"Reading Lori Horvitz’s

The Girls of Usually feels like calling up an old friend and talking late into the night. Deeply intimate and wickedly funny, these are essays to be treasured."

-Stephanie Elizondo Griest, author of Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana; and Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines

"These smart, witty, and heartbreaking essays are pure magic and Lori Horvitz is, truly, a magician of the form."                                                         

  —Lee Ann Roripaugh, author of Dandarians

"Horvitz writes with a fine balance of wit and poignancy, deftly delivering her stories in a way that feels both personal and universal. The Girls of Usually is a read that stays with you—unsettling, complicated, and wholly rewarding."

—Artis Henderson, author

of Unremarried Widow

- Lori Horvitz, The Girls of Usually

"In the back of my underwear drawer, I left notes for myself: By the time you read this, you'll be happier and have bigger breasts! But for now, I practiced magic routines in front of my pocket poodle, Sunshine, the only family member I could hold and hug."

Lori Horvitz


Lori Horvitz’ writing has appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies, including Epiphany, Redivider, Southeast Review, Entropy, South Dakota Review, Chattahoochee Review, The Guardian, and Hotel Amerika. Her book of memoir-essays, The Girls of Usually, has recently been published by Truman State University Press. Horvitz is Professor of English at University of North Carolina at Asheville, where she teaches courses in creative writing, literature, and women, gender and sexuality studies...