Alix Strauss

NYT Contributor
Social Commentator
Travels from: New York, NY

“Like a beautifully-wrapped gift box, full of unexpected pleasures. Alix Strauss proves herself to be an astute and deeply feeling observer of human nature.” —Dani Shapiro, author of Black & White

A media savvy social satirist, Alix is a frequent contributor and columnist at the New York Times, where her work focuses on trends, relationships, marriage and weddings. She’s been a featured pop culture and lifestyle journalist for more than 20 years, and has appeared as a travel and trend writer on national morning and talk shows including ABC, CBS, CNN, and most recently, The Today Show. Her articles, which have appeared in the Times, The Financial Times, Crain’s New York, Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, T&L, Conde Nast Traveler, and Departures (among others), cover a range of topics from trends in beauty, travel, and food to celebrity interviews.  She is an award winning, four-time published author whose work includes: The Joy of Funerals (St. Martin’s Press),Based Upon Availability (Harper Collins), and Death Becomes Them: Unearthing the Suicides of the Brilliant, the Famous, and the Notorious (Harper Collins).  She is also the editor of Have I Got a Guy for You (Simon & Schuster), an anthology of mother coordinated dating horror stories.

The Joy of Funerals won the Ingram Award, and was named Best Debut Novel by The New York Resident. Alixʼs essays have been anthologized – most recently in Sex, Drugs & Gefilte Fish: The Heeb Storytelling Collection. Her short story, “Shrinking Away”, won the David Dornstein Creative Writing Award. She is the recipient of several awards and fellowships from programs such as the Wesleyan Writers Conference, the Skidmore College Writerʼs Institute, the Sarah Lawrence Summer Program, and the Squaw Valleyʼs Screenwritersʼ Summer Program.

Alix lectures extensively, having spoken at over 100 events and symposiums. She was chosen to speak at the National Jewish Book Festival, and is on the National Speakers Bureau for Israeli Bonds. In addition, she has spoken at numerous conferences and panels including: The Southern Festival of Books, The Northwest Bookfest, The New England’s Writer’s Conference, Wesleyan Writer’s conference, The 92nd Street Y, NYU, Center For Communications, Mediabistro, Columbia University, among others. She hosted a monthly event at Makor called Word of Mouth Thursdays, featuring readings of personal essays, works in-progress, and novel excerpts.

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Based Upon Availability

Harper Perennial |
Novel

“Like a beautifully-wrapped gift box, full of unexpected pleasures. Alix Strauss proves herself to be an astute and deeply feeling observer of human nature.”
—Dani Shapiro, author of Black & White

A stunning, wise, and witty second novel from renowned trend journalist Alix Strauss, Based Upon Availability chisels away at the exteriors of eight smart and intriguing women while delving deep inside to see what they’re truly made of. Following her Ingram Award-winning The Joy of Funerals—named Best Debut Novel by The New York ResidentBased Upon Availability is women’s literary fiction at its finest.

Death Becomes Them

Harper Perennial, |
Nonfiction

Author Alix Strauss takes a provocative look at the self-imposed deaths of the famous and infamous in Death Becomes Them. In this fascinating and intimate chronicle of celebrity suicides, the spotlight shines on the lonely last moments of Kurt Cobain and Ernest Hemingway, Abbie Hoffman and Adolf Hitler, Dorothy Dandridge, Sigmund Freud, Hunter S. Thompson, and others. Death Becomes Them explores their sadness and madness, their accomplishments and the circumstances that led to their irreversible decision, and wishes them all a fond final good-bye.

The Joy Of Funerals

St. Martin’s Griffin |
Novel

A young widow who lusts, a daughter who aches, a shopaholic who hungers…The Joy of Funerals is a riveting collection that explores the lives of nine young women, each willing to take drastic measures to fill the voids created by longing and loneliness. The first eight face death differently, while the ninth woman Nina ties them all together by attending funerals in her search to connect with others.

Written with raw wit, mordant humor and a uniquely penetrating voice, Strauss turns the spotlight on loss and grief. In the vein of Six Feet Under, this is a provocative look into the inner world of those left behind, and those still holding on.

“The desire for human connection runs throughout Alix Strauss’s dark and spirited novel, The Joy of Funerals.” – Vanity Fair

Relationships, Marriage and Love

Weddings and Wedding Trends

Mother and Daughter Relationships

Suicide Prevention and Anti-Bullying

Fiction vs. Nonfiction

Freelance Writing in a Social Media World - Is Print Really Dead?

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Alix’s Published Work

Honors, Awards & Recognition

Ingram Award
Best Debut Novel by The New York Resident
David Dornstein Creative Writing Award

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