What Jonah Knew is Barbara’s first novel, due out from HarperCollins in July 2022. She is an author, essayist, and playwright whose essays and articles have appeared in many magazines, including Glamour, More, Mindful, National Geographic Traveler, O the Oprah Magazine, Food & Wine, Psychotherapy Networker, Redbook, Self, Shambhala Sun, Sunset, Time, Tricycle, Utne Reader, and Vogue, in addition to being collected in numerous anthologies. She has written for websites hosted by AARP, Beliefnet, Huffington Post and NPR, among others.
Her recent book, Camp Paradox, is a haunting yet wry coming-of-age memoir set at an all-girls summer camp which fast-forwards decades into the future when Barbara realizes that the “love affair” she believed she’d shared with her camp counselor fits every definition of sexual abuse.
She is the author/editor of the New York Times bestselling Eye of My Heart: 27 Women Writers Reveal the Hidden Pleasures and Perils of Being a Grandmother, her non-Hallmark take on the complexities of being a grandparent in the 21st century. She’s also the author of Women Who Run with the Poodles: Myths and Tips for Honoring Your Mood Swings, a national bestseller that offers a satirical look at the dark side of the self-help movement.
Barbara’s plays have been produced Off-Broadway and at theaters around the country.
She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Hugh Delehanty.