Pledged by Alexandra Robbins
The Secret Life of Sororities

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Alexandra Robbins wanted to find out if the stereotypes about sorority girls were actually true, so she spent a year with a group of girls in a typical sorority. The sordid behavior of sorority girls exceeded her worst expectations--drugs, psychological abuse, extreme promiscuity, racism, violence, and rampant eating disorders are just a few of the problems. But even more surprising was the fact that these abuses were inflicted and endured by intelligent, successful, and attractive women. Why is the desire to belong to a sorority so powerful that women are willing to engage in this type of behavior--especially when the women involved are supposed to be considered 'sisters'? What definition of sisterhood do many women embrace? Pledged combines a sharp-eyed narrative with extensive reporting and the fly-on-the-wall voyeurism of reality shows to provide the answer.

About Alexandra Robbins

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Robbins, a contributing editor at Mademoiselle, is a journalist who has written for such publications as The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, Salon, and Time Digital.
Published May 24, 2011 by Hachette Books. 394 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Robbins, who previously researched Yale's Skull and Bones Society for Secrets of the Tomb and also coauthored Quarterlife Crisis</EMP

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This "undercover" exposé is well written and provides an intriguing candid look at Sorority Houses from a cautionary perspective.

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While her book reflects the Greek system on one college campus, it does not mirror every chapter across the nation or accurately portray the over three million women that are currently active sorority members.

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