About

My first book, The Subway Chronicles: Scenes from Life in New York, was published by Penguin/Plume. It’s a collection of essays about the crazy, sad, thoughtful things that can happen riding the New York City subway system. I’ve finished my first novel titled Becoming Rose, a coming of age story set during WWII. My latest WIP takes place in France between the wars. Read more about it and other projects I’m working on my website.

In the meantime, I post my random thoughts on this blog. Things like:

  • I live in Brooklyn, NY, in a 5th floor walk-up. You might think this keeps me in shape. It doesn’t.
  • The best movie ending ever is Cinema Paradiso. Hands down.
  • I keep a stack of books near my bedside that I’d like to read, but couldn’t possibly finish in a lifetime. From time to time I’ll post book reviews and other writerly thoughts.
  • The key lime pie from Steve’s makes me very happy; if you’re ever in New York City, get yourself a slice. You won’t be sorry.
  • I work as a freelance editor of novels and narrative nonfiction. I like it, my rates are reasonable and I can help you get your manuscript ready for publication or an agent submission. Read more about my manuscript consultation services.
  • My dog, an English Springer Spaniel, was adopted from the NY ACC. He does goofy things. I write about them.

  • One of my goals is to figure how to live more deliberately, like one of my heroes, Henry David Thoreau. In fact, I have a section on this blog called SHINE to share amazing things people are doing to follow their passions and make their communities a better place. If you know someone who is Shine-worthy, please send me a message.
  • If you’re new here, check out some of Reggie’s favorite posts:

Like this one: 50 Things That Make Me Smile

Or this one: I See Dead People

Or read about a trip I took to Best Friends Animal Society, one of my favorite places in the world.

contact {at} jacquelincangro [dot] com

68 comments

  1. How lovely to visit you at your blog and learn a bit about you! Yay – at last!
    Your first book sounds like something I’d love to read … am going to check it out. Your novel sounds interesting too.
    Have a fabulous weekend, jacquelin,
    Sunshine xx

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    1. hi ms. cangro! is there a way we could get a link to the archives of the subway chronicles? i wrote an essay years ago and somehow the site was taken down after your book was published. is there a link somewhere we could go to? much thanks and best regards. my essay was called “a whale of a ride”. it was about peter sis’ poster on the number two train.

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      1. Hi Gail, How nice to hear from you! I’m sorry to say that I no longer have access to those old archives. My web host had gotten a virus / hacker and all of that information was gone. Now I’ve learned how to back up all the data, but I had to start a new site from scratch. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help.

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  2. Every time I get a new subscriber I feel like I’ve just won the lottery! I’m looking forward to checking out The Subway Chronicles and watching Cinema Paradiso. I’m so glad you found my blog because now I get to enjoy yours. 🙂

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! I’ve been enjoying your posts. I loved that you mentioned that looking for funny or thoughtful things your kids say really helped you enjoy living in the moment with them. That’s just fantastic!

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  3. Thanks so much for the kind words…I appreciate them. Can I ask you a question? While checking out your blog, I noticed that you have a copywright notation on the bottom right hand side. Is this something that I should be doing? I’m still such a newbie at this blogging thing and I’m a bit overwhelmed by all the details.

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    1. It’s a good idea to have a copyright notation on the main page. There’s no guarantee of course, but I hope it helps deter “sticky fingers” from repurposing my photos or words as their own.

      Kind of like an alarm company sign on your front lawn. 🙂

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  4. Hey Jacquelin! This is a long delayed visit but you’ve been on my mind 😀 I adore dogs in general and yours is dreamy, but you know that already 🙂 I’m subscribed and something tells me I’m going to enjoy my visits!

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  5. Jacquelin! I am happy to report that I have just finished The Subway Chronicles. I was fascinated. I loved the mix of stories, each had it’s own special flavor. It’s hard to pick a favorite. So instead, I’ll tell you the two that left the biggest impression on me. Coincidentally, they followed one another.
    They are Jessie Koester’s Encounter and Jennifer Toth’s Tunnel Stories. I’ve been haunted by both stories.
    My favorite line in the book was written by Amy Holman in Cups. It’s the very last line in her story, “…it is about living the life I want, never mind how long it took to arrive.” Hear, hear!
    The next time I’m in NY, I’m skipping the cab and taking the subway. 😉

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    1. I’m so thrilled that you enjoyed The Subway Chronicles. It makes me happy when I can introduce someone to the bizarre, engaging and sometimes heart-warming world of the subway.
      Thank you for sharing your favorite stories. I always love to know which stories readers connect with the most.
      Maybe someday soon you’ll be able to write your own subway story. 🙂

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  6. Hi Jacquelin, I’ve landed at your blog via your excellent post at The Hack Novelist and I’m loving it! It’s a huge dream of mine to live in Brooklyn – it’s great to be able to see it vicariously through the eyes of a local, even though I am halfway around the world.

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    1. Welcome! I’m so happy you stopped by.
      I would one day love to visit Tasmania. I have a friend who did an exchange there many years ago. She still talks about the wonderful people she met and things she did. We’ll have to do a home exchange some day. 🙂

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    1. Ciao Serena! Grazie per il tuo messagio. Parlo un po’ Italiano. Provo! Ora voglio practicare. Spero di chiara.
      Sono lusingato che ti piace my blog post. Vorrei per voi aggungiere al vostro blog. Inviami the link, per favore.
      Grazie mille!

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  7. I was lured to your page by the puppy nose next to your comment on Tori Nelson’s page. He’s adorable! A few weeks ago the stars aligned oddly and my husband and I wound up with a Springer pup. She does goofy things too, but I haven’t written about them much. Anyway….hi! Pleased to make your virtual acquaintance.

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    1. May I introduce you to Reggie. He likes to think he’s the real mastermind behind this blog. (And in many ways, he probably is.)
      Congratulations on welcoming your springer pup into your home. It’s sure to be a wild and amazing ride. 🙂
      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  8. Hi again Jackie. My daughter had two springer spaniels, one a gentle bitch and the other a definite alpha male. Both loved and now lost but not forgotten. 🙂

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  9. I remember the first time I saw Cinema Paradiso. I found the film delightful. I had been living in a small Italian village not all that long before and it was very close to home. I agree with you about the ending.

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    1. Cinema Paradiso remains one of my favorite films. It really stands the test of time and only gets better with more viewings. It has been a while since I’ve seen it — you’ve inspired me to watch again soon.

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  10. Hi Jacquelin! I just found your blog and I am already hooked! I can’t wait to read more of what I missed on your blog! I just subscribed today too! We love dogs too! We adopted two from our APL, best dogs ever! 🙂 Hugs, Valerie

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      1. Hello! I write articles about food-industry-related issues. For trade publications, rather than from a consumer angle. I have the occasional rant about it on my blog, lol.

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  11. Hey Jackie,
    Had to stop by after reading your blurb on Broadside (what a great post idea that was!). Brklyn, writer, editor and dog lover all resonate. I don’t live in Brklyn, but my sister does and I’ve visited at least twice a year for the past 25 years! Ultimate goal is to be bi-coastal.
    Congrats on finishing your book too. I’m writing one as well and am always inspired to meet folks who have made it through the fire that I am currently in. Looking forward to getting to know you and your blog.
    Cheers.
    Niva

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    1. Hi Niva,
      Thanks so much for stopping by! It was great to “meet” you through your comment on Broadside. How terrific that you get to come to Brooklyn a few times a year. It’s a great place to write and be a writer.
      I just LOVE Ruby. She looks like an amazing pup. 🙂

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  12. Jackie,
    You might want to fix this …
    “I teach an online class sin creative writing techniques called Back to Basics at The Loft Literary Center.”
    Otherwise I want to know more about “sin creative writing” – sounds kinky…. 🙂

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