In ‘Bad Girls’ Novel, Mathieu Explores Girl Gangs of Houston in the 1960s

Daniel Ortiz
In ‘Bad Girls’ Novel, Mathieu Explores Girl Gangs of Houston in the 1960s
A new young adult novel by Houston author and Bellaire High School teacher Jennifer Mathieu about girl gangs in Houston in 1964? Yes please. Which also happens to be the name of Amy Poehler's memoir. The connection? Poehler directed and acted in the Netflix adaptation of Mathieu's previous novel, Moxie, the story of a "riot grrrrl" rebellion, which debuted earlier this year to critical and audience acclaim.

In October, Mathieu's fifth novel, Bad Girls Never Say Die, serves up a feminist reimagining of S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders, one that promises to explore the deep bonds of female friendship. Naturally, the book features a rivalry between the "good girls" from the "right" side of the tracks and Mathieu's star Evie Barnes, a "bad girl" who is a little too brash, bold and into boys for the times. Mischief? Yes please. Mayhem? Yes please. Murder? Maybe! Read it to find out. Hits bookstores on Oct. 7.

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Ancient French Wellness Cures Reimagined at Houston’s Escape Spa: The Power of Vichy

Serial entrepreneur and spa visionary LeBrina Jackson

NESTLED IN THE heart of France, the town of Vichy holds a rich history in the world of wellness and hydrotherapy. Acquiring fame for their alkaline springs in the 17th century, the Romans were among the first to recognize the therapeutic benefits of the springs. They established a French spa known as “Vichy,” which still exists today and continues to attract spa-goers from around the world to experience the transformative effects of hydrotherapy.

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“DO YOU KNOW how a river forms?” is the question that begins Houston author Vaishnavi Patel’s new book, Goddess of the River. The voice belongs to Ganga, goddess of India’s Ganges river, who has been transformed against her will by Lord Shiva from “a tributary of the cosmic ocean” into the physical form of a mere winding river, with no path to the heavens, only the sea. Later, Ganga runs afoul of a powerful sage who transforms her yet again into a human, and as it happens in myths, things get complicated.

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