Author of Diving for Starfish - The Jeweler, The Actress, The Heiress and One of the World's Most Alluring Pieces of Jewelry and Searching for Beauty - The Life of Millicent Rogers


Cherie Burns is the author of The Great Hurricane: 1938, published by Grove/Atlantic (2005) in soft and hardcover.  Jonathan Yardley of The Washington Post wrote: “Her own very good book is sure to help keep the terrible storm in its proper place in New England’s memory..”, and Liz Smith  wrote in her column in The Daily News that the book was “A must if you care about brilliant reporting…”   “Before there was the Perfect Storm, there was the Great Hurricane of 1938.  Cherie Burns’s new book is not only a riveting and wonderfully written account of one of the worst storms of the century, it is a marvelous portrait of an era and a region.  A must for all New Englanders and lovers of the sea,” said National Book Award winner Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Heart of the Sea and Sea of Glory.

Burns’s previous book, Stepmotherhood—How to Survive Without Feeling Frustrated, Left Out or Wicked (Times Books)  has been reprinted by HarperCollins and Three Rivers and has sold over 40,000 copies in the U.S., England and Germany.  It has remained in print for 25 years.    Ms. Burns’ work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, People, Glamour, New York, Sports Illustrated, Constitution and other publications.    She currently lives in Taos, New Mexico.

Searching for Beauty--The Life of Millicent Rogers,  the first biography of the Standard Oil heiress and fashion icon, was published by  St. Martin’s Press in fall of 2011.   Diving for Starfish, my quest to find three famous ruby and amethyst starfish brooches created in Paris in the 1930s, will be published by St. Martin's Press in early 2018.  

Author photo  by Lenny Foster