With the selection of The House on Beartown Road -- a poignant chronicle of her experience caring for both an infant child and a father with Alzheimer's -- as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, journalist Elizabeth Cohen is poised to become a writer that will long be remembered in readers' hearts.
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Also Known As:
Elizabeth Cohen Van Pelt
Port Crane, New York
Date of Birth:
June 13, 1959
Place of Birth:
B.A., University of New Mexico, 1983; M.A., Temple University, 1987; M.F.A., Columbia University, 1990
|A Moving Memoir|
|The House on Beartown Road: A Memoir of Learning and Forgetting|
A Spring 2003 selection of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Program, Cohen's moving memoir describes the hope-laced heartbreak of simultaneously caring for her elderly father with Alzheimer's disease and raising her baby daughter. "Cohen's editor, Katie Hall, has said that The House on Beartown Road might be the best book she's ever edited. It's not hard to understand why," our editors point out.
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|An Author's Inspiration||Cohen's Reading Recommendations|
|To Kill a Mockingbird|
In our interview, Cohen named Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird as the book that has most influenced her life. "I have read it many times," she reflects. "It is, I think, the combination of a great story -- it's really a weave of several stories -- with memorable characters and powerfully descriptive writing."
|The Virgin Blue|
We asked Cohen to tell us more about some of her favorite books. She put Tracy Chevalier's The Virgin Blue on her list, noting that "Chevalier is a literary writer but very accessible." Read on to learn more about Cohen's top reading picks, including:
|Photo by Maureen Ryan||