Red: The Next Generation of American Writers--teenage Girls-on what Fires Up Their Lives Today

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Amy Goldwasser
Penguin, 2007 - Literary Collections - 267 pages
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A vivid portrait of what it means to be a teenage girl in America today, from 58 of the country's finest, most credentialed writers on the subject

If you're a teenage girl today, you live your life in words-in text and instant messages, on blogs and social network pages. It's how you conduct your friendships and present yourself to the world. Every day, you're creating a formidable body of personal written work.

This generation's unprecedented comfort level with the written word has led to a fearless new American literature. These collected essays, at last, offer a key to understanding the inscrutable teenage girl-one of the most mislabeled and underestimated members of society, argues editor and writer Amy Goldwasser, whose work has appeared in Seventeen, Vogue, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. And while psychologists and other experts have tried to explain the teen girl in recent years, no book since Ophelia Speaks has given her the opportunity to speak for herself-until now.

In this eye-opening collection, nearly sixty teenage girls from across the country speak out, writing about everything from post-Katrina New Orleans to Johnny Depp; from learning to rock climb to starting a rock band; from the loneliness of losing a best friend to the loathing or pride they feel about their bodies. Ranging in age from 13 to 19, and hailing from Park Avenue to rural Nevada, Georgia to Hawaii, the girls in RED-whose essays were selected from more than 800 contributions-represent a diverse spectrum of socioeconomic, political, racial, and religious backgrounds, creating a rich portrait of life as a teen girl in America today.

Revealing the complicated inner lives, humor, hopes, struggles, thrills, and obsessions of this generation, RED ultimately provides today's teen girl with much-needed community, perspective, and validation-and helps the rest of us to better understand her.

 

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Contents

Amy Hunt Sleeves
3
Jane Horowitz The Jewish Hair
10
Emily Kaplan Ode to My Breasts
16
Charlotte Steinway The Weather Report
28
Alicia Davis Country
39
Hannah Morris The Two of Us
45
Emma Considine Bloody Red Heart
52
Jordyn Turney Mascara Wands Are Instruments of War
55
Eliza Appleton Cribs
149
Jessica Goodman Boy One
157
Kirsten Oldroyd Mini Mountain
177
Erika Kwee East
184
Jaclyn Humphrey Pediatrics
191
Samantha Gillogly Apiarian Days
198
Lindsay Erin Sellers Alone
205
Sarah Schelde What Truthiness Taught
211

Zulay Regalado Pots and Pans
63
Maxine Keyes Ghost Stories
74
Emily Knox The Best Kind of Popular
81
Elizabeth Case Hey You Freshman with the Face
95
Carey Dunne Gym at Riverton
102
Deborah Kim Packing
110
Sarah Mcintosh Lies We Have Told
121
Rebecca Murray Big Shoes
128
Jocelyn Pearce The Match
143
Olive Panter Play
220
Dani Cox Ms President
229
Aarian Marshall Burning in Heaven
236
Danielle Norman Repeat
242
Kathleen Hicks flodies o Water
250
EmilyNicole Johns New City
261
About the Editor
269
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Amy Goldwasser has edited and written for publications including "Seventeen," "The New Yorker," "Vogue," "The New York Times," "Salon," "New York Magazine," and "Outside." She teaches editing in the Columbia Publishing Course and writing at the Lower Eastside Girls Club.

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