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Helen Epstein writes literary non-fiction and is the co-founder of Plunkett Lake Press E-books (www.plunkettlakepress.com). Her books are rigorously documented but in their blend of biography, autobiography and history, the private domain and the public record, they often read like novels.

In 1979, her first book Children of the Holocaust quickly became a classic that was subsequently translated into French, German, Italian, Czech, Swedish and Japanese. "An enormous achievement," wrote the Chicago Tribune. "Heart-wrenching and unforgettable." The book, with a new preface, a new cover by Rochelle Rubinstein, and an updated bibliography is now available on Kindle along with Helen's other books.

Other readers came to know Helen's work in the 1970s when she worked as a freelance for the Sunday New York Times Magazine and Arts & Leisure Section. Her profiles of extraordinary musicians are available in Music Talks, which includes portraits of the late Vladimir Horowitz, Dorothy DeLay and Leonard Bernstein. "Informative, perceptive, lively and accurate." wrote pianist and music educator Gary Graffman. This book is now available on Helen's Kindle page.

Helen wrote the only in-depth profile of legendary art historian Meyer Schapiro, and the only full-length biography of not-for-profit theater icon Joseph Papp. "The portrait that finally emerges," wrote the critic for the front-page New York Times Sunday Book Review, "might have been jointly painted by Goya, Whistler and Francis Bacon." Playwright Tony Kushner called Papp "one of the very few heroes this tawdry, timid business has produced" and the book, a "nourishing and juicy biography."

Born in Prague and raised speaking Czech in the Czech emigre community of post-war New York City, Helen was always fascinated by that culture. She wrote about it in her memoir Where She Came From: A Daughter's Search for her Mother's History, a major contribution to both Jewish family history and the social history of Central European women. "Epstein's odyssey takes us right into the heart of the Motherland, the source of all women's stories," wrote Hope Edelman. "Exhaustively researched and vividly narrated." Gloria Steinem wrote: "In Epstein's hands, truth becomes not only stranger than fiction but more magnetic." Readers interested in the history of the Czech lands also have read her translation of Heda Kovaly's memoir of life under Nazism and Stalinism titled Under a Cruel Star.

In addition to writing, Helen Epstein taught journalism for twelve years at New York University and serves as a mentor to dozens of former students. She left NYU in 1986 to write full-time but continues to teach at MFA writing programs and at her own Family History Writing Workshops. She also guest lectures frequently on the subjects of memoir, family history, European Jews and transcending trauma.

NEW!   You can now download all of Helen's work on Kindle and Nook. Click here for Helen's Kindle page.

               

NEW! Helenís work is published in France by La Cause des Livres, Paris (www.lacausedeslivres.com) and includes: Ecrire la vie and current text. Le traumatisme en heritage and Díou vient-elle? An Italian edition of Children of the Holocaust with Afterward by Anna Foa has been published by Editrice Forum.