Having been saved by a girl after two boys (not that there’s anything wrong with that), I can relate to these mothers’ stories of how they came to mother future mothers and relate to their own upbringing as daughters. I have been dying for this one to come out—after reading It’s A Boy I just HAD to read the counterpart. I can’t stop staring at that cover and thinking, “That’s my girl, exactly.” And I am filled with pride and love.
I can’t possibly offer a better synopsis than Andi has done; here is an excerpt from her site:
It’s a Girl: Women Writers on Raising Daughters
Edited by Andrea J. Buchanan
Seal Press, April 2006; $14.95
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, with shared visions of flouncy pink dresses and promises of mother-daughter bonding to come. 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 mother-writers, many of whom had had the same experience.The result is It’s a Girl: Women Writers on Raising Daughters, a wide-ranging, humorous, honest, and poignant collection of essays on the experience of mothering daughters. 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 with essays on everything from “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”).
Contributors include Carolyn Alessio, Barbara Card Atkinson, Jenny Block, Amy Bloom, Gayle Brandeis, Martha Brockenbrough, Andrea Buchanan, Ann Douglas, Leslie Fields, Kim Fischer, Gwendolen Gross, Jessica Berger Gross, Rachel Hall, Kelly Harrington Johnson, Suzanne Kamata, Yvonne Latty, Jennifer Lauck, Jody Mace, Jennifer Margulis, Joyce Maynard, Jacqueline Mitchard, Vicky Mlyniec, Catherine Newman, Miriam Peskowitz, Jill Siler, Gabrielle Smith-Dluha, Rebecca Steinitz, Emily Strong, Shari MacDonald Strong, and Katharine Weber.
UPCOMING EVENTS FOR IT’S A GIRL:
Monday, May 1, 10 am Look for Andi on Philadelphia’s morning show “10!” on NBC 10 talking about “It’s a Girl”; Wednesday, May 3, 7 pm Andi Buchanan, Kim Fischer, and Miriam Peskowitz reading at the Rittenhouse Square Barnes & Noble, Philadelphia, PA; Saturday, May 13, 2:00 pm Mamapalooza featuring Andi Buchanan and other mom-writers at Coliseum Books, New York, NY; Saturday, May 13, 7:30 pm MotherTalk featuring Andi Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz, hosted by Alpha Mom, New York, NY; Thursday, May 25, 7:30 pm Bloomsbury Books, Ashland, OR; Friday, May 26, 7 pm MotherTalk, Ashland, OR; More dates/events coming in Boston, Connecticut, and Chicago.