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Jean Thompson’s Throw Like a Girl [26 December, 2007]

By Jean Thompson; Simon and Schuster, 304 pages, 2007

Jean Thompson’s Throw Like a Girl is an occasionally illuminating collection of short stories about women who inhabit what we call the “middle class,” that fictitious category invented to reassure Americans that there is no economic inequality in the United States.  If we all try just hard enough, we’re told, we could land somewhere solidly in the “middle” and live happily normal and humdrum lives.

Christopher Lane’s Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness [28 November, 2007]

By Christopher Lane; Yale University Press; 272 pages; 2007

A 2003 Pfizer advertisement for the anti-depressant Zoloft featured a downcast woman and the words, “Is she just shy?  Or is it Social Anxiety Disorder?”  Below that were only four sentences about the drug’s efficacy, and the standard disclaimer about side effects.

Jennifer Parello’s Dateland [3 October, 2007]

Jennifer Parello, McKenna Publishing Group, 198 pages, 2007

The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For [7 April, 2010]

By Alison Bechdel; Houghton Mifflin; 392 pages

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