Beth Staas
Beth Staas
Poet & Writer


It’s all about people taking time to make a friend, form an opinion, or understand an event, savoring chapters the way we savor each morning.

Sepia tone archival photo of young couple, Uncle Otto and Aunt Sophie, circa 1929.
Beside the Golden Door, book cover with archival family photo, Stature of Liberty in the background.

Beside the Golden Door

It is the end of World War I and Germany is struggling to survive. This book tells the story of one family from the late 1920s to the end of World War II as some immigrate to America, alternating with the three siblings who have remained behind. Read more »

Audience of One book cover, with young woman playing at a grand piano.

Audience of One

There are fifty million amateur musicians in America, one-third of whom play the piano. The chances that any of these will achieve professional status, let alone fame, is miniscule. Yet children continue taking lessons, hoping they will among the chosen few.

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