After graduating from Berkeley and earning a Master's Degree in English Literature from UCLA, Planaria Price began her career teaching English to adult immigrants in Los Angeles. She has written several textbooks and lectured at numerous conferences. In addition to this, Planaria has worked with her husband to save and restore over 30 Victorian and Craftsman homes in her historic Los Angeles neighborhood. Claiming My Place is her first book for young adults.
Dr. Helen Reichmann West was born in Munich, Germany, the child of stateless Jewish Holocaust survivors. She immigrated to the U.S. as a child and grew up to earn her PhD in psychology. Helen's published work has included research articles in professional journals, essays, memoir pieces, book reviews, and poetry. She also collaborated with author Planaria Price on Claiming My Place: Coming of Age in the Shadow of the Holocaust, the biography of her mother, Barbara Reichmann. She lives with her husband in Washington, DC and Key West, Florida.