Idol Talk (Paperback)

Women Writers on the Teenage Infatuations That Changed Their Lives

By Elizabeth Searle (Editor), Tamra Wilson (Editor)

McFarland & Company, 9781476669120, 252pp.

Publication Date: May 24, 2018

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In the midst of acne, social anxiety and training bras are the teen idols that make adolescent life a little more bearable. Whether their cutouts are plastered on bedroom walls or hidden behind locker doors, there is no denying the impact of these stars on young women. This collection of new essays explores with tenderness and humor the teen crushes of the past 60 years--from Elvis to John Lennon to Whitney Houston--who have influenced the choices of women, romantically or otherwise, well into adulthood.

About the Author

Elizabeth Searle is the author of five books of fiction. Her show Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera has been widely produced and has drawn national media attention. She teaches at Stonecoast MFA. Tamra Wilson is a fiction writer, essayist and Road Scholar speaker for the North Carolina Humanities Council. She lives in Newton, North Carolina.