Susan Dworkin

Author, Playwright, Lecturer, Social Historian

Miss America, 1945: Bess Myerson and the Year that Changed Our Lives

"A fascinating and thought-provoking book about 1945 as seen through the eyes of a Jewish girl who won a beauty title. It's about the boys coming home crippled from the war...It's about Jewish Americans finding out about the horror of the Holocaust and how that made their Miss America a symbol of hope."
Milwaukee Journal

"Bess Myerson died in December, 2014. She was a beauty queen, a TV star, a politician, a resourceful public servant, a disgraced public servant. I spent a long time writing a book about her astonishing rise. It was a real eye-opener for me, to peek inside the lives of women whose sense of self depended so completely on other people's perception of their beauty."

THE COMMONS, a new novel

Fresh from the success of her New York Times Best Seller, THE NAZI OFFICER'S WIFE, Susan Dworkin has penned a thrilling new novel — THE COMMONS — about a future society facing a catastrophic threat to the food supply.

It is the year 2165. Climate change has impoverished the world. One giant corporation governs North America. When a fierce wheat plague threatens everyone with starvation, an alliance of plant scientists, robot spies, and fed-up farmers organize to fight it. And at their center is a young pop singer named Lizzie who becomes the voice of the revolution.

Praise for THE COMMONS

“A great futuristic coming of age novel. A must-read!"

RICHARD ZEYEN | Prof. Emer., Plant Pathology, University of Minnesota

“If you enjoy sci-fi and agriculture too, and you think the current dominant system just might be sitting on the precipice of a dangerous fate, this book is for you. The writing is quick, playful, vibrant — chock full of surprising descriptive embellishments guaranteed to keep the reader entertained. "

KAY MACDONALD | Big Picture Agriculture

"a rollicking good read, full of interesting characters and strange plot twists..."

JEREMY CHERFAS | Eat This Podcast

"I loved this book! Every time I chuckled, which was often, I had to remind myself that Dworkin's agricultural dystopia is where we really seem to be heading. The science writing is astonishing -- brilliantly done!"

DR. ROY C. GOULD | Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

"an intelligent and deeply pertinent ecological thriller...a bouncing, exciting adventure that is a pleasure to read as well as an intellectual treat"
KATE ONYETT | The Future Fire

“Compelling, funny, psychologically rich and profoundly important!”

SUZANNE BRAUN LEVINE | former editor of Ms. Magazine, author of Inventing the Rest of Our Lives

“THE COMMONS provides important warnings about unrestrained privatization of our plant genetic resources and artistic heritage.”

DR. DAG ENDRESEN | Global Biodiversity Information

"A paean to the power of song as a subversive, vital agent for change…What an amazing feat, to write a novel that brings music, science, environment and politics onto every page!"

MEL MARVIN | Composer, The Grinch


“One of the best Holocaust memoirs"

“A remarkable story”

Edith Hahn Beer, a Jewish woman who assumed an Aryan identity and married a Nazi officer who maintained her disguise, teamed up with Susan Dworkin to tell her amazing story. Beer passed away in 2009.

Now, almost 15 years since this tale of love and terror in the Third Reich was first published, The New York Times places the memoir on the E-Book and the Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction Best Sellers lists.

Amazon has ranked the memoir as the most popular Jewish history book and The New York Times has ranked it among the top ten most popular political books.

Read more about the miraculous ascent of THE NAZI OFFICER’S WIFE.

"There is such a thing as the idea that the bounty of the earth belongs to everyone. To everyone."


Signing copies of THE COMMONS at The Bookstore in Lenox, MA.

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