Are you a last-minute Christmas gift-giver? Do you owe belated Chanukah and Solstice presents? Well, take it from Feministing, Isak, Hello Ladies and Women's Voices for Change: Reality Bites Back makes the perfect gift!
I wrote the book to spark a national conversation about the meaning and impact of reality TV on our culture, and in doing so I hoped to make media literacy not only enlightening, but fun. So, I'm really excited to see Reality Bites Back popping up on holiday gift guides by respected media outlets and blogs who seem to find the book engaging and enjoyable. I'm also gratified and flattered to see the book recommended by readers on Twitter as "The Must-Have Book This Season" and discussed as good holiday reading options on Facebook by professors who say, "I've read it, I've taught it, Jenn has been in LA to discuss it -- I'm all about it. If you haven't yet, go get it!"
At Feministing, the book tops Courtney Martin's "Not Oprah's Book Club: Holiday Edition" gift guide:
It was a huge honor to find Reality Bites Back listed on p.5 as the very second book in journalist Anna Clark's incredibly comprehensive, thoughtful 57-page (!) pdf booklet, "Choose Books: A Gift Guide for People Who Care About Stories. "While updated for the 2010 holiday season, this gift guide can also help you navigate 2011’s birthdays, holidays, ceremonies, and affectionate 'just thinking of you' surprises," Anna writes. Here's what she says about RBB:
Clark also mentions this website, and notes that a reading guide will soon be available (yes--I promise--so check back soon!), noting that "It might make a nice gift package to include this book with plans on reading it together, hashing it out, and going together to one of the author events." (Check the calendar for a regularly updated list of Reality Bites Back events. And find more information here if you'd like to organize your own media literacy event.)
I'm in great company on Hello Ladies "5 Books for Your Holiday Reading List," alongside Gloria Feldt's No excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power and Sharon Lerner's The War on Moms: Life in a Family-Unfriendly Nation, among other smart choices:
Reality Bites Back is also recommended on Women's Voices for Change's "Holiday Gift List: Anniversary Edition."
And though this wasn't a holiday mention, I got an early Chanukah present from the Library Journal, which gave Reality Bites Back a starred review on Dec. 3, calling it "An essential read.":
So, do your friends (and me... grin) a favor, and pick up a copy or five of Reality Bites Back for the holidays and through the new year. And ask your local library to stock it, too--if they aren't so
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