Nancy Hayfield

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Nancy Hayfield is an author, editor, and publisher. In 1979, she graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University. Nancy Hayfield's first novel Cleaning House[1] was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 1980. In 1985, writing under her married name of Nancy Birnes, Hayfield published Cheaper and Better at Harper & Row (now HarperCollins) and was the host of a PBS show called Living Cheaper and Better.[2] In 1990, she published Zap Crafts at Ten Speed Press, described in the Chicago Tribune as a "book of recreational fun"--"one of those oddities that is fun to thumb through."[2] She was the editor of the McGraw-Hill Personal Computer Programming Encyclopedia in 1986 and 1989, the UFO Magazine UFO Encyclopedia in 2002. She was also the last editor-in-chief of UFO Magazine when that publication ceased publication. She is currently the editor-in-chief of Filament Books.

Cleaning House[edit]

Her first novel Cleaning House (1980) was widely reviewed.[3][4][5][6] One of the two reviews in the New York Times called it "wildly funny."[7]


  1. ^ "Paperbacks: New and Noteworthy - New York Times". 1982-01-31. Retrieved 2008-08-15. 
  2. ^ a b Tennison, Patricia (December 6, 1990). "New Books For Fast, Easy Cooking And Joyful Holiday Giving". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2017-05-04. 
  3. ^ Grove, Lee (30 November 1980). "Cleaning House (book review)". Boston Globe. Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  4. ^ A View From the Fridge: CLEANING HOUSE. By Nancy Hayfield. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LINDA BARRETT OSBORNE. The Washington Post, 23 Nov 1980: BW10.
  5. ^ Irony in the Afternoon: Motion Equals Sanity Description Excels, ANATOLE BROYARD. New York Times; 06 Dec 1980: 21.
  6. ^ A housewife fights her way back to reality, Chicago Tribune, 21 Dec 1980: g3.
  7. ^ ARISTOCRAT & HOUSEWIFE: [Review], New York Times, Late Edition (East Coast); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]28 Dec 1980: A.9.

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