Girl Land

By Caitlin Flanagan (Electronic Book, 2012)
The physical, emotional, and social milestones of every girl's life: what we've lost and gained in the 21st century.

Caitlin Flanagan's essays about marriage, sex, and families have sparked national debates. Now she turns her attention to girls: the biological and cultural milestones for girls today, and how they shape a girl's sense of herself.

The transition from girl to woman is an experience that has changed radically over the generations: everything from how a girl learns about her period to how she expects to be treated by boys and men. Girls today observe these passages very differently, and yet the landmarks themselves have remained remarkably constant-proof, Flanagan believes, of their significance. In a world where protections of girls' privacy and personal freedom seem to disappear every day, the ultimate challenge modern parents face is finding a way to defend both.
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Electronic Book

    • Price: $9.99 US/$9.99 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316192644

    • On Sale Date: 01/12/2012

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

    • Imprint: Reagan Arthur Books

    Formats Available: Trade Paperback, Electronic Book, Trade Paperback

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The physical, emotional, and social milestones of every girl's life: what we've lost and gained in the 21st century.

Caitlin Flanagan's essays about marriage, sex, and families have sparked national debates. Now she turns her attention to girls: the biological and cultural milestones for girls today, and how they shape a girl's sense of herself.

The transition from girl to woman is an experience that has changed radically over the generations: everything from how a girl learns about her period to how she expects to be treated by boys and men. Girls today observe these passages very differently, and yet the landmarks themselves have remained remarkably constant-proof, Flanagan believes, of their significance. In a world where protections of girls' privacy and personal freedom seem to disappear every day, the ultimate challenge modern parents face is finding a way to defend both.

Caitlin Flanagan is a former high school teacher who became a writer; she has been on staff at The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and The Wall Street Journal. A winner of the National Magazine Award, she has also written for Time, O The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times. Her work has been widely anthologized in, among other publications, The Best American Essays and The Best American Magazine Writing series. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.
  • "A collection of boldly prescriptive, occasionally autobiographical essays, [in which] provocateur Caitlin Flanagan paints a picture of teen girlhood in which men and boys can be dangerous...Whether or not you agree, you'll be absorbed by her commentary on the glamorous marketing of sanitary products and the now-slippery definition of virginity." (More Magazine).

  • PRAISE FOR TO HELL WITH ALL THAT:

    "Lotharios, feminists, social critics, metrosexuals and other confused moderns - read Caitlin Flanagan and learn why men love their wives." (P.J. O'Rourke ).

  • "Flanagan's central premise is not only worthwhile, it's exactly the sort of argument that so few in media dare to make, butting up against both liberal notions about freedom of speech and pornography and the free-to-be-you-and-me universe that most middle-class feminists of a certain age grew up in...Flanagan weaves quite a compelling tale." (Book Forum).

  • "Flanagan writes with intelligence, wit and brio. She's likable . . . What makes Flanagan's book original and vital is that she is a realist, willing to acknowledge the essential gray areas in too often polarized positions." (New York Times Book Review ).

  • "[Flanagan] is an immensely appealing writer and social observer." (Jennifer Graham, The Wall Street Journal ).

  • "Flanagan . . . is a sparkling writer with an incisive wit . . . she's a contrarian and
    frequently brave." (Karen Heller, Philadelphia Inquirer ).

Product Details

Girl Land
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $9.99 US/$9.99 CAN
  • ISBN-13: 9780316192644
  • On Sale Date: 01/12/2012
Girl Land