Sarah Bird

Sarah Bird is the author of eight award-winning novels, including The Yokota Officers Club, Virgin of the Rodeo, The Mommy Club, and The Boyfriend School. Her most recent novel, The Gap Year, was named one of Library Journal’s Best Novels of the Year for 2011. Her ninth novel, A Princess Lily Girl, will be published by Alfred A. Knopf in the spring of 2014. Sarah was the holder of the Dobie-Paisano Fellowship in summer 2010, was inducted into the Texas Literary Hall of Fame, and received a National Magazine Award nomination for her Texas Monthly columns. She has written screenplays for Warner Bros., CBS, TNT, the National Geographic Channel, Hallmark Features, and many independent producers and syndicated programs. She has been a contributor to the New York Times, Salon, Oprah magazine, the Daily Beast, Real Simple, Mademoiselle, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, and Texas Monthly. She and her husband, George Jones (not the dipsomaniacal C&W singer), make their empty nest in Austin with not-frequent-enough visits from son Gabriel.


This Year’s Model

Hey, captains of industry: If Dr. Evil can have a Mini Me, why can’t the rest of us?

Desperate Housewives

In this excerpt from writer-at-large Sarah Bird’s new novel, How Perfect Is That, the realities of life in early twenty-first century Austin become all-too-clear to a defrocked socialite.

In a Lather

My Petco encounter with a shampoo celebrity.

Geezer Nation

Greetings from Snowbirdlandia! Wish you were old.

Home Groan

One year (okay, two days) of livin’ la vida locavore.


Suburban mom seeks motorcycle jacket.

The Triptych to Bountiful

Let’s go to the science fair!

Hog Wild

I subject myself to yet another seminal Texas experience: the hunt.

No Ifs, Abs, Or Butts

My instructor is a Flabbo Nazi, and other tales from the aerobics wars.

Lark of The Covenant

Bill Zedler’s plan to keep me married—forever.

The Price Is Rite

Getting in touch with my inner bargain hunter.

Good-bye, Mrs. Chips

My short, happy life as a poker player.

Tour De Farce

The absurdity of the college visit (and why you should leave your kids at home).

Horn ’Em, Hookers!

Texas versus Iowa State versus me.

Snakes on a Brain

The day I slithered from movie theater to movie theater.