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About the Book: Iris was eight years old when she first attended sleep-away camp. She built lasting friendships and essential life skills over the next ten summers amid the towering pine trees and open skies of Wisconsin. Decades later, at the age of 59, she returned to Camp Agawak as a staff member to resurrect Agalog, the camp's defunct magazine that she wrote for as a child. With Camp Girls, Iris has created a nostalgic feast, evoking clear images of the activities that campers never forget; singing “Friends, friends, friends” around a campfire, swimming in icy lakes, sleeping in tents under the stars, and becoming the people you were meant to be.
Camp Girls weaves between past and present, filling pages with delicious details of canoe trips in rainstorms, Capture the Flag face-offs, cabin life, with all the intricacies of navigating diverse personalities -- and how all of this shapes our collaborative skills, tenacity, and courage, giving us a foundation for fulfilling and successful adulthoods.
"Camp Girls is one of the most compelling and thought-provoking camp memoirs I have ever read. Iris Krasnow encapsulates the transformative essence of immersive summer camp experiences and also serves as a timely call-to-action for all parents. Findings from decades of camp research suggest that summer camp is an optimal context for social-emotional learning experiences which help young people thrive in school, in 21 st century workplaces and in life. Iris's masterful storytelling had me laughing and crying while powerfully illuminating the lasting impacts of positive mindsets and skills nurtured in undistracted, human-centered, and adventurous camp communities."-- Tom Rosenberg, President/CEO of American Camp Association
About the Author: Iris Krasnow is a New York Times bestselling author, professor, and camp counselor. During the school year, she teaches journalism and gender studies at American University and spends summers at Camp Agawak. She's written Surrendering to Motherhood; Surrendering to Marriage; I Am My Mother's Daughter; The Secret Lives of Wives; and Sex After...Women Share How Intimacy Changes as Life Changes. She is a regular contributor to AARP's "The Girlfriend" and the relationship sections of Huffington Post, in addition to writing for AARP Magazine and the AARP Bulletin, and giving a popular TedX Talk.
New York Times bestselling author Iris Krasnow reflects with humor and heart on her summer camp experiences and the lessons she and her fellow campers learned there that have stayed with them throughout their lives.
Iris Krasnow was 8 years old when she first attended sleep-away camp, building lasting friendships and essential life skills amid the