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Christiane Bird was born in New York City and grew up primarily in Storrs, Connecticut. She holds a BA in literature from Yale University and a MALS in American Studies from Columbia University. She has worked as a travel writer for the New York Daily News, and her articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Miami Herald, and Los Angeles Times, among other publications. She has also published short stories in Antaeus and The Southern Review.

Christiane is the author of six books, ranging in subject matter from the music world to the Middle East to New York. In her first work of narrative nonfiction, Neither East Nor West: One Woman's Journey Through the Islamic Republic of Iran, she revisited a country that she had lived in as a young child. Barnesandnoble.com named the book one of the top ten books of the year in 2001.


In her parallel life, Christiane freelances as a rewrite and substantive editor for book publishers, and as a copyeditor and proofreader for advertising agencies and financial firms. In a curious coincidence, one of her clients just moved their offices onto the block that is the subject of her new book. 

Christiane lives in New York City with her family, which includes humans, a dog, a cat, and a bearded dragon.