"Becoming Myself: Reflections on Growing Up Female" (Hyperion, 2006) is a collection of personal essays by actors and writers — including J.K. Rowling, Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, Maya Angelou, and, um, me — recalling significant memories of growing up female. Compiled by Willa Shalit, producer of The Vagina Monologues and co-founder of V-Day. Read my chapter or buy the book.