Lauren Bravo is the author of What Would the Spice Girls Do?: How the Girl Power Generation Grew Up.  She was eight when Wannabe came out, and the Spice Girls were a defining and formative feature of her childhood, and, she argues in her book, of her generation of girls. Even if you’re not into the Spice Girls and don’t remember them fondly when you look back on the 90s, Lauren’s book makes some fascinating and important points about identity, feminism, and the power of the girl gang, and our conversation highlights some of those points.

Lauren talked to me about what she was reading back in the days when the Spice Girls were blaring out from her ghetto blaster, her friendship with previous podcast guest Daisy Buchanan, the book she made her boyfriend read while standing over him to make sure he laughed in the right places, and more.


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Books Mentioned on the Podcast:

What Would the Spice Girls Do?: How the Girl Power Generation Grew Up, by Lauren Bravo

Best Friends, by Francine Pascal

The Baby-Sitters Club, by Ann M. Martin

Anastasia Krupnik Stories by Lois Lowry

Bridget Jones’s Diary, by Helen Fielding

Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

I’ll Be There for You: The One about Friends, by Kelsey Miller

Promising Young Women, by Caroline O’Donoghue

The Break, by Marian Keyes

OMG, What a Complete Aisling, by Sarah Breen and Emer McLysaght

Conversations with Friends,  by Sally Rooney

Work Like a Woman, by Mary Portas

Crudo, by Olivia Laing

Vile Bodies, by Evelyn Waugh

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging, by Louise Rennison

The Diary of a Nobody, by George and Weedon Grossman

Middle England, by Jonathan Coe

Five Days of Fog, by Anna Freeman

The Story of Crossrail, by Christian Wolmar

Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe

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