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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Barbara Abercrombie  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: 1939 in Evanston, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Abercrombie was born and raised in Evanston Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Barbara Abercrombie is a actor, educator and author. She has acted in both stage and television productions including the television series Ironside and Route 66. Barbara now lives in Santa Monica, California and Twin Bridges, Montana.


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Titles At Your Library

Amanda and Heather, and company
ISBN: 089799017X

Dandelion Press. 1979

Two young sisters add sparkle to their parents' dull party.

Good Riddance
ISBN: 0708817483

FUTURA PUBLICATIONS. 1980

Cat Man's Daughter
ISBN: 0590327275

Scholastic Paperbacks. 1983

Instead of the endless shuttle between parents Kate has known since her parents were divorced, she wants a normal, loving family, and her eccentric grandmother is the only person who understands

RUN FOR YOUR LIFE
ISBN: 0449206696

Fawcett. 1986

A recently remarried mother of three teenagers, intent on running a full marathon and on writing a serious suspense novel, finds herself and her children the targets of a possible murderer

Michael and the Cats
ISBN: 0689505434

Margaret K. McElderry. 1993

During a visit to his aunt and uncle, Michael is delighted to discover that they have two cats, and he sets out to make friends with the felines. By the author of Charlie Anderson.

Bad Dog, Dodger!
ISBN: 0689837828

Margaret K. McElderry. 2002

When Dodger, Sam's new puppy, wreaks havoc all over the house by spilling trash, chewing Sam's baseball, and jumping into the bathtub with Sam's older sister, Sam tries in vain to get him to behave, but when Dodger interrupts Sam's first Little League game, hilarious events ensue, causing Dodger to become an honorary member of Sam's Little League baseball team.

The Show-and-Tell Lion
ISBN: 0689864086

Margaret K. McElderry Books. 2006

When Matthew tells his class that he has a pet lion, he has no idea what he's getting himself into. The more he talks, the bigger his story grows. How can Matthew use his wonderful imagination to make his show-and-tell lion real?

Writing Out the Storm: Reading and Writing Your Way Through Serious Illness or Injury
ISBN: 0312285450

St. Martin's Griffin. 2002

This powerful and deeply inspirational handbook is for anyone coping with serious illness or injury-be it theirs or that of a loved one-who wants and needs to help themselves through the healing process. Offering her own experience with breast cancer, as well as stories from other authors who have suffered from illnesses or severe injuries-from Stephen King to Lance Armstrong-Abercrombie encourages readers to write what is in their hearts and to benefit from the power of shared experience. Using writing as therapy, Writing Out the Storm is a book about healing the soul.

Courage and Craft: Writing Your Life into Story
ISBN: 1577316010

New World Library. 2007

Courage and Craft: Writing Your Life into Story

Cherished: 21 Writers on Animals They Have Loved and Lost
ISBN: 1577319575

New World Library. 2011

Because “grieving for an animal can be a pretty lonely place,” Barbara Abercrombie created this joyful, poignant, funny, and smart collection of commiseration. Readers meet the cat who entered a neighbor’s window and got in bed with strangers, the dog who demanded down pillows, and even a coyote who became part of the family. The essays highlight the sometimes surprising things animals add to a household — and how their loss reverberates. Because these are such fine writers, each essay also reveals larger truths about life. Whether the reader is grieving a loss, cherishing a current companion, or simply relishing a tale well told, the message is clear: it is better to have loved and lost...

* All royalties will be donated to Best Friends Animal Society
* Includes stories by Anne Lamott, Jane Smiley, Jacqueline Winspear, Carolyn See, Mark Doty, and many others

Kicking In the Wall: A Year of Writing Exercises, Prompts, and Quotes to Help You Break Through Your Blocks and Reach Your Writing Goals
ISBN: 1608681564

New World Library. 2013

“I would go as far as I could and hit a wall,” said musician and memoirist Patti Smith. In response, playwright Sam Shepard advised, “When you hit a wall, just kick it in.” Writing teacher Barbara Abercrombie’s powerful writing prompts give us just the push we need to do it. Like a workout with a top trainer, her exercises warm up, stretch, and build creative muscle.

Kicking In the Wall includes quotes from famous writers to accompany the exercises, as well as real-world examples of completed exercises by the author’s students in the UCLA Extension Writer’s Program. Though Abercrombie says readers need only commit to five minutes per exercise, she writes, “I’ve seen novels, memoirs, and many essays get started in those five minutes, and a lot ended up being published.” Her playful method is essential fuel for writers trying to get off the starting block, persevere through challenges, and cross their personal creativity finish lines.


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