Rebecca Zornow is a Wisconsin native. A voracious reader and writer all her life, she graduated from Lawrence University in 2010 and is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.


My mother took me to checkout books at my local library when I was a child. I brought SONY DSChome brown grocery bags full of books accompanied by receipts as long as I could stretch my arms. In the evenings, my dad read aloud Calvin and Hobbes to my siblings and me, making up funny voices and vocal special effects. Books have always filled my days. Sometimes the entire day, from reading at the breakfast table to reading by flashlight in bed.

I studied English Literature at Lawrence University (and made my major a double with Art History) where I read stacks of books and was challenged to make sense of how books reflected or changed the world around us.

lion and me

After college, I joined the Peace Corps. Stationed at a remote primary school in Swaziland (where remote meant having to walk an hour through the African bush to get a warm bottle of Fanta Orange), I started a library, giving access to 250 students in seven grades to those wonderful friends, books.

Reading was everywhere, all the time, but writing crept up on me before descending like a swarm of bees. I kept journals throughout my teenage years and, though even the sight of those doodled-on covers make me squirm with embarrassment, they were an essential daily practice in writing. Blogging during my Peace Corps journey built my confidence and taught me to carefully think about what my words meant. My sister, Nicole, has long been my sounding board for my creative writing and I am so excited to share my stories and thoughts now with you.


I’ve been married to Oliver for nine years and have three children, Lydia, Madeline, and Pierce. I run the Caneille Regional Development Fund which brings education to a rural community in Haiti and also write for Appleton Monthly Magazine. I love traveling, art, long walks, museums, organizing, my local library, and good food. Enjoy the blog!


Some Favorite Books and Series:

Bad Machinery by John Allison

Clan of the Cave Bears by Jean M. Auel

Someday my Prince Will Come by Jerramy Fine

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Outlander Series by Diana Gabaladon

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

The Magicians Series by Lev Grossman

Game of Thrones Series by George R.R. Martin

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Gunnerkrig Court by Thomas Sidell

The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingells Wilder



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