The Feminist’s Guide to Raising a Little Princess
“May God grant me the serenity to accept the color pink, the courage to not let my house become a shrine to pink and princesses, and the wisdom to know that pink is just a color, not a decision to never attend college in the hopes of marrying wealthy.”
– from The Feminist’s Guide to Raising a Little Princess
Smart, funny, and thought-provoking, this book shows feminist parents how to navigate their daughters’ princess-obsessed years by taking a non-judgmental and positive approach.
Devorah Blachor, an ardent feminist, never expected to be the parent of a little girl who was totally obsessed with the color pink, princesses, and all things girly. When her three-year-old daughter fell down the Disney Princess rabbit hole, she wasn’t sure how to reconcile the difference between her parental expectations and the reality of her daughter’s passion.
In this book inspired by her viral New York Times Motherlode piece “Turn Your Princess-Obsessed Toddler Into a Feminist in Eight Easy Steps,” Blachor offers insight, advice, and plenty of humor and personal anecdotes for other mothers who cringe each morning when their daughter refuses to wear anything that isn’t pink. Her story of how she surrendered control and opened up—to her Princess Toddler, to pink, and to life—is a universal tale of modern parenting. She addresses important issues such as how to raise a daughter in a society that pressures girls and women to bury their own needs, conform to a beauty standard and sacrifice their own passions.
Written under the pen-name Jasmine Schwartz
FARBISSEN: MELISSA MORRIS AND THE MEANING OF MONEY
Set adrift, Melissa follows her boyfriend to London. She’s hoping for a second chance.
But Melissa’s search for herself is interrupted when she discovers a dead body.
“Bridget Jones with guns and dead bodies”
-The Man of Twists and Turns
“Full of humor, surprising twists and poignant moments, Melissa Morris will walk right into your heart with her black boots and quirky neuroses.”
-Amy Klein, The Modern Jewish Girl’s Guide to Guilt
“Think Woody Allen with stomach cramps on the Victoria Line.”
– Barbara Nadel, Author of the Cetin Ikmen and the Francis H series
FAKAKT: MELISSA MORRIS AND THE MEANING OF SEX
Melissa Morris chases her cheating boyfriend to Rome. While trying to track him down, she’s arrested for the murder of a Romanian businessman. She sets out to find the real killer, discovering an underside to Rome and herself that she never imagined.
“I dare you not to fall in love with Jasmine Schwartz’s Melissa Morris…”
-Tania Hershman, author of My Mother Was An Upright Piano: Fictions
“If Agatha Christie did speed and smoked-salmon bagels”
-Matthew Kalman, author of PsychoBibi
Melissa Morris is a thirty-something single New Yorker who works in one of the trendiest boutiques in Manhattan. She has it all, until the night she discovers something dreadful and frightening and just plain weird. Her life will never be the same. Before The Crash is a prequel short story to Farbissen and Fakakt.
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EMAIL FROM BEYONCE: A MELISSA MORRIS SHORT STORY
Heartbroken and alone, Melissa Morris is invited to volunteer for the Obama Campaign, headquartered in a lavish Central Park West penthouse. She finds purpose and energy and even a good-looking man who wants to date her. But nothing is as it seems, and when Melissa begins to discover the truth behind the campaign, she finds the cracks in the penthouse that no one wants her to see – in the people around her, in the motives driving the volunteers and most of all, in herself.
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JEWISH CHRISTMAS: A MELISSA MORRIS SHORT STORY
A thirty-something woman’s playful, poignant Wizard of Oz-inspired journey on the streets of Manhattan:
It’s Jewish Christmas in Manhattan, which means Chinese takeout and a movie. Melissa Morris’s life is a mess, but she’s hiding the truth from family and friends, pretending that everything is just fine. When an old friend drags her downtown on a chaotic mission, Melissa finds herself involved in a burglary and kidnapping. In the end, she has to find the courage to face herself.
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HOW WOULD YOU FIGHT A LION?: A MELISSA MORRIS SHORT STORY
Melissa’s new Wall Street job is saving her. She’s climbing out of debt, she’s getting her life together… and the boss’s son is cute. But a mysterious email threatens to destroy everything. Is Melissa working with a killer? She must discover who’s lying, who’s dangerous, and who’s just out for themselves in this smart, modern Wall Street tale.
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