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About Iris

Iris Krasnow was born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois. A graduate of Stanford University, she became the fashion writer for the Dallas Times-Herald, and then moved to United Press International in Washington, D.C. to become the national feature writer.

In her several years at UPI, Krasnow specialized in celebrity profiles, including Yoko Ono, Billy Graham, Ted Kennedy, Norman Mailer and Queen Noor of Jordan.

Iris is the author of Surrendering to Motherhood, the New York Times bestseller Surrendering to Marriage, Surrendering to Yourself (Miramax Books), and I Am My Mother's Daughter (Basic Books).

The Secret Lives of Wives, published in October 2011 by Penguin/Gotham Books, continues her journey as a journalist who chronicles the adult female growth cycle, followed by the publication in 2015 of Sex After...Women Share How Intimacy Changes As Life Changes. Her newest book was released by Grand Central Publishing in 2020, Camp Girls: Fireside Lessons on Friendship, Courage & Loyalty.

Her writing has been featured in many national publications, such as Parade, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and AARP publications.  Iris has been a guest on numerous national television and radio programs, including OprahGood Morning AmericaTodayAll Things Considered, and has been featured on CNN several times. Interviews with Iris, and reviews of her work, have appeared in Time, O: The Oprah Magazine, Glamour, The New Yorker, U.S. News & World Report, and Redbook. She is the Senior Editor of AARP's The Ethel, a lifestyle and health online publication for women over 50.

Iris is a professor emerita teaching writing at American University in Washington, D.C. She is married to an architect, and they are parents of four grown sons.