Paul Schneider

Paul Schneider is the acclaimed author of Bonnie and Clyde, Brutal Journey, The Enduring Shore, and The Adirondacks, a New York Times Book Review Notable Book. He and his family live in West Tisbury, Massachusetts.


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Where are you from?
Massachusetts

Who are your favorite writers?
In no particular order and without a lot of thought: Thoreau, Matthiessen, McPhee, Mailer, Morrison, Just, Dillard, Theroux, Cervantes and that guy who wrote Moby Dick.

Which book/books have had the biggest influence on your writing?
That’s hard, and changes constantly. Most recently, or at least regarding the writing of Bonnie and Clyde, it was probably The Executioner’s Song, by Norman Mailer.

What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Surfing, Kayaking, Traveling, piano-noodling, tennis, tree pruning and stone wall maintaining.

What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
“Marry that girl.”

What is your favorite quote?
Hmmm. In terms of writing? I propose a tie: “In the beginning was the word,” and “The End.” Or perhaps Thoreau’s “Simplify!”

What is the question most commonly asked by your readers?  What is the answer?
Do you have a schedule, do you write every day, to which if I’m honest the answer increasingly is no on both accounts.

What inspired you to write your first book?
It grew out of a love of the out of doors and lot of work I was doing on wilderness issues, primarily for the National Audubon Society. “The Control of Nature,” by John McPhee played some role as well, as did conversations with my editor at Henry Holt, Jack Macrae.

Where do you write?
Generally at my desk, either in West Tisbury, Mass, which is my home, or in Bradenton, Florida, which is my temporary residence.

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Old Man River

Paul Schneider
Henry Holt and Co.

A fascinating account of how the Mississippi River shaped America In Old Man River, Paul Schneider tells the story of the river at the center of America’s...


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Bonnie and Clyde

Paul Schneider
St. Martin's Griffin

The flesh-and-blood story of the outlaw lovers who shot their way across Depression-era America, based on archival research, declassified FBI documents, and...


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Brutal Journey

Paul Schneider
A John Macrae/Holt Paperbacks Book

“Schneider’s thorough research and vivid writing create a fast-paced, moving story, one that is difficult to believe and impossible to forget.” —The New York...


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The Enduring Shore

Paul Schneider
A John Macrae/Holt Paperbacks Book

Even before the Pilgrims landed in 1620, Cape Cod and its islands promised paradise to visitors, both native and European. In Paul Schneider's sure hands, the...


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The Adirondacks

Paul Schneider
A John Macrae/Holt Paperbacks Book

His book is a romance, a story of first love between Americans and a thing they call "wilderness." For it was in the Adirondacks that masses of non-Native...


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