Geraldine Brooks Biography, Age, Height, News, Family, Career, Net Worth and Husband
Geraldine Brooks Biography
Geraldine Brooks is an Australian American journalist and novelist whose 2005 novel March won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. While retaining her Australian citizenship, she became
a United States citizen in 2002.
Geraldine Brooks Age
Geraldine Brooks an Australian American journalist and novelist was born on September 14, 1955 in Sydney, Australia. She is 63 years old as of 2018.
Geraldine Brooks Height
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Geraldine Brooks Family
A native of Sydney, She grew up in its inner-west suburb of Ashfield. Her father, Lawrie Brooks, was an American big-band singer who was stranded in Adelaide on a tour of Australia when his manager absconded with the band’s pay; he decided to remain in Australia, and became a newspaper sub-editor; her mother Gloria, from Boorowa, was a public relations officer with radio station 2GB in Sydney. Her older sister is the writer Darleen Bungey.
Geraldine Brooks Husband
Have you been wondering who the Australian American journalist and novelist married to, well, according to our research, She is married to an American journalist Tony Horwitz and converted to Judaism the following year, in the Southern France artisan village of Tourrettes-sur-Loup. The two have two children, Bizu Horwitz, and Nathaniel Horwitz.
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Geraldine Brooks Education
She attended Bethlehem College, a secondary school for girls, and the University of Sydney. Following graduation, she was a rookie reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald and, after winning a Greg Shackleton Memorial Scholarship, moved to the United States, completing a master’s degree at New York City’s Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1983.
Geraldine Brooks Career
As a foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, she covered crises in Africa, the Balkans, and the Middle East, with the stories from the Persian Gulf which she and her husband reported in 1990, receiving the Overseas Press Club’s Hal Boyle Award for “Best Newspaper or Wire Service Reporting from Abroad”. In 2006, she was awarded a fellowship at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Brooks’s first book, Nine Parts of Desire (1994), based on her experiences among Muslim women in the Middle East, was an international bestseller, translated into 17 languages.
Foreign Correspondence (1997), which won the Nita Kibble Literary Award for women’s writing, was a memoir and travel adventure about a childhood enriched by penpals from around the world, and her adult quest to find them. Her first novel, Year of Wonders, published in 2001, became an international bestseller. Set in 1666, the story depicts a young woman’s battle to save fellow villagers as well as her own soul when the bubonic plague suddenly strikes her small Derbyshire village of Eyam.Her next novel, March (2005), was inspired by her fondness for Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, which her mother had given her.
To connect that memorable reading experience to her new status in 2002 as an American citizen, she researched the Civil War historical setting of Little Women and decided to create a chronicle of wartime service for the “absent father” of the March girls. Some aspects of this chronicle were informed by the life and philosophical writings of the Alcott family patriarch, Amos Bronson Alcott, whom she profiled under the title “Orpheus at the Plow”, in the 10 January 2005 issue of The New Yorker, a month before March was published. The parallel novel received a mixed reaction from critics but was nonetheless selected in December 2005 selection by the Washington Post as one of the five best fiction works published that year, and in April 2006, it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Although she was only eligible for the prize by virtue of her American citizenship, she was also the first Australian to win the prize. In her next novel, People of the Book (2008), Brooks explored a fictionalized history of the Sarajevo Haggadah. This novel was inspired by her reporting (for The New Yorker) of human interest stories emerging in the aftermath of the 1991–95 breakup of Yugoslavia. The novel won both the Australian Book of the Year Award and the Australian Literary Fiction Award in 2008. Her 2011 novel Caleb’s Crossing is inspired by the life of Caleb Cheeshahteaumauk, a Wampanoag convert to Christianity who was the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College, an achievement of the seventeenth century.
Geraldine Brooks Net Worth
Asking yourself how rich is the journalist, well according to our research, she has an estimated net worth of Geraldine Brooks $97 Million. Exact sum is $97000000.
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Tony Horwitz, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, dies at 60
Tony Horwitz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who wrote acclaimed nonfiction books that explored the Confederate cultural legacy in the South, the voyages of Capt. James Cook and the author’s own comical and sometimes harrowing journeys around the world died May 27 in Washington. He was 60. He collapsed while walking near his brother’s home in the District, said his wife, Geraldine Brooks, a Pulitzer-winning novelist. An autopsy has not been completed, but his wife said an attending physician at a hospital cited cardiac arrest as a possible cause of death.Mr.
Horwitz had written for the New Yorker and, earlier in his career, the Wall Street Journal, where he won the Pulitzer in 1995 for stories about low-paying jobs in Southern poultry-packing plants. A resident of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., he was visiting his hometown of Washington while on tour to promote his latest book, “Spying on the South,” which retraces the 19th-century travels of journalist and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Known for his rollicking first-person accounts, Mr. Horwitz hitchhiked across the Australian outback for his first book, “One for the Road” (1987), and climbed aboard an 18th-century sailing ship in “Blue Latitudes” (2002) to re-create Cook’s journeys throughout the Pacific.
“While every town and village Cook had passed through wanted to claim him as a native son, Cook didn’t truly belong to any of them,” Mr. Horwitz wrote. “He was a traveler for most of his life: a rebel against the rootedness and narrow horizons of his North Yorkshire childhood. His real home, if he had one, was the sea.”Something similar could be said of Mr. Horwitz, writer Michael Lewis, a longtime friend, said Tuesday in an interview. Nearly all of Mr. Horwitz’s books viewed history through the prism of travel and firsthand experience.“He was always so much more comfortable on the move than at rest,” Lewis said. “His writing was a byproduct of that restlessness. He was always sure that if he hit the road, he would find something interesting.”
In “Baghdad Without a Map, and Other Misadventures in Arabia” (1991), Mr. Horwitz journeyed from Egypt to Yemen to Libya to the non-Arab country of Iran. He was often in situations that could be considered comical if they weren’t so dangerous. In the middle of a demonstration in Tehran, Mr. Horwitz found himself in a crowd chanting “Death to America.” He met an English-speaking demonstrator who unexpectedly asked Mr. Horwitz about Disneyland. “It has always been my dream,” he said, “to go there and take my children on the tea-cup ride.”Then the protester resumed shouting “Death to America!”Another time, Mr. Horwitz was under siege from artillery fire in a boat outside Beirut, when a fellow passenger turned to him and said, “You are very brave. And maybe very stupid.”
Mr. Horwitz described his books as “participatory history,” telling USA Today, “I like to get my hands dirty.” He did both in his best-selling “Confederates in the Attic” (1998), in which he joined Civil War reenactors in their efforts to retrieve the past, donning woolen uniforms, sleeping outdoors and eating rancid sowbelly. Even amid the modern-day playacting, however, the age-old divisions of the Civil War kept springing back to life.“Everywhere, it seemed,” Mr. Horwitz wrote, “I had to explore two pasts and two presents; one white, one black, separate and unreconcilable.” The passage of time could not disguise “how poisonous and polarized memory of the past could become.”
Washington Post book critic Jonathan Yardley praised “Confederates in the Attic” as “hilariously funny at times, poignant and sad at others.” Several Southern-heritage groups sought to have the book banned from schools and interrupted Mr. Horwitz at his readings. He returned to the region for “Midnight Rising,” his 2011 study of John Brown’s 1859 attack on the federal armory in Harpers Ferry, W.Va. (then part of Virginia), and again for “Spying on the South,” which was published on May 14. He had been scheduled to speak about the book this week at Politics & Prose in the District. Anthony Lander Horwitz was born June 9, 1958, in Washington. His father was a neurosurgeon, and his mother was an editor and author of children’s books.
He graduated from the private Sidwell Friends School in the District and was a 1981 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University. He then worked briefly as a labor organizer in Mississippi, when he realized “I liked writing better than agitating.” He received a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University in 1983. He followed his wife, Brooks, to her native Australia and worked at the Sydney Morning Herald. The Wall Street Journal later sent her as a foreign correspondent to Cairo, where Mr. Horwitz freelanced before joining the Journal’s staff in London. Later based in the United States, he covered workplace issues for the Journal, including the fast-growing, dangerous and low-wage poultry industry. His stories won a Pulitzer for national reporting.
Brooks won the Pulitzer for fiction in 2006 for “March,” a novel about the Civil War. “We are each other’s first and last editors,” Mr. Horwitz told the Birmingham News in 2008. “Nothing goes out of the house without the other one having read it carefully. We’ve been doing that for over 20 years now.” They lived in Waterford, Va., before moving to the Martha’s Vineyard town of Tisbury. In addition to his wife, Mr. Horwitz’s survivors include two sons, Nathaniel Horwitz of Cambridge, Mass., and Bizu Horwitz of Tisbury; his mother, Elinor Horwitz of Washington; a brother; and a sister. In 1996, Mr. Horwitz joined the staff of the New Yorker and continued to publish other books, including “The Devil May Care: Fifty Intrepid Americans and Their Quest for the Unknown” (2003) and “A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World” (2008) about America before Columbus.
During the late 1980s, when Mr. Horwitz and Brooks were covering the Iran-Iraq war, they came upon a group of Iraqi soldiers about to bury dead Iranian troops in the desert. Bulldozers and other earth-moving equipment were preparing to plow the unidentified bodies under the sand, with no attempt to return them to their homeland.Mr. Horwitz stepped out, his wife recalled in an interview, blocking the Iraqi vehicles from moving.“He stood in front of the bulldozers and said, ‘You can’t do this,’” Brooks said. The Iraqis turned the equipment around. “That’s when I knew I had married the right man.”