Beverly Donofrio

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Beverly Ann Donofrio (born 23 September 1950) is a memoirist, children's author and creative writing teacher most noted for her 1992 best selling memoir, Riding in Cars with Boys.[1] The memoir was adapted into the 2001 film Riding in Cars with Boys directed by Penny Marshall with actress Drew Barrymore portraying Donofrio.[2] She also is a prolific essayist, having published work in numerous anthologies, in the New York Times, Washington Post Sunday Magazine, The Village Voice, the "LA Times", and in such magazines as Allure, Cosmopolitan, O: The Oprah Magazine, and Marie Claire.

Donofrio's father and mother are Italian-American. She was raised in Wallingford, Connecticut and graduated from Lyman Hall High School.[3] She lives in New York State.

Donofrio studied literature at Wesleyan University and obtained a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University.[4] She has taught writing at New York University and the University of Wyoming, among other institutions. Currently she teaches at the Low Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Wilkes University.



  • 1992: Riding in Cars with Boys
  • 2001: Looking for Mary, or the Blessed Mother and Me[5]
  • 2013: Astonished, a Story of Evil, Blessings, Grace, and Solace (Viking/Penguin)

Children's books[edit]

  • 2007: Mary and the Mouse, the Mouse and Mary (Random House)
  • 2008: Thank You, Lucky Stars (Random House)


  1. ^ "New Season of The Plutzik Reading Series Opens with Beverly Donofrio : Rochester News". Retrieved 2012-04-22. 
  2. ^ "News: Donofrio's Unique Life Is, At Last, A Film". Sicilian Culture. 2001-10-19. Retrieved 2012-04-22. 
  3. ^ ""Class of 1968 looks back on historic year," July 12, 2008, Record-Journal (Meriden, CT)". Retrieved 2013-01-22. 
  4. ^ "Alumni Awards: Distinguished Alumni Award [Wesleyan University]". Retrieved 2012-04-22. 
  5. ^ April D. Boland, editor-in-chief (2007-09-01). "Della Donna: Interview with a Fabulous Female". Retrieved 2012-04-22. 

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