By Sarah Enelow
An American woman makes a pilgrimage to Mississippi, where her black family lived during slavery and segregation, then retraces their 1941 exodus to Detroit by train.
I stared up at a concrete obelisk streaked with black dirt. It bore an etching of a confederate flag and read, “The men were right who wore the [...]
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By Sarah Enelow
By Suzanne Roberts
Getting naked with your new lover’s family.
Your lover’s family doesn’t like that you’re from California, that you’re only half Jewish (and the wrong half), but most of all, that you’re still married. While nobody seems to question your lover’s decision to have an affair with a married woman, everyone wonders about your lack [...]
By Mara Gorman
Sharing the City of Light with New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik.
The night I met Adam Gopnik, his train from New York to Wilmington, Delaware was delayed. A soft breeze moved across the parking lot as I leaned into the car’s headrest; I sweated even though the door was open.
As of that spring [...]
by Eleanor Stanford
An American family with three young kids moves to Salvador, Brazil in search of adventure
I stepped out of the Luis Carlos Magalhães airport, sleepless and disoriented, into what I imagined as my new life, and flopped down on the pile of suitcases to nurse the baby. My husband rifled through [...]
by Gloria Kirchheimer
The author’s ancestral homeland in present-day Turkey turns out to be startlingly familiar and shockingly alien at the same time.
Was Homer blind? I hope not. Did he really live in Smyrna in the eighth or ninth century? If he lived in the city now called Izmir, then his view, assuming he [...]
by Colette O’Connor
My parents’ marriage, on public display in Paris, possibly is saved in the bed department of Bazaar Hotel de Ville.
In the bed department of Bazaar Hôtel de Ville, Mademoiselle in charge of duvets pulls a particularly puffy one from the display of every weight—summer, autumn, Arctic—and offers a feel to [...]
by Christina Ammon
Sometimes a simple walk down the block feels like the journey of a lifetime
Nine months have now passed since my grandmother moved into Milder Manor Nursing Home. One morning last September she was getting dressed, took a fall, and in that instant was transformed from a commanding, bridge-playing, globe-trotting golden girl into [...]
by Nancy Middleton
We arrived at the St. Petersburg airport a couple of hours before takeoff. In plenty of timeor at least we thought. My mother and I dragged our suitcases to the end of an ominously long line just inside the terminal and waited with the rest of our tour group. The bus that had [...]
by Shelley Seale
Lurching along the dirt road, I gazed out the window at rural Orissa in northeastern India as the car bounced over potholes, sending plumes of red dust billowing behind it. The small villages we passed were as familiar to me as if I had been there only last week. The shacks that lined [...]
by Michelle McAlister
I have a photograph taken 30 years ago engrained in my head: My twin sister and I are posing behind one of those propped-up cardboard scenes where tourists are encouraged to snuggle up to the painted display and center their own, smiling faces in the holes. A proclamation of ‘Cheeeeeese!’ usually follows. In [...]