Mayim Bialik won America’s hearts as the quirky teen Blossom on the hit show of the same name in the ’90s. Though it wasn’t the first time she had done something with staying power. The old school crowd would remember her as a younger version of Bette Midler in the cult classic and 1988 tearjerker flick Beaches.
Knowing better than to put all her eggs in one basket, Bialik stepped away from acting to pursue her education. It was actually on the set of Blossom that she realized her interest in science and, homegirl went on to get a Ph.D. in neuroscience. No, it’s not the honorary degree that some public figures get, she is an ACTUAL doctor. So it was only fitting that her return to acting would be as none other than the intelligent and witty Amy Farrah Fowler on yet another hit show by the name of The Big Bang Theory.
Needless to say, Blossom has certainly blossomed into quite the role model for girls everywhere. Which is a wonderful swan song compared to the way many other young celebrities manage to derail as they grow up enduring fame. And now, with a family of her own, Bialik has added both a cookbook and parenting book in her canon of written work.
In her newest book, Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular, Bialik makes use of her unique upbringing and wits to show how she learned to navigate adulthood as a female in society. Published under Penguin Random House, Girling Up is a guide designed to help growing girls process what’s happening to them as well as all that’s going on around them as they mature into womanhood. She shares what she’s learned over the years, including her experience as being a “late bloomer” in terms of learning how to interact with boys.
Bialik’s approach to the subject is a holistic one and it covers a wide range of other topics, such as: exercise, dating and nutrition. She also teaches the scientific facts that are related to particular emotions, like stress and getting butterflies in your stomach when encountering a crush. She makes it her mission to allow young girls to realize that they aren’t alone in what they are feeling and that there’s nothing wrong with it either. The intent of the book is to enable girls to better grasp the twists and turns of growing up early on and subsequently feel more confident, allowing them to be more successful.
In case you were wondering Bialik’s motivation behind this book, it’s simple: “I wanted to write this book because I lived this book,” she told Publisher’s Weekly. She also remarks how people didn’t always believe in her talents or support her in her pursuits outside of acting. She wants the young women of today to reach for the stars and not let anything hold them back from reaching their full potential. Regardless of how easily she related to the material, Bialik also admits how difficult it was to write something aimed namely at young girls. Science itself has the potential to be a polarizing subject to the common man or woman.
Working in the world of neuroscience, Bialik tends to speak in a more convoluted manner. According to the actress, even as a child, she never spoke like children do nor in they way of her own children. While writing, she used her 11-year-old son, Miles, as a buffer to make be sure her ideas were being conveyed and could be accessible to young audiences. No matter the route she chooses to take, I’m confident Bialik’s book will appeal to her targeted readership (as well as old and new fans alike).
Girling Up: How To Be Strong Smart And Spectacular is now available for purchase. Order it here