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independent scholar
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American history, 17th through early 20th centuries, special focus on Revolutionary Era, women's history, history of gender and sexual identity in United States, social history, rebellion, revolution
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About Me

I am an independent scholar, a retired lawyer, and the author of four books of nonfiction, including three histories (the histories were published by Simon & Schuster and St. Martin’s Press). My fifth book will be published by Simon & Schuster in 2023, and is a biography of Jemima Wilkinson, 18th century radical preacher and self-proclaimed non-gender messenger from God. I graduated from Tufts University (with a degree in history) and Harvard Law School, and worked as an environmental lawyer for the Natural Resources Defense Council and as President and Executive Director of Save the Sound in Connecticut, where I live with my family.

Recent Publications

I’ve had  four books published in the past ten years, Tolstoy and the Purple Chair, My Year of Magical Reading (HarperCollins 2011), a memoir of the year I spent reading a book a day following the death of my sister; Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Celebrating the Joys of Letter Writing (Simon & Schuster, 2014) which explores the history of letter writing; The Lowells of Massachusetts: An American Family (St. Martin’s Press 2017), a multi-generational biography of one of New England’s most influential families ; and American Rebels: How the Adams, Hancock, and Quincy Families Fanned the Flames of Revolution (St. Martin’s Press, 2020), which explores the intimate connections between three families in the years leading up to the Declaration of Independence.

Media Coverage
I've been profiled in the New York Times (twice) and have also written pieces for the New York Times, the LA Times, Vogue, the Huffington Post, and other media.
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
4, 5, 8
Expertise by Topic
American Revolution, American Founding Era, Colonialism, Family, Rebellion & Revolution, Religion, Sexuality, Women