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Becoming Myself: Reflections on Growing Up Female

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"The women in this collection were asked, simply, to recall a significant memory of growing up female. They responded generously, with intimate stories of their lives. Instead of the superficial prepackaged blurbs of TV sound bites and press releases, they told stories from their hearts; they told secrets never spoken before. They revealed themselves through stories of per ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 17th 2007 by Hachette Books (first published 2006)
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Kari
Becoming Myself: Reflections on Growing Up Female is an interesting read. It is entertaining and uplifting with stories from famous and infamous women. These women talk of everything from first period to domestic violence. I disagree with some of the analysis these women give. Growing up female means something different and manifests in different ways.
Recently, several of my friends and I were discussing when we figured out we were feminists. I always knew; I always knew that I was equal with b
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Callie
Apr 18, 2010 Callie rated it 1 of 5 stars
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This review, although it may not be the most eloquent, it shall be the most beautiful and touching you have read in years. (just like the womans full figure). But it shall be in poem format, so PREPARE YOURSELF.

Growing up female, hard may it be
Is an experience that may never come free
We may struggle to live in a world of "perfection"
But in fact this perfection in nothing more than deception.

Every day people fake who they are
Pretend they are smart, better by far.
But everyone knows that this is ju
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Danielle Louise
The variety of essays that make up this book makes it a difficult book to review. Some are better than others, but of course which ones are "better" will likely change drastically from reader to reader.

I think of this book as being aimed at maybe the 16-20 age group, and I think my reaction would have been more positive overall if I had read it when I was younger. I did, however, find it interesting to read the essays and respond to them as I do now but also think about how I would have responde
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Mary Karpel-Jergic
A collection of essays, some with very little words, none of any real length, which lightly touch individual experiences of growing up female. The majority are American women and I'm glad I had my tablet to look up detailed biographies.

All women have a fairly high profile and I'm not sure how they were selected. Many were in the media so likely that the editor Willa Shalit had easy access to these women.

Overall I did not feel that there was very much insight to be gleaned. I didn't really feel l
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Chenice
This is one of the most inspirational books I have ever read. As an 18 year old, I was unsure that the 'reflections' in the book would be useful for the period of my life I am currently at, but it is very well written and all of the reflections were touching, motivational and inspiring.

All too often men and even women put everything down to gender: I'm a female; I'll cook, I'm a male; I'll work. It shouldn't be like that.

I definitely recommend this book to those seeking inspiration and advice.
Melissa.
there are a few decent bits of female wisdom in there, but there are more about simply growing up. we all know that everyone has different experiences throughout life, and this book highlights some from these various women. it is interesting overall, but it is limited as the stories are trying to be really profound and end up covering too much ground and going all over the place... if you are seeking pure feminine wisdom i think there are better sources.
Colleen
Eh...it was ok...kind of boring and monotonous at some points...some of the contributors were very interesting though
Virginia
Interesting reflections by well known women---some I recognized some not. Did seem repetitious
Annaka
A book of short stories by famous women. Full of inspiring lives and wise women.
Rozana
The book collects written pieces by different famous women who have had the courage to embark on a self-accepting & feminine-embracing journey. Women like Maya Angelou, Meryl Steep have insightful words & wise teachings that I can still recall years after reading the book.
Again, it looks at womanhood or becoming yourself from a Western/American perspective.
Kate Thompson
With such a variety of women and experiences, the passages range from just okay to excellent. I would recommend it to any woman because there are passages for everyone. I probably read this over a year total just reading a couple essays/statements at a time and is served its purpose of reminding me of female strength throughout.
Megan
I picked this up at a used book store seeing as I'm always searching for that perfect feminist book :) I enjoyed this one. The collection of writings is provided by a wide variety of women from all walks of life, giving you a small glimpse into a variety of experiences and worlds.
Katherine
Oct 28, 2007 Katherine is currently reading it
am loving this so far. brooke shields, maya angelou and many other celeb females write 3-4 page essays on their thoughts on growing up female. written by gene shallit's daughter, named willa after author willa cather.
Amberly
This book is a little too "chic-lit" for me, but oddly enough, I enjoyed it. It kind of gave me a sense of pride for being female, I suppose you could say.
Liz
I really enjoyed this book--a great read for adolescent females.
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Emily Kish
pretty boring. found myself skipping pages.
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my students should read this!!
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