570 – Author Judith Newman on To Siri with Love

Judith Newman is the author of To Siri With Love:  A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines.  She writes about entertainment, science, business, beauty, and popular culture for a wide variety of publications, including The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Prevention, AARP, and National Geographic. As a book reviewer, she writes the column “Help Desk” in   The New York Times Book  Review, and reviews regularly for People.  She is a contributing editor for Allure and Prevention, and has been widely anthologized and won numerous awards for her journalism.

To Siri With Love was inspired by a 2014 article in the New York Times inspired by her autistic son’s relationship with Siri; it became  one of  the most emailed pieces in the newspaper  that year.  She has also co-authored several books, including The Girl:  A Life In The Shadow of Roman Polanski.  Earlier, Miramax published her memoir, You Make Me Feel Like An Unnatural Woman:  Diary of a New (Old) Mother, about becoming a mother late(ish) in life.    She graduated Wesleyan University and has an MA from Columbia’s Literature Department.  She and her husband live in New York City with their twin sons and a lot of chaos.


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