Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities (Hardcover)

The Secret Life of Sororities

By Alexandra Robbins

Hyperion, 9781401300463, 380pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2004



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 the Author

Alexandra Robbins is the author of four "New York Times" bestsellers, one of which was voted Goodreads' Best Nonfiction Book of the Year. Her work has appeared in The "New York Times," "The New Yorker," "Vanity Fair," "The Atlantic," "The Washington Post," and other publications. She has appeared on numerous national television shows such as "60 Minutes," " The Today Show," " Oprah," " The View," and "The Colbert Report" and is the 2014 recipient of the John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Magazine Journalism, given by the Medill School of Journalism.