Joanna Smith Rakoff

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Joanna Smith Rakoff has written for The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Vogue, O: The Oprah Magazine, and other publications. She holds a B.A. from Oberlin College; an M.A. from University College, London; and an M.F.A. from Columbia University. She lives in New York with her husband and son.

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Books by this Author

A Fortunate Age


My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. I'm afraid I don't have one.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. I'm sort of terrified by the idea eating just one food for the rest of my life.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. I'm afraid I don't quite think in those terms, so I can't really answer that question. I admire certain things about certain people.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Physical trait? If so, well, the first thing people comment on is generally my hair, which is dark and curly.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Honesty. Humor. Introspection and intellectual rigor.