Photo by Moshe CohenAnne (Ann) Kleinberg came to the writing of Menopause in Manhattan through the back door, so to speak.

Her friend and editor Karine Wagemakers Kahn suggested that she write a murder mystery, with a cook at the center. She said “What? Me? Write a book?” Karine answered yes and insisted – and an idea was hatched.

The murder mystery became a story about a 50-year-old woman who goes through some major changes in her life. No cook, no murder and no mystery. Well, maybe a little.

Anne grew up in Laurelton, Queens New York. She studied liberal arts at the City University of New York and got a Bachelor’s Degree. Her junior year was spent on the overseas program at Tel Aviv University and that’s what sparked her love of Israel. She earned her degree in Psychology

A few years later, she went back to school (Fashion Institute of Technology) in Manhattan and earned a degree in interior design.

Anne pursued her design career, eventually opening ARK-I Design in New York City. She developed a specialty in health care and when all was going just perfectly (she had a condo, a car AND a parking spot in Manhattan) she decided to chuck it all and try life in Israel. Call it epiphany, call it lobotomy, but she packed up her shih tzu and her drafting table and off she went.

A restaurant review she wrote for the Jerusalem post led to a career as a lifestyle journalist. She wrote about food and people and all good things. That led to editing and translating books. And that led to cookbooks. She’s written four to date, and Menopause in Manhattan is her first novel.

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