A short story about friendship, love, and aging

June 22, 2017

Fiction |

All of Us,” a new short story, is now available in a Kindle edition (a sort of e-chapbook!). Download it here.


Fiction | 2015

Out in March 2016 from Outpost19.

“Michelle Herman’s beautifully written and wise novel probes the crucial
and enduring questions of how we choose our paths in life.  Her naive
heroine marries in haste and learns, at leisure, the many facets of love,
its disappointments as well as its unexpected rewards.” 
-Lynne Sharon Schwartz

A Girl’s Guide to Life

Nonfiction | 2015

A new book for children.

Buy it at your local bookstore, or here, or here or here.

A Girl’s Guide to Life is a timeless book of warm and sensible advice for young girls, originally written by a mother for her own eight-year-old daughter. From compassion and empathy through self-expression and creativity, from thoughtfulness and helpfulness and good deeds through gratitude and heartfelt apology, (read more…)

Like A Song

Nonfiction |

A new essay collection from Outpost19. And it’s one of O Magazine‘s (April 2015) “Ten Titles to Pick Up Now.”

“Michelle Herman’s newest collection of essays invites you in for coffee, cake and a little karaoke….Convivial, honest and inquisitive, “Like a Song” prompts us to reflect on the meaning of our personal soundtracks.” – Columbus Alive

“A collection of six quietly transgressive pieces about music that ultimately asks, (read more…)

Stories We Tell Ourselves

Nonfiction | 2014

“This persistently amusing and endearingly eccentric book demonstrates the elasticity and élan of the personal essay in the hands of a consummate practitioner, as well as the plentiful resources of its author’s consciousness.”—Phillip Lopate (The Art of the Personal Essay)

“The whole is seamless, beautifully crafted; the subject matter is universal; the weave of self and other—Herman and scientists, Herman and her daughter—is masterful.”—Scott Raab (The Whore of Akron)

“An engaging companion offers a spirit of shared humanity.”—Kirkus Reviews

The Middle of Everything: Memoirs of Motherhood

Nonfiction | 2013


A memoir from the front lines of motherhood by a longtime writer of fiction, The Middle of Everything weaves a daughter’s memories of her Brooklyn childhood in the 1950s and 1960s, and the shadow cast on it by her own young mother’s paralyzing depression, with a middle-aged woman’s account of trying to break her mother’s mold by meeting her own child’s every need.

Middle of Everything

The virtual Middle of Everything

Nonfiction | 2012

Finally–an electronic version of The Middle of Everything is available.  Get it for Kindle (or download a free Kindle app for use on other devices) on Amazon or for Nook on Barnes & Noble.

The Middle of Everything cover

Dream Life

Nonfiction | 2011

Why do we dream? Why do we dream what we dream?

Novelist and essayist Michelle Herman looks at dreams and dreaming every which way: from ancient dream interpretation to Freud, from the way birds dream to the way babies do, from Jung to contemporary sleep and dream scientists, from her own dreams to the dreams of everyone she knows.

Dream Life


Fiction | 2006

Dog is about how a person constructs a life for herself, about the bits and pieces that make up a life as one goes along, and about the possibility of goodness, always, among those pieces—the possibility of love, and grace.


A New and Glorious Life

Fiction | 1998

Three novellas by a writer who “writes past the point where many writers stop, trusting her characters to deliver aspects of themselves previously undetected,” Publishers Weekly said of this collection of portraits of artists and intellectuals who behave badly, foolishly, and occasionally bravely.

A New and Glorious Life