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Peggy Orenstein is the New York Times bestselling author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter, Waiting for Daisy, Flux, and Schoolgirls. A contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, she has been published in USA Today, Parenting, Salon, the New Yorker, and other publications, and has contributed commentary to NPR's All Things Considered. She lives in Northern California with her husband and daughter.


"Provocative and thoughtful.... Both an examination of sexual culture and a guide on how to improve it.... The breadth of Orenstein's reporting ... is impressive."--Laura Stepp, Washington Post
"Nonsensational but deeply entertaining.... A must-read."--People, Book of the Week
"A nuanced read for anyone who remembers being a young woman and anyone who is raising the next generation of girls (and boys) for whom we hope the future holds sexual satisfaction, not pain or disappointment."--Rebecca Traister, More
"Girls & Sex should be mandatory for anyone who cares about the present and future cultural landscape for girls, women, humans. I seriously want to quit my job and tour the country, furiously hawking Peggy Orenstein's insightful, important book."--Rashida Jones, actress, writer, producer
"[An] important new book.... Her writing is clear and compelling, her analysis is incisive and thorough, and her findings are downright troubling."--Sharon Holbrook, Washington Post
"Fascinating.... A wise and sharply argued look at how girls are navigating 'the complicated new landscape' of sex and sexuality."--Economist
"An intimate view of the sex lives of young women in the United States. While revealing disturbing common threads... Orenstein brings levity to this fraught topic."--Elle
"'Girls & Sex' may do more to change how sex education is rethought and how parents and daughters discuss pleasure and sexuality than any book since the landmark 'Our Bodies, Ourselves.'"--Tamara Straus, San Francisco Chronicle
"If you're going to talk about women in the 21st century, you MUST read Peggy Orenstein's Girls & Sex. No one else is asking these questions; so no one else, then, is finding out the answers."--Caitlin Moran, Author of How to Be a Woman
"With compassion and insight, Peggy Orenstein holds a mirror not only to girls' experiences but to our own judgments. No less than the emotional health and physical safety of our daughters (and of our sons, by the way) depends on the kind of insight Girls & Sex provides."--Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabes
"An enlightening, sad and shocking look into the minds of teenagers and their views on casual sex, love and relationships."--Aimee Blanchette, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Orenstein has compiled an eye-opening study of the way that girls and women in America think, feel, and act regarding sex.... The abundant information she provides will give parents and young girls the power to make informed decisions regarding sex."--Kirkus
"Thought-provoking. . .Girls & Sex is full of thoughtful concern and empathetic questions."--Cindi Leive, New York Times Book Review, cover review
"Eloquent.... [A] compact, polished, and readable... cris de coeur."--Julia M. Klein, Boston Globe
"Deeply reported, passionately argued."--Isaac Chotiner, Slate
"A sequel of sorts to Orenstein's 'Cinderella Ate My Daughter'.... Sketches a sobering portrait."--Oliver Wang, L.A. Times
"Eye-opening.... Orenstein draws powerful, humane portraits of her interview subjects, self-reliant young women who find themselves trapped by sexist stereotypes about women's bodies and women's pleasure. [A] smart, earnest, and timely assessment."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Accessible prose and narrative style will bring the work of many thoughtful experts to a wider audience.... Young adults, parents, educators, and activists alike will find this passionate work a timely conversation starter."--Library Journal
"Sex and teenagers have always gone together, but parents reading Orenstein's frank exploration of current trends may still be in for a shock.... This isn't a comfortable book to read (Orenstein herself admits twinges a few times), but it's an important one."--Booklist
"Orenstein is such a breezy, funny, writer, it's easy to forget she's an important thinker too."--People, four stars, on Cinderella Ate My Daughter

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