Press

Good Neighbors, Bad Times
“A fascinating picture, atypical of so much written on the subject. Blessed with good antennae and a skeptical mind, Ms. Schwartz is not an innocent abroad. Never gullible or credulous, but open to the evidence of her own eyes and ears, she is an ideal guide to her father’s lost world, which for so long she resisted. . . . It is a measure of her nuanced approach and refusal to settle for pat, simplistic answers that her book finds and genuinely values a rare point of light in that darkest of times without ever exaggerating its overall significance.” —The Washington Times

“Schwartz’s excellent presentation defies categorization. It has some elements of journalism, autobiography, history, reporting, feature writing, and literature. All these components are creatively combined to result in an eminently readable product that grips the reader’s attention. Schwartz has augmented our limited capacity to comprehend the Holocaust, which is ultimately an incomprehensible phenomenon.” —Morton I. Teicher, National Jewish Post & Opinion

“[A]n eloquent and affectionate account. . . . Schwartz’s tone is gentle, her prose brilliantly clear and her insights keen.” —Kirkus Reviews

“When Schwartz’s (Thoughts from a Queen-Sized Bed) father was born in 1898, half of his native German Black Forest farming village of 1,200 was Jewish and religious. Many years later . . . to reclaim her father’s village for herself, the author recorded stories of Jews and Gentiles in New York City, Germany and Israel and discovers that her father’s villagers, while not overwhelmingly brave or altruistic, managed to perform small acts of kindness or defiance during the Nazi years. . . . Her writing is genial and lucid and her aim is to understand how decent people remember a dishonorable past…” —Publishers Weekly

“A Holocaust memoir that is as much about then, as it is about nowGood Neighbors, Bad Times will make you smile, but it will also make you think. I highly recommend it.” — Carol Rittner, R.S.M., author of The Courage to Care: Non-Jews Who Rescued Jews during the Holocaust

“A shrewd and insightful meditation on how our collective histories are discovered, constructed, revised, and debated—and how, finally, we learn to live with them.” —Michael Walzer,  author of Just and Unjust Wars: A Moral Argument with Historical Illustrations   

Thoughts From a Queen-Sized Bed
“A queen-size bed may sound roomy, but when it is shared by a couple married for 40 years, the fit can be tight. Such a bed becomes a place where thoughts—on love, negotiating a long partnership, motherhood, staying faithful—and memories flow powerfully.” —The New York Times

“A lovely, lissome collection of short essays on contemporary marriage, love, and fidelity, this volume beguiles with its elegance and grace.” —The Virginia Quarterly Review

“A gentle moving celebration of the quotidian.” —Kirkus Reviews

Writing True
“In classes that used Writing True as the basis for their curricula, the evaluations were unusually high—in fact, the highest I have ever gotten for that or any other course I’ve taught.” —Ann Tabachnikov, FIT

Writing True is . . . obviously written by two practicing writers who also know more than a thing or two about teaching. Only practicing writers would have included the excellent chapter on ‘Finding Voice,’ the common sense advice in ‘Workshopping a Draft,’ the experienced approach to ‘The Craft of Revision’. . . . and the first-rate chapter, ‘The Role of Research.’” —Joe Mackall, Editor of River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative

Interviews
“Author Interview: Mimi Schwartz, on the second edition of Writing True: The Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction” —Lisa Romeo Writes

Radio and TV appearances (selected)
A Touch of Gray
Chicago Up Close
Comcast Headliner News
Joan Hamburg Show
New Jersey Talking
NPR’s The Front Porch
NPR’s Satellite Sisters
Paul W. Smith Show
Pure Oxygen