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Bestselling Author Jennifer Senior To Discuss ‘The Paradox of Modern Parenthood’

Jennifer Senior

Posted: Friday, November 3, 2017 – 6:40 PM

New York Times book critic and author Jennifer Senior, will present a talk, “All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood”—also the title of her bestselling book—at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 15 at The Willows Community School, 8509 Higuera St., Culver City.

Much has been written about how parents affect their children, but how do children affect their parents? Senior tackles the issue of how children affect their parents and reshape their lives.

She points out that changes in the last half-century have altered the roles of mothers and fathers, making them more complex. Using research in history, sociology, economics, psychology and more, Senior investigates why parents are so stressed and provides guidance, reassurance and inspiration.

The presentation will be followed by a Q & A and book sale and signing.

The evening is free and open to the community. Required reservations may be made by visiting

Senior’s book spent eight weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list. In October of 2015, she joined the paper as one of its three daily book critics. Before that, she spent many years as a staff writer for New York Magazine, writing profiles and cover stories about politics, social science and mental health.

She won the Front Page Award from the Newswomen’s Club of New York in 1999 and 2014, the GLAAD award in 2002, and the Erikson Prize in Mental Health Media in 2011.

Her work has been anthologized four times in The Best American Political Writing, and her 2006 profile of Barack Obama, “Dreaming of Obama,” is the closing essay in New York Stories: Landmark Writing From Four Decades Of New York Magazine.

She graduated summa cum laude in anthropology from Princeton University.

About The Willows

The Willows Community School, is a developmental kindergarten through eighth grade independent school en-rolling 460 students annually.

Nationally recognized as a balanced, progressive educational leader, The Willows’ academic program incorporates experiential learning and thematic instruction into cutting-edge curriculum and integrates STEAM, Maker, technology and the arts into the classroom.

 The Willows is committed to financial assistance and seeks a broad-based student body with a diversity of race, ethnicity, economics and learning styles.

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