Search - List of Books by Laurie Colwin

Laurie Colwin (June 14, 1944 — October 24, 1992) was an American author. Her published works include Passion and Affect (1974), Shine on, Bright and Dangerous Object (1975), Happy All the Time (1978), The Lone Pilgrim (1981), Family Happiness (1982), Another Marvelous Thing (1988), Home Cooking (1988), Goodbye without Leaving (1990), More Home Cooking (1993), and A Big Storm Knocked It Over (1993). The PBS series American Playhouse adapted Colwin's short story An Old-Fashioned Story as a 90-minute film retitled Ask Me Again [1], which aired February 8, 1989.

Colwin was born in Manhattan, New York City, and grew up in Lake Ronkonkoma, on Long Island, Philadelphia and Chicago, the second child of Estelle Colwin (née Woolfson) and Peter Colwin. In Philadelphia, she attended the Cheltenham High School, which inducted her posthumously into their Hall of Fame in 1999.

From a young age, Colwin was a prolific writer. Her work first appeared in The New Yorker, and in 1974 her first collection of short stories was published. She was a regular contributor to Gourmet magazine and had articles in Mademoiselle, Allure, and Playboy.

Colwin died unexpectedly in 1992, in Manhattan, from a heart attack at the age of 48. Her last two books, More Home Cooking and A Big Storm Knocked It Over, were published posthumously. She also appears in Nancy Crampton's 2005 book of photography, Writers, which features Crampton's portraits of various literary figures.

Colwin's husband, Juris Jurjevics, was the editor-in-chief of Soho Press for 20 years and wrote a book, The Trudeau Vector, published in 2003; her daughter, Rosa Jurjevics, is a contributing writer for the San Diego Reader. Colwin's sister, Leslie Friedman-Rifkin, owned a successful knit-wear label in Philadelphia, called Leslie Friedman Designs, works in community outreach and continues to work as a home-based studio artist. You can find her hand-made wearable art at
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Total Books: 74
Passion and Affect
1995 - Passion and Affect (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780060976330
ISBN-10: 0060976330
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.

A Big Storm Knocked It Over
1993 - A Big Storm Knocked It Over (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780060170196
ISBN-10: 0060170190
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

Family Happiness A Novel
1989 - Family Happiness a Novel [Perennial Fiction Library] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780060972721
ISBN-10: 0060972726
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

Shine on bright  dangerous object
1984 - Shine on Bright Dangerous Object [The Penguin contemporary American fiction series] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780140074147
ISBN-10: 0140074147
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.