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Girlhood - by Melissa Febos (Hardcover)

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Number of Pages: 336

Genre: Biography + Autobiography

Sub-Genre: Personal Memoirs

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Age Range: Adult

Author: Melissa Febos

Language: English

Street Date: March 30, 2021
TCIN: 79863333
UPC: 9781635572520
Item Number (DPCI): 247-45-5029
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported


"In this book, Febos proves herself to be one of the great documenters of the terrible and exquisite depths of girlhood. Here, that terrible and beautiful aeon is dissected, sung over, explored like ancient ruins. These essays are moss and iron-hard and beautiful-and struck through with Febos' signature brilliance and power and grace. An essential, heartbreaking project." --Carmen Maria Machado, author of IN THE DREAM HOUSE and HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES

"Girlhood is a smart, fierce, gloriously sensual critique." --Leni Zumas, author of RED CLOCKS

"An exquisite collection. Febos's insight is devastating, the examinations of her world - from the female body, queerness, consent, slutshaming, and intimacy - are rigorous and compassionate. This is a book for mothers, daughters, and our deepest selves, a true light in the dark." --Stephanie Danler, author of SWEETBITTER

"A gorgeously written, perfectly calibrated investigation into the traps, paths, and challenges of being female in this world. It's a stunner of a book." --Jami Attenberg, author of ALL THIS COULD BE YOURS

"Girlhood blazes through the stories we've been told with a dazzling fury and a brilliant beauty. A ******-all guide to resilience and reclamation, a breathtaking reimagination of who we might be in spite of what we've been told. Girlhood will bring you back to life." --Lidia Yuknavitch, author of VERGE

"Melissa Febos is part poet, part theorist, and all writer. In this lyrical, searching, profound, and personal collection, Febos examines childhood, femaleness, and love in its many forms with a sensuous ferocity that is all her own." --Ariel Levy, author of The Rules Do Not Apply and Female Chauvinist Pigs

"Reading Girlhood felt like having a spell whispered into my ear. You carve yourself, Melissa Febos writes, and the phrase becomes command, elegy, incantation. In these pages she conjures not only the past, but an allegory of experience at once universal and exquisitely personal. Intimate, urgent, and stunningly beautiful, this is a book that will be passed from hand to hand, from heart to heart." --Alex Marzano-Lesnevich, author THE FACT OF A BODY

"At once intimate and didactic, lyric and wise, Girlhood is a must-read hybrid text for women looking to define themselves from the inside. This book is an exorcism of social messaging and external gazes, and Febos is a warm and erudite exorcist." --Melissa Broder, author of THE PISCES

"Lucid and timely...The great surprise of Girlhood is how masterfully Febos reinvents the path to womanhood, a philosopher's eye turned protectively towards the tenderest parts of the writer's former self." --Wendy S. Walters, author of MULTIPLY/ DIVIDE

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