-day women’s lives. It’s likely to make you excited, impassioned, and at times infuriated—and that’s a good thing. It lets its diversity of opinion speak to you rather than for you.”

— Rachel Kramer Bussel, Editor, Dirty Girls: Erotica for Women; Host, In The Flesh Reading Series

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Katrina P. on December 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
I was unsure what to expect when I started reading this book. I was skeptical about a "Feminist" book written by girls around my own age. There are so many misconceptions about what feminism is and what it represents. I hadn't considered myself a feminist before reading this book, but Nona and Emma made me realize the depth that encompasses the word and I realize now that I'm a feminist through and through. Many of the women interviewed didn't consider themselves feminists either and I related to a lot of what the interviewees had to say on the subject. No one (at least no one I know) wants to be thought of as a "Man Hating Uber-feminist" but this book showed me that feminism is more about strength and (for lack of better term) girl power. I was moved and inspired by the text and photographs that grace the pages of Girldrive. I laughed out loud and I shed several tears while I traveled the country with Nona and Emma. The personal experience and objectivity that the two women embrace throughout these pages made me want to jump in my own car with my best friend and travel all over the place interviewing women myself. I can't wait for a sequel!!! I think that every girl should read this book and pass along the knowledge within. I am buying this for every woman I know this Christmas. Seriously....BUY THIS BOOK!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Altman on December 15, 2009
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Girldrive offers porthole flashes of young women's lives and perspectives from two talented, articulate, and perceptive reporters. It's a beautiful looking book. The writing succinctly draws you into the different worlds of the women they interviewed as they drove across the country. The mesmerising photography underscores and enhances the impact. I was especially impressed with the scope of this venture-the quest for the feminist pulse of young females throughout the United States. It required guts and steely endurance on the part of Ms. Willis-Aronowitz and Ms. Bernstein. The respect the authors felt for the girls of Girldrive is evident throughout the book. Ms. Bernstein's photography dazzles every page with it's haunting precision and rainbow clarity. Her death must have shaken the foundations of the quest. That Ms. Willis-Arnowitz had the strength to proceed--as tribute to her partner--as tribute to her mother-- imbues this journey with an even higher level of faith and endurance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susanna Heller on December 17, 2009
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This is a powerful book which manages to travel across many fields at one time. While crossing the country, Bernstein and Willis/Aronowitz also travel back and forth through the history of feminism and into its present complex state. It is beautifully, tenderly, even poetically written and photographed. A fresh and accessible intro and update for the THINKING contemporary woman and man.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zaza on December 16, 2009
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I proclaim to be a feminist, but what about other women my age? What about women from different ethnicities and walks of life? I have always asked myself these questions. Thus, I was very excited that a new book addressing these issues, as well as the state of feminism among young American women was in the market.

Girldrive is a pleasure to read. You feel as though you are accompanying Nona and Emma on their road trip, bearing witness to their adventures, meetings and interviews. I was greatly impacted by the deftness of the discourse. The writing is very beautiful, and layout and photographs truly bring this book to life!

This book makes a perfect gift for yourself, or for anyone interested in what young women are thinking, and feeling, these days. This is a must buy!
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