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New American Best Friend
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New American Best Friend


One of the most recognizable young poets in America, Olivia Gatwood dazzles with her tribute to contemporary American womanhood in her debut book, New American Best Friend. Gatwood's poems deftly deconstruct traditional stereotypes. The focus shifts from childhood to adulthood, gender to sexuality, violence to joy. And always and inexorably, the book moves toward celebration, culminating in a series of odes: odes to the body, to tough women, to embracing your own journey in all its failures and triumphs.

Title:New American Best Friend
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:49 pages
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  • Bree Hill
    Apr 02, 2017

    "Life comes fast. One minute you're taking typing classes for your new secretary job in the World Trade Center and the next it's all almost over, life I mean, but I kicked and screamed my way through ...

  • Leah Harter
    Mar 25, 2017

    Hello everyone, today I am writing about a book that is a little bit different. Normally, I only talk about fiction on here, but there will probably be more poetry in the near future. I will admit tha...

  • Gabe
    Jun 05, 2017

    Olivia Gatwood is everything I like about poetry. I have been a huge fan of her poetry from YouTube videos. Her delivery and performance is absolutely amazing. I was worried that a reading her poetry ...

  • Cody
    Apr 08, 2017

    Absolutely incredible....

  • Chelsea
    Jul 15, 2017

    Outstanding, absolutely outstanding. Everyone should read this. Olivia is fearless and teaches us that we should be fearless too....

  • Lissa Piercy
    Jul 12, 2017

    The book I give to everyone I know who has any teen girls in their life. Also, the book my mom's best friend told me reminded her so much of HER girlhood. I've read it in one sitting... over five time...

  • Anne Rako
    Jul 05, 2017

    "Ode to My Bitch Face" and "Ode to my Period Underwear" feel like old friends of mine. I've read all of these poems over and over again, beautiful work.left over from the other universe are hours and ...

  • Lola
    Jun 20, 2017

    One day, I want to be able to write poetry like Olivia Gatwood. Don't get me wrong; I love Sarah Kay and Rupi Kaur to pieces, but their poetry is soothing, beautiful, and even hopeful in its sadness....

  • Julia
    May 22, 2017

    Really more of a 3.5 - there were a few poems I kept coming back to that just felt like a gut punch. I was introduced to Gatwood as a spoken word poet and I feel like that's the ideal way to experienc...

  • Ashlynn
    Jun 23, 2017

    I have so much beautiful time. This was really good. Super empowering. I actually came across videos of Olivia Gatwood on Facebook and decided to look her up online and found out she has a book. I was...