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I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World Hardcover – Feb 9 2010


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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Villard (Feb. 9 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400061040
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400061044
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 15.4 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #461,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"When I encounter 'teenage girl' stories, whether in novel, play, or film form, I tend to change the channel. Participating in pop culture’s clichéd teen experience is like recalling “simpler times.” It is remembering a past we can never get back, because it never existed. I can’t think of a time when my life was less defined—popularity was a murky concept, rules were rubber, and perfection was always just out of reach.

Leave it to Eve Ensler to get it right. Her new book, I Am an Emotional Creature, made me want to vomit from its emotional power. Ensler does not coddle the reader; instead she forces us to realize that teenage girls possess the largest untapped energy source in the world. Written in a similar format as her groundbreaking 1996 feminist theatrical work, The Vagina MonologuesI Am an Emotional Creature is a disjointed roller coaster of poems, fictional monologues, and scenes inspired by real girls around the world. Much like a quilt, the seams—the disparity between each piece—draw them closer together, even when the girls the stories describe live on opposite sides of the globe.  
Ensler’s world is a place where one high-school girl is tortured for her Ugg boots and another is mutilated for having a vagina, and she manages to tell both sides with equal degrees of honesty, courage, and heartache. Ultimately about all girls, this is a tale about dreams, nightmares, realities, boyfriends, fathers, body image, sports, friendship, popularity, mothers, piercings, and poetry. It’s the God’s honest truth, as my mother would say".—Bust Magazine

  “A searing look at the inner lives of young females today in entries that explore sex, violence, love, body image, materialism, identity, family, friends, and the future…A potent call to girls to honor their emotions and to readers of all ages to uphold human rights at every level, from the boardroom to the bedroom”—Booklist
 
"These are sorrowful voices, and the waste is everywhere: waste of beauty, talent, grace. Sometimes their powerful exuberance rises up and you believe they have a shot at happiness."—Los Angeles Times
 
"I Am an Emotional Creature" is thoughtful and provocative. Its unbiased acceptance of girls of all types is comforting and inspiring...Parents often lament about the drama and stress of raising a daughter. If they read Ensler's book, it might open up a discussion of the realities of generation Y."—The Associated Press
 

About the Author

Eve Ensler is an internationally bestselling author and an acclaimed playwright whose works for the stage include The Vagina Monologues, Necessary Targets, and The Good Body. She is the author of Insecure at Last, a political memoir. Ensler is the founder of V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls. In the last decade, V-Day has raised more than $70 million for grassroots groups that work to end violence against women and girls around the world. Eve Ensler lives in Paris and New York City.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lorra Fae on March 19 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is the type of book teen girls need to read. NEED. The issue with teen girls today, and even older girls like me, is that we are inundated with stuff to dumb us down and keep us focused on really unimportant things.

This book is powerful, and if read with an open heart, could change someone's focus in life before it's too late.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. OSullivan on July 26 2010
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Any woman will recognize her teenage self in this book and perhaps remember what it was like to be silenced, to be 'too smart'. My daughter will receive this book for her grade eight graduation in a couple of years. Her father and I now have a touchstone to help us help her to be the fierce young woman we wish and trust her to be. Thanks Eve.
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By DF on July 12 2013
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Eve Ensler is a superb writer. She is also a human with depth of feeling and understanding for women and girls around the world. No matter what our culture women experience life in amazingly similar ways. Ensler captures the enormous suffering and the great joy of young women in this sensitive and provocative book.
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By Kelsi on Feb. 19 2014
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I really enjoyed this book; however, it is aimed at a demographic a little younger than myself. It would probably have the most impact on high school aged girls. However, I still enjoyed it immensely.
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Quick, easy and empowering read. Eve Ensler does it yet again!
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