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Susannah GoraEntertainment journalist Susannah Gora is the author of "You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, And Their Impact on a Generation," published by Random House/Crown. Through interviews with the key players from that era, the book covers the history behind and sociological impact of the great 1980's teen movies, including classic John Hughes youth films such as "The Breakfast Club."

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Praise for "You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation":

"Those who have seen Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Say Anything, St. Elmo's Fire and Some Kind of Wonderful won't be able to put down this book...A must-have for fans of 80s teen flicks." –The Associated Press

"Gora interviews all the major actors and players anew and knits together a narrative that, in the end, gives fans a clear, sound understanding of what commercial and cultural forces produced these films…and why they still mean a great deal to so many." –The Chicago Sun-Times

"Gora has written a book that will form the basis of sociology and film studies courses as an important tribute to teenagers everywhere." –The Winnipeg Free Press

"With the passion of a fan and the inquisitiveness of a good journalist, author Gora has produced a book on the phenomenon of these 1980s movies that is as readable as it is informative. Based on her own observations and interviews with many of the people who made these films, among others, her lively book sets the films into the context of their time, explains why they stood out then – and why they continue to resonate today... It’s hard to believe that a quarter-century has passed since the first of these films appeared, but it’s true. That makes them part of movie – and pop culture – history, and they are well served by this excellent volume." –Leonard Maltin

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Gora has written for outlets including The Washington Post, Elle, AOL, The Huffington Post, Woman’s Day, Variety, The Food Network Magazine, Popular Mechanics, Every Day With Rachael Ray, The American Academy of Neurology's "Neurology Now,", Martha Stewart Weddings, and Premiere–The Movie Magazine, where Gora was Associate Editor.

Over the years, her hundreds of interviewees have included such actors as George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Harrison Ford, Reese Witherspoon, Hugh Jackman, Julianne Moore, Anne Hathaway, Scarlett Johansson, Denzel Washington, Michelle Williams, Jane Fonda, and Anthony Hopkins. Additionally, Gora has served as a Duke University Expert in Residence, in conjunction with Duke's Department of Film Studies.

Susannah Gora has appeared on national television networks such as NBC, VH1, MTV, CNBC, E!, Bravo, The Fox News Channel and CNN Headline News to discuss entertainment news, pop culture, and lifestyle trends. Gora is also the host and writer of “Classics on Film,” a DVD series produced by Penguin Books which covers classic novels that have been made into great films. The “Classics on Film” series is available at bookstores everywhere and has been broadcast over 125 college television stations across the U.S. Additionally, Gora gave movie reviews in a weekly segment on the Associated Press’s national “All News Radio” network for over three years, reaching two million listeners per broadcast.

Gora has worked for ABC Television, interned for CBS News, NY1 News, and Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, and spent a summer studying filmmaking at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She graduated cum laude with High Distinction in English from Duke University in 1999, where she was the recipient of the E. Blake Byrne Scholarship for excellence in creative writing. Susannah Gora is a member of The Author’s Guild, and she is included in Marquis’ “Who’s Who in America” and “Who’s Who in Emerging Leaders.”

Gora resides in Manhattan, where she was born and raised.

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