Joan Wickersham

Joan Wickersham’s memoir The Suicide Index: Putting My Father’s Death in Order was a National Book Award Finalist as well as appearing on “best books of the year” lists including the Boston Globe, the LA Times, New York Magazine, Salon, and the Washington Post. She is also the author of a novel, The Paper Anniversary, and her fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories and is forthcoming in The Best American Nonrequired Reading. Joan writes a regular op-ed column for the Boston Globe and has contributed on-air essays to the NPR shows “On Point” and “Morning Edition.” She has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo.

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In a time of political crisis, reach for coarse-grit sandpaper

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Repairing a broken government is going to be a long, slow, laborious process.

Opinion | Joan Wickersham

In 1942, the unthinkable played out at an Amsterdam theater

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An ordinary building became a way station in the process that sent thousands of people off to be slaughtered.


The name of the elephant

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We’re living through a series of moments that will take shape as history — stories told, analyzed, and understood — only in hindsight.


The nightmare aftermath of a nuclear bomb

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“Now not many people walked in the streets, but a great number sat on the pavement, vomited, waited for death, and died.”