Erika Schickel is the author of You’re Not the Boss of Me: Adventures of a Modern Mom (Kensington Books, 2007) and The Big Hurt (Hachette Books, 2021) Her essays, opinions, reviews and reporting have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The LA Weekly, Salon, Tin House, Bust Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. She teaches memoir locally and lives right up the street in Altadena.

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