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About meThanks for visiting me on librarything! I am a columnist, lyricist and playwright. My play "A Body of Water" was published by Dramatists Play Service and produced around the country after its debut at Circle Repertory in New York. Other plays were produced in the Twin Cities, Los Angeles, Atlanta and St. Louis.

As a columnist at TC Jewfolk, I write about my connection to Jewish holidays, rituals and more. Columns have been reprinted in MinnPost, the Star Tribune, the Forward and elsewhere. Essays, articles and poems have appeared in FieldReport, Stoneboat, Woodbury, Minnesota Bride and Scholastic magazines. I'm also a member of Prosody, a composer-lyricist group in the Twin Cities.

My first novel, "The Beat on Ruby's Street," is available at, and via my website at "The Beat on Ruby's Street" is about a young girl who is just a few weeks shy of her twelfth birthday in 1958. Ruby lives in Greenwich Village and dreams of meeting famous poets while writing her own poetry. Instead, she is accused of stealing fruit from a local shop and forced to go into a children's home. Her only choice is to follow her heart -- and find the one thing she needs with the power to help her heal.

About my libraryWhen I was in high school, my father started haranguing me about reading the classics. I was surprised because I had never known him to read except a very little bit before bed; he was almost always busy working at the appliance store he owned in Jersey City, and I hadn't pegged him for a man who would read the classics. But read them he did, and I owe my love of them - and books in general to him.

If you asked me to pick my all-time desert island books, I'd have to say these three. Okay, four:

Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
Saturday - Ian Russell McEwan
Ellis Island and Other Stories - Mark Helprin
American Pastoral - Phillip Roth

For young adult books, which hold a special place in my heart:

Fever Crumb - Philip Reeve
The Beet Fields - Gary Paulsen
Phoenix Rising - Karen Hesse

GroupsGirlybooks, Historical Fiction, Hobnob with Authors


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