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Reviving Ophelia

Twenty-five years after the publication of the Reviving Ophelia, Mary Pipher and her daughter Sara Pipher Gilliam have revised and updated the original number #1 New York Times bestseller. They write that, while this generation is closer to their families and less rebellious than the one in 1994, it continues to struggle with America’s misogynistic, girl-poisoning culture. And, since the launch of the iPhone in 2007 and the enormous growth of social media, depression and suicide rates for girls have soared.  Pipher and Gilliam examine the impact of the digital age and the links between the decline in face-to-face interactions and the increase in girls’ levels of loneliness and despair. In this edition they explore girl’s needs that have stayed the same across time and the changes in the culture since 1994. Like the first version, this one is written for girls and all those who care about them. 

Mary Pipher is a clinical psychologist and therapist. Sara Gilliam, MFA, MEd,is Editor-in-Chief of Exchange, the leading magazine for early childhood professionals. 

About Mary

Mary Pipher graduated in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1969 and received her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska in Clinical Psychology in 1977. She was a Rockefeller Scholar in Residence at Bellagio and has received two American Psychological Association Presidential Citations, one of which she returned to protest psychologists’ involvement in enhanced interrogations at Guantánamo and other black sites.

Mary was born in the Ozarks and grew up in rural Nebraska. As a girl she liked reading, writing, swimming, being outdoors and talking to her friends and family. She still enjoys these activities. She is also a community organizer and activist for many causes. She lives in Nebraska with her husband Jim.

Pipher is the author of 10 books including her number one New York Times bestseller Reviving Ophelia; and her most recent, Women Rowing North: Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing As We Age.