Laurie Abraham is the author, most recently, of The Husbands and Wives Club: A Year in the Life of a Couples Therapy Group. Abraham’s previous book, the critically praised Mama Might Be Better Off Dead: The Failure of Health Care in Urban America, pulled off the high-low trick of being chosen as one of USA Today‘s ten best books of the year and a Lingua FrancaBreakthrough Book. Her essays have been selected for Best American Essays, and she has written original pieces for anthologies such as The Bitch in the House and The Secret of Currency of Love.
The Husbands and Wives Club started life as a cover story for the New York Times Magazine, and in addition to the Times, Abraham has written for New York, ELLE, Mother Jones, Health, and Salon, among many other publications. She is currently a part-time senior editor at ELLE, a magazine where she began as executive editor in 2000. Before ELLE, she was the features editor at (the dear, defunct) Mirabella magazine. She began her career at American Medical News in the late 1980s, where she covered public health and the newly discovered disease of AIDS, and then moved to The Chicago Reporter to work as an investigative reporter at this journal focusing on race and poverty.
Abraham has been featured on programs including The Today Show, NPR’sFresh Air, Larry King Live, and Anderson Cooper: 360, and spoken at universities and conferences nationwide. Her work has won numerous awards, in recent years from The American Psychoanalytic Association and The Newswomen’s Club of New York. In 1992, she was selected as a journalism fellow at Yale Law School, which awarded her a Masters of Studies in Law.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Abraham has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University. She lives with her husband, Tim, and her two daughters, Edie and Tess, in Brooklyn. And she has rediscovered her first love—basketball!—coaching a clinic for grade-school girls.