Tuesday, September 05, 2006

This is Chick Lit edited by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Title: This is Chick Lit

Editor: Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Genre: Chick Lit

Summary: A defining collection of stories about women, for women.

The Take-Away: I loved the concept of this book. Instigated as a reaction to This is Not Chick Lit (edited by Elizabeth Merrick), Lauren collected stories that capture the essence of being a woman.

The stories range from singledom to motherhood. One of the most touching was about the struggles of breastfeeding a reluctant nurser (I had one of those; I know how frustrating it is.) "Cafe con Leche Crush" by Heather Swain captures the feelings of a new mom so perfectly, not only the feelings of love and tenderness to the baby, but the adjustments to being both wife and mother.

The cover blurb caught my immediate attention; Nelson DeMille said, "This is Chick Lit is a wonderful compliation of talented and diverst suthors. It's funny, a little edgy, thoughtful, and thoroughly entertaining." I've read books by DeMille and appreciated his thoughts on the title.

I have to admit that this is one title where the cover design blew my mind. The big red shoes was fab, but even better was the alternating strips of satin and matte finish. It's beautiful.

The anathology shows that there is more to the term "chick lit" than shoes by Jimmy Choo, bags by Kate Spade, and living and drinking in New York. Chick Lit is women authors giving voice to the concerns of women. Spending time with this book is a lot like spending an afternoon with your girlfriends.

Recommendation: Get it.

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