Beverly Donofrio, recently dubbed a master memoirist by the Daily Beast, has published three memoirs: the New York Times bestseller, Riding in Cars with Boys, which was made into a popular movie; Looking for Mary, a Barnes and Noble Discover pick, began as an NPR documentary; and Astonished, called "astonishing," by more than one reviewer, is being transformed by Bev into a play with music. Her three children's books, Mary and the Mouse, the Mouse and Mary; Where's Mommy?; and Thank You Lucky Stars are much praised; her NPR documentaries are perennially rebroadcast; and her personal essays have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Mademoiselle, Marie Clair, More, Allure, Spirituality and Health, The Village Voice, Huffington Post, Slate, as well as numerous anthologies.
Beverly is on the faculty of the low residency MFA program at Wilkes University and teaches memoir writing workshops around the country. She lives happily in the Catskill mountains, where she writes, prays the rosary, line dances, and hikes with her dog, Lovey Dovey Donofrio, the Dixie Dingo.Her first picture book, an award–winner, Mary and the Mouse, the Mouse and Mary, was illustrated by Barbara McClintock and appeared in 2007. The book’s sequel, also illustrated by Barbara McClintock, Maria and Mouse Mouse, Mouse Mouse and Maria, is scheduled to be released in 2013 Thank You, Lucky Stars, a book for middle–graders about dancing and friendship, appeared in 2008.
Beverly lived as a lay member of this community in the Carmelite tradition. Nada accepts practitioners of all spiritual traditions to come for a retreat in the beautiful Sangre de Christo Mountains.
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