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Girl with Glasses: My Optic History
     

Girl with Glasses: My Optic History

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by Marissa Walsh, Jason Logan (Illustrator)
 

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Being a Girl with Glasses isn't just a style choice; it's a way of life. If you've ever had your specs steam up when walking into a bar, squinted into the sun on the soccer field, or laid eyes on a new haircut only after your locks are strewn across the floor, you know what it's like to be a GWG.

Marissa Walsh has worn glasses since third grade. Now — ten

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Being a Girl with Glasses isn't just a style choice; it's a way of life. If you've ever had your specs steam up when walking into a bar, squinted into the sun on the soccer field, or laid eyes on a new haircut only after your locks are strewn across the floor, you know what it's like to be a GWG.

Marissa Walsh has worn glasses since third grade. Now — ten pairs of glasses, one pair of prescription sunglasses, and endless pairs of contacts later — she has fully embraced her four-eyed fate. As she recounts her optic history through the lenses of each pair of glasses — from the Sergio Valentes and the Sally Jessy Raphaels to the pseudo John Lennons and the dreaded health plan specs — at last she found them . . . the perfect pair.

Marissa's comic look at a life behind glass is at once a poignant personal journey and a wry, canny exploration of just what it means to be a glasses-wearing kind of girl. Peppered with pop culture references and complete with appendixes of resources, classic GWG moments, and helpful tips on finding the right frames for your face, Girl with Glasses will give you reason to commiserate with your shortsighted sisters and celebrate your less-than-perfect vision.

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Marissa Walsh reflects on her past through the varied lens of her eyewear: the plastic children's frames; the gawky junior high I-have-braces-too; the not-quite-stylish high school contact lenses; the spare not-to-be-worn-in-public pair; the all-nighter bloodshot college eyes that made contacts impossible; and so forth. In this eyeglass-framed memoir, the coauthor of Tipsy in Madras takes us on a lively jaunt through her visually challenged road to adulthood. A proud shout-out for girls with glasses.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416924937
Publisher:
Gallery Books
Publication date:
10/24/2006
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.80(d)

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Meet the Author

Marissa Walsh, a former children's book editor in New York City, is the coauthor of the Boston Globe bestseller Tipsy in Madras: A Complete Guide to 80s Preppy Drinking and editor of the anthology Not Like I'm Jealous or Anything: The Jealousy Book. She is a graduate of Smith College, home to many former, current, and future Girls with Glasses.

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Girl with Glasses: My Optic History 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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I loved this book! I have been a GWG since I was nine and over the past three years, I have decided to remain that way (except for some special occassions). I felt like I was reading my own life story. GWG's are the best!