Autoimmune Parenting

A fever, lying on the couch under the green blanket, feeling sorry for myself but more than that sorry for my kid, for his life that in this feverish insane moment looks like neglect. He just got home from school and he's playing video games and he just had an argument with the neighborhood kid … Continue reading Autoimmune Parenting

About Me

I have written two books of creative nonfiction, Cover Me: A Health Insurance Memoir (University of Nebraska Press, 2010), finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year, and Opa Nobody (University of Nebraska Press, 2008), shortlisted for the Saroyan Prize. I have also written a nonfiction book, The Evolution of Hillary Rodham Clinton (Squint Books, 2016) and a textbook, The Backwards Research … Continue reading About Me

Memoirs I Won’t Write

When I'm not working on memoir or essays, I find relief in the works of nonfiction I *don't* have to write. I've accumulated a list of subtitles for memoirs I won't be writing. I challenge you to write the subtitle for a memoir you won't write, and leave it in the blog comments or on … Continue reading Memoirs I Won’t Write


I'm heading off to a multi-family extravaganza, so this seems like a good time to focus on everything I'm grateful for. In no particular order: Good arthritis meds and a good doctor who doesn't think pain should be accepted as a natural part of a woman's life. My health: all the things that aren't wrong … Continue reading Gratitudes

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