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Chester Aaron (born 1923) is an American writer.

Born in Butler, Pennsylvania, to Albert and Celia (Charleson) Aaron, he attended the Butler Senior High School, UCLA, and San Francisco State University. In addition to his writing, he has worked as a steel worker, an X-ray technician, a college professor, and a garlic farmer.


For young adults:

  • Better than Laughter, Harcourt (New York, NY), 1972.
  • An American Ghost, illustrations by David Lemon, Harcourt (New York, NY), 1973.
  • Hello to Bodega, Atheneum (New York, NY), 1976.
  • Spill, Atheneum (New York, NY), 1978.
  • Catch Calico!, Dutton (New York, NY), 1979.
  • Gideon, Lippincott (Philadelphia, PA), 1982.
  • Duchess, Lippincott (Philadelphia, PA), 1982.
  • Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Lippincott (Philadelphia, PA), 1985.
  • Lackawanna, Lippincott (Philadelphia, PA), 1986.
  • Alex, Who Won His War, Walker (New York, NY), 1991.
  • Home to the Sea, Brown Barn Books, 2008.

For adults:

  • The Cowbank (play), produced at University of California, Berkeley, 1955.
  • About Us (novel) (autobiographical novel), McGraw (New York, NY), 1967, reprinted, Ten Speed Press (Berkeley, CA), 2001.
  • Garlic Is Life: A Memoir with Recipes, Ten Speed Press (Berkeley, CA), 1996.
  • The Great Garlic Book, Ten Speed Press (Berkeley, CA), 1997.
  • Black and Blue Jew: A Novel, Creative Arts, 2002.
  • Garlic Kisses, Zumaya Publications, 2004.
  • Whispers, Zumaya Publications, 2004.


  • Contemporary Authors Online. The Gale Group, 2002. PEN (Permanent Entry Number): 0000000011.


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