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A Tribe Apart: A Journey Into the Heart of American Adolescence

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The author doesn’t quite make it all the way to the heart of American adolescence in A Tribe Apart, but she does rummage under its pimply skin. Date rape, drunk driving, pregnancy, and suicide — topics suitable for a season of Very Special 90210s — scar the three years Hersch spent trailing teenagers in her suburban hometown of Reston, Va. When the former Psychology Today contributor isn’t thumping the lectern (”We need to look at the journey as much as the destinations”), she offers a coolheaded, closely observed addition to the teen beat. B

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