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Humor Writer of the Month: Aileen Weintraub

Aileen Weintraub is an award-winning author, journalist and editor. Her latest book, Knocked Down: A High-Risk Memoir  (University of Nebraska Press, March 2022), is about a Brooklyn girl who moves to the country, gets married, and finds herself living in a rickety farmhouse, pregnant and faced with the prospect of five months of bed rest.

What ensues is a laugh-out-loud, emotionally charged story of one woman’s unexpected path to authenticity. Publishers Weekly says “…there’s beauty on every page.”

Aileen is also the author of the middle-grade social justice book WE GOT GAME! 35 Female Athletes Who Changed the World and the best-selling Never Too Young: 50 Unstoppable Kids Who Made a Difference, which won a Parents’ Choice Award. Working in collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History, her book Secrets of the American Museum of Natural History released in 2019.

She also has written numerous essays and articles for The Washington Post, HuffPost, NBC, AARP, Glamour and other publications. Her essay “This Is What No One Tells Women About What Happens to Your Body in Your 40s” in HuffPost garnered over 2 million hits and was discussed on The View.

Inspired by the athletes in WE GOT GAME! Aileen has taken up boxing. She lives in New York with her family, and her dog Monte, who sits beside her while she writes.

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