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Jo's Girls: Tomboy Tales of High Adventure, True Grit, and Real Life Paperback – June 30, 1997
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Christian McEwen's introduction to this anthology examines the different origins of the word "tomboy," from a "high spirited romping girl" to a "bold or immodest" woman or prostitute. Only in the 19th century did the word take on the positive connotations of a girl who took "a wholesome delight in...playing at active games..." and could thus be applied to a girl like Jo March of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. In celebration of Jo-like girls, this anthology gathers more than 30 stories, essays, and prose poems from writers as diverse as Colette and Leslie Feinberg, Virginia Woolf and Linda Smukler, that describe the sometimes pre-dyke state of being a tree climber, a boat rower, a happy ruffian. This wide-ranging collection makes a strong case for the historical longevity of boyish, lesbian-in- the-making girls.
From School Library Journal
YA?A nicely varied, well-edited collection of fiction and memoir that shows the cost, loss, and gain for girls who have chosen the role of "Tomboy" from the 19th-century to the present day. The anthology is broken down into age categories. "Tombabies" contains writings about the stirrings of curiosity and exuberance in young female children. An excerpt from the purported diary of Opal Whiteley is included in the six selections. "Tomboys" includes stories and segments about preadolecent girls by such distinguished authors as Annie Dillard, Simone deBeauvoir, Ursula LeGuin, Toni Morrison, and Jamaica Kincaid. Subsequent sections, "On the Threshold" and "Out the Other Side," carry the strong child into womanhood. Toni Bambara's "Gorilla, My Love" is here, as are a portion of Maxine Hong Kingston's "Woman Warrior" and the beginning of Carson McCullers's "Member of the Wedding." Very current selections, such as Maria Hinojosa's "Crews," a study of Puerto Rican girl gangsters, and Leslie Feinberg's "Stone Butch Blues" appear along with pieces by Colette, Willa Cather, and Virginia Woolf dealing with lesbianism and the newer aspects of sexuality and career.?Frances Reiher, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top customer reviews
Once I started to read one particular story, however, I was hooked. The short story of one woman returning to her childhood summer camp rang true. I now work full-time at that camp and I am excited to say that although things have changed, and will continue to do so, the ideologies of camping have remained the same.
The entire book was well-written as well as entertaining. It is an inspiration to know that women throughout the century have been struggling with the same misconceptions as we do.
A great read and a book that keep you thinking well after the cover is closed.