A former nurse with a caretaker's eye for the details of needing and being needed, Elizabeth Berg doesn't shy from the "women's writer" association. She writes with humor and sympathy about the small earthquakes upending women's lives and their extraordinary, human ways of setting things right again.
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Date of Birth:
December 2, 1948
Place of Birth:
St. Paul, Minnesota
Attended the University of Minnesota; St. Mary’s College, A.A.S.
New England Booksellers Association Award in fiction, 1997; ALA Best Books of the Year for Durable Goods and Joy School
|Occasionally, readers find Elizabeth Berg's number and ring her up -- sometimes to pay her a compliment, sometimes for unwarranted publishing favors. They might not imagine Berg has been in the same position, as she admitted in a publisher's interview: She tried to call Erica Jong to tell her how much she enjoyed Fear of Flying. "I...got a number, dialed it, and then hung up," Berg said. "I wanted to tell her how much I loved the book, but I was afraid I'd be bothering her and/or sound like an idiot." Here are some other authors for whom Berg has professed admiration -- but not necessarily any phone attempts.|
|The Best Book to Read First||Prescriptive Writing|
Berg's first novel not only got her noticed for its insightful writing, it introduced a character that would stick with Berg and her readers: 12-year-old Katie Nash contends with an abusive father, a rebellious older sister and the loss of her mother. She returns in two subsequent titles.
|Escaping into the Open: The Art of Writing True|
"I believe many people ... need a gentle nudge to [start writing]," Berg writes in the introduction to this inspirational tome. "It is my mission and my high privilege to try to make this book that nudge." And nudge she does, with concrete exercises and practical tips.
|Photo by Joyce Ravid||