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Ann Bauer

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Occupation  novelist
Role  Essayist
Name  Ann Bauer

Genre  Fiction, Novel, Essay
Citizenship  United States
Education  University of Iowa
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Born  Ann Michele Boris March 11, 1966 (age 49) Boston, Massachusetts (1966-03-11)
Notable works  A Wild Ride Up the Cupboards (novel, 2005), The Forever Marriage (novel, 2012)
Spouse  James John Bauer (1987-2001) John Christopher Gateley (2006-)
Books  The Forever Marriage, A Wild Ride Up the Cupb, Forgiveness 4 You: A Novel

Ann Bauer (born March 11, 1966) is an American essayist and novelist.


Life and career

Ann Michele Boris Bauer Gateley (publishing under the name "Ann Bauer") was born in Boston, Massachusetts; she moved with her family to Minnetonka, Minnesota at age 10. After leaving high school at age 15, she attended the University of Minnesota and studied in England, including a stint at Stratford-upon-Avon. She graduated from the University of Iowa in 1986. She returned to the University of Iowa as an Iowa Arts Fellow in 1999 and earned an MFA in creative writing in 2002.

Over the past decade, she has worked as a writing professor, a food critic, a novelist, a journalist and an advertising copywriter. She has taught at The University of Iowa, Brown University, Roger Williams University, Johns Hopkins University and Macalester College. She has lived in Iowa City, IA; Providence, RI; Baltimore, MD; Seattle, WA; Boston, MA; and Minneapolis, MN.

While in the Iowa MFA program, Bauer wrote most of her first novel, A Wild Ride Up The Cupboards, which came out with Scribner in 2005. Wild Ride was named a Best Book of 2005 by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and The Providence Journal. Bauer began writing for Salon that same year, eventually becoming a regular contributor. She co-authored her second book, a work of nonfiction billed as a "culinary memoir," with Mitch Omer, the founder of Hell's Kitchen. Damn Good Food was published by Borealis Books in 2009 and is now in its third printing. Her second novel, The Forever Marriage, was published by The Overlook Press in June 2012. Her third novel, Forgiveness 4 You was also published by Overlook in March 2015.

In 1987, Bauer married James John Bauer, with whom she had three children. Their oldest child, Andrew, has autism and has been the subject of some of her work. She divorced Bauer in 2001 and married John Christopher Gateley in 2006. She resides in Minneapolis with Gateley and her youngest child, a daughter, who is in college. Her two adult sons live nearby.

Bauer's father was of Russian Jewish descent and Bauer's mother was from a Catholic German family.


Bauer's essays have appeared in Elle, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Redbook, and The Sun. She has published three novels and a cookbook and culinary memoir (with co-author Mitch Omer).

  • A Wild Ride Up The Cupboards (2005)
  • Damn Good Food (2009) With Mitch Omer
  • The Forever Marriage (June 2012)
  • Forgiveness 4 You (March 2015)
  • References

    Ann Bauer Wikipedia