About the Author
An award-winning author, journalist, teacher, and lecturer who has written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Allure, among others, Brooke Hauser believes that the best stories are about people, not policies. Her work puts a human face on some of the most important issues of the 21st Century, including immigration, education, and the pursuit of the American Dream.
In The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens, Hauser chronicles a year in the life of students at Brooklyn’s International High School at Prospect Heights, a vibrant public school that serves recently arrived immigrants and refugees from around the world.
A 2012 winner of the American Library Association’s Alex Award, given to the ten best books written for adults that appeal to teens, The New Kids has been called a “Great Read” by People magazine, “required reading” by the New York Post, and “simply astonishing” by NPR’s “Talk of the Nation.” Says The New York Times: “Ms. Hauser’s book is a refreshing reminder of the hurdles newcomers to this country still face and how many defy the odds to overcome them.”
For several years, Hauser covered the film industry as Writer-at-Large at Premiere, where she was also an editor. In 2005, her interest in profiling characters not usually featured in the mainstream media led her to the City section of The New York Times. Her article, “This Strange Thing Called Prom” was optioned by Miramax.
As a journalist, Hauser has written about a wide range of subjects, including female corrections officers, Baptist preachers, Chinese beauty queens, and a Vermont dairy farmer with a screenwriting career on the side. Other profile subjects include a former Secretary of State (Colin Powell) and more than a few movie stars and pop stars. (Hauser once wore Mariah Carey’s fuzzy pink bathrobe during an interview in the singer’s penthouse. It’s a long story.)
Originally from Miami, Florida, Hauser began her career as a reporter for The Miami Herald. She recently moved to western Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband Addison MacDonald and their son Marlow. Between semesters, she teaches a popular nonfiction writing class at Smith College.