Individual Author Record
Name: Paula KamenPen Name: Genre: Audience: Adult; Born: 1967 in Chicago, Illinois
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Illinois ConnectionPaula Kamen was born in Chicago and grew up in South Suburban Flossmoor, Illinois. She now lives in Chicago.
Biographical and Professional InformationPaula is a 1989 graduate in journalism from the University of Illinois. She has held the position of “Visiting Research Scholar” with Northwestern University’s Gender Studies Program since 1994.
- All in My Head: An Epic Quest to Cure a Unrelenting, Totally Unreasonable and Only Slightly Enlightening Headache, Da Capo, 2006
- Feminist Fatale: Voices from the twentysomething generation explore the future of the women's movement, Donald I. Fine/Penguin, 1991
- Her Way: Young Women Remake the Sexual Revolution, NYU Press, 2000
Titles At Your Library
All in My Head
ISBN: 0738210390 Da Capo Lifelong Books. 2006
At the age of twenty-four, Paula Kamen's life changed in an instant. While she was putting in her contacts, the left lens disturbed a constellation of nerves behind her eye. The pain was more piercing than that of any other headache she had ever experienced. More than a decade later, she still has a headache-the exact same headache. From surgery to a battery of Botox injections to a dousing of Lithuanian holy water, from a mountain of pharmaceutical products to aromatherapy and even a vibrating hat, All in My Head chronicles the sometimes frightening, usually absurd, and always ineffective remedies Kamen-like so many others-tried in order to relieve the pain. Beleaguered and frustrated by doctors who, frustrated themselves, periodically declared her pain psychosomatic, she came to understand the plight of the millions who suffer chronic pain in its many forms. Full of self-deprecating humor and razorsharp reporting, All in My Head is the remarkable story of patience, acceptance, and perseverance in the face of terrifying pain.
Her Way: Young Women Remake the Sexual Revolution
ISBN: 0767910001 Broadway. 2002 It’s been twenty-five years since Shere Hite’s revealing report on American women’s sex lives and, surprisingly, no one has undertaken an update–until now. Based on more than one hundred candid interviews with women representing a full spectrum of classes, races, sexual preferences, and relationship options, Her Way delivers a frontline account of today’s sexual “evolution.”
Unlike the countless prescriptive books that give women a romanticized take on what they should be doing, Her Way offers an eye-opening perspective on what they are doing. Giving voice to their empowering experiences, journalist Paula Kamen provides a glimpse into the underreported world of modern post-boomer women, a generation that doesn’t view men as mere meal tickets, enjoys guilt-free one-night stands, and is comfortable being single and making the decision to have sex–or not–on its own terms. An unprecedented portrait of contemporary womanhood’s emerging new identity, Her Way captures a new way of liberated living.
ISBN: 1556112564 Dutton Adult. 1991 Interviews with young women from a wide range of backgrounds highlight a look into the issues and future of the women's movement