Leanne Shear grew up in Buffalo, NY and attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she worked for two years while going to school as a staff aide to then-mayor (and now PA governor) Ed Rendell. She currently resides in New York City, where she is a writer, Master's degree candidate (studying Politics and Culture), and Newington-Cropsey Fellow at NYU's Gallatin School.
The Perfect Manhattan—a novel she co-authored with Tracey Toomey—is loosely based on their experiences bartending in Manhattan and the Hamptons and highlights some of the class and societal issues they encountered while straddling the fence between the working and “glamour” classes (http://www.theperfectmanhattan.com). Their second book, Cocktail Therapy, was released by Simon and Schuster's Spotlight Entertainment division.
Leanne also writes for The Nation/em>, The New York Times, New York magazine, WireTap, Glamour, Life & Style, Maxim, and Men's Health.