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Stacked Up: A Three Dog Life
A Three Dog Life was chosen by the Washington Post and the LA Times as one of the best books of 2006 and has been translated into nine languages.

Thomas, the daughter of renowned science writer Lewis Thomas (The Lives of a Cell, etc.), is the mother of four children and the grandmother of twelve. Her academic education stopped when, pregnant with her oldest daughter, she was asked to leave Bryn Mawr during her first year. She lived most of her life on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and was for a time a book editor and for another time a book agent. Then she started writing for publication.

She has written three works of fiction, Getting Over Tom; An Actual Life; and Herb’s Pajamas; and three memoirs: Safekeeping; A Three Dog Life; and Thinking About Memoir, a guide to writing memoir which doubles as a kind of memoir itself. A Three Dog Life was chosen by the Washington Post and the LA Times as one of the best books of 2006 and has been translated into nine languages.

Her essays and stories have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, O the Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, Tin House, Cosmopolitan Magazine, The Ladies’ Home Journal, The Missouri Review, the Alaska Quarterly and other magazines.

She lives in Woodstock, New York, with her three dogs.

Learn more about Abigail Thomas as http://www.abigailthomas.net/.


Stacked Up: Tayari Jones

Tayari Jones has written for McSweeney’s,theNew York Times, and The Believer. Her first novel, Leaving Atlanta, received best of the year nods from the Washington Post, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Creative Loafing. AndThe Untelling won the Lillian C. Smith Award from the Southern Regional Council and was a Target Breakout Book. Jones holds degrees from Spelman College, Arizona State University, and the University of Iowa. She is on the MFA faculty at Rutgers and blogs on writing at www.tayarijones.com.




  Stacked Up: The Inheritance of Literary Riches
First editions from her grandmother feature prominently in Jennifer Gilmore’s library.

Jennifer Gilmore's first novel, Golden Country, was a New York Times Notable Book of 2006, and a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her work has appeared in magazines, journals and anthologies including Allure, BookForum, The Los Angeles Times, Nerve, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Self, The Seattle Weekly and Salon. Her next novel is scheduled for publication in April 2010. She lives in Brooklyn, NY. 

Learn more about Jennifer Gilmore at http://www.jennifergilmore.net/.



A Staggering Work of Unliterary Genius
Michael Showalter's debut is all about the funny.

Michael Showalter is a writer/director/comedian living with his wife and their cats in Brooklyn, NY. His comedic memoir, Mr Funny Pants, was published in February 2011 by the Hachette Book Group. 

He was an original member of the seminal MTV sketch troupe The State. He co-wrote and co-starred in the cult film Wet Hot American Summerand is one-third of the comedy trio Stella which had a critically acclaimed TV series on Comedy Central and tours nationally. He wrote, directed and co-starred with Michelle Williams and Elizabeth Banks in the romantic comedy The Baxter

In November of 2008 he released his first stand-up comedy album Sandwiches & Cats. He recently completed a Comedy Central seriesMichael & Michael Have Issues with collaborator Michael Black. He has appeared in many TV shows and movies including Sex & the City, Law & Order, and Signs. Right now he teaches screenwriting at NYU Graduate Film School, writes a monthly column for the Chicago Tribune, and is working on a one-man show about his love of theater. 

Learn more about Michael Showalter at: http://www.michaelshowalter.net/




 

Stacked Up: EBook Dim Sum
For Jennifer 8. Lee, reading a Kindle is like eating Chinese food.

Jennifer 8. Lee is the author of the New York Times best seller, The Fortune Cookie Chronicles, which explores how Chinese food is all-American. A documentary film based on the book, The Search for General Tso, is currently in production. Her media appearances include TED.com, The Colbert Report and The Martha Stewart Show. She was a reporter at The New York Times for nine years, where she covered technology, crime, and other beats. She is also one of the lead organizers of Hacks/Hackers, a rapidly expanding group that brings technologists and journalists together. She lives in New York City 

Learn more about Jennifer 8. Lee at http://fortunecookiechronicles.com/.





 

Stacked Up: Judging a Book by Its Cover
Memoirist Saïd Sayrafiezadeh can and does judge his books by their covers.

 





 

Stacked Up: A Manifesto of Her Own
Landscape architect Diana Balmori's shelves mix the radical with the practical.

Diana Balmori, the founding principal of Balmori Associates, is recognized internationally for her creative interplay between landscape and architecture.  

Diana established Balmori Associates in 1990. In 2006 she created balmoriLABS within the firm to undertake and join the search for form in landscape and the intersection with architecture, art or engineering: Green Roofs, Floating Islands, Temporary Landscapes, Forms of Representation, and Zero Waste City are some of the labs.  

Diana has been featured in publications and programs including Dwell, The Architects Newspaper, Monocle, El Pais, PBS, WNYC, Design Observer, Inhabitat, and Utne Reader, which named her 1 of 50 "Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World" in 2009. 

In addition to teaching at Yale University in both the School of Architecture and the School of Forestry and Environmental studies, she has lectured and published extensively. Her most recent book is Groundwork: Between Landscape and Architecture, written with Joel Sanders (Random House, September 2011). A Landscape Manifesto was published by Yale University Press (2010). She is the co-author of many books, such as Saarinen Garden: A Total Work of Art; Redesigning the American Lawn: A Search for Environmental Harmony; Transitory Gardens, Uprooted Lives; The Land and Natural Development (LAND) Code: Guidelines for Environmentally Sustainable Land Development; Beatrix Farrand, American Landscapes; Garden and Campus Designs. 

Learn more about Diana Balmori’s work at www.balmori.com.





 

Stacked Up: Little Spice on the Prairie
Debut novelist and blogger Ken Wheaton's shelves are a lot like his treasured recipe for gumbo: a little traditional, a lot spicy and all about the mix.

Ken Wheaton was born in Opelousas, Louisiana, and aspired to one day be a Navy pilot but was sideline by bad eyesight and poor math skills. He graduated from Opelousas Catholic School and went off to Southampton College-Long Island University, intending to study Marine Biology. A dearth of math skills led him to become an English major. He received an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. Now the managing editor of trade publication Advertising Age, Wheaton lives in Brooklyn, New York. His first novel, The First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival was published in 2010. 

Learn more about Ken Wheaton and read his blog at: http://kenwheaton.wordpress.com/





 

Stacked Up: Leader Of The Pack
Best-selling author Julie Klam talks dogs, Maus and baseball.

Julie Klam is an Emmy nominated writer and the author of You Had Me at Woof, Love at First Bark, and Please Excuse My Daughter. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, daughter and several dogs. Learn more about Julie Klam at: julieklam.com





Sid Jacobson Photo Courtesy Shure Jacobson/Ernie Colon Photo Courtesy Ruth Ashby
 

Stacked Up: Drawn in by Anne Frank
Comics vets Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón talk about their new graphic biography.

Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón first came together to create the New York Timesbestselling The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation (H&W, 2006). Since then, the pair have collaborated on Che: A Graphic Biography (H&W, 2009) and After 9/11: America’s War on Terror (2001– ) (H&W, 2008). Jacobson was formerly the managing editor and editor in chief for Harvey Comics, and an executive editor at Marvel Comics. Artist Colón has worked at Harvey, Marvel, and DC Comics. 

Learn more about Laurie Sandell at: http://lauriesandell.com/




 

Stacked Up: Family Secrets
Laurie Sandell, author of the graphic memoir, "The Imposter's Daughter," shares her favorite books, and some secret books too.

Laurie Sandell has written for Esquire, GQ, Glamour, Marie Claire and InStyle, among others, and has contributed cartoons to New York, Glamour, and the Wall Street Journal. Her first book, the graphic memoir The Impostor’s Daughter–about her own experiences with her eccentric, secretive father–was nominated for a 2009 Eisner Award. Her new book, Truth and Consequences: Life Inside the Madoff Family, was published by Little, Brown in October, 2011. She lives in Los Angeles, California. 

Learn more about Laurie Sandell at: http://lauriesandell.com/




 

Stacked Up: Subversive In The City
David Goodwillie tackles two of his favorite subjects - radicalism and New York.

David Goodwillie is the author of the acclaimed novel AMERICAN SUBVERSIVE. Hailed as "genuinely thrilling" by The New Yorker, and "a triumphant work of fiction" by the AP, it was aNew York Times Notable Book of 2010, and aVanity Fair and Publisher's Weekly top ten Spring debut. He is also the author of the memoir SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME, for which he was named one of the “Best New Writers of 2006″ by members of the PEN American Center. Goodwillie writes about books for The New York Times and The Daily Beast, and his fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including New York, Men’s Health, Black Book, The New York Observer, and The New York Post. He has played professional baseball, worked as a private investigator, and been an expert at Sotheby’s auction house. A graduate of Kenyon College, he lives in New York City. 

Learn more about David Goodwillie at: http://www.davidgoodwillie.com.





Photo Courtesy Ian Gittler
 

Stacked Up: From The Mixed-Up Shelves Of Amanda Stern
A reformed comedian finds her voice in fiction.

Amanda Stern is the author of the novel, The Long Haul, published by Soft Skull Press, and over ten books for kids. She’s been published inThe New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Believer, Filmmaker Magazine,Salt Hill, Spinning Jenny, St. Ann’s Review, Five Chapters and many others. She founded, curates and hosts the popular, Happy Ending Music and Reading Series at Joe’s Pub in NYC. She is at work on her next novel. And yes, she lives in Brooklyn. 

Learn more about Amanda Stern at: http://amandastern.com/





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Stacked Up: Running at The Deacon
Journalist Rich Cohen charges headlong at his subjects, from cover to cover.

New York Times bestselling author Rich Cohen is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone and the author of seven books, includingIsrael Is Real, Tough Jews and the widely acclaimed memoir Sweet and Low. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazineand Best American Essays. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, three sons and dog.





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Stacked Up: So Many Books, Not Enough Shelves
Kathryn Harrison solves the space issue by reading (and re-reading) her favorites.

Kathryn Harrison is the author of the novels Envy, The Seal Wife, The Binding Chair, Poison, Exposure, and Thicker Than Water. She has also written memoirs, The Kiss and The Mother Know, a travel memoir, The Road to Santiago, a biography, Saint Therese of Lisieux, and a collection of personal essays, Seeking Rapture. Ms. Harrison is a frequent reviewer for The New York Times Book Review; her essays, which have been included in many anthologies, have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, Vogue, O Magazine, Salon, and other publications. She lives in New York with her husband, the novelist Colin Harrison, and their children. 

Learn more about Kathryn Harrison at: http://kathrynharrison.com/.





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Stacked Up: Just the Facts for A.J. Jacobs
Life is one big experiment for the ever-so-rational A.J. Jacobs.

A.J. Jacobs is the author of three New York Times bestsellers: The Know-It-All, The Year of Living Biblically, and My Life as an Experiment. He is the editor at large at Esquire magazine. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Entertainment Weekly, and is an occasional correspondent for NPR. He lives in New York City with his wife, Julie, and their children. You can visit his website at www.ajjacobs.com.



  Stacked Up: The Freewheelin' Susan Orlean
Susan Orlean sings Faulkner's praises and reveals her penchant for books about chickens and dogs.

Susan Orlean is the bestselling author of eight books, including My Kind of Place; The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup; Saturday Night; and Lazy Little Loafers. In 1999, she published The Orchid Thief, a narrative about orchid poachers in Florida, which was made into the Oscar-wining movie, "Adaptation," written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Spike Jonze.  Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend, a sweeping account of Rin Tin Tin’s journey from orphaned puppy to movie star and international icon published in 2011, was a New York Times bestseller and a Notable book of 2011.

Orlean has written for Vogue, Esquire, Rolling Stone, and Smithsonian, and has been a staff writer for the New Yorker since 1992. She has covered a wide range of subjects – from umbrella inventors to origami artists to skater Tonya Harding – and she has often written about animals, including show dogs, racing pigeons, animal actors, oxen, donkeys, mules, and backyard chickens. She lives in upstate New York and Los Angeles with one dog, three cats, eight chickens, four turkeys, four guinea fowl, twelve Black Angus cattle, three ducks, and her husband and son.

Learn more about Susan Orlean at: susanorlean.com.



 

Stacked Up: Alphabetizing with Darin Strauss
When it comes to book organization, Darin Strauss went from reformed slob to Dewey Decimal devotee.

A recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, a winner of the American Library Association's Alix Award, The National Book Critics Circle Award, and many other prizes -- the internationally-bestselling writer Darin Strauss is the author of the novels Chang & Eng, The Real McCoy, and More Than It Hurts You, and the NBCC-winning memoir Half a Life. These have been New York Times Notable Books, Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Amazon, Chicago Tribune, and NPR Best Books of the Year, among others. Darin has been translated into fourteen languages and published in nineteen countries, and he is a Clinical Associate Professor at NYU's creative writing program. 

Learn more about Darin Strauss at: http://darinstrauss.com/




  Abigail Thomas, the daughter of renowned science writer Lewis Thomas (The Lives of a Cell, etc.), is the mother of four children and the grandmother of twelve. Her academic education stopped when, pregnant with her oldest daughter, she was asked to leave Bryn Mawr during her first year. She lived most of her life on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and was for a time a book editor and for another time a book agent. Then she started writing for publication. 

She has written three works of fiction, Getting Over Tom; An Actual Life; and Herb’s Pajamas; and three memoirs: Safekeeping; A Three Dog Life; and Thinking About Memoir, a guide to writing memoir which doubles as a kind of memoir itself. A Three Dog Life was chosen by the Washington Post and the LA Times as one of the best books of 2006 and has been translated into nine languages. 

Her essays and stories have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, O the Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, Tin House, Cosmopolitan Magazine, The Ladies’ Home Journal, The Missouri Review, the Alaska Quarterly and other magazines. 

She lives in Woodstock, New York, with her three dogs. 

Learn more about Abigail Thomas as http://www.abigailthomas.net/.