Bachelor, Tufts University, 1991. Master of Fine Arts, New York University, 1993.
Freelance book critic The New York Times, New York City, since 1996. Freelance journalist Elle magazine, 1997—2000. Freelance travel writer The New York Times, since 1999.
Freelance book critic The San Francisco Chronicle, since 2001. Contributing writer, book critic Entertainment Weekly, New York City, 1995—2003.
Member of Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association West (associate), National Book Critics Circuit (associate).
Married Matthew Thomas Culligan, July 28, 2001.