Elizabeth Berg

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General Information

Name: Elizabeth Berg

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: 1948 in St. Paul, Minnesota

Website: www.elizabeth-berg.net

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bergbooks/

Email: Can be sent through the "Contact" link on the author's website.

Illinois Connection

Berg lives in Oak Park.

Biographical and Professional Information

Elizabeth Berg is the author of many bestselling novels as well as two works of nonfiction. When she was just nine years old, Berg submitted her first poem to American Girl magazine. It was rejected, and it took her twenty-five years before she entered another contest in a magazine. That time, she won and after that she wrote for magazines for ten years while being a registered nurse. She moved into novels in 1993. Today, Berg is bestselling author and an extremely popular speaker around the country. Her writing has been translated into 27 languages.

The three novels Durable Goods, Joy School, and True to Form form a trilogy about the 12-year-old Katie Nash, in part based on the author's own experience as a daughter to a military person.

Published Works

  • Family Traditions: Celebrations for Holidays and Everyday, Readers Digest, 1992
  • Durable Goods, Random House, 1993
  • Talk Before Sleep, Random House, 1994
  • Range of Motion, Random House, 1995
  • The Pull of the Moon, Random House, 1996
  • Joy School, Random House, 1997
  • What We Keep, Random House, 1998
  • Until the Real Thing Comes Along, Random House, 1999
  • Escaping Into the Open: The Art of Writing True, Harper Perennial, 2000
  • Open House, Random House, 2000
  • Never Change, Atria Books, 2001
  • Ordinary Life: Stories, Ballantine Books, 2001
  • True to Form, Atria Books, 2002
  • Say When, Atria Books, 2003
  • The Art of Mending, Random House, 2004
  • The Year of Pleasures, Random House, 2005
  • The Handmaid and the Carpenter, Random House, 2006
  • We Are all Welcome Here, Random House, 2006
  • Dream When You're Feeling Blue, Random House, 2007
  • The Day that I Ate Whatever I Wanted, Random House, 2008
  • Home Safe, Ballantine, 2009
  • The Last Time I Saw You: A Novel, Random House, 2010
  • Once Upon a Time, There Was You, Random House, 2011
  • Escaping into the Open: The Art of Writing True, Random House, 2012
  • Tapestry of Fortunes, Random House, 2013
  • The Dream Lover, Random House, 2015

Titles at Your Library

Family Traditions: Celebrations for Holidays and Everyday

ISBN: 0895774569
Release Date: 1997-10-01

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Durable Goods: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle)

ISBN: 081296814X
Release Date: 2003-05-13

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The Pull of the Moon

ISBN: 0425176487
Release Date: 2000-10-01

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Joy School (Ballantine Reader's Circle)

ISBN: 0345423097
Release Date: 1998-03-24

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Until the Real Thing Comes Along (Ballantine Reader's Circle)

ISBN: 034543739X
Release Date: 2000-06-06

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Escaping into the Open: The Art of Writing True

ISBN: 0060929294
Release Date: 2000-05-30

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Never Change

ISBN: 0743411331
Release Date: 2002-05-02

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Say When: A Novel

ISBN: 0743411374
Release Date: 2004-04-20

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The Art of Mending

ISBN: 034548648X
Release Date: 2006-02-28

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The Year of Pleasures

ISBN: 0812970993
Release Date: 2006-03-28

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The Handmaid and the Carpenter: A Novel

ISBN: 0345505913
Release Date: 2008-10-28

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We Are All Welcome Here: A Novel

ISBN: 0812971000
Release Date: 2007-04-17

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Home Safe: A Novel

ISBN: 0345487559
Release Date: 2009-09-29

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The Dream Lover: A Novel

ISBN: 0812993152
Release Date: 2015-04-14

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Literary Awards

Durable Goods

  • American Library Association Best Book of the Year

Joy School American Library Association Best Book of the Year

Talk Before Sleep

  • AMC Cancer Research Center Illumminator Award

Open House

  • Oprah’s Book Club Selection

The Art of Mending

  • South Dakota's "One Book."

National Geographic Traveler article on a cooking school in Positano, Italy

  • North American Travel Journalists Association Award

The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted and Other Small Acts of Liberation

  • 2015 ILLINOIS READS Book

Body of Work

  • New England Booksellers Award in 1997
  • “Literary Light” by the Boston Public Library
  • Honored by the Chicago Public Library
  • Honored at the 2004 Illinois Author Book Fair sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois.

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes, contact:

For speaking requests, contact:

Arlynn Greenbaum

Authors Unlimited

31 East 32nd St.

Suite 300

New York, NY 10016


For publicity inquiries, please email Henley Cox at hcox@penguinrandomhouse.com

For other inquiries, use the following address:

Elizabeth Berg

Author Mail

c/o Kate Medina

11th floor Editorial

Random House

1745 Broadway

New York, NY 10019

External Links

Elizabeth Berg on WorldCat


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