Her sophomore effort, Homonyms Are Words, was widely seen as a disappointment, with Michiko Kakutani calling it "derivative ... lacking the searing honesty of her earlier work."
Mendelsohn took her first stab at newspaper journalism in the summer of 1980, when she interviewed Mets' center fielder Lee Mazzilli for the kids' section of Newsday. It was also the first and last time she led off a Q and A by noting dreamily that the subject had kissed her, post-interview.
|Some hard-hitting questions. Seriously!|
|Hanging with Superman. When he was still Superman. Oh, the 90s!|
|Did I mention it was the 90s?|
|Another day, another party with Bill and Hill. It would be wrong to make fun of her outfit, right?|
|I'm the one who's not Brooks or Dunn. And yes, I'm wearing camouflage. Don't ask.|
In 2004, Mendelsohn paired with television fashion guru Carson Kressley to help him pen his first book, Off the Cuff, which debuted on the New York Times bestseller list. Two weeks before the book's publication, Mendelsohn and her husband, Greg Abel, had their first child, Ethan. A second son, Alec, joined the family three years later. After a hiatus of several years as a stay-at-home mom, Mendelsohn returned to freelancing. From 2011 to 2014, she was a "Top Cop" for the US Weekly Fashion Police. Recent work has appeared in Jezebel, McSweeney's and the Huffington Post. From 2013 to 2015, she wrote the "Modern Family" column for Baltimore Style magazine. Hopefully, she will never have to write about herself in the third person again.