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Window Woman of New England
Alison Hardy has dedicated her career to saving antique windows

Of Hipbones and Hostels
An essay featured in the anthology "Around the World."

Of Hipbones and Hostels
Travel essay published in the anthology "Around the World."

Write Choices: Elements of Nonfiction Storytelling
Write Choices: Elements of Nonfiction Storytelling helps writers cultivate their nonfiction storytelling skills by exploring the universal decisions writers confront when crafting factual narratives. Rather than isolating various forms of narrative nonfiction into categories or genres, Sue Hertz focuses on examining the common choices all true storytellers encounter, whether they are writing memoir, literary journalism, personal essays, or travel stories. Write Choices also includes digital storytelling. No longer confined to paper, today's narrative nonfiction writers must learn to write for electronic media, which may also demand photos, videos, and/or audio. Integrating not only her own insights and experience as a journalist, nonfiction book author, and writing instructor, but also those of other established nonfiction storytellers, both print and digital, Hertz aims to guide emerging writers through key decisions to tell the best story possible. Blending how-to instruction with illuminating examples and commentaries drawn from original interviews with master storytellers, Write Choices is a valuable resource for all nonfiction writers, from memoirists to essayists to literary journalists, at any stage of their career.

Caught in the Crossfire: A Year on Abortionís Front Line
Through character and conflict, this narrative nonfiction book takes readers into the human drama at the heart of the abortion wars. Hertz chronicles during a turbulent year how protests and politics affect the women seeking reproductive choice and those providing it at New Englandís largest clinic.

A Very Personal Organizer; A Personal Coach and Best-Selling Author is One of a New Breed of Advisers for Hire
A profile of life coach Cheryl Richardson, whose lectures and books have made her an Oprah favorite and a national voice for taking better care of ourselves

Biking British
How does one survive biking in the legendary Cambridge, a city of winding, narrow streets and crowds and alpha drivers?

Taking Care of Mom & Dad
Boston Magazine cover story on the sandwich generation

Can Heavy be Healthy?
Thinness is equated with beauty, success, and self-control. Obesity, with poor self-control, ugliness, and lack of intelligence. The very notion that a fat person may be healthy is almost outrageous to most people. But after months of research and observations, writer Sue Hertz concludes that yes, you can be fit and fat.

Do, Re, and Mi
The author explores a lifelong ambition Ė learning to sing on key. Can she? Will she?

The Unexpected Congresswoman
With the help of an antiques dealer, a nutritionist, and a medieval scholar, Carol Shea-Porter, who had never held public office, beat the Republican incumbent to represent her New Hampshire district in the U.S. Congress.

Whatever Happened to Dinner?
Boston Magazine essay about the disappearing family meal.

What's a Joint like You doing in a Race Like This?
Perhaps the knee isn't made for the lives we lead.

Time and Tide of Portsmouth
The challenges to a city's identify when it is caught between preserving the past and its nautical history while creating a vibrant seaport that lures tourists and new residents alike.

Temple of History
The New Hampshire Historical Society's regal home in Concord, one of the state's most renowned structures, celebrates its 100th birthday. The path to the creation of this striking building, though, was far from easy.

Those Perfect Places
Why do we live where we live? The author explains what drew her to Boston's North Shore while others ruminate about their location choices in the Commonwealth.

Budget Beach House
House Beautiful story about a couple who constructed their Cape Cod home with salvaged materials.

It's All in the Details
How an 1840 Colonial farmhouse was restored to accommodate a 21st century lifestyle with respect to its architectural heritage.

How to Live in a Haunted House
What are homeowners to do when they suspect that they are not the only ones inhabiting their house?

The Truth About Former Flames
Checking up on a former flame can be dangerous.

Selected Works

Yankee Magazine
Alison Hardy has dedicated her career to saving antique windows.
Travel essay published in the anthology "Around the World."
How does one survive biking in Cambridge, the legendary English city of narrow, winding streets, congested traffic, bellowing drivers, and cows? Lots of cows.
Caught between caring for their parents and their own families, members of the sandwich generation struggle to cope with the many challenges of parenting a parent.
Can you be fit and fat? Contrary to common belief, yes you can.
Writer Sue Hertz explores a lifelong ambition Ė learning to sing on key. Can she? Will she?
With the help of an antiques dealer, nutritionist, and a medieval scholar, Carol Shea-Porter, who had never held public office, beat the Republican incumbent to represent her New Hampshire district in the U.S. Congress.
Remember the warmth, the closeness, the dailiness of the family meal? Neither do we. A Boston Magazine essay exploring the reasons behind the disappearing family dinner and the repercussions.
Hockey great Bobby Orr may have knees like no other, but that doesn't mean the rest of us haven't abused the joint beyond its intention.
Boston Globe Magazine cover story on the gentrification of this seaport city on the coast of New Hampshire
The New Hampshire Historical Society's regal home, one of the state's most renowned structures, celebrates its 100th birthday. The path to the creation of Concord's architectural gem was anything but smooth.
Book
Write Choices blasts through the boundaries between different forms of narrative nonfiction, focusing on the choices all writers of all forms make at every juncture, from choosing an idea, to collecting content, to creating a structure, to revising.
A powerful narrative illustrating the impact of abortion politics on women and health care workers.