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Product Details

  • Series: Live Girls
  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (November 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580051170
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580051170
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #581,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Toiya Kristen Finley is a writer, editor, game designer, narrative designer, and game writer from Nashville, TN. She holds a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from Binghamton University. With nearly 70 published works, she has 20 years of experience writing in a range of genres, tones, styles, and voices. She gained editorial experience interning at Henry Holt's imprint, Owl Books. At Binghamton, she founded the literary journal Harpur Palate and served as its managing/fiction editor. She has been a writing center tutor, writing mentor, English tutor, and an instructor in both traditional and online classrooms. In 2011, she co-founded the Game Writing Tutorial at GDC Online with Tobias Heussner and served as an instructor in 2011 and 2012.

In videogames, she has worked as a game designer, narrative designer, and game writer (or some combination of the three) on several unreleased indie, social, and mobile games for children and general audiences. Published games include Academagia: The Making of Mages (Black Chicken Studios) and Fat Chicken (Relevant Games). She is currently a member of the IGDA Game Writing Special Interest Group's Executive Board.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mike on December 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
The essays in this book make the textures of America's racial problem palpable by a careful buildup of detail, observed by about 20 female writers before they were writers at all. The results are rich -- you get a sense of what's been gained in the last few decades, of what's been lost, and of what's still missing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Pauley on July 1, 2006
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Pooja Makhijani's Under Her Skin is an excellent non-fiction look at the complex way girls experience race in America. With short essays from women from all walks of life and all different races, this is a stunning and thought-provoking book.

I don't know if I could think of a better book to keep in a classroom, especially in today's high schools. Race is a card often played, rarely understood, and hotly contested. The raw truth and honesty in the stories in Under Her Skin will get to just about anyone and everyone - no matter what race they consider themselves to be - will find something to identify with.

After all, we've all felt left out, right? We've all had moments of doubt, of disbelief, of confusion.

For me, the stories from Asians were particularly poignant - being half-Chinese and having lived for a brief time in Mississippi (where our family was the only remotely ethnic family for three counties), I can definitely relate. Perhaps those middle states in the U.S. are the places where this book would be most useful.

Recommended for readers of all ages, especially women, but also anyone searching for a little truth in their life. Definitely recommended for classroom use--use the stories together or singly.

Kimberly Pauley, The YA Books Goddess @ YoungAdultBooksCentral.com
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Vijaya Bodach on December 10, 2004
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I enjoyed reading these stories, some of which reflected my thoughts and feelings about race and color. They were not simple recountings of events, rather each author dug deep into her heart and returned with a pearl of understanding. It takes courage to write honestly about these topics.
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