Tomboy: The Surprising History and Future of Girls Who Dare to Be Different


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Legacy Lit
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6.0 X 9.1 X 1.2 inches | 1.14 pounds

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About the Author

Lisa Selin Davis is an essayist, novelist, and journalist who has written for major publications such as the New York Times, the WallStreet Journal, the Guardian, Time, Yahoo!, and Salon, among many others. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and kids.


"Tomboy is a revelation, an impassioned and empathic consideration of how gender is manufactured and sold, and how it can both oppress and empower. This is way more than a book for parents navigating how to raise individuals in a world of stubborn binaries; it's for all of us who want to understand that world, and how we might become our true selves within it."--Lauren Sandler, author of This Is All I Got: A New Mother's Search for Home and One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child, and the Joy of Being One
"As I read this book, I felt at turns challenged and surprised and at turns comforted-as a tomboy in the 80s, I saw myself on the pages and understood where I had come from and the forces that shaped me. As someone who currently teaches gender inclusion at schools across the country, I can't wait to use this book in the presentations I give. It will really help teachers and parents understand not just tomboys but gender. But it isn't just an informative and useful book; it's exciting and compelling as well."--Alex Myers, author of Revolutionary and Continental Divide
"Tomboy tackles a unique, contradictory moment in history: male and female binaries are exploding yet childhood has become more hyper-gendered than ever. How did we get here? What does it mean? I picked up this book expecting to read a few pages; hours later I was still riveted, underlining paragraphs, scribbling margin notes and rethinking all my assumptions about boys, girls and everyone along or beyond that spectrum. Hooray for gender rebels!"--Peggy Orenstein, New York Times bestselling author of Girls & Sex
"Lisa Selin Davis uses TOMBOY as a launch pad for a thought-provoking and enlightening exploration of the troubled pink and blue waters of gender categories-and the words that can be life rafts to help us float above them or stones pulling us in deeper."--Deborah Tannen, professor of linguistics at Georgetown University and author of You Just Don't Understand, You're Wearing THAT?, and You're the Only One I Can Tell
"This book will surprise, delight, and challenge everything you think you know about gender. Davis's writing is lively and lucid; a sage and compassionate guide on this rocky terrain. Every parent needs to read this book."--Jennifer Block, author of Everything Below the Waist
"An informative jumping-off point for further investigation."--Kirkus
"[A] fascinating book that has resulted [explores] the concept of the tomboy from Victorian times to today's world, where considerations of gender are front and center."--Booklist
"A thoughtful, thorough examination and celebration of gender non-conformity, and a crucial contribution to our cultural understanding of this moment, and how we got here."--Liz Plank, author of FOR THE LOVE OF MEN
"[A] thorough and engrossing investigation... Davis's persuasive and deeply personal argument for moving beyond the gender binary will resonate with those curious about child rearing free of normative expectations."--Publishers Weekly, starred review