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Sarah Ban Breathnach

Come Again?
Pronounced "Bon Brannock"

Literary Specialty:
Advice to women on finding fulfillment in ordinary life

The Score:
2.2 million copies of "Simple Abundance" in print;
the book's follow-up,
"The Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude,"
was Number 1 on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list

Place of Birth:
Westbury, New York

Business School

Family Ties:
Daughter, Katie; husband Edward Sharp,
from whom she is separated

Simply Doing Good:
Ban Breathnach contributes 10 percent of her earnings to charities,
including the House of Ruth, Habitat for Humanity,
and the Pediatric AIDS Foundation

Next Up:
"Authentic Success: Your Path to Building the House of Belonging,"
slated for fall 1998; at least five more books to follow


The author of two books about Victorian customs and more,
Sarah Ban Breathnach was something of an expert on how people
lived in the 19th century. The 20th century was another matter,
though, and its demanding pace had left Ban Breathnach
frustrated, exhausted, and unhappy. Instead of writing a third
book, she took time off to sort out her inner life and determine
what was truly important to her. In so doing, she rediscovered
everyday pleasures like a good meal, a well-ordered closet,
and an afternoon nap. She documented her 'safari of the self' in
"Simple Abundance," a day- by-day guide to contentment that
has been embraced by some 2 million readers.

Ban Breathnach (a pen name) didn't dream of a simple life when
she was growing up in Massachusetts. She wanted to be an
actress and, after attending business school, she moved to
London to pursue her ambition. When auditions proved fruitless,
she turned her attention to writing. She launched her journalism
career with a fashion piece in a London trade paper.
Ban Breathnach moved to Washington, DC, in 1975 and continued
to write about lifestyles and the arts. As a syndicated columnist for
the Washington Post Writers Group, she published many articles
on Victorian era lifestyles that formed the basis of her 1990 book,
"Mrs. Sharp's Traditions."

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