It's a Girl: Women Writers on Raising Daughters

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Andrea J. Buchanan
Da Capo Press, Mar 31, 2006 - Family & Relationships - 247 pages
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The most popular question any pregnant woman is asked -- aside from "When are you due?" -- has got to be "Are you having a girl or a boy?" When author Andrea Buchanan was pregnant with her daughter, she was thrilled to be expecting a girl. Some people were happy for her; visions of flouncy pink dresses and promises of mother-daughter bonding were the predictable responses. Other people, though, were concerned: "Is your husband OK with that?" "You can try again." "Girls are tough." This mixed message led her to explore the issue herself, with help from her fellow writers and moms, many of whom had had the same experience. As she did inIt's a Boy: Women Writers on Raising Sons, Buchanan and her contributors take on what it's really like to raise a child-in this case, a girl-from babyhood to adulthood.

It's a Girl, is a wide-ranging, often humorous, and honest collection of essays about the experience of the mother-daughter bond, taking on topics like "princess power" ("Shining, Shimmering, Splendid"), adding a girl to a brood of boys ("Confessions of a Tomboy Mom"), dealing with a daughter's eating disorder ("The Food Rules"), and mothering "hardcore mini-feminists" ("Tough Girls").
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
SHINING SHIMMERING SPLENDID
9
Her Perfect Woman
11
Shining Shimmering Splendid
21
Ladylike
27
Tough Girls
33
Confessions of a Tomboy Mom
39
Girl House
45
Me and My Girls
121
Girl Talk
127
Daughter Dread
133
Spilled Wine
137
Garden City
145
ParkBench Epiphany
155
A Strong Baby Girl
163
Links
171

Cheerleader
49
Its a Girl
59
ON BEAUTY AND A DAUGHTER
69
On Being Barbie
71
The Food Rules
79
On Beauty and a Daughter
89
A Collage
95
The Worlds Most Beautiful BabyTake Two
105
Baby Fat
115
GARDEN CITY
119
On Wanting a Girl
179
PASSING IT ON
191
Zen Mind Daughters Mind
193
Twenty Minutes
199
Isolation
203
Time Capsule
209
The Boy We Didnt Have
215
Learning to Write
219
Passing It On
227
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