Rebecca Shapiro

Rebecca Shapiro joined Columbia Magazine in 2011, after spending five years as an editor in the Random House Publishing Group. She has also worked as a high school writing instructor and college counselor, and has published over 300 articles and book reviews. She holds a B.A. in English from Brown University and an M.Ed in Higher Education from Harvard University.

Articles by this author

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
Spring 2017 “The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley”

Rebecca Shapiro reviews “The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley” by Hannah Tinti.

BOOKTALK: The Shock of the New
Winter 2016 BOOKTALK: The Shock of the New

Rebecca Shapiro interviews Graham Moore ’03CC, author of "Last Days of Night."

4 3 2 1
Winter 2016 “4 3 2 1”

Rebecca Shapiro reviews “4 3 2 1” by Paul Auster ’69CC, ’70GSAS.

The Bite Stuff
Fall 2016 The Bite Stuff

Five alumni startups that are disrupting the food industry.

“Behold the Dreamers”
Fall 2016 “Behold the Dreamers”

Rebecca Shapiro reviews “Behold the Dreamers” by Imbolo Mbue.

"The Girls"
Summer 2016 "The Girls"

Rebecca Shapiro reviews “The Girls” by Emma Cline.

Spring 2016 "Hotels of North America"

Rebecca Shapiro interviews Rick Moody, author of "Hotels of North America"

Spring 2016 BOOKTALK: The Art of the Meal

Rebecca Shapiro interviews Jacques Pepin, author of "The Art of the Meal"

Power for the People
Winter 2015-16 Power for the People

How one Columbia startup is helping low-income communities across New York generate a clean-energy revolution.

Bradstreet Gate
Fall 2015 "Bradstreet Gate"

Rebecca Shapiro reviews "Bradstreet Gate" by Robin Kirman.

In the Country
Fall 2015 "In the Country"

Rebecca Shapiro reviews "In the Country" by Mia Alvar.

Some Enchanted Evening
Spring 2015 Some Enchanted Evening

All that (Columbia) Jazz

Hissing Cousins
Spring 2015 “Hissing Cousins”

Rebecca Shapiro reviews “Hissing Cousins” by Marc Peyser and Timothy Dwyer

If the Oceans Were Ink
Spring 2015 “If the Oceans Were Ink”

RS reviews “If the Oceans Were Ink” by Carla Power

 Brighton Beach Bound
Winter 2014-15 Brighton Beach Bound

Rebecca Shapiro reviews "Panic in a Suitcase" by Yelena Akhtiorskaya.

A Man of Twists and Turns
Winter 2014-15 A Man of Twists and Turns

Artist Romare Bearden saw the African-American journey in Homer’s “Odyssey.” Professor Robert O’Meally takes us on a gallery tour.

The Culinary Imagination
Winter 2014-15 Stuffed

Rebecca Shapiro reviews "The Culinary Imagination" By Sandra M. Gilbert

The Late Starters Orchestra
Fall 2014 Second Movement

Rebecca Shapiro reviews "The Late Starters Orchestra" by Ari L. Goldman.

Start Me Up
Fall 2014 Start Me Up

The new Columbia Startup Lab in SoHo is open for business. We visit some young entrepreneurs to see what clicks.

The Confidence Code
Summer 2014 BOOKTALK: Yes She Can

Rebecca Shapiro interviews Claire Shipman, co-author of “The Confidence Code“

Unremarried Widow
Spring 2014 Spiral Life

Rebecca Shapiro reviews “Unremarried Widow” by Artis Henderson

The Abolitionist’s Song
Winter 2013-14 The Abolitionist’s Song

Rebecca Shapiro reviews “The Good Lord Bird” by James McBride

Winter 2013-14 “Hothouse”

Rebecca Shapiro reviews “Hothouse” by Boris Kachka

Convocation Conversation
Fall 2013 Convocation Conversation

An international-student affair

“Necessary Errors”
Fall 2013 “Necessary Errors”

Rebecca Shapiro reviews “Necessary Errors” by Caleb Crain

“The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.”
Fall 2013 “The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.”

Rebecca Shapiro reviews “The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.” by Adelle Waldman

“Here and Now: Letters”
Summer 2013 “Here and Now: Letters”

Rebecca Shapiro reviews “Here and Now: Letters” by Paul Auster and J. M. Coetzee

Summer 2013 “Her”

Rebecca Shapiro reviews “Her” by Christa Parravani

How to Get into the Twin Palms
Spring 2013 “How to Get into the Twin Palms”

Rebecca Shapiro reviews “How to Get into the Twin Palms” by Karolina Waclawiak

The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards
Spring 2013 “The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards”

Rebecca Shapiro reviews “The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards” by Kristopher Jansma

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