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									Alice SteinbachAlice Steinbach
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Alice Steinbach believes in following the advice of Japanese poet Basho: "To learn of the pine, go to the pine." From her debut travelogue about finding herself in Europe (Without Reservations) to her globe-trotting follow-up, Educating Alice, Steinbach invites readers on delightful vicarious adventures.

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Alice Steinbach
Current Home:
Baltimore, Maryland
Place of Birth:
Baltimore, Maryland
Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing, 1985; Quality of Writing Award from United Press International, 1986

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Published Works

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								Educating Alice: Adventures of a Curious Woman, Author: 
								Alice Steinbach.

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Educating Alice: Adventures of a Curious Woman
by Alice Steinbach
Steinbach once again takes readers on virtual vacation by recounting eight exciting world adventures, from studying French cuisine in Paris to learning the Wakayagi style of dance with geishas in Kyoto.

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								Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman, Author: 
								Alice Steinbach.
*  Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman (2000)
*  Educating Alice: Adventures of a Curious Woman (2004)

Writing Rituals

In our exclusive interview, we asked Steinbach if she has any writing rituals. "I do occasionally read a few lines from E. B. White before starting to write; it’s my way of hearing his lucid, graceful voice," she reveals. "And, oh yes, I keep two pieces of advice about writing tacked to the wall behind my computer. One is Elmore Leonard’s advice to 'Leave out the parts readers skip.' And the other is from Dorothy Parker, although it wasn’t necessarily about writing, just about sudden difficulties that can arise in any endeavor: 'What fresh hell is this?' "

Early Inspiration

Favorite Writers and Reads

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								The Tale of Samuel Whiskers, Author: 
								Beatrix Potter.

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The Tale of Samuel Whiskers
by Beatrix Potter
Steinbach recalls how this Beatrix Potter classic "was read to me by my grandmother before I could read and I was enchanted by the story. My Scottish grandmother, who was herself a great storyteller, explained to me the difference between a 'tale' and a 'tail.' From that moment on I wanted to create 'tales.'"

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								Friend of My Youth, Author: 
								Alice Munro.

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Friend of My Youth
by Alice Munro
In our interview, Steinbach names Alice Munro's short story collection Friend of My Youth as an all-time favorite read. "Munro’s stories astonish the reader with their ability to create whole lifetimes, often in less than 25 pages," she explains. Read our interview with Steinbach to learn more about her best-loved books, including:

*Persuasion (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)  by Jane Austen
*One Man's Meat  by E. B. White
*Middlemarch (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)  by George Eliot
*Autobiography of a Face  by Lucy Grealy
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