Nancy Jo Sales will discuss American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Nancy Jo Sales, Award-winning Journalist and Bestselling Author, will discuss her New Hardcover American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers.  This Event is Co-Sponsored by: Rainy Day Books, Girl Scouts of NE Kansas and NW Missouri, SkillBuilders Fund, Madam President Camp, Welch Family Foundation, and Women's Foundation.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Nancy Jo Sales is an Award-Winning Journalist who has written for Vanity Fair, New York, Harper's Bazaar, and many other publications.  She has written profiles of Damien Hirst, Hugh Hefner, Russell Simmons, Donald Trump, Tyra Banks, Angelina Jolie, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, and Taylor Swift.  Her acclaimed 2010 Vanity Fair piece "The Suspects Wore Louboutins" is the basis for the Sofia Coppola film The Bling Ring.  Nancy Jo lives in New York City with her daughter.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  Instagram.  Whisper.  Yik Yak.  Vine. YouTube.  Kik.  Tinder.  The dominant force in the lives of girls coming of age in America today is social media.  What it is doing to an entire generation of young women is the subject of award-winning Vanity Fair writer Nancy Jo Sales's riveting and explosive American Girls.  With extraordinary intimacy and precision, Sales captures what it feels like to be a girl in America today.  From Montclair to Manhattan and Los Angeles, from Florida and Arizona to Texas and Kentucky, Sales crisscrossed the country, speaking to more than two hundred girls, ages thirteen to nineteen, and documenting a massive change in the way girls are growing up, a phenomenon that transcends race, geography, and household income.  American Girls provides a disturbing portrait of the end of childhood as we know it and of the inexorable and ubiquitous experience of a new kind of adolescence one dominated by new social and sexual norms, where a girl's first crushes and experiences of longing and romance occur in an accelerated electronic environment; where issues of identity and self-esteem are magnified and transformed by social platforms that provide instantaneous judgment.  What does it mean to be a girl in America in 2016? It means coming of age online in a hypersexualized culture that has normalized extreme behavior, from pornography to the casual exchange of nude photographs; a culture rife with a virulent new strain of sexism and a sometimes self-undermining notion of feminist empowerment; a culture in which teenagers are spending so much time on technology and social media that they are not developing basic communication skills.  From beauty gurus to slut-shaming to a disconcerting trend of exhibitionism, Nancy Jo Sales provides a shocking window into the troubling world of today's teenage girls.  Provocative and urgent, American Girls is destined to ignite a much-needed conversation about how we can help our daughters and sons negotiate unprecedented new challenges.


"Based on interviews with hundreds of teens from 13 to 19, this exploration of the hypersexualized, social-media-ruled world girls grow up in today is eye-opening and sobering."— People

“Social media is life; social media destroys life.  For American Girls, Ms. Sales spent two and a half years investigating this paradox…. and she’s exquisitely unobtrusive as she does it.  Conversations that are not safe for adults seem to open like apps under her fingertips.  She has sophisticated methods of infiltration.” — The Wall Street Journal

"Sales forces us to face a disturbing new reality in a book that should be required reading for parents, teachers, school administrators, legislators and the boys’ club of Silicon Valley.” — The San Francisco Chronicle 

Sales painstakingly draws on scholarly research and numerous interviews with girls from New Jersey to California to offer a harrowing glimpse into a world where self-esteem, friendships and sexuality play out, and are defined by the parameters of social media." — USA Today

DATE & TIME:  Thursday, April 14, 2016, at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

EVENT FORMAT:  Nancy Jo Sales will discuss her New Hardcover American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers and answer audience questions.  A Booksigning will follow the Presentation.  A Stamped Admission Ticket is required for the Booksigning.

GROUP ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $26.95 plus Kansas Sales Tax includes One Hardcover of American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers, and One Admission Ticket for up to 4 People.

Admission Packages are available to Pre-Order through the Links below, by Calling the Bookstore at 913-384-3126, or at our Sales & Service Counter In-Store.

PLEASE NOTE:  We will automatically have your Admission Packages held at the Will-Call Table of this Event if you are unable to pick them up ahead of time.  

Your Order will ship within a Day or two of the Event.  All Books are packed in bubble wrap and shipped in boxes.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Event date: 
Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary
707 W. 47th Street
Kansas City, MO 64112

AUTOGRAPHED BOOK: One Author Autographed Hardcover of American Girls signed by Nancy Jo Sales.

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