IRIS KRASNOW

Author    Professor    Speaker    Mother    Wife

Publishers Weekly logoFrom Publishers Weekly Review of Camp Girls

Krasnow (Surrendering to Motherhood) recounts in her charming memoir the many life lessons learned while attending Wisconsin's Camp Agawak, a sleep-away girl's summer camp, from the age of eight in 1963.

Iris Krasnow"All that is very adventurous, very sentimental, very brave, and very naughty about who I am today was birthed and nurtured there," she explains.

Toggling between past and present, Krasnow describes growing up in the Chicago suburbs as the daughter of a Polish Holocaust survivor, and notes that summers at Camp Agawak in the wilds of Wisconsin sowed the seeds for her life as a newspaper reporter and then as an author, and instilled in her kindness, responsibility, a sense of ambition, a desire to contribute to the greater good of a community, and taught her to remain steadfast during tough times.

Krasnow also writes movingly of her close-knit community of alumni campers, who still maintain close ties to Camp Agawak as they support each other through such ordeals as breast cancer, the suicide of a sibling, and the death of a spouse.

Publisher's Weekly logoThis is a thoroughly enjoyable dip into nostalgia for the simpler times of youth.


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From Iris Krasnow's Camp Girls:

“Separated from our parents at an early age, adapting to cabins filled with strangers, pushed to try every activity – we become adults who are independent, resilient, collaborative, adventurous. Our camp friends become family, sisters and brothers bound not of blood but of history, love and loyalty.”  More