Essays & Reviews

Of all the genres of writing, I love the personal essay best. Here are mine, along with some opinion essays and book reviews. The longer, more personal book reviews I’ve written for Women’s Review of Books and Brain, Child magazine have been a pure joy from start to finish. I never tire of writing (or reading) reviews. Enjoy.

Essays

Parenting without a Rope

The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood to Fit Reality • Seal Press, 2014
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The Allergen-Free Cake That Wasn’t

The New York Times Motherlode Blog Oct. 21, 2013
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The Valley of the Kings

A Slant of Light: Contemporary Women Writers of the Hudson Valley Codhill Press, 2013
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Debate: Should Schools Be Nut-Free Zones? Yes.

Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers Summer 2012
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Non, the French are not better moms

CNN.com May 16, 2012
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When Valentine’s Day is dangerous for kids

CNN.com Feb. 14, 2012
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Maternal Health, One Year Later

Ms. Magazine Blog Mar. 8, 2011
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Early Bilingual Study Boosts Cognitive Skills

The Journal News Jul. 4, 2010
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Who’s Your Nanny?

The Washington Post Aug. 26, 2007
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Cowgirls and Indians

Kaleidoscope Summer/Fall 2007
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Dog Days and Dark Nights

Ducts: The Webzine of Personal Stories Summer 2004
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Reviews (selected)

Going Home

Women’s Review of Books • May/June 2014
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Feeding the Family

Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers Fall 2013
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Eleanor Morse’s White Dog Fell from the Sky

The Washington Post May 15, 2013
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The Politics of Everyday Life

Women’s Review of Books Jul./Aug. 2012
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Natural Mothering

Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers Spring 2012
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Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis

Yale Alumni Magazine Jul./Aug. 2012
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Working It: The Problem with Too Many Names

Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers Fall 2010
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‘Tell Our Own Stories’: Contemporary African Women’s Fiction

Women’s Review of Books Mar./Apr. 2010
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Song, Myth, Epic Poem

Women’s Review of Books Mar./Apr. 2009
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Madame Bovary on the Playground

Yale Alumni Magazine Jul./Aug. 2004
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A Haitian torturer tries to forget—but his victims can’t

The Philadelphia Inquirer Mar. 25, 2004

Orphans of the Storm in Nigeria

Newsday Nov. 19, 2006
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Up and Down on the Work-Parenting Carousel

Women’s Review of Books Mar./Apr. 2006
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Unconditional Acceptance

Yale Alumni Magazine Nov./Dec. 2005
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Between Worlds

The Washington Post Book World Jul. 3, 2005
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Finding Her Voice

Women’s Review of Books Jul. 2004
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Great Expectations: Feminism, Momism, and What a Mother Wants

Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers Spring 2004
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Fiction roundup

The Washington Post Jun. 29, 2003
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A Country in Fragments

Women’s Review of Books Apr. 2003
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‘Bad’ books hidden under the veil of revolution

The Christian Science Monitor 27 Mar. 2003
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Abandon is an unfinished journey

The Philadelphia Inquirer Mar. 9, 2003

Tangled threads of personal and national tragedy

The Christian Science Monitor Feb. 13, 2003
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Siblings without rivalry

Women’s Review of Books Oct. 2002
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Great and Small

In These Times Jun. 24, 2002
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Lives of torment and resistance unveiled

The Christian Science Monitor 30 May 2002
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Speak softly and carry a big knife

The Christian Science Monitor May 9, 2002
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Honey, I’m Home—What’s for Dinner?

The Christian Science Monitor Mar. 7, 2002
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The Body in Question

Women’s Review of Books Oct. 2001
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The persistence of memory in love and war

The Christian Science Monitor Feb. 8, 2001
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Stage Managers

Women’s Review of Books Dec. 2000
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A Finely Attuned Tale of Two Orphans

Newsday Nov. 28, 2000
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Rocks and a Hard Place

The Washington Post Book World Aug. 24, 2000
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First Fiction

The Washington Post Book World Jul. 2, 2000
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Killers and Victims

The Washington Post Book World Feb. 6, 2000
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Book reviews in Time Out New York and The Florida Times-Union, 1998-2002.