Sara Mansfield Taber

Sara Mansfield Taber is the author of Born Under an Assumed Name: The Memoir of a Cold War Spy’s Daughter, published in March of 2012.

She has also published two books of literary journalism, Dusk on the Campo: A Journey in Patagonia, Bread of Three Rivers: The Story of a French Loaf, and a memoir-cum-writing guide, Of Many Lands: Journal of a Traveling Childhood. Her essays, memoirs, travel pieces, and commentaries have appeared in literary journals, newspapers including The Washington Post, and been produced for public radio.

Raised in Asia and Europe as the daughter of a C.I.A. covert operative, she earned a doctorate from Harvard, where she specialized in cross-cultural human development, a blend of psychology and anthropology.  She also holds an M.S.W. from the University of Washington and a B.A. from Carleton College.  A past William Sloane Fellow in Nonfiction for the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, she has taught at Johns Hopkins University, the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and other universities, and currently teaches at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland.  She also works as a free-lance editor and offers private workshops in the U.S. and abroad.

A former whale researcher, she enjoys taking long walks on the beach in the dead of winter as well as eating dark chocolate, baking chocolate cakes, and the French craft of cartonnage.

You are welcome to visit Sara’s website as well as her blog.

The book trailer for Born Under an Assumed Name: The Memoir of a Cold War Spy’s Daughter may be viewed at

A March 13, 2012, interview with Sara Mansfield Taber, on NPR’s Diane Rehm Show, may be heard at:

4 entries by Sara Mansfield Taber

Book Review

Lady Bird and Lyndon: The Hidden Story of a Marriage that Made a President

The story of a woman as impressive as the man she perpetually stood behind.

Book Review

The Porcelain Thief: Searching the Middle Kingdom for Buried China

While digging for the antiques hidden by his great-great-grandfather, the author explores the history, food, and culture of his ancestral home.

Book Review

Saul Bellow’s Heart: A Son’s Memoir

The literary lion’s son reveals the human being within.

Book Review

Mark Harril Saunders

Ministers of Fire

In this multi-layered and gripping thriller, the characters face not just intrigue but moral complexities in the game of spying and foreign affairs.