After serious pursuits of literature at Northwestern (BSJ) and Ohio State (MFA), Shari Goldhagen discovered she had a knack for sifting through celebrity trash and worked as a gossip writer for publications including The National Enquirer, Us Weekly, and Life & Style Weekly. Her articles on pop culture, travel and relationships have appeared everywhere from Cosmopolitan to Penthouse. She has received fellowships from Yaddo and MacDowell and currently lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.
Shari Goldhagen recommends
Based Upon Availability (2010)
"There's a story behind every room at Manhattan's famed Four Seasons Hotel, and in her engaging second novel Alix Strauss weaves them together in a dark and complicated tapestry. From the seemingly put-together manager to the aging rock star, every character has a secret and nothing is what it seems. You'll never look at anyone in a hotel quite the same way again."
Campaign Widows (2018)
"Fun, dishy, and (yikes) all-too-real...Twenty-first century politics might be an unmitigated disaster, but I adored my time with this collection of vibrant, compelling characters. My vote is an enthusiastic 'yes' for Campaign Widows."
Lake City (2019)
"Kohnstamm knowingly illuminates the underbelly of Seattle - a place of beater cars, strip clubs, and a subpar hypermarket - far from the hipsters and gentrifiers. Hilarious as it is cutting, Lake City offers an all-too-insightful critique of clashing classes and misguided ideas of success."
You Would Have Told Me Not To (2020)
"You Would Have Told Me Not To is populated with people so real, I found myself smiling at their triumphs, laughing at their jokes, and wishing I could intervene when they inevitably screwed up. It's the type of book that stays with you long after you put it down."
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