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Reviving Opheliaby Mary Pipher
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THREE YEARS ON THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST
AND MORE THAN 1.5 MILLION COPIES SOLD
When Reviving Ophelia was first published nearly a decade ago, the response was extraordinary–and Dr. Mary Pipher became one of the most sought-after speakers in the country. She posed the provocative question: Why are American adolescent girls falling prey to depression, eating disorders, and suicide attempts at an alarming rate? The answer hit a nerve. We live in a look-obsessed, sexist “girl-poisoning” culture. And despite the advances of feminism, girls continue to struggle to find their true selves.
Here are girls’ unmuted voices from the front lines of adolescence, personal and painfully honest. By laying bare their harsh day-to-day reality, Reviving Ophelia issues a call to arms and offers parents compassion, strength, and strategies with which to revive these Ophelias’ lost sense of self.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 357-358) and index.
About the Author
Mary Pipher, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and author of Hunger Pains: The American Woman’s Tragic Quest for Thinness, The Shelter of Each Other: Rebuilding our Families, and Another Country: Navigating the Emotional Terrain of our Elders. Her newest book is The Middle of Everywhere: The Worlds Refugees Come to Our Town.
Dr. Pipher’s area of expertise is how culture affects people’s mental health. For her work, she was awarded the American Psychological Associations Presidential Citation in 1998. She speaks across the country to families, mental health professionals, and educators. She has appeared on Today, 20/20, The Charlie Rose Show, PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer, and National Public Radio’s Fresh Air. She lives in Nebraska with her husband, Jim.
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