Laurie Lico Albanese


Stolen Beauty

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I’m the author of two novels and a memoir: Stolen Beauty, Blue Suburbia, and Lynlle by the Sea. I’m co-author of the novel The Miracles of Prato. My books have been translated into Spanish, French, German and Portuguese.


I love learning about people and exploring the world, which is an important part of my writing life. I’ve worked in book publishing and journalism, and my travel and general-interest stories have appeared

in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere.

I’ve taught creative and formal writing to all ages, from elementary schoolchildren to adults.


I adore libraries and bookstores, and each of my books has been chosen for the IndieBound list by independent booksellers. Other awards include a Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Research Grant,

a NJ State Council in the Arts Fellowship in Fiction Writing, and a Catherine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowship to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.


On a personal note, I walk outside almost every day and I am

happiest in nature. I meditate and practice yoga, and I play tennis and kayak in the summer. I love to swim and spend time near the water in all seasons.


I grew up on Long Island, and I graduated from New York University with a degree in journalism. I earned my MFA in Creative Writing

from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine.


I’m lucky to live with my husband in Montclair, NJ, where we raised our two grown children and enjoy spending lots of time with book people and writers.


Here are some of my favorite writing clips:


"Behind One of the Most Famous Faces in Art," LitHub, 2/24/17

"Seeing Like Klimt on an Austrian Lake," New York Times, 7/4/13

"Austrian Vineyards Are All in the Family," New York Times, 10/13/10

 "In Tuscany, the Revealing of a Forbidden Love," New York Times, 3/2/08