Final New Image Shot 1 copy 2Tracy Beckerman writes the syndicated humor column, LOST IN SUBURBIA® which is carried weekly by Gatehouse Media.  Her column is distributed to over 600 community newspapers and 555 local market websites that reach more that 21 million people in 36 states.

She is also the author of the humor book, “Lost in Suburbia: A Momoir. How I Got Pregnant, Lost Myself, and Got My Cool Back in the New Jersey Suburbs” (Perigee Books, 2013). Her first book, “Rebel without a Minivan: Observations on Life in the ‘Burbs,” was released in 2008. Additionally, she is a contributor to a humor compilation called, “See Mom Run:  Side-Splitting Essays from the World’s Most Harried Moms.” and the anthology, “Fifty Shades of Funny: Hook ups, Break Ups and Crack Ups.” Beckerman also writes this blog which features her musings on marriage, and motherhood, and offers tips for being a cool mom in the suburbs.

In addition to her column, Beckerman has written for Huffington Post Comedy BuzzFeed , Blogher.com, and vlogged for Working Mother Magazine.

Tracy has appeared on The Today Show on NBC, the CBS Early Show, Good Day New York, LX New YorkBetter TV, WCBS-TV Live from the Couch, WGN-TV, Good Day Dallas, Fox5DC, and numerous radio and print interviews speaking about motherhood and life in the ‘burbs.  She also does stand-up comedy and has appeared at venues including The Comic Strip Live in NYC and The Erma Bombeck Workshop in Dayton. She was also featured in a story about Erma Bombeck on CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood.

Tracy has spoken at numerous blog conferences, schools, and women’s groups about being a stay at home mom, losing your identity, and reinventing yourself, as well as many industry conferences on the topics of syndication, branding, and humor writing. She has been a featured speaker at Blogher, Blogalicious, BloggyCon, Aiming Low, Dad 2.0, The National Society of Newspaper Columnists Conference, American Society of Journalists and Authors, The Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop, Windsor International Writers Conference, and more.

Before she became a columnist, Beckerman was a writer and producer in the television industry for ten years, managing the Advertising & Promotion department at WCBS-TV New York, and creating award-winning TV and radio scripts for such clients as Lifetime Television, WCBS-TV, CBS and NBC.  Her numerous honors for writing include the prestigious Writer’s Guild of America award, a CLIO, an International Film and Television award, and a New York Emmy®.  In 2010 she was voted “America’s Top Blogger” by The Balancing Act and in 2011, she won a National Society of Newspaper Columnists award for humor writing.

In 2014, Tracy was the Global Humor Award Winner of the coveted Erma Bombeck Writing Competition.

Tracy is a three time past faculty member of the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop and is the Vice-president of The National Society of Newspaper Columnists Education Foundation. She is also a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, The Society of Professional Journalists, and the Journalism and Women Symposium.

Tracy is married to a very understanding guy. They have two children and live in New Jersey where she writes, does battle with woodchucks, and avoids, at all costs, driving a minivan.


For PR inquiries or to book Tracy for an appearance, contact:

Lynn Johnston Literary


or email Tracy directly:

beckerlady (at) mac (dot) com




22 responses to “About

  1. Gosh, Tracy, I hear you about the minivan. After I had my first child I decided to get a safer vehicle but I couldn’t make the leap to a minivan. So I bought a CR-V. And I hated driving it every day for the next two years. It had everything a mom would want to have in there, right where it should be. But it looked so uncool, and so mommy-like. After two years, I traded it in for a 6-speed manual red Ford Fusion. Oh, yeah! The first time my kids rode in there with me, they said, “Mama, you got a sports car!”. I wonder if any mom ever heard her kids proudly say, “Mom, you got a minivan!” I just can’t imagine…

  2. Glad to hear you are another rebel sister!! Welcome to my minivan-free world!

  3. Found you from rolemommy.com, you already know this: but you are hilarious.

    Subscribing now, even if I did drink the kool aid and got the mini van.
    But I play Led Zeppelin in it.

  4. I found you from http://www.rockanddrool.com/ and I love, love your blog, I just signed up and now l am looking forward to your posts!

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  6. Love this! Congrats on your Voices of the Year honor. I hear you on loathing the minivan. My MomMobile is a Jeep Commander and I’ve been fighting (so far successfully) to keep our Audi TT, a two seater. 🙂

  7. It was wonderful to hear you speak at Bloggy Con. I can’t wait to put some of your tips to use in my own blog. Unfortunately, I was dragged kicking and screaming into the car dealership to purchase a minivan… and, yes I cried when I signed the papers. But, when you have twins… you sometimes have to give up– I mean, adapt.


    • You can be plenty cool with a minivan – just wear dark sunglasses and a baseball hat so no one recognizes you when you drive it. 🙂
      Thanks for coming to my session! I’ll follow your blog so I can see you be funny!!

  8. I have a column too — it is in one paper – lol – just found you on linkedIn

  9. Hi Tracy –

    Love to read your books and possibly meet. I am a NJ based filmmaker w a new film “Bad Parents” about some of my suburban experiences.


    Caytha Jentis

    • Sounds like my kind of film!
      I just started a book tour so I’m in and out of town for the next 6 weeks. Love to connect as soon as I wrap things up! Let’s chat vial email! Tracy (at) Lostinsuburbia (dot) com

  10. Thanks for visiting my blog. I’m assuming you are here because you saw my segment on the Today Show. Since you are here, I invite you to learn more about me, my column and my book before you make any sweeping generalizations about the quality of my mothering.
    However you are certainly entitled to your opinion and I appreciate you stopping by to comment.

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  12. I just found your blog after reading one of your articles in a local newspaper. The article was about a psuedofriend. Hilarious. We all have one, don’t we? Some more than one unfortunately. Looking forward to your posts. If a man without human children can appreciate your writing, you are doing a really great job! 😀

  13. jackie kothe

    this is overdue, but i read your posts in mahopac news and always crack up. i especially loved the one about your over keen sense of smell, because i am constantly asking my husband ” what’s that smell?!” i smell everything and he thinks i’m crazy. we’ve been married for 27 years. i am happy to know that i am not the only person with a superior nose!

    • Hi Jackie, sorry for the delayed response – my husband and I were away celebrating Twenty-FIVE years of marriage, so I guess we relate in more than one way! Thanks for reading the column and congratulation on having a superior nose – we are a small but important part of the population!

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