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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Iris Krasnow  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: in Oak Park, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Krasnow was born and raised in Oak Park.

Biographical and Professional Information

Iris Krasnow is a New York Times bestselling author, journalist, professor, and professional speaker. She is a journalism and women's studies professor at American University in Washington, DC.Her writing has been featured in many national publications, including Parade, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and AARP The Magazine. Iris has been a guest on numerous national television and radio programs including Oprah, Good Morning America, Today, All Things Considered, and has been featured on CNN several times. Interviews with Iris, and reviews of her work, have appeared in Time, O: The Oprah Magazine, Glamour, The New Yorker, U.S. News & World Report, and Redbook. She has appeared on numerous national shows, ranging from Oprah and Good Morning America to All Things Considered. Krasnow currently resides in Maryland.

Published Works

    Surrendering to Motherhood, Miramax, 1997Surrendering to Yourself, Miramax, 2003I am My Mother's Daughter, Basic Books, 2007Surrendering to Marriage, IBKBooks , 2012The Secreter Lives of Wives, Avery , 2012Sex After ..., Avery, 2015

Selected Titles At Your Library

Surrendering to motherhood :
ISBN: 0786862173. OCLC Number:

Hyperion,. New York :. ©1997.

"Surrendering to Motherhood"is about letting go of the need to achieve and finding your true self. A powerful story with a happy ending, this book flashes an important message to Krasnow's own generation of baby-boomers programmed to strive for the bigger and better: you might be surprised to find how much more fulfillment the littler things bring.

Surrendering to yourself :
ISBN: 0786869135. OCLC Number:

Miramax Books/Hyperion,. New York :. ©2003.

Invites readers to discover themselves beyond psychological false identities and roles as parents, spouses, and employees, explaining how to discontinue unhealthy behaviors and achieve personal dreams by releasing spiritual passion.

I am my mother's daughter :
ISBN: 0465037550. OCLC Number:

Basic Books,. [New York] :. ©2006.

"Iris Krasnow tackles the toughest relationship in the lives of so many grown women: the mother-daughter bond. Drawing on her own experience with her ailing, but still irrepressible, eighty-five-year-old mother and the collective wisdom of more than a hundred other midlife daughters, Krasnow's book offers prescriptions on how to overcome the anger and resentment that can accumulate over the years."--Jacket.

ISBN: 0985134089. OCLC Number:

IBKBOOKS,. [Place of publication not identified],. 2012.

Secret lives of wives :
ISBN: 1592407390. OCLC Number:

Gotham Books,. New York :. 2012.

Sex after-- :
ISBN: 1592409180. OCLC Number:

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Presents straightforward advice on how to promote an enduring and satisfying sex life into one's senior years, exploring how women have effectively navigated challenges ranging from childbirth and divorce to menopause and illness.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Iris Krasnow speaks on issues related to family, relationships and female empowerment to many national groups, including business organizations, religious institutions, womens groups and colleges and universities. She speaks on the following topics

  • Having It All Balancing work, family and personal growth
  • Surrendering to Marriage Make your relationship last forever
  • How Purpose and Passion Lead to Business Success
  • The Healing Power Of Female Friendships
  • Surrendering To Yourself Exploring and loving your self of truth
  • Mother-Daughter Relationships Turning war into peace
  • The Circle of Life From mothering children to mothering aging parents
  • Women In Transition Creating fulfillment and growth at every stage