Leslie Rott's bookshelf full of books.

Leslie Rott is the Jewish News‘ new books and love & relationships writer.

Hi everyone! I’m Leslie Rott. I grew up in Huntington Woods, graduated from Berkley High School and attended the University of Michigan for undergrad and my Ph.D. I then spent two and a half years living in New York, where I attended Sarah Lawrence College and obtained a second master’s degree.  After I got my degree, I got laid off from my job and my multi-year relationship ended. Needless to say, it was a very easy decision for me to move back to Michigan to be near my family and friends. I’ve been at my current job for just over two years, and I currently work in healthcare (I have a Ph.D., so I’m not that kind of doctor). I recently bought a house in Beverly Hills, so I’m planning on sticking around this area for a while.

Leslie Rott's bookshelf full of books.

In love and into reading

I’m recently engaged — on Valentine’s Day, so I will be writing about that — and books. I am an avid reader, so I’ll be writing on two somewhat different topics, but I’ll try to tie it all together. I’ll share our relationship/engagement story in a future post. And I’ll connect the books I write about with my life.

Falling in love with writing

I have been into writing my whole life, but more so since graduate school — you kind of have to be to write a 230-page dissertation. I was diagnosed with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis in 2008, and have been blogging about my chronic illnesses for the last decade. I’m very excited to be writing on a new platform and (perhaps happier) subject matter. And I’m also excited to be getting more involved in the Jewish community in this way.

It seems like life can get so busy at times that we forget about the really important things. But then life has a way of making us stop and reminding us.

So here I am.

That’s me in a nutshell. I’m looking forward to sharing my reading life with you, along with the journey from engagement to marriage and all that happens in between.

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