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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.

Latest stories

Joan Wickersham

Meghan Markle, duchess of Rorschach

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Why do people project so many different meanings onto Markle, as if she were a living Rorschach test, begging to be interpreted and analyzed?

Joan Wickersham

Safe in America

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Whenever I referred to my father as “German” or “European,” he would quickly correct me: “I’m American.”

JOAN WICKERSHAM

Beginning to talk about the end

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It’s the conversation no one wants to have.

Joan Wickersham

‘The Great British Baking Show’ offers food for thought

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The drama here is that there is no drama. There is sportsmanship, grace, self-deprecation.