Books The Importance of Music to Girls by Lavinia Greenlaw Hardcover, 208 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, List Price: $23 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe Importance of Music to GirlsAuthorLavinia Greenlaw Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Book Summary Evaluates the powerful influence of pop music on the author's coming-of-age years, describing how music defined her early life while conversely providing her an escape from her own realities. Genres: Arts & Entertainment Nonfiction Biography & Memoir Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about The Importance of Music to Girls Critics' Lists: Summer 2008 Better than Sliced Bread: Summer's Best Nonfiction May 26, 2008 Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan presents her nonfiction summer reading list — three true tales, plus one book of fiction she just couldn't resist. Better than Sliced Bread: Summer's Best Nonfiction Listen Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/90893175/90829922" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Summer Books 2008: Excerpts Excerpt: 'The Importance of Music to Girls' May 23, 2008 British writer Lavinia Greenlaw writes about the way music — especially rock — propelled her into her first experience of puppy love (with Donny Osmond) and later, her Clash- and Banshee-inspired punk rebellions.