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New Jersey Monthly Magazine

Books by New Jersey Authors

Each week, our mailbox is jammed with books penned by homegrown authors. Here is a sampling of the many artistic pursuits of creative Garden State natives.

Feature Stories

Misadventures of a Parenting Yogi

The memoir of yoga enthusiast Brian Leaf, "Misadventures of a Parenting Yogi," amusingly documents his quest to be a centered dad.

By Amanda Staab


Author A.J. Colucci creates a horrifying alternative reality while exploring the nature of human courage and maternal bonds.

By Christina Colizza

Family Life

The thinly-veiled memoir tells the tale of an immigrant family who must cope with grief, doubt and life in America.

By Tammy La Gorce

Missing Memory

Prolific author Joyce Carol Oates latest novel, "Carthage," is a murder mystery that relies on small town gossip, capricious witnesses and family politics.

By Joanna Buffum

Flirting With Disaster

A new book by Alan A. Siegal catalogs the fires, shipwrecks and other disasters that have plagued New Jersey throughout history.

By Tom Wilk

What I Had Before I Had You

Sarah Cornwell's debut novel, "What I Had Before I Had You," follows a mother's search for her bi-polar son in her gritty, Jersey Shore hometown.

By Wanchee Wang

Four Funerals and a Wedding

A journalist's memoir reflects on the deaths of her husband, sister, mother and mother-in-law in the span of 17 months.

By Eric Levin

The Wedding Soup Murder

An aspiring mystery writer finds herself at the heart of the real-life murder in this tightly-plotted whodunit.

By Helen Beglin

Down the Shore

Adrift teen Tom Alison anchors this cautionary but invigorating novel about identity, culpability and class.

By Eric Levin

Quiet Dell

In her new novel "Quiet Dell," Jayne Anne Phillips explores the brutal murder of a West Virginia family.

By Tammy La Gorce

Big Girl Panties

Asbury Park's Stephanie Evanovich's debut novel shows how fitness can open doors to a young woman’s true self—even, or especially, when it’s cloaked under mounds of fat.

By Joanna Buffum

Courtesy of publisher.


Jersey Shore Impressionists: The Fascination of Sun and Sea

A Lambertville historian and art dealer writes about a largely unknown group of impressionist artists who painted Jersey Shorescapes in the late 19th Century.

By Joanna Buffum

The Trouble with Being a Duke

"The Trouble With Being a Duke" by West Milford author Sophie Barnes is set in 19th-century England and revolves around Isabella Chilcott, a seamstress who seeks adventure at a masquerade ball.

By Sophia Ahn

Courtesy of publisher.


Jersey Shore Food History: Victorian Feasts to Boardwalk Treats

In her eighth book—Jersey Shore Food History: Victorian Feasts to Boardwalk Treats—Karen L. Schnitzspahn covers classic Shore food since the early 19th Century.

By Rebecca Desfosse

Courtesy of publisher.

Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation

A new book exposes the chemical contamination and subsequent discovery of a cancer cluster in Toms River.

By Wanchee Wang

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