Siri Hustvedt is a highly unusual writer—an internationally acclaimed and bestselling novelist and an intellectual with voracious interests. Siri is as well-respected in literary circles for her bestselling novels (including The Sorrows of an American and What I Loved), as she is in the artistic community for her lectures at museums around the world and her book of essays on visual art (Mysteries of the Rectangle), and by neuroscientists for her interdisciplinary memoir The Shaking Woman or A History of My Nerves and her delivery of the thirty-ninth annual Freud lecture in Vienna in 2011. Her most recent book is a collection of essays: Living, Thinking, Looking. Siri Hustvedt was born in 1955 in Northfield, Minnesota. She moved to New York City in 1978 and earned her Ph.D. in English literature at Columbia University in 1986. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.