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My Teenage Werewolf: A Mother, a Daughter, a Journey Through the Thicket of Adolescence
by Lauren Kessler

Published: 2010-08-05
Hardcover : 256 pages
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A veteran journalist navigates the mother-daughter relationship at its most crucial moment

With the eye of a reporter, the curiosity of an anthropologist, and the open (and sometimes wounded) heart of a mother, award-winning author Lauren Kessler embeds herself in her ...
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(A veteran journalist navigates the mother-daughter relationship at its most crucial moment

With the eye of a reporter, the curiosity of an anthropologist, and the open (and sometimes wounded) heart of a mother, award-winning author Lauren Kessler embeds herself in her about-to-be-teenage daughter's life. In seventh- and eighth-grade classrooms, at home, online, at the mall, and at summer camp, Kessler observes, investigates, chronicles- and participates in-the life of a twenty-first-century teen. As she begins to better understand and appreciate her mercurial daughter, their relationship-at first a mirror of the author's difficult relationship with her own mother-lurches in new directions. With the help of a resident teen expert (her daughter), as well as teachers, doctors, therapists, and other mothers, Kessler illuminates the age-old struggle from both sides, gracefully interweaving personal experience with journalistic inquiry. Funny, poignant, and insightful, My Teenage Werewolf explores the fascinating and scary world of today's teen as it comes to grips with the single most important relationship in a woman's life.

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What does Kessler experience that you can relate to? What did you learn from the way she addressed the experience?
Did this book cause you to re-live your own experiences as a daughter? At what point?
by kbshee (see profile) 08/27/10

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The author will participate in your book club!
by kbshee (see profile) 08/27/10
The author of My Teenage Werewolf, Lauren Kessler, will join your book group discussion for this book! Her website talks about this: http://laurenkessler.com/events/book-club-tour/ .

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  ""My Teenage Werewolf": Compelling and Honest"by kbshee (see profile) 08/27/10

I don't have a daughter, but I learned so much from this book: why the students I teach act the way they do, why my friends who are moms of teenage girls are so happy to come to work on some days, why... (read more)

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