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Eva S. Lefkowitz - Associate Professor of Human Development & Family Studies, Penn State University Park

Book Title: Marjorie Morningstar

Author: Herman Wouk

Book Description:

I first read Marjorie Morningstar as a teenager at my mother's suggestion. By the time I realized she had only seen the movie, I was hooked. At the time, I identified with Marjorie's struggles with family and culture, and wanted to be just like her (dating a famous writer included). I reread it in my 20's and at that time related to Marjorie's struggles with identity and career, and still, family. Now, although written in 1955, I see it as reflecting many of the issues for adolescents and young adults today: balancing culture and peers, family relationships, dating and sex, identity exploration, and career development.

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