Barbara Roether

Barbara Roether is a writer and teacher in San Francisco. She grew up in Ohio and left rather quickly and rather young. Her debut novel published last year by McPherson & Co. This Earth You’ll Come Back To, explains why.

She has lived and worked in Morocco and Indonesia. Before teaching she worked in book publishing as an editor and freelance writer; and has contributed to many books on travel and religion.

As an editor at HarperCollins, she created Signs of the Sacred, a series of visual books on religious ritual, and was a West Coast reporter for Publishers Weekly.  She is the author of a poetry collection The Middle Atlas; her essays, and short fiction have appeared in various magazines.

Ms. Roether has a son in college, and is married to the journalist Mark MacNamara. She holds an MFA from Bard College.

Books by Barbara Roether

Book Reviews by Barbara Roether

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“Compass educates us, even as we marvel at its obscurity.”

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Reading Paul Auster’s novel 4 3 2 1 is a bit like wandering around in an old medina with Woody Allen and Leo Tolstoy.

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“If you buy only one book of poetry this year, let this be the one.“

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"If reading about smoking hashish were half as interesting as doing it, this novel would be brilliant."