The spectacular, true story of a scrappy teenager from New York’s Lower East Side who stowed away on the Roaring Twenties’ most remarkable feat of science and daring: an expedition to Antarctica.
“Shapiro has rescued from oblivion a wondrous tale of exploration. The Stowaway is a thrilling adventure that captures not only the making of a man but of a nation.”
— David Grann, bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon
About the Author
Laurie Gwen Shapiro is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist whose writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, New York, The Daily Beast, Lapham’s Quarterly, Slate, Aeon, The Forward, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. Her documentary film awards include an Independent Spirit Award for directing IFC’s Keep the River on Your Right, and an Emmy nomination for HBO’s Finishing Heaven. Shapiro is the 2022 winner of the Silurians Press Awards Gold Medallion for Best People Profile for “He Bombed the Nazis, Outwitted the Soviets and Modernized Christmas” for The New York Times and the 2021 winner of Best NYC Essay or Article from the GANYC Apple Awards for “The Improbable Journey of Dorothy Parker’s Ashes” for The New Yorker. The Stowaway (Simon & Schuster) was her best selling first full-length work of nonfiction, and was an Indie next selection. Her next nonfiction book will be Amelia and George, for Viking Books.
06/2022: Winner of Silurians Press Awards Gold Medallion for Best People Profile
02/2022: Two recent articles for the New York Times:
“An Amelia Earhart Mystery Solved (Not That Mystery)”
“How a World War II Bomber Pilot Became ‘the King of Artificial Trees'”
02/2021: Winner of Best NYC Essay or Article from the GANYC Apple Awards
09/2020: “The Improbable Journey of Dorothy Parker’s Ashes”
Laurie’s latest for The New Yorker
10/2019: Viking Welcomes Shapiro’s ‘Amelia’