The Girl Sleuth
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Thoughtful and funny . . . [Mason] argues that the books are worthy of serious study because analyzing them helps us to discover who we really are, and who we want to become.--Boston Globe
Marvelous . . . Would make a wonderful present for any nostalgic veteran reader of Nancy, Cherry Ames, Judy Bolton and the Bobbseys.--Washington Post
Insightful, sometimes amusing, observations about the social implications of these series which offered girls the promise of adventure without straying too far from conventional expectations.--Newsday
Mason's engaging analysis . . . allows a new generation of adults to understand what made the series so irresistible.--Christian Science Monitor
Nostalgia with a mordant flourish . . . A delightful exposition of our flawed but nourishing earliest heroines.--Barbara Grizzuti Harrison "author of An Accidental Autobiography "
A lively, readable, rueful look back . . . It's a celebration of the tamed but still heartening message that Nancy Drew provided--the comforting assurance that the world was a mysterious place but that its secrets could be solved by any girl smart and brave enough to try.--San Jose Mercury News
The well-known writer of adult fiction remembers the girl detective series books she read as a child and takes a critical look at the pleasures and effects of reading these mysteries.--Portland Oregonian
Indispensable to the history of women's reading in the U.S. Mason is observant, funny, and opinionated when it comes to her girlhood reading.--Janice Radway "author of A Feeling for Books "