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Thursday Quickies!

  • Chick lit trend: heroines without heads! [Bookslut]
  • The eight places you probably lost your virginity: his and her perspectives. [Holy Taco]
  • ZOMG, Anya Hindmarch and Sigerson Morrison for Target! [The Budget Fashionista]
  • Gold diggers are ubiquitous. [The Guardian, U.K.]
  • There’s a new washing machine that only uses one cup of water per load. [AHN]
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    Real Chick Lit: Confessions Of A Female Cabbie

    Melissa Plaut, author of Hack: How I Stopped Worrying About What To Do With My Life and Started Driving a Yellow Cab talks about passengers’ pick-up lines, fare beaters, and sex in the backseat.

    How’d you start driving a cab, anyway?
    I was about to turn 29 and had been laid off from my corporate office job, which was never fulfilling. I was collecting my unemployment benefits and thinking about what I was going to do for the rest of my life, and it was sending me into a panic. Finally I realized that I didn’t know whether I was ever going to be able to do any one thing with the rest of my life. Instead, I decided that I would live my life as a series of adventures, and my first would be getting behind the wheel of a yellow cab.
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    Feature: For Every Woman’s Bookshelf

    We asked The Frisky‘s readers for the books that really affected them, both as people and as women. These are their picks, along with some of their thoughts!

    A to B and Back Again by Andy Warhol
    The private Andy Warhol talks: about love, sex, food, beauty, fame, work, money, success; about New York and America; and about himself–his childhood in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, good times and bad times in the Big Apple, the explosion of his career in the sixties, and life among celebrities.

    Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    Vladimir Nabokov called Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina “one of the greatest love stories in world literature.” Set in imperial Russia, Anna Karenina is a rich and complex meditation on passionate love and disastrous infidelity.
    “As a piece of literature, virtually every aspect of that book is wonderful; as an example of ‘women’s literature,’ it is just intensely romantic, politically astute, and I mean, the fashion is unparelled: who didn’t imagine herself in Anna’s perfect black velvet dress?” — Reader

    Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
    A novel for young adults, about a preteen girl in sixth grade who grew up with no religion confronting such problems as buying her first bra, having her first period (not to mention coping with belted sanitary napkins), liking boys, and whether to voice her opinion if it differs from what her girlfriends seem to believe.
    “The part where she gets her period is appropriately mortifying.” — Reader

    The Babysitter’s Club series by Ann M. Martin
    In the course of the operation of the Babysitter’s Club, Kristy comes to terms with her mother’s engagement, Stacey confides to her new friends that she has diabetes, Claudia learns to tolerate and even appreciate her gifted older sister, and Mary Anne makes some compromises with her over-protective father.
    “I wanted to be Stacy/Claudia. My favorite was the one where they babysit for the racist family.” — Reader

    The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf
    Feminist Naomi Wolf argues that women’s insecurities are heightened by unrealistic images of beauty , then exploited by the diet, cosmetic, and plastic surgery industries.
    “I read this, and my world view changed. American standards of beauty are crap, and this backs that up. I met Naomi Wolf in October, and I could not stop blubbering about how much I loved it.” — Reader
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