Richard Babcock
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Richard Babcock

Until stepping down in 2011, Richard Babcock was the longtime editor in chief of Chicago magazine. Before that, he spent more than a decade as a top editor at New York magazine. He is the author of the best-selling Kindle Singles stories "My Wife's Story" and "Ah, Rat." "Are You Happy Now?" is Babcock's third novel, after Martha Calhoun (1988) and Bow's Boy (2002). Raised in Woodstock, Illinois, Babcock graduated from Dartmouth College and the University of Michigan Law School. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Gioia Diliberto, an acclaimed biographer and novelist. They have one son, Joe. Babcock has taught at Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism, Knox College, Loyola University of Chicago, and the Savannah College of Art and Design. In addition to writing and teaching, Babcock occupies himself in following the Chicago Cubs, a team he credits for a lifetime's schooling in the "nuances of failure and loss."

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Best Sellers

    • My Wife's Story

    • By: Richard Babcock
    • Narrated by: Bud Hedinger
    • Length: 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 6

    In this short fiction with echoes of both O. Henry and Hitchcock, a husband is driven to extremes by the anecdotal story that his wife repeats endlessly....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My Wife’s Story

    • By judith friedlander on 06-11-18

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Are You Happy Now?

    • By: Richard Babcock
    • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
    • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    John Lincoln needs a hot best seller, and finds his salvation in Amy O’Malley, a recent University of Chicago grad who’s worked on the school’s famous sex survey....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Whiny is as whiny does; but read if you've thought

    • By K Cornwinkle on 11-24-12

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Autopsy

    • A Love Story
    • By: Richard Babcock
    • Narrated by: Tara Giordano
    • Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 2

    Unhappily married to an abusive man with a big life insurance policy, Michelle Weeks thought she'd plotted out the perfect crime....

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Ah, Rat

    • By: Richard Babcock
    • Narrated by: Daniel Thomas May
    • Length: 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Richard Babcock returns to the scene of simmering domestic conflict with this witty and harrowing tale of a husband who battles a marauding rat....

    Regular price: $2.99

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