Sunday, February 14, 2010

What is Rachel Simmons reading?

The current featured contributor at Writers Read: Rachel Simmons, author of The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence and other books.

Her entry begins:
I just finished the novel Blame by Michelle Huneven, which was the best novel I've read in ages. It's the story of a woman who is involved in a terrible crime and how she dealt with the overwhelming guilt throughout her life. It ends up being an exploration of what it means to blame yourself -- something many, many women do, even when they have not been involved in criminal...[read on]
Among the praise for The Curse of the Good Girl:
The Curse of the Good Girl is an invaluable guide to girls and those who want to help them. Simmons’ cogent thinking, excellent writing and and compelling stories help readers understand the difference between compliant and authentic. She offers sophisticated and practical advice to parents, teachers, therapists and all others who work to help girls keep their true selves. This wonderful book will revive many Ophelias.”
--Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls and Seeking Peace: Chronicles of the Worst Buddhist in the World

“Simmons’ trenchant cultural critique becomes an essential primer for raising and nurturing healthy resilient girls. An indispensible read for parents, educators – indeed, anyone who cares about young girls!”
--Michael Kimmel, Professor of Sociology, SUNY Stony Brook and author of Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men
Rachel Simmons is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls, and The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence.

Beyond her books, Simmons is an educator and coach who works internationally to develop strategies to address bullying and empower girls. Learn more about her books and work at Rachel Simmons' website.

Writers Read: Rachel Simmons.

--Marshal Zeringue