Janet Sternburg is a writer of memoir, essays, poetry, and plays, as well as a fine-art photographer. She lives and works in Los Angeles and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.


This is a unique book. The writing is beautiful, the observations refined, the subject gripping.

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Descartes’ Error and Self Comes to Mind

White Matter: A Memoir of Family and Medicine is the story of a close-knit working-class Bostonian Jewish family of five sisters and one brother and the impact they and their next generation endured due to the popularization of lobotomy during the twentieth century. When Janet Sternburg’s...Forward

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Peanut Butter: On Making a Scene

Posted by Janet Sternburg on 04 October 2016

It was my cousin on the phone. The call I yearned for, and dreaded.

Yearned with that vulnerability of memoirists when praise is heard not simply for one’s book but also as a response to an...Forward