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Jacquelyn Mitchard

USA flag (b.1955)

Born and raised in Chicago, Jacquelyn Mitchard is the daughter of a plumber and a retail clerk. She became a newspaper reporter in 1976, eventually achieving a position as lifestyle columnist for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel newspaper. Her weekly column, The Rest of Us, is now nationally syndicated by Tribune Media. She is also a contributing editor for Wondertime Magazine.
Jacquelyn Mitchard's first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, was named by USA Today as one of the ten most influential books of the past 25 years - second only to the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

Genres: Literary Fiction
Non fiction
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Oprah's Book Club Best Book nominee (1996) : The Deep End of the Ocean

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