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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (March 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580051472
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580051477
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,786,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrea J. Buchanan is a New York Times bestselling author whose latest book is the multimedia young adult novel GIFT, published by Open Road Integrated Media. Her other work includes the internationally bestselling The Daring Book For Girls and seven other books. Before becoming a writer, Andi trained as a pianist, earning a bachelor of music degree in piano performance from the Boston Conservatory of Music and a master's from the San Francisco Conservatory. Her last recital was at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. She lives with her family in Philadelphia.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Knogl on March 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
My husband brought this home for me and I tossed it on the book shelf for two years. I opened it last week and read and read and cried and laughed and when I put it down, I went to the computer and bought six copies, and will buy more to give to everyone I know with a teenage daughter. Read the story on page 199. it will KILL you! Amazing. And the one on page 36. I LOVE these women. Thanks Andrea. Sandy E.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mom of 2 on November 4, 2006
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I found these essays deeply engaging and thought-provoking. In the course of reading the book, I realized how much more conflicted I am about my parenting decisions regarding my daughter than my son, how much more worried I am that she might not be a self-confident adult. The authors offer no answers, but their insights were meaningful to me, and I've recommended the book to at least a half-dozen friends of mine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Stasch on April 19, 2010
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Was given both the boy and girl books a few months into having delivered my twins. My sister, who gave them to me, asked me to read them after they were six months, when their personalities would blossom a bit more. Read both of them, a story at a time. Ended up crying through many of the stories. Definetly could relate with how I felt and brought some insight with what to expect as they get older. I love it and give it to my loved ones when they find out the sex of their babies.
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful By cambridge reader on January 6, 2007
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As a feminist mother of a toddler daughter, I was disappointed with this book. Many of the essays did raise the feminist issues I wanted to read about (and for this reason I would give the book 4 stars) but the conclusions were cop outs (and for this reason I would give it 2 stars-- hence the rating of 3 stars- a blend). The pattern seemed to be: 1. raise the issue (playing with barbies, wanting to dress like princesses, or wanting to grow up to be a boy rather than a girl because boys have more power, etc.) 2. discuss how difficult it is to raise girls in light of the issue, then 3. decide that you need to let your daughter be "true to herself" even if means dressing all in pink and playing with barbies, so 4. give up / don't rock the boat / lay off those feminist ideals - your daughter and you are better off without the fight. All is neatly resolved within 5 pages of text - even faster than your average TV sitcom! I was hoping for something better than that. If you want to read really good essays on a similar issue (not on raising daughters per se but on deciding whether or not to have children) I would recommend the following instead: Maybe Baby, 28 writers talk about how they made the biggest decision of their lives, edited by salon.com. Fascinating and well-written essays from a myriad of different perspectives, written with honesty and depth.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sajmom on September 13, 2008
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I really really enjoyed It's a boy so I was looking forward to reading this book. Unfortunately I have to agree with most of the other reviewers. A specific feminist type of writer seemed to be the only writers to reflect on this relationship. I do consider myself a feminist, but not the type who would be horrified of all things typically considered female. It would be great to read a few stories like that, but the entire book. Most of the stories seemed to follow the same pattern, and I don't think they went very deep in their search for meaning in their relationships with their daughters. It did seem like they neatly wrapped up the story, making them trite and a bit boring. I wanted to like this more. I hope someone will write the type of book I was looking for in this.
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