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Reviving Ophelia
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#1 New York Times Bestseller The groundbreaking work that poses one of the most provocative questions of a generation: what is happening to the selves of adolescent girls? As a therapist, Mary Pipher was becoming frustrated with the growing problems among adolescent girls. Why were so many of them turning to therapy in the first place? Why had these lovely and promising human beings fallen prey to depression, eating disorders, suicide attempts, and crushingly low self-esteem? The answer hit a nerve with Pipher, with parents, and with the girls themselves. Crashing and burning in a "developmental Bermuda Triangle," they were coming of age in a media-saturated culture preoccupied with unrealistic ideals of beauty and images of dehumanized sex, a culture rife with addictions and sexually transmitted diseases. They were losing their resiliency and optimism in a "girl-poisoning" culture that propagated values at odds with those necessary to survive. Told in the brave, fearless, and honest voices of the girls themselves who are emerging from the chaos of adolescence, Reviving Ophelia is a call to arms, offering important tactics, empathy, and strength, and urging a change where young hearts can flourish again, and rediscover and reengage their sense of self.
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Mary Pipher, Ph.D., is a psychologist and the author of nine books, including the New York Times bestsellers Reviving Ophelia, The Shelter of Each Other, and Another Country, as well as Seeking Peace and Writing to Change the World. She lives in Nebraska.

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From her work as a psychotherapist for adolescent females, Pipher here posits and persuasively argues her thesis that today's teenaged girls are coming of age in ``a girl-poisoning culture.'' Backed by anecdotal evidence and research findings, she suggests that, despite the advances of feminism, young women continue to be victims of abuse, self-mutilation (e.g., anorexia), consumerism and media pressure to conform to others' ideals. With sympathy and focus she cites case histories to illustrate the struggles required of adolescent girls to maintain a sense of themselves among the mixed messages they receive from society, their schools and, often, their families. Pipher offers concrete suggestions for ways by which girls can build and maintain a strong sense of self, e.g., keeping a diary, observing their social context as an anthropologist might, distinguishing between thoughts and feelings. Pipher is an eloquent advocate. Psychotherapy Book Club selection; BOMC and QPB alternates. (Apr.)

Pipher, a clinical psychologist who has worked extensively with adolescent girls, convincingly argues that girls today are actually more oppressed than their mothers were because they must grow up in a ``more dangerous, sexualized and media-saturated culture.'' This atmosphere has destroyed the happiness of many teenage girls and has led to a frightening increase in self-destructive behavior. Pipher's descriptions of adolescents' lives--then and now--are particularly well done. Included are thoughtful recommendations for parents and a plea for changing the direction of our culture. All parents with daughters should read this eye-opening work. Highly recommended. BOMC, Quality Paperback Book Club, and Psychotherapy Book Club selections.-- January Adams, ODSI Research Lib., Raritan, N.J.

"An important book...Pipher shines high-beam headlights on the world of teenage girls." --Los Angeles Times "A must-read for all of us who care about young women in our lives...Reviving Ophelia arms us with information we can use in helping our daughters grow to adulthood with their strength intact." --Lincoln Star Journal "Pipher is an eloquent advocate...[she] offers concrete suggestions for ways by which girls can build and maintain a strong sense of self." --Publishers Weekly "Serious and thoughtful material presented with the fluidity of good fiction." --Kirkus Reviews

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