Blue L aurie Gwen Shapiro is a native of New York City’s Lower East Side. She has most recently written articles for publications including New York Magazine, Slate, Aeon, Los Angeles Review of Books, and has her own history column focusing on unsung heroes for The Forward. Shapiro is also a documentary filmmaker who won an Independent Spirit Award for directing IFC’s Keep the River On Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale and an Emmy nomination for producing HBO’s Finishing Heaven. This is her first non-fiction book.
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