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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Paula Kamen  

Pen Name: 


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1967 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Paula Kamen was born in Chicago and grew up in South Suburban Flossmoor, Illinois. She now lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Paula is a 1989 graduate in journalism from the University of Illinois. She has held the position of “Visiting Research Scholar” with Northwestern University’s Gender Studies Program since 1994.

Published Works

  • All in My Head: An Epic Quest to Cure a Unrelenting, Totally Unreasonable and Only Slightly Enlightening Headache, Da Capo, 2006
  • Her Way: Young Women Remake the Sexual Revolution, NYU Press, 2000
  • Feminist Fatale: Voices from the twentysomething generation explore the future of the women's movement, Donald I. Fine/Penguin, 1991

Selected Titles At Your Library

All in my head :
ISBN: 0738210390. OCLC Number:

Da Capo Lifelong,. Cambridge, MA :. ©2005.

"At the age of twenty-four, Paula Kamen's life changed in an instant. While she was putting in her contact lenses, the left lens ignited a constellation of nerves behind her eye. The pain was more piercing than that of any other headache she had ever experienced." "More than a decade later, she still has a headache - the exact same headache." "From surgery to a battery of Botox injections to a dousing of Lithuanian holy water, from a mountain of pharmaceutical products to aromatherapy and even a vibrating hat, All in My Head chronicles the sometimes frightening, usually absurd, and always ineffective remedies she - like so many others - tried in order to relieve the pain. Beleaguered and frustrated by doctors who, frustrated themselves, periodically declared her pain psychosomatic, Kamen came to understand the plight of the millions who suffer chronic pain in its many forms." "All in My Head is a story of patience, acceptance, and perseverance in the face of terrifying pain."--Jacket.

Her way :
ISBN: 0767910001. OCLC Number:

Broadway Books,. New York :. 2002.

Feminist fatale :
ISBN: 1556112564. OCLC Number:

Donald I. Fine,. New York, N.Y. :. ©1991.



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