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Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: 1977 in Rochester, New York

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Biss teaches at Northwestern University in Evanston.

Biographical and Professional Information

After earning a bachelor's degree in non-fiction writing from Hampshire College, Biss moved to New York City. She taught in public schools where her experiences profoundly influenced her writing. In 2003, she moved to Iowa City, where she went on to complete her MFA in the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program. Today she teaches writing at Northwestern, and her essays have appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Best Creative Nonfiction and the Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Nonfiction as well as in The Believer, Gulf Coast, Columbia, Ninth Letter, the North American Review, the Bellingham Review, the Seneca Review, and Harper's.


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Awards

-- ''Notes from No Man's Land'' -- *Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize

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-- "Having and Being Had"

-- *A NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS’ CHOICE

-- *NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY TIME , NPR, INSTYLE, AND GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

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-- "On Immunity: An Inoculation"

-- *A New York Times Best Seller

-- *A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

-- *A New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book of the Year

-- *A Facebook "Year of Books" Selection

-- *National Book Critics Circle Award finalist

-- *One of the Best Books of the Year The New York Times Book Review (Top 10), Entertainment Weekly (Top 10), New York Magazine (Top 10), Chicago Tribune (Top 10), Publishers Weekly (Top 10), Time Out New York (Top 10), Los Angeles Times, Kirkus, Booklist, NPR's Science Friday, Newsday, Slate, Refinery 29, etc.