Barbara Lazear Ascher is a former attorney and the author of four books of non-fiction, PLAYING AFTER DARK (Doubleday), THE HABIT OF LOVING (Random House), LANDSCAPE WITHOUT GRAVITY: A MEMOIR OF GRIEF, (Viking Penguin), and most recently, DANCING IN THE DARK: ROMANCE, YEARNING AND THE SEARCH FOR THE SUBLIME (Harper Collins.)

She has been a columnist for THE NEW YORK TIMES and ELLE Magazine, a Contributing Editor at SELF Magazine, book reviewer for THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD, NPR essayist, and contributor to THE YALE REVIEW, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, THE NEW YORK TIMES SOPHISTICATED TRAVELER, TRAVEL AND LEISURE, GOURMET, VOGUE, MODERN MATURITY, and numerous other national journals.