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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Barbara Abercrombie  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Children;

Born: 1939 in Evanston, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Abercrombie was born and raised in Evanston Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Barbara Abercrombie is a actor, educator and author. She has acted in both stage and television productions including the television series ''Ironside'' and ''Route 66''. Barbara now lives in Santa Monica, California and Twin Bridges, Montana.

Published Works

    Childrens Books:
  • Amanda and Heather, and Company , Dandellon, 1979
  • Cat-Man's Daughter, Scholastic Paperback, 1983
  • Michael and The Cats , Macmillan, 1993
  • Bad Dog, Dodger! , Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2002
  • The Show-and-Tell Lion , Margaret K. McElderry, 2009Adult Books:
  • Good Riddance, Futura, 1985
  • Run for Your Life, Fawcett, 1986
  • Writing out the Storm: Reading and Writing Your Way Through Serious Illness or Injury, St Martin's Press, 2002
  • Courage and Craft: Writing Your Life Into Story, New World Library, 2007
  • Cherished: 21 Writers on Animals They Have Loved and Lost, New World Library, 2011
  • A Year of Writing Dangerously: 365 Days of Inspiration and Encouragement, New World Library, 2012
  • Kicking In the Wall: A Year of Writing Exercises, Prompts, and Quotes to Help You Break Through Your Blocks and Reach Your Writing Goals, New World Library, 2013

Selected Titles At Your Library

Amanda and Heather, and company /
ISBN: 089799017x. OCLC Number:

Dandelion Press,. New York :. 1979.

Two young sisters add sparkle to their parents' dull party.

Good riddance /
ISBN: 0708817483. OCLC Number:

Futura,. London :. 1980, ©1979

Cat-man's daughter /
ISBN: 0590327275. OCLC Number:

Scholastic,. New York :. ©1981.

Thirteen-year-old Kate is kidnapped by her grandmother in an attempt to make her divorced parents consider Kate's welfare instead of their own.

Run for your life /
ISBN: 0449206696. OCLC Number:

Fawcett Crest,. New York :. 1986, ©1984.

Michael and the cats /
ISBN: 0689505434. OCLC Number:

M.K. McElderry Books ;. New York :. ©1993.

On a visit to his aunt and uncle, Michael is delighted by their two cats but must learn the proper way to make friends with them.

Bad dog, Dodger! /
ISBN: 0689837828. OCLC Number:

Margaret K. McElderry Books,. New York :. ©2002.

Nine-year-old Sam decides to teach his new puppy to behave, but not before Dodger has scared his sister, pulled down some curtains, and stopped a baseball game.

The Show-and-Tell lion /
ISBN: 0689864086. OCLC Number:

Margaret K. McElderry Books,. New York :. 2006.

When Matthew has nothing for show-and-tell one day, he tells the class that he has a lion living at his house, but when his classmates want to come see it he must decide what to do.

Writing out the storm :
ISBN: 0312285450. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Griffin,. New York :. ©2002.

Courage and craft :
ISBN: 1577316010. OCLC Number:

New World Library,. Novato, Calif. :. ©2007.

"Have you always wasted to write about your life but wondered how to get started, how to keep going, and whether it's even worth it in the first place? Under the guidance of veteran author and writing. Barbara Abercrombie, you'll learn how to turn the messy, crazy, sad, and wonderful stuff of your life into prose or poetry that has order, clarity, and meaning." "Abercrombie presents the nuts and bolts of several genres, showing you how to keep a journal, craft a personal essay, or write a memoir, autobiography, poem, or work of fiction. She offers lessons to embolden you as a writer and practical guidelines for working writing into your everyday life, giving and receiving feedback, and getting your work published. In Courage & Craft, you'll find exercises to keep the inner critic at bay, inspiration from writers who've been there, and proven advice for getting your words on the page and out into the world."--Jacket.

Cherished :
ISBN: 1577319575. OCLC Number:

New World Library,. Novato, Calif. :. ©2011.

"What do our beloved pets teach us and how do we move beyond loss to embrace and celebrate their memory? In Cherished: 21 Writers Celebrate Animals They've Loved and Lost, writers put into words the depth of grief felt after their animals' deaths, the lessons learned from their lives, how these animals changed them, and the joy they left behind. These remarkable stories go far beyond conveying the heartbreaking loss that pet owners experience when their pet dies. With rare literary texture and insight, they convey how pets fit into the messiness of life and how life changes because of them. Each essay speaks to larger truths and insights about life itself. Our pets help us deal with the continual litany of changes that life dishes out. They see us through family deaths, career changes, divorces, financial ups and downs. But when they inevitably pass away, who can we turn to for solace except those with whom we share this common experience. Cherished features remarkable writers and remarkable stories, three-quarters of them original to this collection. Novelist Samantha Dunn describes her driven cowgirl mother who finds ingenious ways for her daughter to keep Gabe, their pure white gelding, while living at lot #78 of the Enchanted Hills Mobile Home Park. Anne Lamott describes the powerful moment of community that forms as she and her son face the passing of their dog, Sadie. Memoirist May-lee Chai writes about growing up on a South Dakota farm and grappling with the inevitabilities of farm life as she becomes attached to the three pigs she reluctantly cares for. And with beautiful, cutting detail, poet Mark Doty describes the last days of his dog, Arden"--

Kicking in the wall :
ISBN: 1608681564. OCLC Number:

New World Library,. Novato, California :. 2013.

"Barbara Abercrombie, an author and creative writing instructor at UCLA Extension, offers 365 days' worth of guidance for writers seeking to warm up, stretch, and build creative muscle"--Provided by publisher.



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