Early life and education
He was born in Butler, Pennsylvania to Albert and Celia (Charleson) Aaron.
He attended the following schools:
In addition to his writing, he has worked as a steel worker, an X-ray technician, a college professor, and a garlic farmer.
For young adults:
- Better than Laughter, Harcourt (New York, NY), 1972.
- An American Ghost, illustrations by David Lemon, Harcourt (New York, NY), 1973, reprinted Zumaya Publications. 2011.
- Hello to Bodega, Atheneum (New York, NY), 1976.
- Spill, Atheneum (New York, NY), 1978.
- Catch Calico!, Dutton (New York, NY), 1979.
- Gideon, Lippincott (Philadelphia, PA), 1982.
- Duchess, Lippincott (Philadelphia, PA), 1982.
- Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Lippincott (Philadelphia, PA), 1985.
- Lackawanna, Lippincott (Philadelphia, PA), 1986.
- Alex, Who Won His War, Walker (New York, NY), 1991.
- Home to the Sea, Brown Barn Books, 2008.
- Willa's Poppy, Zumaya Publications, 2005.
- The Cowbank (play), produced at University of California, Berkeley, 1955.
- About Us (novel) (autobiographical novel), McGraw (New York, NY), 1967, reprinted, Zumaya Publications. 2012.
- Garlic Is Life: A Memoir with Recipes, Ten Speed Press (Berkeley, CA), 1996.
- The Great Garlic Book, Ten Speed Press (Berkeley, CA), 1997.
- Black and Blue Jew: A Novel, Creative Arts, 2002.
- Garlic Kisses, Mostly Garlic Magazine, 2001, reprinted Zumaya Publications, 2004.
- Whispers, Zumaya Publications, 2004.
- Symptoms of Terminal Passion, El Leon Literary Arts, 2006.
- Murder by Metaphor, Zumaya Publications, 2009.
- About Them, El Literary Arts-Manoa Books, 2011.
- 25 Loves, Andrea Young Arts, 2009.
- Contemporary Authors Online. The Gale Group, 2002. PEN (Permanent Entry Number): 0000000011.