Madonna & Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop
DescriptionFor nearly 30 years, Madonna has been at the center of the media spotlight. She has sold more than 200 million records worldwide, launched her own record label, headlined an Oscar-award-winning film, authored bestselling books for both adults and children, inspired global street-fashion trends, and instigated international debates over a range of feminist issues from sexual fetish to adoption ethics. Masterfully harnessing her talent and power to navigate her ascent to stardom, she has become the very definition of iconic. She has also been a constant companion. In Madonna and Me, more than forty women write about Madonna's influence on their lives. No subject goes unexplored--from sex and money to fashion and identity, the stories are just as brazen, bold, and balls-to-the-wall as Madonna. They explore the evolution of her chameleonlike personas--material girl and "boy-toy" tartlet, kooky Kabbalist and savvy businesswoman, siren and mother--and her impact on culture as a groundbreaking feminist. Of course, not all women worship at her altar, and likewise the essays in Madonna and Me are brutally honest, funny, engaging, and real. They delve into the hearts, souls, memories, and moments of contemporary women, celebrating the ways in which Madonna has inspired us and challenged us, pushing us to be bolder, edgier, braver versions of ourselves.
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About the Author
Laura Barcella is a freelance writer and editor who can't decide between New York and San Francisco. During the past ten-plus years, this pop-culture junkie and Washington, DC, native has written about feminism, music, news, and lifestyle topics for more than forty publications, including Salon.com, the Village Voice, ELLEGirl, Time Out New York, NYLON, Bust, CNN.com, and the Chicago Sun-Times. As far as other books go, Laura is the editor of the anthology Madonna and Me, a book of essays by female writers about Madonna (Soft Skull Press, March 2012). She has also contributed to the anthologies BitchFest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism From the Pages of Bitch Magazine, Somebody's Child: Stories About Adoption, and It's All in Her Head, a forthcoming collection about women's mental health. When she's not writing or editing, she's reading magazines, at the movies, watching bad reality TV, eating imported gummy candy, or hanging out with animals (she has two cats and a dog, all rescues).
JESSICA VALENTI is a columnist for The Guardian US where she writes about gender and politics. In 2004 she founded the award-winning Feministing.com, which Columbia Journalism Review called "head and shoulders above almost any writing on women's issues in mainstream media."? Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Nation, and Ms. She is the author of several books, including the national bestseller Full Frontal Feminism. Jessica lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.
--Jennifer Baumgardner, bestselling author of Manifesta, Look Both Ways, and F 'em! "Madonna & Me can easily hold the interest of non-Madonna-fans and even male readers, which is (sadly) no small feat. Highly recommended for anyone interested in music, pop culture, women's lives, and smart personal essays with heart." --Scott Lapatine, founder of Stereogum.com