Martha Weinman Lear was born in Boston and graduated from Boston University. She is the author of three books, including Where Did I Leave My Glasses? and the autobiographical Heartsounds, which detailed her husband’s life-changing heart surgery. Described as one of the most sensitive and moving accounts of a couple’s struggle against death, it was made into a film that won a Peabody Award, and it also won the annual book award from the American Association of Nurses. Lear lives in New York City.