Susan Shapiro

Susan Shapiro, an award-winning writer and professor, freelances for the NY Times, Washington Post, WSJ, LA Times, NY Magazine, Salon, Elle, Oprah, Wired & New Yorker online. She's the bestselling author/coauthor of 18 books her family hates like Five Men Who Broke My Heart, Lighting Up, Unhooked, The Bosnia List and her recent memoir The Forgiveness Tour. She lives with her scriptwriter husband in Manhattan and uses her writing/publishing guides The Book Bible and Byline Bible to teach her wildly popular "instant gratification takes too long" courses at The New School, NYU, Columbia University and in private classes & seminars - now online. Follow her on Twitter at @susanshapironet, Instagram at @Profsue123 or email


The Sergeant on CNN’s Jake Tapper
Booklist starred review of Book Bible
Library Journal starred review of World In Between
Book List starred review of World In Between
Publishers Weekly Starred Review of Forgiveness Tour
Business Insider ❤️s The Byline Bible & Sue’s Zoom class

Winner of 2023 ASJA book Award

Winner of 2019 ASJA Book Award
Winner of 2018 Best Book Award for Writing & Publishing

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Wired and New Yorker online
Are we Zooming, Skyping or Streaming?
What Teaching Online Classes Taught Me About Remote Learning
Shouts & Murmurs: Intro to Zoom for Teachers
Shouts & Murmurs: Should You Cancel Yourself Quiz?

New York Times
How to Find the Perfect Apology
Ties: The Disease Game
On Campus: College Advice I Wish I'd Taken (Winner of ASJA award)
On Campus: College Advice I Wish I'd Taken (Chinese Version)
Motherlode: Don't Wait for Picture Perfect
Draft: Make Me Worry You're Not Okay
A Visit and What Really Happened (ASJA Honorable Mention)
My Shrink Is My Co-Author
Making Room for My Junk Man
The Bride Wore White -- and Black
Fear of Dying
Quitters Never Win
Book Review
Barbie, My Mentor
Profile of Judith Regan

Washington Post
How to Give Up Cigarettes, Pot (& Other Toxic Habits)
Brides Are Wearing Black
Cosmic Cupid
Pandemic Taste Tests a Marriage
Smoke Out
De-Friending Anti-Semitism
Book World
A Zoom With a View
Internal Medicine
My Best Friend Broke My Heart

How to Be An Amateur Matchmaker
Sue Forgiveness Tour interview
Sue addiction interview

New York Magazine
Watching The Netflix Version Of My Life
Young Love
Between Professor and Predator

Literary Hub
How My Father Made Piece with My Career

The Girlfriend
Meeting My One Night Stand 40 Years Later
How to Lose a Crazy Ex-Boyfriend

The Atlantic
Paying Rent With Words

Huffington Post
Ten Steps to Finding Love
Addiction and Desire &
Secret Confidante of My Ex's Wife
Secret Confidante of My Ex's Wife

Quartz Magazine
Getting Fired & Dumped Saved My Life
Shuttering Between Paychecks

Los Angeles Times
Our Country Goes Cannabis-Crazy
(also in Chicago Trib, Baltimore Sun & 20 other papers)

The Wall Street Journal
Schooled in Hate
Higher Education
How to Offer Cyber Sympathy
Regrets, Even Critics Have a Few
A Leg Up for NYU's Aspiring Authors
The Strand 85th birthday

The Independent
Can You Ever Really Forgive Someone?
Letter To Students Graduating During Covid
Unexpected Heroes of the Pandemic
Coping with Covid-19 Lockdown
Modern Atonement (AJPA award)

The Revealer
Can You Forgive A Continent That Betrayed You?
Forgiving the Unforgivable (AJPA award)

New York Observer
Hillary And My Email Crisis
Woman Overboard
Love is the Drug

Secrets of a Serial Addict
Barbie OpEd
Remembering New Yorker alum Stan Mieses
Dr. My Eyes
Why My Father Fasted
What Do Mentors & Protégés Owe Each Other?
Letting Go of a Grudge
The Forgiveness Tour (ASJA award)
How To Quit Addictions
Book Review: The Boxer's Heart by Kate Sekules
Book Review: The Art Fair by David Lipsky
Book Review: So Forth by Joseph Brodsky

Tablet Magazine
The Bold Jewish Woman Behind Barbie
Dark Angel of Nonfiction: Phillip Lopate
A Woman’s Liberation
Finding My Father
Forgiving Someone Who Won’t Apologize (Deadline Club finalist)
Bright Lights, No City
Sunshine State
Exit Ghosts
Both Sides Now: Personal Essay
Memory Palaces: Memoir Reviews

Marie Claire
Love Illuminated
The Marriage Critique
My Best Friend Stole My Brother (ASJA Honorable Mention)
How My Ex-Boyfriends Saved My Marriage

Daily Beast
Barbie, like her creator, is a feminist
Confessions of a Barbie Freak

Dame Magazine
Can a Feminist Also Be Sexist?

Psychology Today
The Art of Losing: Giving Up Diet Soda
Love Is the Drug
Almost Famous for the Wrong Thing

Publishers Weekly
A Tribute to Barb Burg and Barbie
Reinvention: A Tale of Getting Published

Daily News
Downsize Dope Dispensaries
How to Forgive Without an Apology
The Hidden Secrets of Barbie’s Past
False Accusations Are Nothing To Laugh At
Close Tax Loopholes For Greedy Landlords
Racism Ruins Feminism
Old School Hate At The New School
My Olympic Problem
Teach Restraint
Getting in the habit of kicking habits

The Forward
Taking it Personal
Elegy of Ruth Gruber
My Matchmaker Divorced Me
"Overexposed" Novel Excerpt

Writer's Digest
The Woman Behind Barbie is My Business Model
The Book That Broke My Heart
Writing a Personal Essay
9 Ways To A Faster Book Deal

Who Owns Your Image?
What My Father Gave Me (Best American Essay Honorable Mention)
Selfie Sabotage
Pretending to be a Parent

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Fix-Up Fanatic cover art by Mary Lynn Blasutta