Essays and Reviews

These days it’s easier to find personal essays on websites and blogs than in print. But I so enjoy reading essays—and, even more so, having the opportunity to write them—because they’re the literary equivalent of a journey; they require that the author follow a line of inquiry to a destination. As for reviews, I’m a promiscuous reader, and it’s always nice to be asked your opinion about a book with which you’ve dallied!

Here are a few links to some of the essays and reviews I’ve written; unfortunately, many of my essays aren’t archived online, including “I Sensed her Presence in Every Room,” for Parade magazine in August, 2004, “Email from Epiros” for The American Scholar in Spring 2003, and a five-part series of cultural commentary I wrote during the 2004 Olympics in Athens for the now-defunct New York Sun. But that doesn’t mean you can’t easily find me typing away in the first-person; if you enjoy reading personal essays, please check out my blog,

“How Not to Raise a Ray of Sunshine,” The New York Times, September 7, 2017

In Flight: Her First American,” Panorama, The Journal of Intelligent Travel, “Seen” quarterly issue

Eaten: When the Cock Crows,” Panorama, The Journal of Intelligent Travel, November 27, 2016

A Nicaraguan Paradise That May Soon Be Lost,” Traveler’s Tale, The Wall Street Journal, August, 2015






The Same River Twice,Autograph Collection Magazine, Summer 2012.










“One Great Year,” Martha Stewart Weddings “Real Weddings” Special Issue, Summer 2012

Confessions of a Bad Mother,The Huffington Post, April 2, 2012

Baby’s First Bling,The New York Times, March 15, 2012

If We Ask Nicely, Can We Have Our Marbles Back?The Huffington Post, June 22, 2009

This Birthday Boy Wants to be King,The New York Sun, July 27, 2005

Emblem of a Swinging, Wife-Beating Era,The New York Sun, September 21, 2005

Tales of Love, Sex and Pantyhose,The New York Sun, September 7, 2005

It Prepares You for Life, But What Prepares You for Prep School,” The New York Sun, January 19, 2005

Siren Song,Travel+Leisure, August, 2004

Thank You, Zip Code of My Dreams, for an Emotion-Packed Decade,The New York Times, May 14, 2000