A name to drive the Hooked on Phonics people crazy

chloe

Fuse Eight suggests lots of possible presents for my new granddaughter. And who can tell me the name of that great chapter book about one girl bragging to another about being on first-name terms with their teacher, “Chillow”? If Fuse is onto something there, that book might not be possible anymore . . . . […]

Okay, maybe I DO watch too much TV

kaling

But I just listened to Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns). It was all very agreeably bubbly, but don’t go looking for dirt on The Office–the one chapter devoted to the show is perfunctory, as if Kalin is satisfying a contractual obligation. What I loved most about the book was […]

Strong girls and movies

I hope everyone who celebrates it had a good Thanksgiving. Yesterday I dined in the company of, among others, a high school freshman who declared her absolute allegiance to Kristin Cashore. We are both looking forward to Bitterblue. She also bragged about having read Ayn Rand, but I put that little notion in its place […]

The kids I get; it’s the grown women who scare me*

baking

Wow, those Twihards are certainly enterprising. *and yes, this includes YOU.

Less is more, darling.

Tyra-Banks-Modelland-book

Dear Tyra: As host of America’s Next Top Model, you’ve given many well-deserved dressings down (literally) to the overeager, overdone girls on the runway. “Remove that belt,” you might say; “Take off those shoulder-duster earrings;” “That teased-out hair? Slick it back into a low ponytail. Now you look like a model.” And now you look […]

>One for the boys

>Peter asks a really good question about the William C. Morris Award for first-time YA writers. I hadn’t realized that fourteen of the fifteen shortlisted finalists thus far have been women. Given the buzz around  (and the merit of) Charles Benoit’s You, I was expecting to see that there. [Edited to read: until I discovered […]

>Eating Our Own

>Writing in the August 8th issue of Entertainment Weekly about the divided reception to the memoir Eat, Pray, Love, Karen Valby comments, “When women rally around something in pop culture, it isn’t long before the objects of their affection are loudly trivialized or dismissed.” What she doesn’t say–and what I think–is that the sneerers are […]

>What, you mean we’re not all pretty?

>Head over to the Tea Cozy for a good discussion of gender and book-blogging.

>More about boys

>The Awl is where all the good Gawker writers went, and their look at tween reading is worth your time.

>"Now we had both done what we both swore we’d never do."

>Simon & Schuster has reissued V. C. Andrews’ notorious Flowers in the Attic and Petals on the Wind in an omnibus edition that screams “if you liked Twilight . . .” But oh how it brings me back. I began my career as a library journalist with Flowers in the Attic. SLJ editor Lillian Gerhardt […]