Geek Girls Unite: How Fangirls, Bookworms, Indie Chicks, and Other Misfits Are Taking Over the World

Geek Girls Unite: How Fangirls, Bookworms, Indie Chicks, and Other Misfits Are Taking Over the World

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by Leslie Simon
     
 

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For every girl who marches to the beat of her own drum, Leslie Simon has your manifesto: a smart, expansive, and winningly entertaining celebration of comedy queens, film geeks, bookworms, craft mavens, indie chicks, and other all-star women. Following the breakaway hit book Everybody Hurts, Simon’s energizing look at today’s pop-culture and

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For every girl who marches to the beat of her own drum, Leslie Simon has your manifesto: a smart, expansive, and winningly entertaining celebration of comedy queens, film geeks, bookworms, craft mavens, indie chicks, and other all-star women. Following the breakaway hit book Everybody Hurts, Simon’s energizing look at today’s pop-culture and counterculture heroines—like Amy Sedaris, Tina Fey, Sofia Coppola, Regina Spektor, and Jenny Hart—is an empowering, eye-opening, and, above all, fun journey. Readers of The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking and The Modern Girl’s Guide to Life will love joining forces as Geek Girls Unite!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
While geekdom has long been portrayed in pop culture as a boys’ club, Simon (Wish You Were Here) catalogues the wide variety of geek girls in this entertaining look at embracing nonconformity. No longer a four-letter insult, “geek” is now a badge of honor for a person who’s passionate about something and strives to be an expert. This “something” could be anything from the television oeuvre of Joss Whedon to crafting with an alternative twist. In an attempt to bring other like-minded women into the fold, Simon turned to the Internet and created the Geek Girl Guild, a sort of alternative sorority for those who shrug off conventionality. Dividing the book into six chapters, each devoted to different subspecies of geek, she explores the origins, defining characteristics and role models who’ve made it big. Each category—fan girl geek, literary geek, film geek, music geek, funny-girl geek, and domestic goddess geek—comes with an approved reading, watching, or listening list, along with a quiz at the start of each chapter for readers to gauge their own geek quotient. While it’s obvious that not everyone will fit into the categories Simon defines (a point she concedes early on), bringing girls out from behind fan boys’ shadows is a worthy endeavor. (Oct.)
Wired.com
Tina Fey worshipper Leslie Simon crowdsources media obsessions from a ‘guild’ of like-minded women to assemble this peppy survey of comedy, literary, film and music icons, all the while evangelizing on behalf of misfit females.
Comedy Duo - Garfunkel and Oates
"Geek Girls Unite is the ultimate guide for any girl who identifies with the geekier side of life. It’s a hilarious must-read look into the modern geek and what makes her so cool!"
comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates
“Geek Girls Unite is the ultimate guide for any girl who identifies with the geekier side of life. It’s a hilarious must-read look into the modern geek and what makes her so cool!”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062002730
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/04/2011
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,157,422
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.14(h) x 0.56(d)

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Garfunkel and Oates
“Geek Girls Unite is the ultimate guide for any girl who identifies with the geekier side of life. It’s a hilarious must-read look into the modern geek and what makes her so cool!”

Meet the Author

Leslie Simon is the author of Wish You Were Here: An Essential Guide to Your Favorite Music Scenes and co-author of Everybody Hurts: An Essential Guide to Emo Culture. Her work has appeared in Kerrang!, Alternative Press, metromix.com, and MTV.com.

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Geek Girls Unite: How Fangirls, Bookworms, Indie Chicks, and Other Misfits Are Taking Over the World 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is funny, relatable, and the way the book is set up is easy to use. Also,it helped that the author and I have similar music tastes!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book entertaining and surpisingly enlighting. It made me wonder why there arent as many she-geek sex symbols in the media as he-geeks. There should be more emphasis put on girl geeks like diablo cody or zooey deschanel. I love this book because it reassures all geeks to embrace that label with honor and broadcast it proudly.
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