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April 29 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

In Person: An Evening With Kara Alaimo and Kristal Brent Zook


Books & Books
(305) 442-4408
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April 29
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
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 Books & Books Presents…


in conversation with

Kristal Brent Zook


 Over the Influence: Why Social Media is Toxic for Women and Girls – And How We Can Take It Back

(Alcove Press, $29.99)

Monday, April 29th, 6:30 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables


Books & Books is thrilled to present an evening with Kara Alaimo discussing her important new book: Over the Influence: Why Social Media is Toxic for Women and Girls – And How We Can Take It Back (Alcove Press, $29.99). She will be in conversation with Kristal Brent Zook.

This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.

About the Book:

A rallying cry for women

In Over the Influence: Why Social Media is Toxic for Women and Girls – And How We Can Take It Back,communication professor and CNN Opinion contributor Kara Alaimo reveals how social media is affecting every aspect of the lives of women, girls and nonbinary people —from our relationships and our parenting to our physical and mental wellbeing.
Over the Influenceis a book about what it means to live in the world social media has wrought – whether you’re constantly connected or have deleted your accounts forever. Alaimo shows why you’re likely to get fewer followers if you’re a woman. She demonstrates how fake news is crafted to prey on women’s vulnerabilities. She reveals why so much of the content we find in our feeds is specifically designed to hold us back. And she explains how social media has made the offline world an uglier place for women.But we can change this and reclaim the Internet to empower ourselves. Alaimo offers up brilliant advice for how to get over the influence—how to handle our daughters’ use of social media, use dating apps to find who we’re looking for, use social networks to bolster our careers, and protect ourselves from sextortionists, catfishers and trolls. She also explains what we need to demand from lawmakers and tech companies in order to solve these problems.

Over the Influence calls on women to recognize and call out the subtle (and not-so-subtle) sexism and misogyny we find online, reject misinformation that is targeted to us because of our gender, and use our social platforms to empower ourselves and other women.


About the Author:

Kara Alaimo, PhD is a communication professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she created the university’s programs in social media. She has been writing for CNN Opinion about the social impact of social media and issues affecting women since 2016 and is author of Over the Influence: Why Social Media is Toxic for Women and Girls – And How We Can Take It Back (Alcove, 2024). A former spokesperson in the Obama administration and communicator at the United Nations, she lives in New Jersey with her family.

About the Moderator:

Dr. Kristal Brent Zook is an award-winning journalist and author of four books including The Girl in the Yellow Poncho, a coming-of-age story about being biracial in America, searching for her missing white father, and finding one’s authentic identity. A former contributor to the Washington Post and ESSENCE, her work on race, women, culture and social justice has appeared in Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, LIFE, and The Guardian among others. The Girl in the Yellow Poncho has been praised inVanity Fair, PEOPLE, Ms., The Root, and Kirkus. Dr. Zook is a tenured professor of journalism at Hofstra University. She lives in Coconut Grove with her husband and daughter.