Amy Wallace

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Amy Wallace
Born Amy Deborah Wallace
July 3, 1955
Los Angeles, United States[1]
Died August 10, 2013(2013-08-10) (aged 58)
Los Angeles, United States
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Period 1976–2013
Spouse(s) Josef Marc
Partner(s) Scott Bradley[2]
Relative(s) David Wallechinsky, brother

Amy Wallace (July 3, 1955 – August 10, 2013[3]) was an American writer.

Early life[edit]

She was the daughter of writers Irving Wallace and Sylvia Wallace and the sister of writer and populist historian David Wallechinsky.


Wallace was to write books of lists that included topics from the rare, curious and unusual to crime and horror. In 1977, she was living in Berkeley on her brother's commune during school breaks, working with him and their father on what was to become a #1 bestseller, The Book of Lists. The book ran to three editions compiled with her father and brother. One included her mother.

Wallace used the lists format in two further books not written with her family. In 2007, she compiled The Official Punk Rock Book of Lists with Handsome Dick Manitoba and the following year she co-wrote The Book of Lists: Horror with Del Howison and her boyfriend Scott Bradley.

In 1990 she also wrote an erotic novel, Desire.

Personal life[edit]

Wallace had a relationship with Carlos Castaneda which she wrote about in her memoir, Sorcerer's Apprentice: My Life with Carlos Castaneda published in 2003. The book, published after the death of Castaneda and the death of another follower Patricia Partin, was the first to reveal life with the reclusive anthropologist, with details of his hitherto mysterious "inner circle" who lived with him on a closed compound.


She died, aged 58, from a heart condition in August 2013.[4]



  1. ^ "Amy Deborah Wallace, Born 07/03/1955 in California". July 3, 1955. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ The Official Punk Rock Book of Lists,[page needed]
  3. ^ Crew, Adrienne (August 16, 2013). "Amy Wallace, RIP – Native Intelligence". Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ August 19, 2013, 11:09 p.m. (August 19, 2013). "PASSINGS: Lee Thompson Young, Amy Wallace, Cedar Walton". Retrieved August 28, 2013. 

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