The first writing job I got was by answering a want-ad in the Hilton Head Island, SC, daily paper for an arts and entertainment columnist. When I moved to New York I got two gigs. One was as a reader at the Paris Review for no money. The other was as an editorial assistant at GQ magazine where I wrote—I’m not kidding—about hair products.
Later, I became a senior writer at Newsweek Magazine. Over the course of a decade there, I had a chance to write about everything. I covered the aftermath of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and, for over a year, the Duke Lacrosse scandal. I also wrote about Hillary Clinton, Serena Williams, bull-riding, the Christian Right, and Columbine. Assigned to John Kerry’s plane, I reported on the 2004 presidential race and later became senior politics editor for Newsweek.com.
After contributing book reviews to the New York Times Book Review for many years, I started writing the Newly Released column for the paper's Arts section in 2010.
In 2013, I wrote "The Boy With a Thorn in His Joints," in the New York Times Magazine about my young son's arthritis and our family's efforts to help him get better using a variety of therapies, including changing his diet. The story became the basis of my book, "The Other Side of Impossible," which will be published in May from Random House.
I live in Brooklyn with my husband, Darin Strauss, and our two boys.
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