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After a childhood of books, boredom and minor delinquency in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, I studied English and Spanish at Harvard University. Upon 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, before going freelance. I write about culture, technology, food, women’s issues, travel and more for magazines and newspapers, 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 my son.

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. It’s now available in Japanese and Korean too.

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