The most popular question any pregnant woman is asked aside from “When are you due?” has got to be “Are you having a girl or a boy?” When author Andrea Buchanan was pregnant with her daughter, she was thrilled to be expecting a girl. Some people were happy for her; visions of flouncy pink dresses and promises of mother-daughter bonding were the predictable responses. Other people, though, were concerned: “Is your husband OK with that?” “You can try again.” “Girls are tough.” This mixed message led her to explore the issue herself, with help from her fellow writers and moms, many of whom had had the same experience. As she did in It’s a Boy: Women Writers on Raising Sons, Buchanan and her contributors take on what it’s really like to raise a child-in this case, a girl-from babyhood to adulthood.
It’s a Girl, is a wide-ranging, often humorous, and honest collection of essays about the experience of the mother-daughter bond, taking on topics like “princess power” (“Shining, Shimmering, Splendid”), adding a girl to a brood of boys (“Confessions of a Tomboy Mom”), dealing with a daughter’s eating disorder (“The Food Rules”), and mothering “hardcore mini-feminists” (“Tough Girls”).