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Essays


My essays appear regularly in the wonderful magazine, PurpleClover.
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Some of my favorites are:

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"Is That Your Real Daughter?"
Purple Clover, November 2014
My multiracial family has endured many comments that we don’t like and never will, but we’ve learned to tolerate them.
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"Therapy Goes On"
Purple Clover, December 2014
I’m addicted to my therapist’s couch—for all the right reasons.
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"Mom's Last Words"
Purple Clover, February 2016
There hadn’t been many thank-you’s between my mother and me, but when the chips were down, we were by each other’s side.
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"Restaurants I've Loved and Lost"
Purple Clover, June 2016
Each precious, long-gone restaurant reminds me of who I once was and how I’ve become the woman I am today.
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"My Guru, My Best Friend"
Purple Clover, January 2016
A part of me was in chronic mourning over the loss of Sarah, my best friend.
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"How Poetry Saved My Life"
Purple Clover, November 2015
Any time I’ve craved comfort and beauty, poetry has provided both.
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Take a look at some of my other essays

"The Wanderer"
The New York Times, November 2007
I’m a lifelong wanderer who keeps hoping that my next move will finally lead me home.
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"How One Woman Copes With Insomnia"
Next Avenue, April 2016
In the wee hours, I share insomnia remedies on social media with sleepless strangers.
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"Gringa Guilt and Housework"
Lilith, Summer 2009
Being the adoptive mother of a daughter from Guatemala dramatically changes my relationship to keeping house.
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"Janice Eidus Writes about My Sibling/Myself"
Carolineleavittville, June 2011
Through the process of writing, I struggle to understand and repair my complicated relationship with my late sister.
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"My Mother/My Writing: Turning Childhood Memories Into Fiction"
Mother U, April 2011
I explore the complexities of the mother/daughter bond.
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