Stephen Fried

Stephen Fried is an American investigative journalist, non-fiction author, essayist and adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the University of Pennsylvania. His first book, ''Thing of Beauty: The Tragedy of Supermodel Gia (Pocket)'', a biography of model Gia Carangi and her era, was published in 1993. He has since written ''Bitter Pills: Inside the Hazardous World of Legal Drugs (Bantam 1998)'', an investigation of medication safety and the pharmaceutical-industrial complex; ''The New Rabbi (Bantam 2002)'', which weaves the dramatic search for a new religious leader at one of the nation's most influential houses of worship with a meditation on the author's Jewish upbringing; ''Husbandry (Bantam 2007)'', a collection of essays on marriage and men; and ''Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the Wild West—One Meal at a Time(Bantam 2010)'', the bestselling biography of restaurant and hotel entrepreneur Fred Harvey. In 2015, he co-authored the ''New York Times'' bestseller ''A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction'' with Congressman Patrick Kennedy.

Fried is also an award-winning writer, a two-time recipient of the National Magazine Award, and has written for ''GQ'', ''Rolling Stone'', ''Vanity Fair'', ''Glamour'', ''Parade'', ''Ladies' Home Journal'' and ''Philadelphia'' magazine, where he was also editor-in-chief in 1999 and 2000. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, author Diane Ayres.
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