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Koren Zailckas, author of the New York Times best-selling memoir "Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood," will deliver a lecture at Old Dominion University at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, in the North Cafeteria of Webb Center. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a book signing.

Zailckas' talk, which will focus on addiction and the social pressures of binge drinking for students, is sponsored by ODU's Office of Student Health Services.

From earliest experimentation to habitual excess to full-blown abuse, the 24-year-old Zailckas chronicles the highs and lows of alcohol abuse in her book. It follows her journey to becoming sober, highlighting the depression, rage, troubled friendships and sputtering romantic connections along the way.

Entertainment Weekly named the book "one of the best accounts of addiction, let alone the college experience, or even what it means to be an average teenage girl in America." Janet Maslin of The New York Times called the book "a mortifyingly credible story of smart young women doing stupid things."

For more information call 683-5927.

This article was posted on: October 20, 2006

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