Anthropology of an American Girl by Hilary Thayer Hamann
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This is what it’s like to be a high-school-age girl.
To forsake the boyfriend you once adored.
To meet the love of your life, who just happens to be your teacher.
To discover for the first time the power of your body and mind.
 
This is what it’s like to be a college-age woman.
To live through heartbreak.
To suffer the consequences of your choices.
To depend on others for survival but to have no one to trust but yourself.
 
This is Anthropology of an American Girl.
A literary sensation, this extraordinarily candid novel about the experience of growing up female in America will strike a nerve in readers of all ages.

BONUS: This edition contains an Anthropology of an American Girl discussion guide.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

About Hilary Thayer Hamann

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Hilary Thayer Hamann was born and raised in New York. After her parents divorced, she was shuttled between their respective homes in the Hamptons and the Bronx. She attended New York University, where she received a B.F.A. in Film & Television Production and Dramatic Writing from Tisch School of the Arts, an M.A. in Cinema Studies from the Graduate School of Arts and Science, and a Certificate in Anthropological Filmmaking from NYU's Center for Media, Culture, and History. Ms. Hamann edited and contributed to Categories-On The Beauty of Physics (2006), an interdisciplinary educational book that was included in Louisiana State University's list of top 25 non-fiction books written since 1950. As the assistant to Jacques d'Amboise, founder and artistic director of the National Dance Institute, Ms. Hamann produced We Real Cool, a short film based on the Gwendolyn Brooks poem, directed by Academy Award-winning director Emile Ardolino. She also coordinated an international exchange with students from America and the then Soviet Union based on literature, music, and art. She has worked in New York's film, publishing, and entertainment industries, and is co-director of Films on the Haywall, a classic film series in Bridgehampton, New York. Ms. Hamann lives in Manhattan and on Long Island.
 
Published May 19, 2010 by Spiegel & Grau. 594 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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If you want to do it right, you have to visualize it, conjure the graphics, tone, and sequence of action, then relate it purposefully in the midst of seemingly spontaneous dialogue.” Eveline is a great explainer of things as they are, whence the “anthropology” of the title, and the ways of her tr...

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A frustrating effort to chronicle adolescence in America.

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And again, Hamann could have steered Anthropology of an American Girl toward a bracing cultural nihilism, but instead Eveline’s future-history clears up for reasons that are as mystifying as they are trite.

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She has attributes, to be sure — she is beautiful, middle-class, and smart — but she has no consistent self, no center to hold the novel together.

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Jessa Crispin reviews Hilary Thayer Hamann's debut novel, Anthropology of an American Girl, which Hamann self-published in 2003. Now out in a new edition from a major publisher, the novel retains much of its unedited bloat, but also an amateurish charm.

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Book Reporter

Later, as a young woman struggling to make her way in the Manhattan artist community, Eveline observes the women in her circle: "Women who have suffered use talk as a way of addressing the baffling sea at their feet.

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Dallas News

Those virtues also define Anthropology, a rare kind of novel - at once sprawling and intimate - whose excellence matches its grand ambition.

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Tampa Bay Times

Humbert was brought up short when his fantasies collided with the all-too-real Lolita, but Evie sets a record for willful delusion — she lives with Rourke for a whole summer without ever asking him about his background or what he does for a living.

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We Love This Book

This ambitious début is a coming-of-age novel from the perspective of a young woman, spanning her first tastes of love, sexual awakening and self-discovery.

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Also, orphaned Kate moves in with Evie and her single mom so Kate can finish her senior year before joining her brother and his family in Canada.

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Bookmarks Magazine

John Barron St. Petersburg Times 3 of 5 Stars "Hilary Thayer Hamann’s debut novel is really the story of a girl slowly realizing how very little independence she owns, and how easily blind surrender can be mistaken for courage.

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Oprah.com

When a book is 600 pages long and goes by the rather grandiose name Anthropology of an American Girl, readers can be forgiven for expecting an epic, a sweeping story that defines an era.

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Oprah.com

When a book is 600 pages long and goes by the rather grandiose name Anthropology of an American Girl, readers can be forgiven for expecting an epic, a sweeping story that defines an era.

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Oprah.com

As the book opens, Eveline is a senior whose principal instructor in angst is her boyfriend, Jack, but she soon abandons him for the sexier small-time boxer turned drama teacher, Harrison Rourke;

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The New Zealand Herald

Ahead of this week's New Zealand Beer Festival, Joanna Mathers wonders if Kiwis are coming to the end… Quickread Hundreds of toddlers badly hurt Early education centres report eighty-five injuries each year - including amputation, impalings and brain injuries.

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Newcity Lit

Hilary Thayer Hamann self-published “Anthropology of an American Girl” in 2003 and gained a cult following.

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