Jun 302011

PhotobucketThis is what it’s like to be a high-school-age girl.
To forsake the boyfriend you once adored.
To meet the love of your life, who just happens to be your teacher.
To discover for the first time the power of your body and mind.

This is what it’s like to be a college-age woman.
To live through heartbreak.
To suffer the consequences of your choices.
To depend on others for survival but to have no one to trust but yourself.

This is Anthropology of an American Girl.
A literary sensation, this extraordinarily candid novel about the experience of growing up female in America will strike a nerve in readers of all ages.



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  • Pub. Date: May 2010
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Format: Hardcover , 624pp
  • ISBN-13: 9780385527149
  • ISBN: 0385527144

ABOUT THE AUTHOR…Hilary Thayer Hamann was born and raised in New York. After her parents divorced, she was shuttled between their respective homes in the Hamptons and the Bronx. She attended New York University, where she received a B.F.A. in Film & Television Production and Dramatic Writing from Tisch School of the Arts, an M.A. in Cinema Studies from the Graduate School of Arts and Science, and a Certificate in Anthropological Filmmaking from NYU’s Center for Media, Culture, and History.

Ms. Hamann edited and contributed to Categories–On The Beauty of Physics (2006), an interdisciplinary educational book that was included in Louisiana State University’s list of top 25 non-fiction books written since 1950.

As the assistant to Jacques d’Amboise, founder and artistic director of the National Dance Institute, Ms. Hamann produced We Real Cool, a short film based on the Gwendolyn Brooks poem, directed by Academy Award-winning director Emile Ardolino. She also coordinated an international exchange with students from America and the then Soviet Union based on literature, music, and art. She has worked in New York’s film, publishing, and entertainment industries, and is co-director of Films on the Haywall, a classic film series in Bridgehampton, New York.
Ms Hamann lives in Manhattan and on Long Island.


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FROM THE BOOK FAERY REVIEWS…The Anthropology of an American Girl follows the years of Eveline Auerbach from her last year in high school day (1979) through young womanhood in the early 80s. It’s a story of self-discovery of where she belongs, her relationship with her family, and her love interests (specifically her relationship with Rourke). Sadly to say I felt like I was listening to some teen gab on and on and on and wondering if the depressing tone would ever change. I found myself skimming more than reading. It’s definitely not light reading (in all manners). Was there ever really a moment to laugh or even really smile?

This is a giant book. 1 book as if it’s 2. SIX HUNDRED pages to be exact. (But 1/2 the book is from 79-81 and the other 1/2 of the book from 82-84.) I’m not a big fan of books over 400 pages long (and sometimes that’s pushing it). But because I’m nosy and like a fly on the wall who is intrigued with watching drama (as long as it’s not my own), I couldn’t resist asking for a copy of the book. Yes, I knew in advance how long it would be. I guesstimated the length of time it would take me to read it. And now I’m thinking it was too much. Perhaps it needed to be by the author’s standards and others since it’s one girl’s life and life is precious regardless of who’s life it is, but for me it was too long. Just like that last sentence. After awhile I didn’t really want to keep reading. Maybe I let the book length over power me so I couldn’t get into the story? Who knows. There were moments I wished someone just killed the fly on the wall I thought I wanted to be. But overall, I just couldn’t get into it.

My Book [Rating: 1/4]

While this book may not have been for me, it could very well be for you. And if so, be sure to enter the giveaway for a copy of the book and decide for yourself.

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I received a copy for review. No money was provided for compensation. All opinions are my own.

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  • anne

    When I was much younger suring the summer we used to bike around town all day long which was the best time and the most fun for friends to be together. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  • anne

    E-mail subscriber.

  • http://heathertlc.wordpress.com/ Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours

    I’m sorry this one didn’t work for you. Hope your next read is a better fit.

  • Chris Bails

    would love to win this book it looks good.  thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

    • christinebails

      I forgot to put in my memory.  I would have to say going to summer camp as a girl.  My daughter just got back from camp today and bought on old memories of it.  She actually went to the same camp as I did when I was a girl.  She had a lot of the same experiences that I did. 

      • http://farrah.tbfreviews.net/ Farrah

        Congrats Chrisine! You were selected to receive a copy!

  • Anonymous

    I remember running around barefoot on hot summer days, swimming in our little pool and eating ice pops.
    I am an e-mail subscriber
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  • Sunnymay

    Finding one’s place in the world and living through things that pull you down are what makes this tome interesting.  Recognizing some traits you’d rather not discuss also trips up the pace and slows the reader down.  Please include me in the giveaway from a museconferenceonline follower.