TV commentator Lisa Birnbach, author of The Official Preppy Handbook and Lisa Birnbach's College Books, is a contributing editor for Parade and the mother of (at least) three children. Ann Hodgman is the author of 40 children's books, several works of humor, and three cookbooks, including Beat This and One Bite Won't Kill You. Patricia Marx, author of How to Regain Your Virginity and Meet My Staff, has also written screenplays for television shows such as Saturday Night Live. The three collaborated on 1,003 Great Things About Getting Older, 1,003 Great Things About Moms, 1,003 Great Things About Teachers, 1,003 Great Things About Kids, and 1,003 Great Things About Friends.
Along with the original "Beat This!, "ANN HODGMAN is the author of "Beat That!" and "One Bite Won?t Kill You." She has written more than forty children's books, including, most recently, "How to Die of Embarrassment Every Day." Hodgman has written articles for "The""New Yorker, " the "New York Times Magazine, " the "New York Times Book Review, " the "Atlantic Monthly, ""Food & Wine, ""Smithsonian, " and just about all of the women's and parenting magazines.
Patricia Marx is a staff writer for "The New Yorker" and a former writer for Saturday Night Live. ?She is the author of several books, including the novel "Him Her Him Again The End of Him," which was a finalist for the Thurber Prize for Humor. ? Marx was the first woman elected to the Harvard Lampoon. ?Starting in the fall of 2011, she will teach screenwriting at Princeton University.? She can take a baked potato out of the oven with her bare hand.