Stephen Fried is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author, and an adjunct professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He is the author of THING OF BEAUTY: The Tragedy of Supermodel Gia (the inspiration for the Emmy-winning film Gia), APPETITE FOR AMERICA: Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the Wild West — One Meal at a Time (a New York Times bestseller featured in the PBS documentary "The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound"), BITTER PILLS: Inside the Hazardous World of Legal Drugs, THE NEW RABBI and the essay collection HUSBANDRY. He is also co-author, with Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, of A COMMON STRUGGLE: A Personal Journey through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction. A two-time winner of the National Magazine Award, Fried has written frequently for Vanity Fair, GQ, The Washington Post Magazine, Rolling Stone, Glamour and Philadelphia magazine. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, author Diane Ayres.