New York Times Bestselling Author & Journalist
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Laura is a San Francisco-based journalist and writing mentor whose latest book, All Over the Map, is a travel memoir and sequel to her 2001 New York Times bestseller, An Italian Affair. Laura’s first book, an exposé of the diet industry, was Losing It.
Laura’s articles have been featured in The New York Times; O, the Oprah Magazine; Gourmet; Afar; Tricycle Buddhist Review; Vogue; Mother Jones; More; Health; The Daily Beast; Salon.com; and numerous other magazines and anthologies. She has won several awards for her work, including the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) award for essay writing.
Laura has taught writing at local universities and national workshops. She works with several other San Francisco writers and filmmakers in a collective called The Grotto, where she also regularly teaches classes. Laura is the editorial director of Shebooks, a new publishing platform for short e-books by and for women, available at shebooks.net.
Laura also mentors writers, working with them to develop narrative nonfiction projects, including magazine features, personal essays, memoirs, and other nonfiction books.
Laura has kept a list of all the books she’s read since she was 13.