Sheila Weller

Sheila Weller is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning magazine journalist. She is the author of five previous books, most recently her 2003 family memoir, Dancing at Ciro's, which The Washington Post called "a substantial contribution to American social history." She is the senior contributing editor at Glamour, a contributor to Vanity Fair, and a former contributing editor of New York. To learn more, visit

Books by this Author

Girls Like Us


My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Try to write with humanity, understanding but never judging

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Laura Nyro: "Timer," Joni Mitchell: "Both Sides Now" (as sung by Judy Collins), Carly Simon, "Like a River," Carole King, "Up on the Roof," Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions, "It's All Right"

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Abraham, from the Bible. "You started it all. And you got up and left where you were born. I understand that."

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A.   Completing the last sentence of the last paragraph of a book or article whose writing has meant a lot to me but has been hard...and then watching my favorite TV show with my fellow-author husband and getting a phone call from our son about his new professional triumph; then walking outside to one of the meadows I've created at our country home. And being grateful to be alive and making it through in the creative life I chose for myself.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. clearing woods and turning them into meadows or watching Law & Order on TV

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