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Olivet College Women’s Resource Center to host bestselling author
Feb 25, 2009

Olivet Colleges Betsy Dole Womens Resource Center will host Koren Zailckas, author of New York Times bestseller, Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood, Wednesday, March 18 at 1:30 p.m. in the colleges Mott Auditorium. Her presentation, titled Enjoying College Life Without the Hassles of Hangovers, is free and open to the public.

Zailckas book offers a riveting account of her experiences with alcohol abuse as a teenager and college student. From early experimentation to habitual excess to full-blown abuse, Zailckas recounts her experience of a terrifying trend among young girls, exploring how binge drinking becomes routine. Zailckas story is that of thousands of girls like her who are not alcoholicsyetbut who use booze as a short cut to courage, a stand-in for good judgment, and a bludgeon for shyness, each of them failing to see how their emotional distress, unarticulated hostility, and depression are entangled with their socially condoned bingeing. Barnes and Noble selected Smashed for its 2005 Discover Great New Writers program and Entertainment Weekly named it one of the best accounts of addiction, let alone the college experience, or even what it means to be an average teenage girl in America.

For more information, call (269) 749-6626.


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