Olivia Gentile

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Olivia Gentile
Born (1974-06-13) June 13, 1974 (age 43)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Genre Non-fiction
Spouse Andy Borowitz (m. 2008)

Olivia Gentile is an American author. Her first book, Life List,[1] was published in April 2009 by Bloomsbury USA and tells the true story of Phoebe Snetsinger, a housewife and cancer survivor from St. Louis who saw more bird species than anyone else in history.[2]

Background and education[edit]

Gentile grew up in Washington, D.C., and graduated from Harvard in 1996. She earned an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing from Columbia in 2003.[3]

She was a reporter for The Hartford Courant (1999–2001) and The Rutland Herald (1996–1999). Gentile supported herself while writing Life List by working as a part-time assistant to a federal judge in Brooklyn, the Hon. Raymond J. Dearie.[3][4]


In January 2008, Gentile married Andy Borowitz, the comedian and writer whose main outlet is the popular website The Borowitz Report.[5] They live in New York City but spend much of their time upstate, in the rural Hudson Valley.[3]

Reviews of Life List[edit]

In a prepublication review, the scientist and author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond, wrote of Life List,

On April 15, 2009, Life List was favorably reviewed in The Christian Science Monitor: "That Snetsinger flew the coop was both a point of pride and a point of friction for her family, and Gentile does not cast judgment but simply describes what she sees. By documenting the tension between the obligation to others and the obligation to oneself, Gentile has written a book as much about the life of women as about a woman’s life.”[7]


  1. ^ Gentile, Olivia (2009). Life List: A Woman's Quest for the World's Most Amazing Birds (Hardcover ed.). Bloomsbury USA. ISBN 1596911697. 
  2. ^ "Bio site". Oliviagentile.com. Retrieved October 27, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "Home". Oliviagentile.com. Retrieved October 27, 2010. 
  4. ^ USD.C, Eastern New York - Systems Department. "Home". United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Retrieved October 27, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Borowitz Report". Borowitz Report. Retrieved October 27, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Life List: A Woman's Quest for the World's Most Amazing Birds (9781596911697): Olivia Gentile: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved October 27, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Life List - CSMonitor.com". Christian Science Monitor. April 15, 2009. Retrieved October 27, 2010.