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Shelf Discovery by Lizzie Skurnick
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Jul 28, 2009

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What fun awaits the female Gen-X reader between the covers of this hilarious and heartbreaking deconstruction of all our old favorites, from Little House in the Big Woods to the the forbidden and often hidden Flowers in the Attic! This collection of Skurnick's Fine Lines columns originally posted on are bawdy, lurid, and shockingly insightful in terms of showing how the books we read shaped the young women we became. Skurnick covers the delicious food porn of Farmer Boy, the inexplicable descriptions in The Grounding of Group Six and how we all learned about sex from Judy Blume's Forever and Jean Auel's Clan of the Cave Bear, plus many, many more. Some of the entries are more complex and more complete than others, which is why I'm not giving this more than three stars. But for pure entertainment and nostalgia value, this delightful paperback original is a five star plus! Added bonus are the guest contributions penned by Meg Cabot, Laura Lippman, Cecily Von Ziegesar and Jennifer Weiner. A must-read for anyone who ever hid a V.C. Andrews book under the covers. And for a more in-depth review, you must click on over to Liz Burns' funny confessional:

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