DIANE COLE

As an independent writer and book author for more than thirty years, I have written for a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many others.  I’ve been a contributing editor for U.S. News and World Report as well as for Psychology Today.  I’m currently a contributing editor and the book columnist for The Psychotherapy Networker.  The broad range of subjects I’ve covered through the years include Jewish history, culture, and literature; psychology, health, parenting, and family life; literature and fiction; travel and culture; personal essays and memoir; office life and retirement issues.

My memoir, After Great Pain:  A New Life Emerges (1992, Summit Books/Simon and Schuster) was listed as a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year” and one of USA Today’s ten best non-fiction books of the year.  My first book, Hunting the Headhunter:  A Woman’s Guide, was published by Simon & Schuster in 1988.  I am also the co-author, with psychologist Scott Wexler of, Is It You or Is It Me:  Why Couples Play the Blame Game  (HarperCollins 1998).

I’m also on the faculty of the Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center in New York, where I have taught courses on Philip Roth, Jewish humor, Yiddish literature, and themes of faith and doubt in Jewish literature.  Born in Baltimore, Maryland, I received my undergraduate degree from Harvard College (1974) and have an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University (1975).   I live in New York City, with my husband Philip Barnett.

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