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My Works

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BORN UNDER AN ASSUMED NAME: The Memoir of a Cold War Spy's Daughter

Published by Potomac Books, March 2012
A memoir of my childhood as the daughter of a covert CIA officer

“Caring for Mom, Mum and Maman”

The Washington Post, January 10, 2010.
A look at how older people’s quality of life is shaped by their governments’ health care policies.


“Throwing the Bums Out, Within and Without,”

The Washington Post, March 30, 2008
A celebration of Argentina’s beauty—and an interweaving of Argentina’s political history with my own evolution.

BREAD OF THREE RIVERS: THE STORY OF A FRENCH LOAF

Beacon Press, 2001.
The stories of the baker, wheat farmer, water technicians, sea salt farmers, and yeast cultivators whose labor contributes to the creation of a delicious French village loaf.

“The Tyranny of Optimism”

Aspen Daily News, April 11, 2007
How the American penchant for and insistence upon blindered optimism can undermine American foreign policy. A case for measured pessimism, especially in presidents.

"Rainlight"

UNROOTED CHILDHOODS, Intercultural Press, 2004.
A memoir of the new-found delights of an American girl plunked down in The Netherlands.

"Rowing to Leiden"

SOUTHWEST REVIEW, Volume 87, Numbers 2&3, 2002.
A story of the push-and-pull at the heart of the mother-daughter relationship.

DUSK ON THE CAMPO: A JOURNEY IN PATAGONIA

Henry Holt, 1991.
An intimate portrait of the lives of the sheep ranchers of Patagonia and their forbidding land.

OF MANY LANDS:JOURNAL OF A TRAVELING CHILDHOOD

Foreign Service Youth Foundation, 1997.
A memoir and writing workbook for people raised abroad.

"Longing for America: Notes from a Traveling Childhood"

NOTES FROM A TRAVELING CHILDHOOD, Foreign Service Youth Foundation, 1994.
Thoughts on the appetite for the elixir of other lands--and the longing for home--that inhabits the heart of a child raised across seas.

"Prejudice Abroad: Kids and Cashmere in Paris"

Essay produced by MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO, 2002.
A comment on the mix of ethnocentrism and passion that arises during travel abroad.

"Life and Death in Patagonia: Encounters Along the Road"

ASCENT, Vol. 27(2), Winter 2003.
Tales of wild joy and sorrow from a journey through some of the bleakest land on earth.

"The Letter on the Cattlegate: A Paean to Neediness"

COMMON BOUNDARY MAGAZINE, Nov/Dec 1997, and CATHOLIC DIGEST, Fall 1998.
An essay about human need and how it brings us all together.