With Girl Meets God -- her 2002 breakout memoir about making the personal transition from Judaism to Christianity -- Lauren Winner earned a place in the Barnes & Noble "Discover New
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Date of Birth:
October 13, 1976
Place of Birth:
Asheville, North Carolina
B.A., Columbia University, 1997; M.A., Cambridge University, 1999
Lauren F. Winner
Winner -- who chronicled her transition to Christianity in her memoir Girl Meets God -- reflects upon the Orthodox Jewish traditions that she believes helped her to more fully realize her life as Christian. By examining time-honored Jewish rituals from keeping the Sabbath to fasting, Winner examines the ways in which Christians can learn more about their own faith from sacred Jewish ways.
|Winner's Breakout Book|
|From our Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Editors: "Embracing this book was a Discover first -- rarely does a book from the religion section find its way into our selections. But Lauren Winner's spiritual odyssey is so compellingly unique, her story so winsomely honest yet deeply intellectual, we had to rave about it."
|An Author's Inspiration||Favorite Writers & Reads|
|Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas|
Hunter S. Thompson, Ralph Steadman (Illustrator)
In our exclusive interview with Winner, she recalls how Hunter S. Thompson's gonzo journalism classic inspired her. "It was the book that taught me that being a writer didn’t mean necessarily writing fiction," she recalls. "I’d heard of 'creative non-fiction’ before I read Thompson, but I didn’t have a sense of what it was, or how it worked."
|Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose|
Flannery O'Connor, Robert Fitzgerald (Editor), Sally Fitzgerald (Editor), Saly Fitzgerald (Editor)
Winner also talked with us about some of her all-time favorite books, among them, Flannery O'Connor's essays in Mystery and Manners. "As brilliant as her fiction is, her prose is even more transparent; deadlier," she observes. Read the complete interview to learn more about Winner's favorite books, including: