Hi, I’m Emily Matchar. I’m a writer and this is my writer website, in case that wasn’t obvious.

A little bit about me:

After a childhood of books, boredom and minor delinquency in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, I studied English and Spanish at Harvard University. After graduation I hightailed it back down South to spend the next couple years as a reporter with Raleigh’s News & Observer, followed by a stint at Outside magazine. I now write about culture, technology, food, women’s issues, travel and more for places like The New York Times, Smithsonian and The Atlantic, and regularly contribute to books in the Lonely Planet travel series.

In the line of duty, I’ve hot-wired a pickup truck in Nicaragua, hung out with neo-survivalists in South Carolina, and consumed near-fatal levels of Memphis barbecue. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, climbing, miniature crafts, baking and trying new foods. I live in Hong Kong and Pittsboro, NC with my husband, Jamin Asay, and our two sons.

My non-fiction book, Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity, was published by Simon & Schuster in May of 2013. It’s about the causes and possible consequences of the social phenomenon I’m calling “new domesticity” – the re-embrace of all kinds of old-fashioned domestic skills, like canning, bread-baking, knitting, chicken-raising, etc. Here’s me talking about it on the (RIP) Colbert Report. It’s now available in Japanese and Korean too.

Reach me at ematchar [at] gmail [dot] com

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