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This Is Chick-lit Paperback – August 11, 2006
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If you don't read chick lit, or don't think you want to, you'll be pleasantly surprised, I think. It's a quick read, and it can't hurt, so why not?
None of these writers is apologetic, and none is denying their Chick Lit label. These women are valuing that label and those readers, and thanking us for the honor. This isn't some sort of literary cat fight, either. These writers themselves read widely, and are capable of appreciating Literary efforts, even if reviewers don't.
Settle in and sample the varied delights. "Cafe con Leche Crush" by Heather Swain looks at being a new mother in a different way. "Meeting Cute" by Andrea Schicke Hirsch takes a modern convention and shows the dark side. "The Ring" by Rachel Pine is sad, while "Shell Game" by Lauren Baratz-Logsted is both funny and fierce.
Really, they're all great. Buy a copy for yourself, and at least one to give away. You'll be passing it on, I promise.
Earlier this year, This is Not Chick Lit: Original Stories by America's Best Women Writer's hit the stands. As the title suggests, this book wants to set itself apart from chick lit writing. In the introduction, editor Elizabeth Merrick claims that the huge popularity of "bubbly" and "fluffy" chick lit novels is obscuring the writing of "some our country's most gifted women." She goes on to say that chick lit "numbs our senses" and "reduces the complexity of human experience."
When Lauren Baratz-Logsted, a seasoned chick lit author, heard about this collection she got angry. And then she got motivated! Baratz-Logsted without delay rallied the troops, quickly compiled eighteen stories by loud and proud chick lit writers, and This is Chick Lit was born.
Straight off the bat, the book proves that chick lit and its authors are far from mind-numbing or fluffy. In her fantastic introduction, Baratz-Logsted hits the nail on the head when she considers the publication of Merrick's This is Not Chick Lit and wonders, "What next: These Are Not Mysteries? This is Not Science Fiction? This is Not a Literary Coming of Age Novel?"
What Baratz-Logsted understands - unlike so many literary critics, book reviewers, and many supposedly smart writers - is that chick lit is a genre. And thus like all genres - mystery, sci-fi, literary fiction - chick lit has its own features and style and concerns. It is not better or worse than any other genre, it is just different. Baratz-Logsted demonstrates how it is basically sexist to single out chick lit, a hugely popular genre by and for women, as the one genre to attack and malign.Read more ›
Enough, indeed. This savvy little collection of eighteen short, delicious stories showcases the tremendous variety, voice, and appeal of the oft-maligned, but also well-loved chick-lit authors. It should quickly disabuse the reader of any notion that chick-lit is somehow not representative or worthy of today's reader of popular fiction. So although the origin of this book may be found in a fit of pique, the result is a marvelous assortment of tales of the modern situation. Can we state more (or less?) of Jane Austen? If the Bronte sisters were writing today, would they be doing book tours on the Bridget Jones circuit? Would Mary Shelley be signing at ComicCon?
Always entertaining, frequently funny, occasionally wistful, this is the cream of the crop. Infidelity, fashion sense, husband hunting, girlfriend trauma: it's all here in this candybox sampler of morality tales, fables, and small encouragements. Dig in.
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A very funny,entertaining,and well thought out book. A great collection of stories by a wide variety of talented authors. Highly recommended!Published on January 4, 2007 by Amazon customer
I became interested in reading this book because I had read something about the controversy between the anthology titled THIS IS CHICK LIT and the one titled THIS IS NOT CHICK... Read morePublished on September 24, 2006 by EDfanatic
I found this anthology to be delightful! The characters made me laugh, and a couple made me cry. There was mystery, suspense, heartache, and romance. Read morePublished on September 8, 2006 by Scave31