Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Anthropology of an American Girl

Anthropology of an American Girl by Hilary Thayer Hamann

Random House Publishers recently sent me the Advance Reading copy of the book ANTHROPOLOGY OF AN AMERICAN GIRL by Hilary Thayer Hamann. I really wanted to tell you about this book, even though I haven’t read it yet, because they book buzz surrounding this book is highly charged with positive accolades.

The author originally self published her book and it became an underground favorite and its popularity spread among readers. Publisher’s weekly states that if publishers could figure out a way to turn crack into a book, it’d read a lot like this. Book world enthusiasts are comparing this book to J.D. Salinger’s work as well as classics like Jane Eyre. When I looked up the book on Amazon it includes 22 reviews from readers and 21 give the book five stars with only one person giving it four stars.

So what’s this book about? According to the back cover it is a coming of age story about a young woman on the brink of adulthood. The novel begins when the main character Eveline is in high school in the 1970’s and follows her through her early adulthood in the 1980s. This ambitious work explores the sexual and intellectual awakening of a young American woman struggling to remain true to herself as she encounters love, passion and death amid the challenges and heartbreaks of growing up. My guess is the back cover commentary won’t even do the book justice.

The book is set to be released to the public on May 25th, 2010. You can preorder a copy at Amazon if you are interested. The publisher intends for this first edition hardbound copy to be a collector’s item. For more information on the book you can go to the website:


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