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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Stacey Ballis  

Pen Name: 

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1970 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Ballis was born in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Stacey Ballis is a writer, educator, and television broadcaster. She is the director of education and community programs at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. Previously, she taught high school English in the Chicago Public Schools for four years and was the director of education at a professional Chicago theater.

Published Works

  • Inappropriate Men, Red Dress Ink, 2004
  • Sleeping Over, Red Dress Ink, 2005
  • Room for Improvement, Berkley, 2006
  • The Spinster Sisters, Berkley, 2007How to Change a Life, Berkley, 2017

Selected Titles At Your Library

Inappropriate men /
ISBN: 037325055X. OCLC Number:

Red Dress Ink,. Don Mills, Ont. :. ©2004.

Sleeping over /
ISBN: 037389516X. OCLC Number:

Red Dress Ink,. Ontario :. 2005.

In this tale of five friends searching for love and purpose in Chicago, Stacy Ballis examines the relationships both romantic and platonic (and platonic wanting to be romantic) while keenly observing the various consquences of spending the night together.

Room for improvement /
ISBN: 0425209822. OCLC Number:

Berkley Books,. New York :. 2006.

Lily Allen's dream job working as an interior designer on the reality home improvement show Swap/Meet has become a nightmare, thanks to the show's ditzy host, a jealous competitor, feuding fashion czars, and a handsome but curmudgeonly carpenter who knows how to push every one of her buttons.

The spinster sisters /
ISBN: 0425213560. OCLC Number:

Berkley Books,. New York :. ©2007.

Jodi and Jill Spingold are the Spinster Sisters. With a radio show, speaking engagements, DVDs, and two bestselling books, they've built a thriving cottage industry helping other single women find happiness. Their futures have never been brighter-until Jill turns out the lights on Jodi by announcing her engagement. Jodi is stunned. How can they be the Spinster Sisters if one of them is married? Complicating things is her own love life, involving three vastly different paramours offering three different kinds of happiness-none of which Jodi is sure she wants. And her ex-husband, backed by his lawyer girlfriend, may be angling for a piece of the Spinster Sisters empire. Now, Jodi must make some tough decisions, keep the business afloat, and get to the altar to stand by her sister-even if means that from now on she'll be single all by herself.

How to change a life /
ISBN: 0425276627. OCLC Number:

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"A dare between friends leads to startling revelations and simmering tensions in the latest novel from the author of Wedding Girl. Eloise is happy with her life as a successful private chef. She has her clients, her corgi, and a recipe for the world's most perfect chocolate cream pie. What more could she need? But when her long-lost trio of high school friends reunites, Eloise realizes how lonely she really is. Eloise, Lynne, and Teresa revamp their senior-class assignment and dare one another to create a list of things to accomplish by the time they each turn forty in a few months. Control freak Lynne has to get a dog, Teresa has to spice up her marriage, and Eloise has to start dating again. Enter Shawn, a hunky ex-athlete and the first man Eloise could see herself falling for. Suddenly forty doesn't seem so lonely--until a chance encounter threatens the budding romance and reveals the true colors of her friends. Will the bucket listers make it to forty still speaking to one another? Or do some friendships come with an expiration date? Readers Guide and Recipes Included"--

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

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