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The Girl Sleuth
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Bobbie Ann Mason is the author of "Feather Crowns" (winner of the 1994 Southern Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction), "Shiloh and Other Stories," "Love Life: Stories," "In Country," and "Spence + Lila." She resides in Kentucky.

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"Thoughtful and funny . . . [Mason] argues that the books are worthy of serious study because analyzing them helps us to discover who we really are, and who we want to become."--"Boston Globe" "Marvelous . . . Would make a wonderful present for any nostalgic veteran reader of Nancy, Cherry Ames, Judy Bolton and the Bobbseys."--"Washington Post" "Insightful, sometimes amusing, observations about the social implications of these series which offered girls the promise of adventure without straying too far from conventional expectations."--"Newsday" "Mason's engaging analysis . . . allows a new generation of adults to understand what made the series so irresistible."--"Christian Science Monitor" "The well-known writer of adult fiction remembers the girl detective series books she read as a child and takes a critical look at the pleasures and effects of reading these mysteries."--"Portland Oregonian" "A lively, readable, rueful look back . . . It's a celebration of the tamed but still heartening message that Nancy Drew provided--the comforting assurance that the world was a mysterious place but that its secrets could be solved by any girl smart and brave enough to try."--"San Jose Mercury News" "Nostalgia with a mordant flourish . . . A delightful exposition of our flawed but nourishing earliest heroines."--Barbara Grizzuti Harrison, author of "An Accidental Autobiography" "Indispensable to the history of women's reading in the U.S. Mason is observant, funny, and opinionated when it comes to her girlhood reading."--Janice Radway, author of "A Feeling for Books" Indispensable to the history of women's reading in the U.S. Mason is observant, funny, and opinionated when it comes to her girlhood reading. --Janice Radway "author of A Feeling for Books " The well-known writer of adult fiction remembers the girl detective series books she read as a child and takes a critical look at the pleasures and effects of reading these mysteries. --Portland Oregonian A lively, readable, rueful look back . . . It's a celebration of the tamed but still heartening message that Nancy Drew provided--the comforting assurance that the world was a mysterious place but that its secrets could be solved by any girl smart and brave enough to try. --San Jose Mercury News Nostalgia with a mordant flourish . . . A delightful exposition of our flawed but nourishing earliest heroines. --Barbara Grizzuti Harrison "author of An Accidental Autobiography " Mason's engaging analysis . . . allows a new generation of adults to understand what made the series so irresistible. --Christian Science Monitor Insightful, sometimes amusing, observations about the social implications of these series which offered girls the promise of adventure without straying too far from conventional expectations. --Newsday Marvelous . . . Would make a wonderful present for any nostalgic veteran reader of Nancy, Cherry Ames, Judy Bolton and the Bobbseys. --Washington Post Thoughtful and funny . . . [Mason] argues that the books are worthy of serious study because analyzing them helps us to discover who we really are, and who we want to become. --Boston Globe Indispensable to the history of women's reading in the U.S. Mason is observant, funny, and opinionated when it comes to her girlhood reading.--Janice Radway "author of "A Feeling for Books" " The well-known writer of adult fiction remembers the girl detective series books she read as a child and takes a critical look at the pleasures and effects of reading these mysteries.--"Portland Oregonian" A lively, readable, rueful look back . . . It's a celebration of the tamed but still heartening message that Nancy Drew provided--the comforting assurance that the world was a mysterious place but that its secrets could be solved by any girl smart and brave enough to try.--"San Jose Mercury News" Nostalgia with a mordant flourish . . . A delightful exposition of our flawed but nourishing earliest heroines.--Barbara Grizzuti Harrison "author of "An Accidental Autobiography" " Mason's engaging analysis . . . allows a new generation of adults to understand what made the series so irresistible.--"Christian Science Monitor" Insightful, sometimes amusing, observations about the social implications of these series which offered girls the promise of adventure without straying too far from conventional expectations.--"Newsday" Marvelous . . . Would make a wonderful present for any nostalgic veteran reader of Nancy, Cherry Ames, Judy Bolton and the Bobbseys.--"Washington Post" Thoughtful and funny . . . [Mason] argues that the books are worthy of serious study because analyzing them helps us to discover who we really are, and who we want to become.--"Boston Globe"

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