About Beth

I’m the author of three books—a short story collection Beautiful Girls (MacAdam/Cage), and the young adult novels Rosie and Skate (Random House), which was selected for the New York Times Editors’ Choice list and Booklist’s Top 10 First Novels for Youth, and Jersey Angel (Random House) forthcoming in May 2012.  I’ve been awarded fellowships from the Jerome Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts.  I live in New York City but will always be a Jersey girl at heart.

What’s the upside of being a writer?
Staying in my pajamas until 3:00 PM

What’s the downside of being a writer?
Not getting out of my pajamas until 3:00 PM

What does all this mean?
I need better pjs, I think.

My lofty (forgive me) thoughts on writing:
Writing is hard. Writing well is harder.  To give voice to someone’s experience is a big and daunting challenge.  Sometimes I don’t like writing at all.  When it’s going badly it’s frustrating, boring, lonely.  Sometimes I love it.  I love how I can get lost in it, how it enlivens me.  I think it’s good for my soul.  Any work, not only creative work, that uses us, demands from us, is good for us.  It’s what we’re here to do—spend ourselves.

Some of the coolest places I’ve been:
Kenya, Madagascar, Zanzibar, Tangier, Denali National Park, Mumbai

Some of my favorite things:
Dogs (big dogs), meatballs, swing dancing/lindy hop, the Jersey shore

Some of my favorite novels:
Jane Eyre
The Member of the Wedding

Some of my favorite YA novels:
Weetzie Bat
Catcher in the Rye
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

Some of my favorite children’s books:
Harriet the Spy
Bridge to Terabithia
Anything by Kate DiCamillo

Comments on: "About Beth" (9)

  1. Hi! My name is Samantha Bousquet and I am a book reviewer. I am the blogger of I was checking out your book and it looks so good! I was wondering if you had a review copy to send me? I hope to hear from you soon!

  2. judy durkin said:

    I read your book last spring after meeting your mom waiting for the bus to NYC on Mother’s Day. I really enjoyed it. And i really enjoyed speaking with your mom. Seems she knows my supervisor (I work in the library in Brick) who attends the same church.
    Good luck to you!

  3. Hi Beth,
    I know this is not the appropriate forum for my inquiry but I haven’t found another contact for you. I am interested in the writing class you’re teaching at NYUSCPS on Thursday evenings, and am wondering if it would be possible to audit the course this Thursday prior to registering. Please let me know. I would really appreciate it.
    Thank you,

  4. Hi! I tried leaving a comment for you yesterday but am not sure if it went through. I just wanted to ask if it would be possible to audit your course at NYUSCPS this Thursday. I am interested in enrolling in the class. Please let me know. I would really appreciate it. Thanks so much, Lara

  5. Kathy Moroz said:

    Hi Beth, I live in Edison and worked with your Mother at Pharmacia years ago and was wondering how she is and how she made out in Sandy?

  6. Daniel Baldwin said:

    Hi, Ms. Bauman. I plan to register for your Intro to Fiction course this Fall in the Writer’s Voice program at the West Side Y. The info re: the course appears in two places on the Writer’s Voice website (list of programs; registration), but there are inconsistencies between the info in the two spots. How soon can I register, and what are the dates/times of the class meetings?

    Thanks very much.

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