Hope Edelman is the author of five nonfiction books, including the bestsellers Motherless Daughters (1994) and Motherless Mothers (2006) and the new memoir, The Possibility of Everything (September 2009). Her articles and reviews have appeared in such publications as the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Glamour, Child, Seventeen, Real Simple, Parents, Writer’s Digest, and Self, and her essays have appeared in numerous anthologies, including The Bitch in the House (2002), Toddler (2003), Blindsided by a Diaper (2007), and Behind the Bedroom Door (2008). Her work has received a New York Times notable book of the year designation and a Pushcart Prize for creative nonfiction. She has taught in the MFA program at Antioch University-LA since 2000, and can be found nearly every summer teaching at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. The rest of the year, she lives in Topanga Canyon, California, with her husband, their two daughters, and two completely crazy cats.
Growing up suburban.
Losing a mother to cancer at 17.
A grandmother who loved to tell stories.
A first-grade teacher who told me I should write.
Bruce Springsteen’s music.
Graduate school in Iowa City.
Organic coffee in the morning.
The six inimitable women in my writing group.
Being a New Yorker in California.
Being a New Yorker anywhere.
Two daughters who make me laugh so hard I cry.
The Possibility of Everything
In her free time, Hope enjoys yoga, foreign films, road trips, Mayan history, hosting parties, speedwalking by the beach with 70s songs on her iPod, and honeybees. She makes excellent French toast and really, really despises doing laundry.
Motherless Daughters of Orange County
Belize Children's Food Fund
Doctors Without Borders
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