Halfsies

Growing up with divorced parents—one Jewish, one not—seemed to offer an abundance of holiday riches. Instead, it caused grade-school trouble.

The Big Day

After a year of unpleasant planning (or lack thereof), I found unplanned pleasure at my son’s bar mitzvah

Immediate Identification

Finding things in common with a boy from old L

Mothers’ Little Helpers

Guidebooks quell the anxieties of raising up a child

The Comfort Zone

In our apartment, I learned French and read Shakespeare. Outside of it, things got a bit more complicated.

A Death in Books

A son faces the ghosts his father left behind

Impersonating Myself

When I finally met “my people,” I felt a little out of my depth

Puppet Regime

The Quay Brothers and Bruno Schulz animate the ordinary

Spatial Relations

How a childhood in Tel Aviv differs from one in Houston

What Lies Beneath

One author thought moving to New York meant severing her small town roots. Then she started writing fiction.

Tough Times

Joseph Lelyveld reports out his childhood and gets peeved at Cynthia Ozick

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