About the Author

Elsa Rubenstein
Blurbarian Since March 2007
Name Elsa Rubenstein
Location Westchester County, New York
Gender Female
My Occupation Writer, Memoir Coach, Wife, Mother, Grandmother
My Bio Born in Mexico, where I lived till i was 17. Worked as translator and subtitle writer. Married, had two children. Worked in journalism, then marketing communications. Toiled in the fields of corporate America for eons. Divorced in 1986; married wonderful Bob in 2001. Left corporate world to help people write their memoirs. Currently working on a cookbook-memoir for a famous chef and my own illustrated memoir series.

Things I Don't Mind The World Knowing

Spoiler alert: I'm thinking my next book will be about...
I'm working on a series of illustrated memoirs. Growing Up Gringa, The House on the Corner, is the first; the second will be about my years at the American School in Mexico City. After that, quien sabe, as we say in Mexico.
Everyone needs to know about these authors and artists...
Currently reading books by Alice McDermott and Jonathan Lethem. They are as different as possible, but I love them both. Good writing is good writing.
Music: You can't do better than Beethoven, Shubert, Mozart, Haydn, Gershwin, Copeland, Bob Dylan and Neil Young.
Art: Rembrandt, Matisse, Vuillard, Kandinsky, Fra Angelico, Van der Weyden, Fabritius, Picasso, Velazquez, Goya, Renoir, Hopper (I could go on, but you get the idea).
This book is addictive. Read it. (At your own risk.)
Books I love: Gertrude and Claudius by John Updike, Mr. Sammler's Planet by Saul Bellow, The Golden Notebook, by Doris Lessing, most Anne Tyler, most Barbara Pym (if you like miniature British dramas set in small-town vicarages), The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Alice Munro's short stories, Jane Austin's Emma and Sense & Sensibility, Doctorow's The Book of Daniel (and others). So many, many more!