Cathy is an author, a contributing editor to Washingtonian magazine, a new mommy, an old cat owner, a frequent lecturer/speaker, a graduate school writing teacher, a reluctant blogger, a horrible texter, and a diehard antiquer. She’s written a couple of books, which are featured here and here, and even more magazine articles, some of which are posted here. There’s also a compendium of news and links about Cathy; and a calendar listing her upcoming readings and appearances. And a way to contact her, should you have a burning desire.

Cathy Alter’s CRUSH is in bookstores now! 


You can CRUSH by Cathy Alter and Dave Singleton at your favorite national or local bookstore.

What people are saying …
“The seemingly lightweight premise of an anthology built around celebrity crushes yields an outstanding selection of poignant and thought-provoking stories.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Charming…The authors do a remarkable job collecting different types of crushes while keeping the reminiscences short and sweet…A book that balances heartbreak and relief, blind love and terror. ”
— Publishers Weekly

“This solid, legitimate anthology that reflects on a compelling and universal phenomenon will put readers back in touch with their younger selves.” — Library Journal

“Entertaining…Some stories are funny…others are inspiring…Reading these short, angst-packed essays about starting at movie screens and listening to transistor radios is like reminiscing with old friends…[A] reminder that first loves are always worth recalling.”
— Booklist

“There’s a lot to enjoy in these…pieces.”
— Washington Post

“Perhaps only Stephen King would describe the actress Kim Novak as “heavy-eyed and feral” (sounds more like Cujo than a heartthrob). Jodi Picoult plotted running away from home at 6, and left a note: “I have gone to live with Donny Osmond. Don’t try to come after me.”
— The New York Times

You never forget your first crush . . .

CRUSH brings together stories of heartbreak, humiliation, and hilarity from a roster of popular luminaries, including James Franco, Stephen King, Roxane Gay, Jodi Picoult, Emily Gould, and Hanna Rosin, who share intimate memories of that first intense taste of love. Here are funny, whimsical, sometimes cringe-worthy tales of falling head over heels for River Phoenix, Mary Tyler Moore, Howard Cosell, Jared Leto, and a host of other pop culture icons.

Swoon-worthy and unforgettable, the essays in CRUSH will leave you laughing, make you cry, and keep you enthralled—just like your first celebrity crush.