*** A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW Editor's Choice/Staff Pick ***Publishers Weekly’s Top Nonfiction Books of 2020****PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, STARRED REVIEW*
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"[A] thorough and engrossing investigation... Davis's persuasive and deeply personal argument for moving beyond the gender binary will resonate with those curious about child rearing free of normative expectations."
"Lisa Selin Davis leverages a familiar term to take a comprehensive look at gender performance in girls...Davis takes the reader in a fresh direction by illuminating the forces behind the shifting regard in which tomboys have been held. ...[a] thoughtful consideration of how money and power have shaped our ever-changing view of tomboys."
—New York Times Book Review
"An intriguing look
at culture's influence on gender & identity."
"As I read this book, I felt at turns challenged and surprised and at turns comforted-as a tomboy in the 80s, I saw myself on the pages and understood where I had come from and the forces that shaped me. As someone who currently teaches gender inclusion at schools across the country, I can't wait to use this book in the presentations I give. It will really help teachers and parents understand not just tomboys but gender. But it isn't just an informative and useful book; it's exciting and compelling as well."
—Alex Myers, author of Revolutionaryand Continental Divide
"Lisa Selin Davis uses TOMBOY as a launch pad for a thought-provoking and enlightening exploration of the troubled pink and blue waters of gender categories-and the words that can be life rafts to help us float above them or stones pulling us in deeper."—Deborah Tannen, professor oflinguistics at Georgetown University and author of You Just Don't Understand,You're Wearing THAT?, and You're the Only One I Can Tell
"This book will surprise,
delight, and challenge everything you think you know about gender. Davis's
writing is lively and lucid; a sage and compassionate guide on this rocky
terrain. Every parent needs to read this book."
—Jennifer Block, author of EverythingBelow the Waist
thoughtful, thorough examination and celebration of gender non-conformity, and
a crucial contribution to our cultural understanding of this moment, and how we
—LizPlank, author of FOR THE LOVE OF MEN
"Tomboy tackles a unique, contradictory moment in history: male and female binaries are exploding yet childhood has become more hyper-gendered than ever. How did we get here? What does it mean? I picked up this book expecting to read a few pages; hours later I was still riveted, underlining paragraphs, scribbling margin notes and rethinking all my assumptions about boys, girls and everyone along or beyond that spectrum. Hooray for gender rebels!"—Peggy Orenstein, NewYork Times bestselling author of Girls & Sex
"An informative jumping-off point for further investigation."
"[A] fascinating book that has resulted [explores] the concept of the
tomboy from Victorian times to today's world, where considerations of gender
are front and center."
"Davis traces the origin of the word tomboy, as well as movements of the pink/blue line in history and the impact of commercialism, homo- and transphobias, the media, racism and privilege. Who gets to draw the line? The single unequivocal truth about gender Davis uncovered is "it's complicated," but the more we know, the sooner we can undo stereotypes. Tracing the history and impact of the word "tomboy" [Davis] provides the backdrop for a study of changing gender identity lines and how better to navigate complex gender issues."—Shelf Awareness
“Davis entertainingly explores the history of tomboyism from the Victorian era up until today with painstaking attention to detail and healthy doses of humor. She sheds new light on a fascinating subject and brings fresh insight to the discussion of gender nonconformity. This one-of-a-kind narrative is both innovative in subject and breathtaking in scope.”