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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Barrie Jean Borich  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1959 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Borich was born in Chicago. After thirty years of being away, she resides there again today and teaches at DePaul University.

Biographical and Professional Information

Barrie Jean Borich is an author, editor and teacher. After living in Minneapolis for thirty years, Borich returned to Chicago in 2012. She is currently a member of the creative writing faculty in Writing & Publishing Program at Chicago’s DePaul University.

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Titles At Your Library

Body Geographic (American Lives)
ISBN: 0803239858

University of Nebraska Press. 2013

A memoir from the award-winning author of My Lesbian Husband, Barrie Jean Borich’s Body Geographic turns personal history into an inspired reflection on the points where place and person intersect, where running away meets running toward, and where dislocation means finding oneself.

One coordinate of Borich’s story is Chicago, the prototypical Great Lakes port city built by immigrants like her great-grandfather Big Petar, and the other is her own port of immigration, Minneapolis, the combined skylines of these two cities tattooed on Borich’s own back. Between Chicago and Minneapolis Borich maps her own Midwest, a true heartland in which she measures the distance between the dreams and realities of her own life, her family’s, and her fellow travelers’ in the endless American migration. Covering rough terrain—from the hardships of her immigrant ancestors to the travails of her often-drunk young self, longing to be madly awake in the world, from the changing demographics of midwestern cities to the personal transformations of coming out and living as a lesbian—Body Geographic is cartography of high literary order, plotting routes, real and imagined, and putting an alternate landscape on the map.

My Lesbian Husband: Landscapes of a Marriage
ISBN: 1555973108

Graywolf Press. 2000

Winner of the American Library Association GLBT Book Award

Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award

Restoring the Color of Roses
ISBN: 1563410273

Firebrand Books. 1993

A collection of creative nonfiction about getting better: A vivid portrait of a lesbian who fell out of her life and came back restored.


  • Lambda Literary Award in Memoir and an Independent Publisher Gold Medal in Essay/Creative Nonfiction, ''Body Geographic ''
  • ALA Stonewall Book Award for Non-Fiction, ''My Lesbian Husband ''

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