Robin Chotzinoff is a freelance magazine writer and book author. Her previous books, People With Dirty Hands—intimate portraits of eccentric gardeners--and People Who Sweat—intimate portraits of unlikely athletes--earned wonderful reviews in seriously diverse publications, from People to The New Yorker. She has won numerous local and national awards for feature writing. Holy Unexpected is her first, and with any luck her last, memoir.

Raised in New York City, she has since lived in California, Arizona, Colorado and Texas, at too many addresses to count. Her work experience before getting a real writing job included shining shoes, waiting tables, driving a magazine delivery route and a few disreputable jobs in the oil business. She wrote for the Denver alternative weekly Westword for nearly 25 years, and her freelance work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Outside, Food and Wine, National Gardening, Garden Design and many others. She particularly enjoys her assignments for Bicycling magazine. They seldom have anything to do with bicycling.

After 26 years in the Denver area, she recently moved to Austin, Texas and is already pissed at the mess-with-Texas attitude she encounters in the rest of the country. She lives with her husband, the journalist Eric Dexheimer, her two daughters, Coco and Gus, and three ill-behaved mutts. Her avocations include gardening, cycling, music and simple food cooked from fresh ingredients. She is currently writing a series of songs designed for Jewish Shabbat services, and though she has yet to join an Austin synagogue, she continues to study Torah and trope with her mentor, the author Joanne Greenberg.

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- a blog about gardening

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- another blog


“A little Dave Barry, a little Ellen Goodman, a little Marion Winik. . . This woman absolutely has a gift for making people, even readers, feel at home.”
- Los Angeles Times