Clues for Real Life: The Wit and Wisdom of Nancy Drew

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9780696236242: Clues for Real Life: The Wit and Wisdom of Nancy Drew

For more than 75 years, young girls have been drawn to Nancy Drew, America's favorite young sleuth. Readers couldn't have missed the words of wisdom sprinkled throughout the book about how to deal with everyday problems mixed in with the mystery. Filled with memorable and fun illustrations of Nancy during the past 75 years, this new book is filled with quotes straight from the pages of Nancy Drew books. And, with chapters covering such topics as Career Clues: The Secrets to Getting Ahead; Mysterious Men: Solving Your Dating Dilemmas; and Friendship Files: Lessons Learned from Bess and George, this is a great gift for Nancy Drew fans.

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A smart and capable heroine, girl sleuth Nancy Drew provided a progressive role model for girls in 1930s America, where women had recently won the right to vote. Today, her thoughts on being a woman, dealing with boys, solving crimes and staying fashionable make for deliciously dated browsing. In chapters like "Career Clues," "Mysterious Men" and "The Style Sleuth," Karpinske has amassed fun, shamelessly old-fashioned (read: non-PC) bon mots like, "Do nearly faint upon being rescued so you can be picked up and held by good strong arms!" from The Secret in the Old Attic. Also included are quizzes and sidebars, numerous illustrations from original publications and even a chapter of recipes for Drew's favorite foods, but the most interesting part is the first chapter, which looks at how Drew was created and how she's changed through different authors and times. But unless you're a die-hard fan, the endless list of quotes can prove wearying, especially for their occasional impenetrability ("Using transparent aliases... might just get you locked in a hallway!"), an abundance of exclamation points and casual sexism ("There's safety in numbers, especially when they're men!").
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