Richard Goodman is the author of French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in the South of France. His other books are The Soul of Creative Writing, A New York Memoir and The Bicycle Diaries: One New Yorker's Journey Through 9-11. He has written for The New York Times, Harvard Review, Creative Nonfiction, Commonweal, Vanity Fair, The Writer's Chronicle, The Louisville Review, Saveur, Ascent, and the Michigan Quarterly Review. Richard is a founding member of the New York Writers Workshop. He is Assistant Professor of English at the University of New Orleans.




The Bicycle Diaries

Hannah Brown created a new binding for The Bicycle Diaries: One New Yorker's Journey Through 9/11. The text was designed and hand-set by Gaylord Schanilec and features his original woodcut illustrations. Hannah Brown's binding is part of InsideOUT, an exhibition organized by Designer Bookbinders that will travel to the United States in the fall of 2014.


Julie Stackpole created another marvelous new binding for The Bicycle Diaries. Her creation is also part of the InsideOUT exhibition.


Jenni Grey created another fine binding for The Bicycle Diaries. Her creation is also part of the InsideOUT exhibition.


Cathy Adelman created yet another fine binding for The Bicycle Diaries. Her creation is also part of the InsideOUT exhibition.

Selected Works


"I possess a deep prejudice against anything written by Anglo-Saxons about their lives in or near French villages. So, Richard, I thank you for breaking the spell. I like very much what you wrote."
–M.F.K. Fisher

"Goodman borrows a plot of land on which to grow a garden, a project that his neighbors view first with curiosity, then with sympathy and a deepening sense of involvement. There's a genuine sweetness about the way the cucumbers and tomatoes bridge the divide of nationality."
-Francine Prose, New York Times

"One can learn much from this man who feels tender toward cobblestones and old women, nostalgic about a daughter's childhood, frightened at the prospect of dying alone—a rare individual who, with honesty, sensuousness, and keen observation, turns yearning and remembrance into art."
–Susan Vreeland, author of Girl in Hyacinth Blue

"Richard Goodman’s marvelous book, The Soul of Creative Writing, will instruct, delight, edify, challenge, reassure, and guide any student of writing to a personal best."
–Molly Peacock, author of Cornucopia: New & Selected Poems

"Richard Goodman is one of the most generous and astute literary guides I've read. This book is a gift to writers."
–Rebecca Walker, author of Black, White and Jewish

"This book is not just for writers then, but for lovers of words and writing. For renewing my excitement about what I've chosen to do for a living, this book deserves thirteen exclamation marks".
–Stephanie Dickison, The Writer