As Anne Liu Kellor says goodbye to her Chinese grandmother in the hospital, she taps into buried memories and family trauma.
Dressing for a Wound: How My Body and I Reconciled After a Mastectomy
A personal essay in which Lisa Miller writes about coming to terms with her body, her image, and her personal style following a mastectomy and reconstruction.
Mysteries of Menopause
In this personal essay, Lesley Hazleton not only makes peace with menopause, she sings its praises as a source of liberation from “want,” aka sexual desire.
How To Embrace Professional Decline
As we age we move past our professional peak. What can life offer as we enter this downturn?
Game of Crones
It wasn’t entirely Laura Lippman’s idea to become a mother in her 50s. But when it happened, she leaned in hard.
The Color of Money
After her book, So You Want to Talk About Race, becomes a bestseller, Black author Ijeoma Oluo offers to build her white mother a home with her earnings and learns how race can affect the ways adult children care for their aging parents.
Every Day I Write the Book
In this personal essay, at 63, Michael Musto reveals how he keeps managing to add new chapters to the consistently unfolding story of his career.
Your Real Biological Clock Is You’re Going to Die
At 47, Tom Scocca realizes most of us are living under the illusion that we have unlimited time, and are free plot out the different phases of our lives to our liking. He crunches some numbers and comes to the conclusion that sooner or later — and who knows which it will be — every […]
Jen Doll comes to terms with her inner teenager … or whatever.
An Introduction to Death
In this essay from our Fine Lines series, raising a teenager of her own offers author A.M. Homes a glimpse into her mother’s experience of raising her.