Jeanne Marie Laskas is the author of six books, including her latest, Hidden America: From Coal Miners to Cowboys, an Extraordinary Exploration of the Unseen People Who Make This Country Work. She has been writing for national magazines for twenty years, including GQ, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, and O: The Oprah Magazine. She writes a popular monthly column for Reader?s Digest called ?Ask Laskas,? and from 1994 to 2008 wrote a syndicated column for The Washington Post Magazine called ?Significant Others.? She is Director of the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh, where she teaches creative writing. Visit her at jeannemarielaskas.com.