Beverly Donofrio

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Beverly Ann Donofrio (born 23 September 1950) is an American 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 Drew Barrymore portraying Donofrio.[2] She also is a prolific essayist, having published work in numerous anthologies, in The New York Times, The Washington Post Sunday Magazine, The Village Voice, the Los Angeles Times, and in such magazines as Allure, Cosmopolitan, O, The Oprah Magazine, and Marie Claire.

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

Donofrio studied literature at Wesleyan University and obtained an MFA from Columbia University.[4] She has taught writing at New York University and the University of Wyoming, among other institutions. Currently,[when?] 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 22 April 2012.
  2. ^ "News: Donofrio's Unique Life Is, At Last, A Film". Sicilian Culture. 19 October 2001. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
  3. ^ ""Class of 1968 looks back on historic year," Record-Journal (Meriden, CT)". 12 July 2008. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Alumni Awards: Distinguished Alumni Award [Wesleyan University]". Archived from the original on 6 March 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
  5. ^ April D. Boland, editor-in-chief (1 September 2007). "Della Donna: Interview with a Fabulous Female". Archived from the original on 2012-03-11. Retrieved 22 April 2012.

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