My latest books



I write for a wide variety of magazines and newspapers. My non-fiction book, Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity, was published by Simon & Schuster in May 2013.

In the past, I’ve worked as a newspaper reporter, an ambulance driver, a magazine fact-checker, a waitress in several Japanese restaurants, and a guidebook author for the Lonely Planet travel book series.

Here are a few of my recent/favorite stories, below:


The Zombie King (long, and behind a paywall. But worth it, I promise! There’s cannibalism, S&M, Gertrude Stein, monkeys and more).

That Handmade Scarf Won’t Save the World 


I write regularly about innovation for Smithsonian. See my archived stories here.

In Liberal Europe, Abortion Laws Come With Their Own Restrictions

Memoirs of an Unsmiling Woman

– Health, Affordable Fast Food: Feminism’s Holy Grail

How Parenting Became a DIY Project

Betty Friedan Did Not Kill Home Cooking

(see my other pieces HERE)

“Men’s Rights” Activists Are Trying to Redefine the Meaning of Rape

Meet the New Anti-Adoption Movement

Broken Adoptions: When Parents “Re-Home” Adopted Children

Two-part look at Hong Kong’s ivory trade: ONE and TWO

Boom Times

– Can’t find a job? Move overseas.

– How those spoiled millenials will make the workplace better for everyone

– The New Domesticity

Learning Yiddish on the Farm

A Short History of Domestic Goddesses

– The First Sandra Lee: Poppy Cannon and Her Can-Opener Cuisine

– My Atheist Christmas in China

– Is Michael Pollan a Sexist Pig?

– Why I Can’t Stop Reading Mormon Housewife Blogs

My Life as a High-Seas Repo Man


Tracing the Path of the Delta Tamale