JANET SILVER GHENT at Books Inc. Mountain View

Author image of Janet Silver Ghent and cover photo of her book Love Atop A Keyboard

Books Inc. Mountain View proudly welcomes local author Janet Silver Ghent to the shop for a celebration of her memoir, Love Atop a Keyboard! 

"Ghent capitalizes on her sense of humor, rather than cheesy romance, throughout the stories, and her straightforward approach makes it easy to share jokes about herself, the late-life dating scene and finally, real love." - Palo Alto Online

"Like the popular reality show The Golden Bachelor, Silver Ghent’s memoir casts a positive spin on love and romance after 50". - Hadassah Magazine 

Divorced and fifty-five, Janet Silver Ghent stood in tears at Jerusalem's Western Wall in the winter of 1998 and pressed a paper between the cracks. "Please, God, find me a match," she wrote. She should have marked it "Rush." As 1999 dawned, she took matters into her own hands and penned a quirky personals ad--"Cute writer seeks leading man for possible lifetime drama"--luring Allen, a singing Silicon Valley engineer, to a tryst in a San Francisco toy store. They tapped out tunes with their toes on a giant mat piano.

Under their marriage canopy in 2000, he promised her "a merry chase," and they camped among snorting wildebeests during Tanzania's Great Migration. They climbed the peaks of Machu Picchu, and wherever they traveled, they sang.

At their wedding, Janet had vowed never to take Allen "for granite." But when his lab tests uncovered two brutal conditions, she became the rock. For Janet and Allen, when things go awry--abroad or at home--there's always a story, a song, or a book.


“Warm, funny, and smart, Love Atop a Keyboard takes the reader on a breezy journey through decades of the writer’s life. Each chapter is a delightful morsel, to be savored with a laugh and, sometimes, a sigh of recognition.” --Sue Fishkoff, journalist and author of The Rebbe’s Army and Kosher Nation

“Janet Silver Ghent has written a memoir that is candid, vulnerable, instructive, and a ‘travelogue.’ She captures the essence of her subject and reels us in with her extraordinary writing. Her story is an inspiration and a guideline―a testimony―to finding a Second Act in the Book of Love.” --Susan RoAne, keynote speaker and author of How to Work a Room

“With plenty of humor and heart, Janet Silver Ghent chronicles a true-love story that readers will root for, and she gives hope to those who may fear it’s too late to find their perfect match.” --Karla Kane, contributing writer and former arts and entertainment editor, Palo Alto Weekly


Janet Silver Ghent, the daughter of a New York publishing executive, grew up in a house full of books, and was determined to write some herself. With two degrees in English―a bachelor’s cum laude from Oberlin and a master’s from the University of Michigan, plus study at University of Glasgow―she considered herself doubly unemployable. Nonetheless, she became an award-winning journalist, writing features for San Francisco Bay Area newspapers. Now semiretired, she is a columnist for J. The Jewish News of Northern California, where she was senior editor. Janet lives in Silicon Valley with her husband, an engineer-inventor-baritone. They sing together in three chorales and travel worldwide. At home, they enjoy time with their four children and eight grandchildren. A self-described haphazard gourmet, Janet grows her own herbs and takes pride in her pesto.

Event date: 
Saturday, April 27, 2024 - 1:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc. Palo Mountain View
317 Castro Street
Mountain View, CA
Love Atop a Keyboard: A Memoir of Late-Life Love By Janet Silver Ghent Cover Image
ISBN: 9781637558225
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Published: Mascot Books - April 2nd, 2024