Deborah Baker is a biographer and essayist. She is married to the writer Amitav Ghosh and lives in Brooklyn, Calcutta, and Goa. She is the author of A Blue Hand: The Beats in India, a biography of Allen Ginsberg that focuses on his time in India and of Extremis: The Life of Laura Riding, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography in 1994. She also writes for the Los Angeles Times.[not in citation given] Her book The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism (2011) is a biography of Maryam Jameelah (born Margaret Marcus), a Jewish woman from New York who converted to Islam. In 2012, she wrote a critical review for the Wall Street Journal of Defender of the Realm, the Manchester-Reid biography of Winston Churchill.
Baker was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2014.
- "BOOKS: Deborah Baker's "A Blue Hand: The Beats in India"". SAJAforum. 2008-03-21. Retrieved 2012-11-16.
- Celia McGee (2008-04-13). "Om Sweet Om". India: Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-11-16.
- Richard Ellmann. "The Pulitzer Prizes; Biography or Autobiography". Pulitzer.org. Retrieved 2012-11-16.
- "Featured Articles From the Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times.
- Adams, Lorraine (2011-05-20). "Book Review - The Convert - By Deborah Baker". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2012-11-16.
- wsj.com: "The Last Stand of Winston Churchill" (Baker) 9 Nov 2012
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