First Person Singular

Original personal essays.

Elizabeth Marcus parses her affection for a tattered nightgown she inherited from her colorful mother-in-law.
Jiadai Lin examines her relationship with her mother during the first month postpartum—a tender and sensitive time of healing in Chinese culture.
"It would be many years before I realized that no one was punishing me but me." An excerpt of "And You May Find Yourself..."—a memoir by Sari Botton.
Flávia Monteiro reflects on how being raised by a moody mother left her unable to tell real threats from imagined ones.
Ahmad Adedimeji Amobi considers what it means for his long widowed mother each time he departs for school.
Lori Yeghiayan Friedman weighs the lasting trauma of a 1988 car accident that took the lives her her high school classmates.