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Vanessa McGrady

After earning a B.A. from NYU with a major in classical civilization and minors in journalism and art history, which proved excellent for solving crossword puzzles, Vanessa McGrady worked for the Sackler Foundation cataloging priceless art and antiquities. Then, she started a career in radio and newspapers in Gallup, N.M., which would eventually lead her back to the Pacific Northwest. There are various jobs she did won't see on her resume: waitress, bartender, and owner of a dating service. She once lived in tiny cabin on the woods, off the grid, and spent a lot of time figuring out ways not to freeze. She froze anyway. Eventually she became freelance travel writer, playwright, producer and commercial/voice-over actor. In 2005, she moved to Los Angeles and began a career as corporate communicator and social media strategist for companies that include one of the most environmentally progressive utilities in the world, and one of the leading nonprofit health care providers in California. "Rock Needs River: A Memoir About a Very Open Adoption" is her first book.