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Melissa Holbrook Pierson

Melissa Holbrook Pierson
Born (1957-12-14) December 14, 1957 [1]
Akron, Ohio
Occupation Writer
Nationality USA
Education A.B. Vassar College 1980
M.A. Columbia University 1984[1]
Notable works The Perfect Vehicle: What It Is About Motorcycles

Melissa Holbrook Pierson (born (1957-12-14) December 14, 1957 )[1] is a writer and essayist of non-fiction.

Pierson was born in Akron, Ohio. She is a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast and this is reflected in many of her books. Her works are often explorations of personal experience, extended into general social commentary and history.

When asked in an interview, "Do you consider yourself a travel writer, a kind of “place writer,” a nature writer, or—" Pierson answered, "All of those things. I don’t think of myself as fitting into a category. But I had to be careful in all of my books not to repeat things, because I have these ideas, and though the subjects were disparate, the same idea would come up through different portals. "[2] The Place You Love is Gone was described by [3]


  • Works 1
    • Books 1.1
    • Essays 1.2
  • Notes 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4



  • The Perfect Vehicle: What Is It About Motorcycles (First ed.),  
  • Dark Horses and Black Beauties: Animals, Women, a Passion,  
  • The Place You Love is Gone: Progress Hits Home,  
  • The Man Who Would Stop at Nothing,  


  • "Precious Dangers: The Lessons of the Motorcycle",  
  • Sante, Luc; Pierson, Melissa Holbrook (April 2003), "The deja-vu vacation", Conde Nast Traveler 38 (4): 140(9) 
  • Sante, Luc; Pierson, Melissa Holbrook (January 1996), "The call of the wild. (Western US)", Conde Nast Traveler 31 (1): 80(13) 
  • "Summit Mall.(Short Story)",  


  1. ^ a b c "Melissa Holbrook Pierson." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2006. Gale Biography In Context. Web. 3 June 2011.
  2. ^ Brake (2008)
  3. ^ Swofford (2006)


  • Brake, Alan G. (June 2008), "Why is nostalgia such a bad thing? Interview with Melissa Holbrook Pierson",  
  • Contemporary Authors Online, Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2009.: Gale, 2009 
  • Swofford, Anthony (Jan 15, 2006), "My City Was Gone (review of The Place You Love is Gone)",  

External links

  • Blog Ostensibly about author's dog, but includes many topics.

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