Judy Blume   book cover  
Judy Blume    

Summer Sisters: an excerpt

  Judy Blume is the author who taught us about sex. She let us know that our changing bodies were normal. She shocked people when, in 1975, she wrote about a 17 year-old girl going on The Pill. She painfully chronicled a fifth-grade class turning against one student. She has acted as an expert on divorce, sibling-rivalry, and marriage. In short, she helped us learn about ourselves.

In a recent New York Times Book Review article, Mark Oppenheimer said, "When I got to college, there was no author, except Shakespeare, whom more of my peers had read." Judy Blume is a literary and cultural icon. With her latest book, Summer Sisters, she continues to produce insightful and sincere prose. The author we grew up with still writes our lives.

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