Heather Ross journeys with the reader through the many kinds of boys she will meet in the wild—smart boys, dangerous boys, beautiful boys, and more—and the wonders and mysteries they all hold. With its field guide approach, women learn how to identify these types of boys in their natural habitats and what tools are needed to navigate each kind of relationship. For example, quiet boys are especially hard to identify because they hide in the tall grass or silent corners of the library!
Written in a wise voice and illustrated full of whimsical imagery, Boys: An Illustrated Field Guide gives readers the confidence they need to reenter the dating scene. Get A Copy. Hardcover , 80 pages. More Details Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Boys , please sign up.
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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Sep 11, Dannii Elle rated it it was amazing Shelves: artistic-absorption. There may be more words in this review than in the entirety of this book, but that doesn't mean that isn't one of the most powerfully poignant books I have ever read! Yet, despite the limited length and the minimal writing that line each page, it manages to deliver a complete and heartbreaking story.
The transcendentally beautiful illustrations, that grace each page, enhance the whimsical wonder of the story. The sketche There may be more words in this review than in the entirety of this book, but that doesn't mean that isn't one of the most powerfully poignant books I have ever read! The sketched style and limited colour scheme also gives this book a minimal aesthetic that subtly allow both aspects of this to provide equal wonder to its audience.
These two features work in tandem to allow this entire book to be summed up in just one word: sublime!
Oct 27, Literary Strawberry rated it really liked it Shelves: young-adult , cute , comfort. What a lovely, gentle, reassuring little book. Dec 26, Emily Gilbow rated it it was amazing. Nov 27, Emma rated it it was amazing. This is a gorgeous and poignant book Sep 14, Julie rated it it was amazing Shelves: finished-copies , debuts , on-my-shelf , pub-abrams. Well this is adorable. I was worried about the direction it was going, but the ending was perfect. A bit heteronormative, but otherwise, a lovely little read and a fun addition to my shelves.
Sep 07, Holly rated it liked it Shelves: for-review , non-fiction. For review. It was okay, just think it leant too much towards the heteronormative idea that only girls like boys and vice versa. Also clearly fell into stereotype of "girls are vulnerable to boys and ergo must be shielded", which personally I find problematic as a generalisation. Lovely art despite this. Sep 14, Mel Daily Prophecy rated it liked it Recommends it for: parents. Shelves: owned-books , physical-review-copy , read , incoming You will be a Girl Who Knows Herself. And that will be the best love of all.
What an enchanting short book. I had never heard of this book before it landed on my doorstep, thanks to the publisher. The illustrations are incredibly cute, but most of all: the story it tells is really important. I'm definitely going to put this book away until I get a child and I will show her all these different boys, how they might shatter your heart, but how it will never destroy you. Even my boyfriend liked the 'powerful message and adorable illustrations' and he hardly picks up any books. He agreed that this book contains a valuable lesson that everyone should teach their children.
Jan 31, Sara rated it it was ok Shelves: read-while-traveling. The book started out cute, realistic and straightforward. The word repellent is used for emphasis and appears in the same sentence as the words neglected and humiliated, equating the look of the skin with the state of the person within. Of course, Resinol can remedy the condition, and a paragraph of redemption follows the paragraph about being repellent.
A treatment program is suggested, and the look and feel of "velvety" skin are only "the first happy effects," with eventual marriage fulfillment implied as the ultimate result of using Resinol soap. Visual content supports the mostly verbal ad. In a darkened room, a lone woman peers dreamily into a fireplace, where she sees an apparition of herself as a bride in a white veil, being fulfilled as a person by marriage to a handsome man.
She lounges in a soft chair, where the glow of the image in the fireplace lights her up and warms her as much as the comforting fire itself. A smaller image shows the woman washing with Resinol, contentedly working her way toward clear skin and marriage over a water-filled basin suggestive of a vessel of holy water.
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This image is reinforced by her closed eyes and serene look and by the ad's suggestion that "right living" is a source of a good complexion. A somewhat less innocent ad appeared more than a decade later, in see Fig. That ad, for Lux soap, like the one for Resinol, prescribes a daily hygiene regimen, but it differs significantly from the Resinol message in that it never mentions marriage and uses a clearskinned movie star as proof of Lux's effectiveness.
Instead of touting marriage, Lux teaches that "a girl who wants to break hearts simply must have a tea-rose complexion. Lux's pitch is more sophisticated than Resinol's, appealing to a more emancipated woman than that of the early s and offering a kind of evidence based on science and statistics. The text cites "9 out of 10 glamorous Hollywood stars" and scientists who explain that Lux slows aging, but it declines to cite names, except that of Irene Dunne, the ad's star.
The unnamed stars and scientists give the ad an air of untruthfulness, and this sense is deepened by the paradox of the ad's title: "Girls who know this secret always win out. Like Resinol, Lux urges women to seek love and fulfillment by enhancing their outward beauty and suggests that clear skin means having "the charm men can't resist. Several demure views of Irene Dunne emphasize her "pearlysmooth skin," the top one framed by a large heart shape.
In all the photos, Dunne wears a feathery, feminine collar, giving her a birdlike appearance: she is a bird of paradise or an ornament. At the bottom of the ad, we see a happy Dunne being cuddled and admired by a man. The visual and verbal message is that women should strive, through steps actually numbered in the ad, to attain soft, clear skin and hence charm and hence romance.
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Not surprisingly, the ad uses the language of battle to describe the effects of clear skin: girls who use Lux will "make new conquests! This time the target is no longer grown women but teenage girls: "If you want to win the boys. Stay Sweet As You Are! The idea of staying sweet means on the surface that girls should have nice breath, but the youthful context of the ad means that for women to be attractive they must stay young and "stay adorable," preferably with the girlish innocence of a teenager.
The consequences of not staying sweet are clear: if you don't use Listerine every morning, every night, and before every date, "you're headed for boredom and loneliness. With talk of "the bacterial fermentation of proteins," research, and clinical tests, the mouthwash props up its romantic and sexual claims by proclaiming scientific facts.
Listerine is "4 times better than any tooth paste," the ad proclaims "With proof like this, it's easy to see why Listerine belongs in your home. The central image is a photo of a perky, seemingly innocent teenage girl playing records on a portable phonograph. A vision of midcentury American femininity, she wears a fitted sweater, a scarf tied at the neck like a wrapped present? She sits on the floor, her legs hidden by the skirt; she could be a cake decoration.
Leaning forward slightly, she looks toward the reader, suggesting by her broad smile and submissive posture that perhaps kissing will follow when she wins the boys with her sweet breath. The record player affirms the ad's teenage target. The intended consumers in the Resinol, Lux, and Listerine ads are women, and the message of all three ads is that the product will lead to—and is required for—romantic or matrimonial success. Each ad implies that physical traits are paramount in achieving this success, and the ads' appearance in widely circulated magazines suggests that catching a man whether or not she marries him is the ultimate goal of every American woman.
While there is a kind of progress over time, the ads' underlying assumptions remain constant. There is evidence of women's increasing sophistication, illustrated in the later ads' use of science and "objective" proof of the products' effectiveness. Women's development as individuals can also be seen in that marriage is not presupposed in the later ads, and in the case of Lux a single woman has a successful career and apparently has her pick of many partners. Still, one theme remains constant and may be seen as a continuing debilitating factor in women's struggle for true equality in the world of sex roles: pleasing men is the prerequisite for happiness.
Despite apparent advances on other levels, that assumption runs through all three ads and is the main selling point.
The consumer of Resinol, Lux, and Listerine is encouraged to objectify herself, to become more physically attractive not for her own sake but for someone else's. The women in all three ads are beautifying themselves because they assume they must "make new conquests," "win the boys," and "make that dream come true. He describes patterns of images and language in all three ads as evidence.
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It was first published in Etude and Techne , a journal of Ohio college writing. Tom Brokaw called the folks of the mid-twentieth century the greatest generation. So why is the generation of my grandparents seen as this country's greatest? Perhaps the reason is not what they accomplished but what they endured. Many of the survivors feel people today "don't have the moral character to withstand a depression like that.
President Franklin D.
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Roosevelt FDR announced in that the American South "represented the nation's number one economic problem. Though rich in physical and human resources, the southern states lagged behind other parts of the nation in economic development. Young children attending school became too costly for most families. In the Bland family, "when Lucy got to the sixth grade, we had to stop her because there was too much to do. The short school terms further reduced effectiveness. As Mrs. Abercrombie recalls, "Me and Jon both went to school for a few months but that wa'n't enough for us to learn anything.
Southern industries did not have the investment capital to turn their resources into commodities. Manufacturers were limited to producing goods in the textile and cigarette industries and relied heavily on the cash crops of cotton and tobacco for the economy. Few facilities existed in the South for research that might lead to the development of new industries.
Hampered by low wages, low tax revenue, and a high interest rate, Southerners lacked the economic resources to compete with the vast industrial strength of the North. As Abercrombie indicates, "Penalized for being rural, and handicapped in its efforts to industrialize, the economic life of the South has been squeezed to a point where the purchasing power of the southern people does not provide an adequate market for its own industries nor an attractive market for those of the rest of the country.
However, without adequate capital, it did not have the means to profit from them. Southern industries paid their employees low wages, which led to a low cost of living. To save on the cost of clothes, families "had a lot of handmedowns from the oldest to the baby. We did not throw them away. We patched them up and sent them down the line. Carlton and Peter A. Coclanis note: Some of the South's credit difficulties have been slightly relieved in recent years.
This New Deal measure gave jobs to those who wanted to work. Local governments benefited too. The WPA provided new roads, buildings, hospitals, and schools. Rita Beline remembers her "father came very short of money,. Warren Addis remembers that "workers were tickled to death with it because it gave so many people jobs. It started out at eight cents an hour for common labor, and it finally went to thirty cents an hour. The concept of putting the American youth to work yielded an economic stimulus by having them send home twenty-five dollars a month.
That money worked itself back into local economies as families spent the money on needed goods. Young men across the South "left home to go and do this work. They got paid a little bit of money, which they sent home to their families. Jefferson Brock recalls, "They came and built brush poles for the fish to live in the lake near my cottage. Jesse Brooks remembers: They did a great lot of good. For instance, they built Vogel State Park and raised the wall up on the national cemetery.
Just put people to work.
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Gave them their pride back. A man's not going to feel very good about himself if he can't feed his family. So, that was the New Deal itself—to put people back to work and get the economy growing again. The federal action that fueled the Southern economy during the Great Depression changed the way of life for the better and helped Southerners endure a time of great despair. I still do not know if they were the greatest generation, but they did overcome tremendous obstacles to bring forth other "greatest generations.
Allen Furline in Kenneth J. Bindas has a collection of oral-history interviews from western Georgia and eastern Alabama, from which the information for this paper is derived. David L. Martin's Press, , Anderson High looked nothing like a school. At least, not like any that Norris had ever seen.
His mother did not seem to get that this was a decision that could come to define his next two years of existence. As their flight in had proven, a bright red T-shirt with the letter C on it was not the best way to fly under the radar here. The fabric was already damp against his skin; he had only been away from conditioned air for that short walk from their new front door to the car that morning.
God, what if he was dying or something? Mind reading: today of all days.
Nothing happens on the first day back. Norris paused, shocked. In response to this clear ripple in the reality matrix, he imagined a violent car crash suddenly taking place on some distant highway somewhere. School was never optional in their household. If he needed a sign that she was as nervous as he was, this was it.
Tomorrow, Norris would be even more of an intruder to the school than he was now. Norris pulled a fresh, label-free black T-shirt from his back- pack, bundling the wet mess of his Habs tee and discarding it in the back seat. With prayers and offerings, the hockey gods would hopefully forgive this betrayal in time for the Stanley Cup. As if on cue, Norris pulled his head out of the shirt just in time to catch a Texan mother in white capris and high red hair stunned by his momentarily exposed nipples.
Controversial but effective parenting strategy, researchers say. From the ice the new fridge makes. Okay, that one was an exaggeration. There was nothing philosophically wrong with the practice of football itself; Norris had been known to catch the Super Bowl here and there back home. It was that there were seventeen fantasy football leagues in their zip code alone. Is big. Judith drummed her fingers alongside the steering wheel as if trying to remember a specific chapter of an old parenting book. Behind them, another car gave up on the honking and took the hint to go around.
Burnt orange minivan with a Longhorns sticker on the bumper. Try to make friends, try to get along with teachers. So watch what you say to them. There are no such things as second impressions. The way his mother loved him was occasionally vexing in how overwhelming it could be. Like the sun or some other celestial body; facing it too directly might kill him. We are so happy to have you! Her cheer- fulness went right past caffeinated to medicated. Like everything else in the school, the office itself was sleek and modern, at complete odds with the framed photographs, teddy bears, and stacks of mugs that had been added in to sup- press this cold, contemporary look.
Going by the photos lining the walls of her office, Laura Kolb was definitely a lifelong Texan. There was a lot of posing in front of various landmarks in sunglasses. Norris widened his eyes. Just what fresh hell was this? I visited, gosh, what, fifteen years ago? What a time, I tell you! Since I was a kid, they tell me! Right, right: I. Since tout petit? Toute petite! She wiggled her eyebrows at Norris in a conspiratorial way and pulled out a yellowed translation book. Very well, Norris! She made sure to pause between each word.
I speak English fine. I knew it! Kolb laughed as if Norris had just paid her a compliment. Incredibly childish, yes, but he figured he could take some liberties on his first day. Kolb let out a wry cackle that seemed to signal that it was time for Norris to take on the rest of his day. It was small and inoffensive-looking enough. You get to see the school, the city, the state, the entire American experience from an outside perspective! How was this person in charge of children again? Norris nodded a final time, hastily removing himself from view lest she be struck by any other brilliant ideas.
Generic black T-shirt, fore- head glistening with sweat, and looking so out of place with the passing blur of the other students behind him that it was almost comical. If the flavors were different—pack of quirky outsiders here, ruthless-borderline-feral popular girls there—it all mostly amounted to one thing: in versus out. Here in Austin, the point was not to enter the field at all. No, what he needed to do was endure. Seven hundred thirty days with room for summer vacations, Christmas breaks, and the occasional long weekends: that was the number.
He took solace in that fact, really. All he had to do was make it through this day for the giant counter he kept in the back of his mind to update to Donovan Goade—where three tall and interchangeably large guys all wearing the same dark red sweatpants had entered the room, making as much noise as possible in the process.
He had a literal red neck and close-cropped hair hiding a prematurely receding hairline. It was a strong recession too. He grunted and moved to a window seat, one row ahead. The other two laughed. And though Norris had not meant to look, had fully intended to avoid eye contact with the jocks, he made the fatal error of doing just that. He would now pay the price for weeks to come. See Exhibit C. Exhibit B: In English, he made the mistake of volunteering a correction when someone was at the board during a truly random round of dictations.
Which was apparently a thing, as Mrs. Gallo did not believe in keyboards. The unending snorts that followed signaled to Norris that it was best to stay away from all things deer- and elk-related. The one thing Anderson High had going for it was an average student body of students per class year. Six hundred fifty-nine would not drastically change things, Norris continued to remind himself. And yet Receding Hairline, Hairy Armpits, Protein-Shake-Crusted Upper Lip, and the rest of their brood— Norris went out of his way not to learn their names, as the ones he assigned were better—had clout at this school.
As he suspected, Original Thought had died in the desert on its way to Texas, baked under the sun for a few miles, and been slaughtered for sustenance when provisions had dwindled. Finally: the freaking heat.