California Literary Review

Profile of Lisa Montanarelli


Lisa Montanarelli received her B.A. from Yale and her Ph.D. in comparative literature from U.C. Berkeley. As a freelance writer based in New York City, she covers a wide range of topics, including culture, health, sex, politics, and economics. She has co-authored three nonfiction books, including THE FIRST YEAR – HEPATITIS C: AN ESSENTIAL GUIDE FOR THE NEWLY DIAGNOSED, which she and co-author Cara Bruce revised and updated in 2007. She currently writes a column on economics and personal finance for, and her features, profiles, and reviews have appeared in a number of publications, including SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN, THE HISTORY CHANNEL MAGAZINE, ART AND ANTIQUES MAGAZINE, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, and PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.

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Articles written for the California Literary Review:

  • The Lazarus Project by Aleksandar Hemon
    Posted on 11 Feb 2009 in Fiction Reviews, Historical Fiction

    On the morning of March 2, 1908, Lazarus Averbuch, a young Jewish immigrant who had fled the 1903 pogrom in Kishinev, knocked on the door of Chicago Police Chief George Shippy. Noting Averbuch’s foreign features and working man’s dress, the officer assumed he was an anarchist and gunned him down.

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