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Girls Like Us: Forty Extraordinary Women Celebrate Girlhood in Story, Poetry, and Song

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We all have moments from childhood that were turning points -- people and events that molded our perceptions of ourselves and our lives. In Girls Like Us, 40 accomplished, influential women share these inspiring moments from their own childhoods and teenage years. Novelist Amy Tan explores the life of a young girl and her relationship to her mother in The Joy Luck Club; Fa We all have moments from childhood that were turning points -- people and events that molded our perceptions of ourselves and our lives. In Girls Like Us, 40 accomplished, influential women share these inspiring moments from their own childhoods and teenage years. Novelist Amy Tan explores the life of a young girl and her relationship to her mother in The Joy Luck Club; Faye Wattleton describes how a checkered and difficult childhood shaped her into the determined leader she is today; In Paula, Isabel Allende tells of her parents' priceless gift in encouraging her to express her creativity. The book also includes photographs of some of the contributors at the age they appear in their stories, as well as brief biographies of each.


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We all have moments from childhood that were turning points -- people and events that molded our perceptions of ourselves and our lives. In Girls Like Us, 40 accomplished, influential women share these inspiring moments from their own childhoods and teenage years. Novelist Amy Tan explores the life of a young girl and her relationship to her mother in The Joy Luck Club; Fa We all have moments from childhood that were turning points -- people and events that molded our perceptions of ourselves and our lives. In Girls Like Us, 40 accomplished, influential women share these inspiring moments from their own childhoods and teenage years. Novelist Amy Tan explores the life of a young girl and her relationship to her mother in The Joy Luck Club; Faye Wattleton describes how a checkered and difficult childhood shaped her into the determined leader she is today; In Paula, Isabel Allende tells of her parents' priceless gift in encouraging her to express her creativity. The book also includes photographs of some of the contributors at the age they appear in their stories, as well as brief biographies of each.

30 review for Girls Like Us: Forty Extraordinary Women Celebrate Girlhood in Story, Poetry, and Song

  1. 5 out of 5

    Douglas Larson

    A marvelous book about extraordinary women. An inspiration to all girls to be all that they can be.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sonja

    Rather interesting stories/memoirs, etc., by famous women of different occupations - writers, teachers, doctors, etc. I would say they were all pretty darn smart, mostly well-educated, some from poor families, some from wealthier ones, all who seemed to have lots of energy, the urge to succeed and work hard to fulfill their dreams. Inspiring. The book had quite a few typos in it, though. The proof-reading wasn't very good. Rather interesting stories/memoirs, etc., by famous women of different occupations - writers, teachers, doctors, etc. I would say they were all pretty darn smart, mostly well-educated, some from poor families, some from wealthier ones, all who seemed to have lots of energy, the urge to succeed and work hard to fulfill their dreams. Inspiring. The book had quite a few typos in it, though. The proof-reading wasn't very good.

  3. 4 out of 5

    David

    Mixture of interesting and boring vignettes.

  4. 4 out of 5

    George

    From the remarkable and painful stage fright of Joan Baez, to Benazir Bhutto's becoming "the first Bhotto woman to be released from a life spent in perpetual twilight", to a 12-year old Latvian girl's (Agate Nesaule) determination to teach herself English be comparing an English language version of 'Gone With the Wind' line-by-line to her more familiar Latvian language edition: This is an excellent anthology. From the remarkable and painful stage fright of Joan Baez, to Benazir Bhutto's becoming "the first Bhotto woman to be released from a life spent in perpetual twilight", to a 12-year old Latvian girl's (Agate Nesaule) determination to teach herself English be comparing an English language version of 'Gone With the Wind' line-by-line to her more familiar Latvian language edition: This is an excellent anthology.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    I first read this when I was gifted it in middle school. I remember enjoying a lot more than I enjoyed this reread. Some of the stories were enjoyable but some of them were kind of dry and less readable. Some of the stories were also rather unrelatable in that they were about struggles of young girls of color dealing with prejudice. While I normally love diversity in my books, since this book seems to be mostly about letting girls know they aren't alone with issues they're dealing with, it seems I first read this when I was gifted it in middle school. I remember enjoying a lot more than I enjoyed this reread. Some of the stories were enjoyable but some of them were kind of dry and less readable. Some of the stories were also rather unrelatable in that they were about struggles of young girls of color dealing with prejudice. While I normally love diversity in my books, since this book seems to be mostly about letting girls know they aren't alone with issues they're dealing with, it seems like they could have made them more generic to general issues girls deal with regardless of race.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melid11

  7. 4 out of 5

    Liz Noke

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jo

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mary

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sonja

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

  12. 5 out of 5

    Casey

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anna

  14. 5 out of 5

    Maheshwari L

  15. 4 out of 5

    Molly

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ashok Banker

  17. 5 out of 5

    Fakhra Hassan

  18. 5 out of 5

    Eileen Backes

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kass Schoenhals-Feigal

  20. 4 out of 5

    Laura

  21. 5 out of 5

    HeiLi

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tristy at New World Library

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sara

  24. 5 out of 5

    Naori

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  26. 5 out of 5

    Angela

  27. 5 out of 5

    RLD

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jen Anderson

  29. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Hepburn

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bea

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