Pink Think: Becoming a Woman in Many Uneasy Lessons

Pink Think: Becoming a Woman in Many Uneasy Lessons

Author: Lynn Peril

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Published: 2002-10-17

Total Pages: 254

ISBN-13: 0393323544

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A pop-culture history of the quest for ideal feminine expression traces the advice of marketing experts from the 1940s to the 1970s, during which women were pressured to adhere to stereotypical roles, in a volume that displays period artifacts and memorabilia. Original. 30,000 first printing.


Pink Think: Becoming a Woman in Many Uneasy Lessons

Pink Think: Becoming a Woman in Many Uneasy Lessons

Author: Lynn Peril

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Published: 2002-10-17

Total Pages: 224

ISBN-13: 0393349934

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From board games to beauty pageants, a smart, witty, pop-culture history of the perilous path to achieving the feminine ideal. Deluged by persuasive advertisements and meticulous (though often misguided) advice experts, women from the 1940s to the 1970s were coaxed to "think pink" when they thought of what it meant to be a woman. Attaining feminine perfection meant conforming to a mythical standard, one that would come wrapped in an adorable pink package, if those cunning marketers were to be believed. With wise humor and a savvy eye for curious, absurd, and at times wildly funny period artifacts, Lynn Peril gathers here the memorabilia of the era —from kitschy board games and lunch boxes to outdated advice books and health pamphlets—and reminds us how media messages have long endeavored to shape women's behavior and self-image, with varying degrees of success. Vividly illustrated with photographs of vintage paraphernalia, this entertaining social history revisits the nostalgic past, but only to offer a refreshing message to women who lived through those years as well as those who are coming of age now.


Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall

Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall

Author: Kjerstin Gruys

Publisher: Penguin

Published: 2014-07-01

Total Pages: 322

ISBN-13: 158333548X

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A scholar and bride-to-be spends a year without mirrors to get a better view of what really matters When Kjerstin Gruys became engaged, she was thrilled—until it was time to shop for a wedding dress. Having overcome an eating disorder years before, Gruys found herself struggling to maintain a positive self-image; so she decided to refocus her attention. Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall charts Gruys’s awakening as she vows to give up mirrors and other reflective surfaces, relying on friends and her fiancé to help her gauge both her appearance and outlook on life. The result? A renewed focus on what truly matters, regardless of smeared makeup or messy hair. With humorous and poignant scenes from Gruys’ life, Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall sparks important conversations about body image and reclaiming the power to define beauty.


Girl in Blue

Girl in Blue

Author: Ann Rinaldi

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

Published: 2001

Total Pages: 326

ISBN-13: 9780439073363

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As a teen, Sarah Wheelock has vowed never to let a man control her. With this conviction, she leaves her life on a Michigan farm, disguises herself as a boy, and fights in the Civil War.


If I Ran the Zoo

If I Ran the Zoo

Author: Dr. Seuss

Publisher: RH Childrens Books

Published: 2013-10-22

Total Pages: 33

ISBN-13: 0385379382

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Animals abound in Dr. Seuss’s Caldecott Honor–winning picture book If I Ran the Zoo. Gerald McGrew imagines the myriad of animals he’d have in his very own zoo, and the adventures he’ll have to go on in order to gather them all. Featuring everything from a lion with ten feet to a Fizza-ma-Wizza-ma-Dill, this is a classic Seussian crowd-pleaser. In fact, one of Gerald’s creatures has even become a part of the language: the Nerd!


Feminist Theory

Feminist Theory

Author: bell hooks

Publisher: Routledge

Published: 2014-10-03

Total Pages: 180

ISBN-13: 1317588347

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When Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center was first published in 1984, it was welcomed and praised by feminist thinkers who wanted a new vision. Even so, individual readers frequently found the theory "unsettling" or "provocative." Today, the blueprint for feminist movement presented in the book remains as provocative and relevant as ever. Written in hooks's characteristic direct style, Feminist Theory embodies the hope that feminists can find a common language to spread the word and create a mass, global feminist movement.


The Best of Everything

The Best of Everything

Author: Rona Jaffe

Publisher: Penguin

Published: 2023-03-14

Total Pages: 497

ISBN-13: 0593511263

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"Sixty years later, Jaffe’s classic still strikes a chord, this time eerily prescient regarding so many of the circumstances surrounding sexual harassment that paved the way toward the #MeToo movement." -Buzzfeed When Rona Jaffe’s superb page-turner was first published in 1958, it changed contemporary fiction forever. Some readers were shocked, but millions more were electrified when they saw themselves reflected in its story of five young employees of a New York publishing company. Almost sixty years later, The Best of Everything remains touchingly—and sometimes hilariously—true to the personal and professional struggles women face in the city. There’s Ivy League Caroline, who dreams of graduating from the typing pool to an editor’s office; naïve country girl April, who within months of hitting town reinvents herself as the woman every man wants on his arm; and Gregg, the free-spirited actress with a secret yearning for domesticity. Jaffe follows their adventures with intelligence, sympathy, and prose as sharp as a paper cut.


The End of Men

The End of Men

Author: Hanna Rosin

Publisher: Penguin

Published: 2012-09-11

Total Pages: 322

ISBN-13: 1101596929

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Essential reading for our times, as women are pulling together to demand their rights— A landmark portrait of women, men, and power in a transformed world. “Anchored by data and aromatized by anecdotes, [Rosin] concludes that women are gaining the upper hand." –The Washington Post Men have been the dominant sex since, well, the dawn of mankind. But Hanna Rosin was the first to notice that this long-held truth is, astonishingly, no longer true. Today, by almost every measure, women are no longer gaining on men: They have pulled decisively ahead. And “the end of men”—the title of Rosin’s Atlantic cover story on the subject—has entered the lexicon as dramatically as Betty Friedan’s “feminine mystique,” Simone de Beauvoir’s “second sex,” Susan Faludi’s “backlash,” and Naomi Wolf’s “beauty myth” once did. In this landmark book, Rosin reveals how our current state of affairs is radically shifting the power dynamics between men and women at every level of society, with profound implications for marriage, sex, children, work, and more. With wide-ranging curiosity and insight unhampered by assumptions or ideology, Rosin shows how the radically different ways men and women today earn, learn, spend, couple up—even kill—has turned the big picture upside down. And in The End of Men she helps us see how, regardless of gender, we can adapt to the new reality and channel it for a better future.


College Girls: Bluestockings, Sex Kittens, and Co-eds, Then and Now

College Girls: Bluestockings, Sex Kittens, and Co-eds, Then and Now

Author: Lynn Peril

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Published: 2006-08-17

Total Pages: 416

ISBN-13: 0393327159

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A pop-culture analysis of the American female college student evaluates the dual stereotype that portrays college girls as both socially inept intellectuals and seductresses, offering insight into society's lingering distrust of educated women. By the author of Pink Think. Original.


The Sense of an Ending

The Sense of an Ending

Author: Julian Barnes

Publisher: Vintage

Published: 2011-10-05

Total Pages: 158

ISBN-13: 0307957330

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BOOKER PRIZE WINNER • NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A novel that follows a middle-aged man as he contends with a past he never much thought about—until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance: one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present. A novel so compelling that it begs to be read in a single setting, The Sense of an Ending has the psychological and emotional depth and sophistication of Henry James at his best, and is a stunning achievement in Julian Barnes's oeuvre. Tony Webster thought he left his past behind as he built a life for himself, and his career has provided him with a secure retirement and an amicable relationship with his ex-wife and daughter, who now has a family of her own. But when he is presented with a mysterious legacy, he is forced to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world.