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Compassion and Confidence

The Secret life of teenagers (Lauren Kessler)

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secret life of teensImagine if you could take 18 months of your life and follow your seventh and eighth grader to the mall, summer camp, and in school and get a first-hand experience of the life of a 21st-century teen.   Join award-winning author Lauren Kessler  and unravel the mysteries of being a teenager today.   Lauren’s recent book  My Teenage out now in paperback, My Teenage Werewolf shares her story with the eye of a reporter, the curiosity of an anthropologist and the open—sometimes wounded—heart of a mother.




Show Highlights:

  • Why would a mom spend 18 mos following her daughter around every class at school? Learn about her anthropological study.
  • Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll- What did Lauren learn about what are kids know, don’t know, and are doing?
  • Connecting with your Teen- Laura offers her advice on simple ways to to connect with your teens?
  • A sneak preview of Counterclockwise Laura’s new research project investigating how much control we have with aging?

About our Guest:


Lauren Kessler is the author of six works of narrative nonfiction, including her newest (summer 2010), My Teenage Werewolf: A Mother, A Daughter, A Journey Through the Thicket of Adolescence. She is also the author of Pacific Northwest Book Award winner Dancing with Rose (published in paperback as Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer’s), Washington Post bestseller Clever Girl and Los Angeles Times bestseller The Happy Bottom Riding Club – which David Letterman, in fierce competition with Oprah, chose as the first (and only) book for the Dave Letterman Book Club. Kessler appeared twice on his late-night show. She is also the author of Oregon Book Award winner Stubborn Twig, which was chosen as the book for all Oregon to read in honor of the state’s 2009 sesquicentennial.

Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times Magazine, O magazine, Utne Reader, The Nation, and She is a national speaker and workshop leader. The founder and editor of Etude, the online magazine of narrative nonfiction, she directs the graduate program in literary nonfiction at the University of Oregon. She lives in Eugene, Oregon, with her writer husband, Tom Hager, her three brilliant and faultless children and a cat that thinks it’s a dog.