New Book

Matryoshka_coverMatryoshka: Uncovering Your Many Selves Through Writing

This book has just been released in .pdf format for reading digitally; also, if you prefer, as a handsome paper book.

To order a copy of the book, please fill out the order form on the Contact page by clicking here.

Joan’s personal essays and questions for reflection will inspire readers or writers to uncover their many selves. 

Endorsements from other writers:

“Joan Leof’s essays are a delight. She has a unique voice and always comes at things from an unexpected angle. Her range of life experience, insights and fearlessness about revealing herself make for an engaging and thought-provoking read.”

–Roz Warren, author of Our Bodies, Our Shelves: Library Humor,

“Joan Leof’s collection of revealing, funny, stirring essays capture the ebb and flow of life and relationships, from the quest for the self and meaning to seeking love. Her writing is infused with wisdom, humor, and sprinklings of poetic images.”

–Linda Hall, poet and author

“A distinguishing characteristic of Joan Leof’s personal essays is their candor. Here is an author not hesitant to share the most intimate facets of her life, but she does so not to shock, not to entertain, but to embolden others by example to use writing for self-discovery and healing.”

–Tom Davis, writer and photographer; author of Double Exposure: A Veteran Returns to Vietnam,

“Joan Leof’s collection of essays and stories is about her life and every life. Leof is adept at focusing deeply into emotional corners to find human truth. The reflective questions after each story further assist a reader’s journey toward insight and articulation of personal stories.”

–Patricia Finley, Quaker writer