Best Books of 2017

In the Great Green Room:  The Brilliant and Bold Life of Margaret Wise Brown was named to Amazon’s Best Books of 2017! Click on the image below to see the full list.

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A Glimpse at MWB’s papers


A page from Margaret’s 1927 diary. She pressed her corsage into its pages to remind her of the evening.

Want see a few of the over 20,000 papers I drew on to write the bio? Click on the image above.

Press for In the Great Green Room

Jeopardy (Yes! Jeopardy!)

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert  (about 8:30 into the piece)

NPR Weekend Edition

LA Review of Books



Thank you, Huffington Post!

NY Post

Town & Country

President’s Pick at Books-a-Million


USA Today


Washington Post


An Amazon Best Book of January 2017

AZ Central


Yahoo Finance


Q&A on BAM’s blog



Bio on MWB in PW!


My biography on Margaret Wise Brown, In the Great Green Room, was included in this Publishers Weekly forthcoming books roundup!




In the Great Green Room available for pre-order



For decades children and their parents around the world have cuddled together to read Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny. While the lulling words of these stories have formed nighttime rituals for millions, few know that these classic works were part of a publishing revolution led by Margaret Wise Brown, who was renowned not only for her prolific writing and creative genius, but also for her stunning beauty and thirst for adventure.

In 1990, author Amy Gary discovered unpublished manuscripts, songs, personal letters, and diaries from Margaret tucked away in a trunk in the attic of Margaret s sister s barn. Since then, Gary has pored over these works and with this unique insight in to Margaret s world she chronicles her rise in the literary world. Clever, quirky, and wildly imaginative, Margaret embraced life with passion, threw wild parties, attended rabbit hunts, and lived extravagantly off of her royalties. She carried on long and troubled love affairs with both men and women, including the ex-wife of John Barrymore, and was engaged to a younger man (who was the son of a Carnegie and a Rockefeller) when she died unexpectedly at the age of 42.

In the Great Green Room captures the exceptional spirit of Margaret whose unrivaled talent breathed new life in to the literary world.


Link to Books-a-Million

Link to Amazon

Link to Barnes & Noble


Goodnight Songs

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A New York Times Bestseller!

From Margaret Wise Brown, author of the beloved “Goodnight Moon,” comes a previously unpublished collection of charming lullabies, gorgeously illustrated by 12 award-winning artists. The roster of celebrated names includes Carin Berger, whose “The Little Yellow Leaf” was a “New York Times” Best Illustrated Children’s Book; Eric Puybaret, who brought the bestselling “Puff, the Magic Dragon” to life on the page; Coretta Scott King Honor Award winner Sean Qualls; and Caldecott Honor medalist Melissa Sweet. An accompanying CD, with lilting songs beautifully composed and sung by Emily Gary and Tom Proutt, makes this the perfect gift to wish children a sweet goodnight. The illustrators are: Jonathan Bean * Carin Berger * Sophie Blackall * Linda Bleck * Renata Liwska * Christopher Silas Neal * Zachariah OHora * Eric Puybaret * Sean Qualls * Isabel Roxas * Melissa Sweet * Dan Yaccarino

A Visual History of the Civil War

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Featuring vivid photographs, lithographs, and artist sketches from the Civil War alongside the letters, speeches, and memoirs that capture the emotions of those who experienced it, The Civil War: A Visual History explores American history in a new and exciting way. With its wealth of rare images, this book is not only the story of a war between nations, but of the livelihood of its people and the limits of its technology. The included DVD features battleground footage and information about the photography, technology, and culture of the time period.

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