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Miller was raised as a Catholic and grew up in California. She has since said she deplores the Church's "guilt-mongering and tedious rituals."
In 1995, Miller helped to co-found Salon.com. She has been a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review, where she wrote the "Last Word" column for two years. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, the Los Angeles Times, Time, the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and other publications.
In 2000 she edited The Salon.com Reader's Guide to Contemporary Authors with Adam Begley. She is the author of The Magician's Book: A Skeptic's Adventures in Narnia, a book about C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia fantasy series, her enchantment with it as a child, and her disenchantment with it when she realized its heavy-handed Christian parallels as an adult.
- Miller, Laura (2008). The magician's book : a skeptic's adventures in Narnia. Little, Brown.
- — (2016). Literary wonderlands : a journey through the greatest fictional worlds ever created. Black Dog & Leventhal.
Essays, reporting and other contributions
- Miller, Laura & Adam Begley, eds. (2000). The Salon.com reader's guide to contemporary authors. New York: Penguin Books.
- Jackson, Shirley (2006). The haunting of Hill House. Foreword by Laura Miller. Penguin Classics.
- — (2013). Come along with me : classic short stories and an unfinished novel. Foreword by Laura Miller. Penguin Classics.
- Miller, Laura (April 21, 2014). "Romancing the stones : on the winter solstice, modern-day Druids flock to Stonehenge". Annals of Archaeology. The New Yorker. 90 (9): 48–54.
- "It’s OK to admit that H.P. Lovecraft was racist", Salon.com, 11 Sept 2014.
- — (July 3, 2017). "Manhattan transfer : money. mischief, and mystery in a novel of old New York". The Critics. Books. The New Yorker. 93 (19): 67–69.
- — (April 2, 2018). "You're too much : nothing succeeds like excess in Christine Mangan's 'Tangerine'". The Critics. Books. The New Yorker. 94 (7): 90–91.
- — (January 7, 2019). "The purge : The Water Cure is a twisted fairy tale of toxic masculinity". The Critics. Books. The New Yorker. 94 (43): 68–69.
- — (May 20, 2019). "You'll never get away : girls go missing in Julia Phillips's debut novel". The Critics. Books. The New Yorker. 95 (13): 87–89.
- "Reviewers & Critics: Laura Miller of Slate". Poets & Writers. 2017-02-15. Retrieved 2019-08-19.
- "The Magician's Book Conjures the Magic of Narnia by Review-a-Day". www.powells.com. Retrieved 2019-08-19.
- "The Millions: The Salon.com Reader's Guide to Contemporary Authors by Laura Miller". Retrieved 2019-08-19.
- The Magician's Book. 2017-06-27.
- "Laura Miller". Slate Magazine. Retrieved 2019-08-19.
- Online version is titled "'Golden Hill' : a crackerjack novel of old Manhattan".
- Online version is titled "'Tangerine' : a début novel that delights in excess".
- Online version is titled "A twisted fairy tale about toxic masculinity".
- Online version is titled "A début novel remixes the trope of the missing girl".