BOOKS: SURVIVING YOUR TEENS

FOR TROUBLED ADOLESCENT GIRLS, AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM, THE BEST-SELLING REVIVING OPHELIA IS A SACRED TEXT

IN THE LAND OF POPULAR PSYCHOLOGY books, nothing works so well as a bunch of case studies, paired with a lot of enthusiastic word of mouth. The current No. 1 paperback best seller, Mary Pipher's Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls (Ballantine; $12.50), has the combination just right. Dozens of troubled teenage girls troop across its pages: composite sketches of Charlottes, Whitneys and Danielles who were raped, who have bulimia, who have pierced bodies or shaved heads, who are coping with strict religious families or are felled by their parents' bitter divorce. There's a girl here for everyone: either...

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