Claudia Sternbach

Claudia Sternbach
Santa Cruz and New York, CA and NY, USA
April 23
Memoir Journal
Claudia Sternbach is the Editorial Board Chair of Memoir Journal and Editor in Chief of their celebrated publication Memoir (and). She has also worked as a columnist and feature writer for more than fifteen years, and has written often for the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune and the San Francisco Examiner. She has been published in Redbook Magazine as well as several anthologies. Her first memoir, "Now Breathe" was published by Whiteaker Press in 1999. Her latest memoir "Reading Lips, a Memoir of Kisses" will be published by Unbridled Books in Spring 2011. When she is not in the office, Claudia may be found dividing her time between her two hometowns: Santa Cruz, CA and New York, NY.


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NOVEMBER 19, 2012 8:07PM

Homegrown in Florida

Florida. That hanging state on the east coast, famous for hanging chads, theme parks, sunshine and swamp things has always been a bit of a puzzle to me. I have spent time on her east coast and her west. I have traveled across the middle and visited the highest point,

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OCTOBER 8, 2012 6:51PM

Twenty Nine But Who's Counting?

Well, we are actually. My husband Michael and I. We have been married 29 years this week. If I had been a betting person, which I guess I was once I said I do, I would have bet the odds were not in our favor.

My third marriage, his first. OurRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 26, 2012 5:25PM

Go Ask Alice

The other day a young woman whom I love very much was asked a simple question.

“So, you never noticed this lump?”

She was sitting in her doctor’s office wearing one of those paper gowns. And although the question was an easy one, the answer was no, there have been

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SEPTEMBER 17, 2012 3:32PM

Missing Hitch

British American author and journalist Christopher Hitchens was not everyone's cup of Earl Grey. His strident opinions and biting wit were off-putting to many. He was an atheist who did not waver. He was a supporter of the war in Iraq. He was known to rip politicians to shreds. I disagreed… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 6, 2012 8:40PM

Beamish Boy

I am fortunate. I get invited places. I find invitations in my mail box to speak at book club meetings, writer's conferences and book store events. I can only assume their first, second and even third choices have had to decline and now they are down to moi. But I gladlyRead full post »

AUGUST 24, 2012 2:23PM

Spending two nights with Bernadette

It wasn't as if I had decided to cheat. To break my only reading memoirs rule. I hadn't. As politicians for decades have claimed, it just happened. I have happily been gobbling memoirs up for months now. But. I read a short review of a new novel in the paper theRead full post »

AUGUST 9, 2012 3:44PM

The big dig

A block and a half away from where I stay when in New York City, an engineering feat of extravagant proportions is taking place. The long awaited Second Avenue subway is becoming a reality. And I find, despite the August heat, I am drawn to the site.

There… Read full post »

California is a long state. Even if one is only traveling in the northern section, one may sit in the car an impressive amount of time and still never reach Oregon. But as much as I would love to crank about spending hours on the road to get from Santa CruzRead full post »

JULY 17, 2012 12:16PM

Easy Picking

They got me. My guard was down and they pounced.

I had had one of "those" days. I am in New York City where I spend most of my summer every year. We are enjoying our fourth heat wave of the season. I do not complain about said… Read full post »

JUNE 28, 2012 6:01PM

A Gracious Exit

It wasn't as if I planned my mornings around the Today Show, but for years the NBC gab fest/news broadcast was the background to all of those things one does at the beginning of the day. I have witnessed most of the changes made with mild interest. I will state hereRead full post »

MAY 31, 2012 4:25PM

Summer People

There was something about the title that appealed to me. Often that is all it takes when I am searching for a new read. And this time of year, many of us are doing just that. Looking for books to take along on trips to the beach or on summer camp-outs,Read full post »

MAY 23, 2012 6:11PM

Facebook Face Off

Last week an exceedingly clever young man became a billionaire. He invented a way for humans to interact, to socialize, while never leaving home and then took it public. No need to pick up a phone and call, or write a letter, or knock on a door, or even write anRead full post »

MAY 9, 2012 5:15PM

500 Shades of Green

It was almost two months ago that I noticed a sharpening of colors in my back yard. The dusky greens of the oak leaves in olive and pine and a shade of gray-green which would look soothing on a bedroom wall.

And the ivy, waterfalling over the back… Read full post »

The house is quiet. The only sound is Michael's rhythmic breathing as he sleeps next to me. I feel around the night stand, searching for my glasses. My book is where I placed it on the floor at the side of the bed. I slip out from beneath… Read full post »

APRIL 9, 2012 5:07PM

Now that's a memoir

Books are sent my way. I am lucky. On any given day I may find a nice, fat packet in my mailbox containing an advanced copy or a newly released novel or biography or, best of all, a memoir. I give each of them a fair shot.… Read full post »
MARCH 27, 2012 4:35PM

And the subject is memoir

Sitting on a panel to discuss memoir writing with three other authors and the moderator, a lovely gentleman who has a passion for books, should have been a fairly predictable event. Michael and I had flown from San Francisco to New Orleans by way of Atlanta andRead full post »

MARCH 15, 2012 4:57PM

What will you leave behind?

When told she had late stage cancer, Kathryn McBride would not have imagined  that I, who had not seen her for ages, would begin thinking of her on a daily basis. And when just weeks later, surrounded by people who loved her as she slipped away, she could… Read full post »

MARCH 2, 2012 1:39PM

Let the Good Times Roll

One needs to prepare before heading to New Orleans for the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival. It is coming up soon. March 21-25th to be exact.

A person should read or reread some of Mr. Williams’ fine work. A person might rent and watch the film ARead full post »

FEBRUARY 24, 2012 3:43PM

On Oscar Night We All Win

If I were to take a stab at guessing how many years my friends and I have been gathering to watch the Academy Awards in our underwear, I would throw the number 20 out on the red carpet. It may be a little more. It could possibly be… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 10, 2012 4:36PM

Mimi tells all

Mimi is speaking out. That would be 69-year-old Mimi Alford, author of Once Upon a Secret: My Hidden Affair with JFK published by Random House. She has been making the talk show rounds and answering both hard and easy questions. She is soft spoken and has her white hair cut inRead full post »

JANUARY 23, 2012 4:12PM

If these objects could talk

Even though I never met her I think of her often. Each time I use my old, red-handled egg beater or days like yesterday, a living room filled with men watching football while I was in my kitchen smashing ripe avocados with my red-handled pastry cutter. I try to imagine the… Read full post »

JANUARY 11, 2012 4:39PM

What exactly do I do?

Friends, on occasion, have inquired, what is it you do exactly? Family members have wondered the same thing finding the titles Editor in Chief and Editorial Board Chair to be rather vague. They have seen "The Devil Wears Prada" but know I don't own any fur coats to plop down on… Read full post »

DECEMBER 30, 2011 5:37PM

Throw me a line

There is a river, wide and swift flowing at times. It has no beginning, not that we can see. And it ends, well, it ends differently for each of us. The river is timeless. We are not. We are each in our own small boats, navigating white water,… Read full post »

DECEMBER 2, 2011 5:25PM

Can you hear me now?

It is funny, the times I itch to grab the phone and talk to my dad. He was one of the people I wanted to call last Wednesday. Eager to tell him about my daughter, Kira. Which is odd because they never really had any kind of relationship. The last time… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 18, 2011 5:28PM

Old girls learn new tricks

The view from the cage was not as cool as I had anticipated. The light was in my eyes so even though I knew there were people out there, a lot of people out there I couldn't see them clearly. Plus, Becky was hogging the front. And Pammy was right
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