Daniel Quinn

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About Daniel Quinn

An American writer, he is best known for his 1992 novel, Ishmael, which deconstructs the belief that humans represent the pinnacle of evolution. His other works include The Story of B (1996) and After Dachau (2001).

Early life

He briefly wanted to become a Trappist monk. After abandoning this dream, he pursued a career in publishing.

Trivia

He was awarded the Turner Tomorrow Fellowship Award in 1991.

Family of Daniel Quinn

He grew up in Nebraska. He was married three times, and he settled in Texas with Rennie Quinn, his third wife.

Close associates of Daniel Quinn

His novel Ishmael inspired the Pearl Jam/Eddie Vedder song, “Do the Evolution.”

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Billi Gordon

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About Billi Gordon

Known for his humorous books Your Moon is in Aquarius but Your Head is in Uranus; Billi Gordon’s You’ve Had Worse Things in Your Mouth Cookbook; and Eat This Book: The Last Diet Book, this Michigan-born writer also penned a Psychology Today blog titled Obesity Speaking.

Early life

After dropping out of both a Catholic seminary in Minnesota and the University of Michigan, he began working as a Los Angeles-based actor. He played female roles in two television comedy series: Married with Children and Women in Prison.

Trivia

In his forties, he re-enrolled at his alma mater, the University of Michigan, and earned a doctorate in neuroscience.

Family of Billi Gordon

He was born and raised in Michigan. Throughout his life, he struggled with his weight; at one point, he reached nearly 1,000 pounds.

Close associates of Billi Gordon

After completing post-doctoral work at the University of California-Los Angeles’ David Geffen School of Medicine, he worked as an obesity researcher at UCLA’s Gail and Gerald Oppenheimer Family Center for the Neurobiology of Stress.

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Thomas Sowell

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About Thomas Sowell

Conservative African-American author and columnist known for his books and articles on economics and American culture. His numerous literary honors include the Francis Boyer Award, the National Humanities Medal, and the Bradley Prize.

Early life

He graduated from Harvard University in 1958 and subsequently received a Master’s degree from Columbia and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago. He went on to teach economics at Howard University, Rutgers, Cornell, Brandeis, Amherst College, and the University of California-Los Angeles.

Trivia

He supports laissez-faire economics, and has written thirty books.

Family of Thomas Sowell

His father died before he was born, and he was adopted by his great-aunt because his impoverished mother already had four other children to take care of. His autobiography, A Personal Odyssey, details his childhood in North Carolina and New York City.

Close associates of Thomas Sowell

He once wrote an article critiquing George W. Bush.

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Joseph Perez

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About Joseph Perez

Twentieth-century French author of a number of books on Spanish history and Latin American independence movements. He also founded La Maison des Plays Iberiques, a Spanish cultural center in France.

Early life

He worked as a professor of Latin American civilization at the Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux 3 University in Bordeaux, France.

Trivia

He became a member of the French Legion of Honor.

Family of Joseph Perez

His parents were Spanish, and his three brothers were born in Spain. He, however, was born in southern France.

Close associates of Joseph Perez

He studied the practices of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.

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Joyce Meyer

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About Joyce Meyer

Christian author, preacher, and motivational speaker. Her Joyce Meyer Ministries, though previously investigated by the U.S. Senate, were accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability in 2009.

Early life

She became a born-again Christian at the age of nine. She attended Life Christian University in Tampa, Florida and founded her own church, Life in the Word, in the mid-1980s.

Trivia

She has published over twenty faith-based books since 1993.

Family of Joyce Meyer

She had a brief, early marriage to a Missouri car salesman before meeting her second husband, Dave Meyer. The couple married in 1967 and became parents to four children.

Close associates of Joyce Meyer

She is a successful religious author and speaker, much like Rick Warren .

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Alisa Valdes

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About Alisa Valdes

American author of Girls Night In and Haters, she is best known as the writer of the Dirty Girls Social Club. Also a journalist, she began writing for the Boston Globe in 1994.

Early life

She studied jazz saxophone at the Berklee College of Music. She later earned a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.

Trivia

She was named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in America by Hispanic Business Magazine.

Family of Alisa Valdes

She was married to Patrick Jason Rodriguez from 1998 until 2005. She has a son named Alexander.

Close associates of Alisa Valdes

Her novel, The Dirty Girls Social Club, was at one point in development to become a film starring Jennifer Lopez; however, this project was abandoned in 2003.

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