Joanna Smith Rakoff

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Joanna Smith Rakoff has written for The New York Times,Time Out New York, The Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Vogue, O: The Oprah Magazine, and other publications. She holds a B.A. from Oberlin College; an M.A. from University College, London; and an M.F.A. from Columbia University. She lives in New York with her husband and son.

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Books by this Author

A Fortunate Age


My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. I'm afraid I don't have one.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Like. Quite. Maybe. Perhaps.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Lying on the couch, reading Middlemarch, eating a hard, green apple.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Physical trait? If so, well, the first thing people comment on is generally my hair, which is dark and curly.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Reading.