New Books for the New Year!

11:33 AM / Posted by Ashley /

The Estrogenius 2009 book will soon be available at the Manhattan Theatre Source and Drama Book Shop. Check out ( to preorder a copy. I'm certainly looking forward to getting my hands on a copy and seeing all of the hard work of the GP ladies in print.

2009 will be a year of exciting new publications. There are two (that I know of) at the moment I highly recommend. Supergirls Speak Out: Inside the Crisis of Overachieving Girls by Liz Funk ( and The Other Side of Paradise by poet Staceyann Chin ( Both of these books are available to preorder on I plan on preordering my copies this week and definitely looking forward to posting more information about the books as soon as I read them.

Supergirls Speak Out by Liz Funk

About the author:

Liz Funk’s work has appeared in Newsday, Girls’ Life, and, among other publications. Her first book, Supergirls Speak Out: the Secret Dilemma of Overachieving Girls about the pressure on young women to be perfect, will be published by Simon and Schuster’s Touchstone/Fireside imprint in January of 2009. She edits the teen politics blog and is a fellow of Young People For. She also writes a blog on issues facing young women and young people for the Albany, NY newspaper the Times Union, which can be accessed at She is a junior at Stony Brook University, pursuing a degree in English and women’s studies.

About the book:

In the tradition of bestsellers, such as Ophelia Speaks and Quarterlife Crisis, Liz Funk’s Supergirls Speak Out sheds a disturbingly bright light on a condition that is spreading quickly from Generation X to Y—and even to little girls. Funk calls this being a “Supergirl,” i.e., a girl who believes that in order to be happy, she must excel at her job or career, have the best grades, wear the coolest clothes, date the best-looking boy, and have the perfect body size.
Drawing from investigative research, candid interviews, personal anecdotes, and medical evidence, Funk discusses the dangerous effects of the phenomenon. Her book reveals ambitious, stressed-out women whose drive overwhelms every aspect of their lives: their body image, diet, exercise, school schedule, career choices, romantic relationships, and interactions with family and friends. Funk’s research reveals that Supergirls often feel the need to compete against not only everyone else, but themselves—a destructive habit that leads to depression and other emotional disorders.
By closely following five girls and surveying almost a hundred more, Funk explains the root causes of the phenomenon, illustrates how it is affecting society at large, and shows other Supergirls how they can recover from their overzealous tendencies and habits.
With both sympathetic understanding and journalistic attention to detail, Funk has started a vital dialogue about the “invisible crisis” affecting young women—one which will be informative for both daughters and parents alike.

The Other Side of Paradise by Staceyann Chin

About the Author, Staceyann Chin:

Staceyann Chin is a fulltime artist. A resident of New York City and a Jamaican National, she has been an “out poet and political activist” since 1998. From the rousing cheers of the Nuyorican Poets' Cafe to one-woman shows Off- Broadway to poetry workshops in Denmark and London to co-writer and performer in the Tony nominated, Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, Chin credits the long list of "things she has done" to her grandmother's hard-working history and the pain of her mother's absence.

About the Book:

The Other Side of Paradise is Staceyann Chin's memoir. In case you aren't familiar with her work, check out some of the clips below. This girl is FIERCE! I had the privilege of seeing her solo-performance at the Culture Project a few years back (when it was at 45 Bleeker Street) and was absolutely blown away. I've been following her since. She is a prime example of an artist who is creating social change through her work. How could you not want to take the streets after seeing her perform? I look forward to seeing the exciting work she will do in the future!

This book comes out in June, 2009 and can be preordered on



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