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Jennie Nash

Jennie Nash first began writing essays as a student at Wellesley College, where she developed a series of essays about her friendship with her roommate, which she later turned into an honors thesis entitled Two Women in Particular. Ms. Nash graduated cum laude from Wellesley in 1986.

After graduation, Ms. Nash moved to New York City, where she worked as an editorial assistant at Ballantine Books and an assistant editor at New York Woman magazine. She began her freelance writing career while working on these editorial staffs. Her personal essays and articles have appeared in dozens of national magazines, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Shape, Glamour, Mademoiselle, GQ, US, Home, Working Woman, New York Woman, and Readers' Digest.

In 1992, Ms. Nash's collection of essays, Altared States: Surviving the Engagement, was published by Crown. In October 2001, The Victoria's Secret Catalog Never Stops Coming and Other Lessons I Learned From Breast Cancer is the story of how the illness made her "a wise old woman at the age of 36."

The Victoria's Secret Catalog Never Stops Coming received widespread national publicity. Ford Motor Company purchased 110,000 copies of the book to use as giveaways in their national education outreach campaign, for which Ms. Nash waived her royalties. Ford also toured her to major cities to lecture and sign books during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The Victoria's Secret Catalog Never Stops Coming was a LifetimeTV Bookshelf Pick for October, 2001 and, aside from prominent media attention, has been published in German, Russian and Japanese.

Her latest book, Raising a Reader: A Mother's Tale of Desperation and Delight was released in August, 2003. It is a BookSense76 pick for September/October.

Jennie Nash lives with her husband and their two little girls in Los Angeles, California.