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Smart Women Paperback – October 4, 2005
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She receives thousands of letters each month from readers of all ages who share their feelings and
concerns with her.
Judy received a B.S. in education from New York University in 1961, which named her a Distinguished Alumna in 1996, the same year that American Library Association honored her with the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement. She has won more than ninety awards, none more important than those coming directly from her youngest readers.
She serves on the boards of the Author's Guild, currently as Vice President; the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, where she sponsors an award for contemporary fiction; and the National Coalition Against Censorship, working to protect intellectual freedom. In Spring 2002, Judy was a spokesperson for the Cheerios "A Book for Every Child" literacy campaign which benefited Reading is Fundamental, America's largest literacy organization. She is also the founder and trustee of The Kids Fund, a charitable and educational foundation.
Judy's first book in the Fudge series, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, was published in 1972. She is thrilled to be celebrating its 30th Anniversary with the publication of Double Fudge. Just as generations of fans have loved the Fudge books, generations of Judy's family have inspired them. Thirty years ago, Fudge was inspired by her son, Larry, and now Double Fudge was written at the request of her grandson, Elliot.
Judy lives on islands up and down the East Coast with her husband George Cooper. They have three grown children and one grandchild.
Top Customer Reviews
Thumbs up on her approach of showing each key character's point of view on the same situations. It really helps you think about how other people percieve things differently than you do.
The results consequently affect their two daughters: Sara (B.B.'s 12-year-old daughter), who becomes a nervous wreck because of her mother's emotional abuse, and Michelle (Margo's hostile 16-year-old daughter), who gets involved with one of her mother's ex-lovers. (Obviously, boyfriend/husband swamping doesn't end with just the parents.) Even though he was a little older than Michelle, I was still shocked and thought the mother should have been more forceful in separating them.
Overall, I thought "Smart Women" was a terrific book. Most of the characters were easy to empathize with, and the writing was superb. I had read many of Judy Blume's earlier children's books (like "Starring Sally J. Freedman As Herself", "Tiger Eyes", and "Just As Long As We're Together"), but I hadn't known Judy was such a talented adult writer as well. Now that I'm older and have somewhat outgrown her younger books, I wish she would write more adult contemporary novels, like "Wifey" and "Summer Sisters". Judy Blume is a fantastic writer--and still one of my favorites. I highly recommend this book, along with all of her others--adult and juvenile.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Definitely not Judy Blume's best book but certainly not her worst. The plot is a little far fetched and the book is also outdated, even for the 80s, when it was published.Published 23 days ago by Abby Stempien
I always liked reading Judy Blume as a teen. This was a great book. I really liked it. read it at the beachPublished 1 month ago by nurse67
I love Judy blumebooks I have read them sin I was a teen.. I wish there were more.. Judy please make morePublished 1 month ago by Stacie Appleman
I usually like Judy Blume's writing, but this novel fell short for me. I really didn't like the characters.Published 2 months ago by Mona Lisa
Just loving every book I've read so far. I'm ready to purchase her next one. I hope she has a new book out soonPublished 3 months ago by sandra kolis
I enjoyed this book for the complexity of the characters. I've seen a few reviews complaining the women in the book are not smart. Personally, I disagree. Read morePublished 5 months ago by nsquared