When a man [or woman] dies, it’s the equivalent of a library burning down.

––Alex Haley
Author of Roots:The Saga of an American Family

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About Cathleen Rountree, Ph.D.

This seventh generation Californian is often referred to as "the Barbara Walters of interview books." The best-selling author and photographer of nine books, including the five-volume series that documents women's life stages (On Women Turning . . .), Cathleen is nationally celebrated for her efforts to bring women's life issues to public attention.

For this series of mini-memoirs, she met and interviewed such well-known entrepreneurs, politicians, writers and creatives, and other public figures as Gov.

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Ann Richards, Betty Friedan, Sen. Barbara Boxer, Ellen Burstyn, Mary Travers, Judy Chicago, Gloria Steinem, Doris Lessing, Isabel Allende, Marion Woodman, Maxine Hong Kingston, Gloria Allred, Molly Haskell, and Dolores Huerta, among many others.

- On Women Turning 30: Making Choices, Finding Meaning
- On Women Turning 40: Coming Into Our Fullness

- On Women Turning 50: Celebrating Midlife Discoveries
- On Women Turning 60: Embracing the Age of Fulfillment
- On Women Turning 70: Honoring the Voices of Wisdom

Articles about Dr. Rountree and her work have appeared in The New York Times, People, and The Washington Post, among many other publications. As a Columnist, Cultural Journalist, Film Critic, and Travel Writer, she has published nearly 300 articles in magazine, newspaper, and online publications. Her additional books include: The Writer's Mentor: A Guide to Putting Passion on Paper, The Movie Lover’s Club: How to Start Your Own Film Group, The Heart of Marriage: Discovering the Secrets of Enduring Love, 50 Ways to Meet Your Lover.

For two decades, Dr. Rountree lectured at national and international conferences, and taught women’s studies, writing, film studies, and multicultural studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and at the esteemed UCLA Writers Program.

Her coaching and consulting service, The Writer's Mentor, offers editorial assistance in developing both fiction and nonfiction projects, writing proposals, finding agents and publishers, and the business of being a writer.