It's finally come to pass: Lynda Barry is now the subject of a critical biography, written by a respected academic and published by a renowned university press. You've come a long way, baby, indeed. Girlhood Through the Looking Glass traces Barry's career from her youth and early zinester days, through her ground-breaking independent newsweekly syndicated series, Ernie Pook's Comeek, to the apotheosis of her comics approach in that masterpiece of memory, One! Hundred! Demons!. It also includes in-depth looks at Barry's non-comics works, The Good TImes Are Killing Me and Cruddy. Kirtley was granted an extended interview with Barry, and so has been able to weave personal details into her critical writing. The book is peppered with Barry quotes and anecdotes, which makes for an engaging approach to an erudite work.