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From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Reboot Your Life

Meet Our Authors

Amy Newmark was a writer, speaker, Wall Street analyst and business executive in the worlds of finance and telecommunications for more than thirty years. Today she is publisher, editor-in-chief and coauthor of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. By curating and editing inspirational true stories from ordinary people who have had extraordinary experiences, Amy has kept the twenty-one-year-old Chicken Soup for the Soul brand fresh and relevant, and still part of the social zeitgeist.

Amy graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University where she majored in Portuguese and minored in French. She wrote her thesis about popular, spoken-word poetry in Brazil, which involved traveling throughout Brazil and meeting with poets and writers to collect their stories. She is delighted to have come full circle in her writing career — from collecting poetry “from the people” in Brazil as a twenty-year-old to, three decades later, collecting stories and poems “from the people” for Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Amy has a national syndicated newspaper column and is a frequent radio and TV guest, passing along the real-life lessons and useful tips she has picked up from reading and editing thousands of Chicken Soup for the Soul stories.

She and her husband are the proud parents of four grown children and in her limited spare time, Amy enjoys visiting them, hiking, and reading books that she did not have to edit.

Claire Cook wrote her first novel in her minivan outside her daughter’s swim practice when she was forty-five. At fifty, she walked the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the adaptation of her second novel, Must Love Dogs, starring Diane Lane and John Cusack.

“The exuberant and charming Claire Cook is one of the sassiest and funniest creators of contemporary women’s fiction,” according to The Times-Picayune. Good Housekeeping called her writing “laugh-out-loud,” Redbook “gleefully quirky” and the Chicago Tribune “funny and pitch perfect.” The Today show featured Claire as a “Today’s Woman.”

Claire has been a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor and the Beach Book Festival fiction and grand prize winner. She’s spoken and given keynotes at conferences from New Orleans to Denmark, and her books have been translated into fourteen languages.

Claire was a teacher for sixteen years before writing her first book, working with children from preschool to middle school, and teaching everything from multicultural games and dances, to writing, to open ocean rowing.

After many years in Massachusetts, Claire and her husband have moved to Atlanta to be closer to their two adult children, who actually want to hang out with them again.

Claire is now the USA Today bestselling author of eleven novels and her first nonfiction book, Never Too Late: Your Roadmap to Reinvention (without getting lost along the way). Find out more at ClaireCook.com.

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