Because I Love Her: 34 Women Writers Reflect on the Mother-Daughter Bond by Maria Rowan

Ever read one of those book or film reviews and think “That review is as much about the reviewer as anything else.” This is one of those reviews, but then as the mother of a daughter and the daughter of a mother, it would be dishonest to say I could approach Andrea N. Richesin’s Because I Love Her: 34 Women Writers Reflect on the Mother-Daughter Bond any other way.

My Mother Wears Combat Boots

Also: is punk still not dead? Nope, it's still not dead and won't ever die. There are armies of young punks all over the world creating and reaffirming for themselves a vibrant subculture of what punk is, making their own scene instead of waiting to consume one that is manufactured, advertised and sold to them.

The Daring Book for Girls: Review by Susan Presley & M1

Susan: I've always liked reference books (I am, after all a librarian). When I was growing up, one of my favorite books was the Girl Guides Handbook (when we were in Canada) & later the Girl Scouts Handbook. I went back & read those even after I stopped doing the scouting thing. They were nice reference for all sorts of random things that struck my fancy & I could sit down & read a little bit then wander off to play & use what I just learned about (or not). The Daring Book for Girls is very reminiscent of those books for me... and so much more. The authors have done a great job of covering all sorts of interesting things from princess & queens to Robert's Rules of Order, the origins of basketball & softball, how to read palms, & all sorts of other things. There's something here to appeal to almost every girl. Even if everything doesn't appeal, at least it provides exposure -- I wish I'd known about Robert's Rules of Order before my second year of college. In retrospect, it seems like something I should have come across before then one way or another, but somehow I managed to be completely oblivious.

Future Generation Interview by Stacey Greenberg

Before the internet made it easier to network with other alternative parents, before there was a genre of mama zines, or even Hip Mama, there was "The Future Generation: The Zine for Subculture Parents, Kids, Friends & Others." Created by China Martens in 1990 (after the birth of her daughter in 1988), the zine was unlike any other. Her mother, who read to her from as early as one month old and fashioned cut-and-paste picture books for her as a toddler, was her original zinester influence.

The George W. Bush Coloring Book: An Interview with Karen Ocker By Jennifer Williams

The George W. Bush Coloring Book is the brainchild of G.K. Darby. Finding material on Dubya is the easy part. Sifting through the heap and narrowing it down to a small number of quotes that say it best, is the hard part. On the record quotes that Darby selected, like "I know the human being and the fish can coexist peacefully," offer an abundance of visual cues for an illustrator and lend themselves naturally to visual depiction. G.K. did a tremendous job weeding through the pile. The interview:

Twists and Turns: An Interview with Janet McDonald by Jennifer Williams

Soapboxes are for soap. I'm not into preaching, which is why I was never into reading young adult literature because it was so preachy. I wanted to show reality as it is, not as I think it should be, and from there present positive ways that reality can be addressed. Teenagers have sex. And they ain't gonna stop because I say to. I think the scene in the lunchroom where all the girls are talking about condoms and protecting yourself gives a subtle message. And you also have the "virgin girl" Toya, who is yet another kind of project girl. The reality of teenage pregnancy is exactly as I describe it. Raven feels almost disoriented, like "How did this happen? How can I get my life back on course?" Reality is defying the odds, struggling through whatever situation you're in, and keeping your head up if you can. Other authors can preach and scold if they like.


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