Barbara Mertz, Barbara Michaels, Elizabeth Peters. In case you don’t know (and I didn’t until I was middle-aged), they’re all the same person. Barbara Mertz, the woman’s born name, was a regular kid from Chicago who grew up to earn a PhD. in Egyptology. My…

Back when it came out in paperback, I read and LOVED Andy Weir’s THE MARTIAN, because Mars. Also: potatoes. When I saw he had a new book coming out, I preordered it. Then I forgot I had preordered it and, as soon as it came…

Friend and magnificent writer Damyanti Biswas, author of You Beneath Your Skin, sent me an anthology of Malaysian food+drink essays. One of the pieces in Telltale Food: Writings from the Fay Khoo Award, 2017-2019 is Damyanti’s, so I was thrilled to the core to receive…

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