When I Was a Girl

Alison Pollet, Editor, Linda Ellerbee, Introduction by Pocket Books $17.95 (233p) ISBN 978-0-7434-8064-2
This companion volume to the Women's Entertainment network television series""When I Was a Girl"" offers wistful, reflective views of growing up by numerous famous women, including India Arie, Candice Bergen, Chris Evert, Sue Grafton and Sally Ride. In a style reminiscent of a glossy magazine feature article, with sidebars and varying text sizes, the book shows women waxing nostalgic about their childhood bedrooms (""My room was everything pink,"" writes Jamie-Lynn Sigler), their families (""My brother used to pay me to stay away from him,"" recalls Ellen Degeneres) and their favorite foods (for Gladys Knight, it was""Krispy Kreme doughnuts and a carton of milk""). Other sections sum up the typical girl's preferred television shows, music, books and beauty products, depending on the decade she grew up in. Tailor-made for those with short attention spans, this is a light, upbeat reminder of life's quintessential ups and downs. A portion of the book's proceeds will be donated to Girls Inc.
Reviewed on: 09/15/2003
Release date: 09/01/2003
Ebook - 256 pages - 978-1-4391-0470-5
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