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The Daring Book For Girls

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The Daring book for Girls by authors Andi Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz has received a lot of press since it hit the bookshelves this month.

In the Sunday New York Times Style section, Liesl Schillinger writes, "In the “Daring Book for Girls,” the authors mix inspiring tales of girls who made good (mostly familiar names like Joan of Arc, Clara Barton and Amelia Earhart) with a scrap bag of how-tos for girlish activities like making a daisy chain or playing hand-clap games like Miss Mary Mack and Say, Say Oh Playmate."

Last week, Judith Warner, author of "Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety" bloged about The Dangerous Book for Girls in "Seventies Something" she writes,

"This week came “The Daring Book for Girls,” the work of two almost-middle-aged writers whose goal, they told me, wasn’t just to complement the mega blockbuster “The Dangerous Book for Boys,” but also to offer an escape route out of the high-pressure, perfectionist, media-saturated and competitive world of girlhood in our time. The way they do it: by offering up an alternative kind of girl culture that looks and sounds a whole lot like … life in the 1970s."

Amy Stockwell Mercer is a freelance writer living in Charleston, SC with her husband and three sons. An MFA graduate in Creative Writing from Queens University, she writes about art and artist profiles for Charleston Magazine, The City Paper, Charleston Art Mag, and Art Papers. Amy also writes about living with chronic illness, and is finishing a book about women with diabetes for Demos Health. When she needs to get out of her own head, she teaches college students how to write the 5 paragraph essay. You can read more of her writing at her website.

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