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In honor of International Women’s Day, I wrote the following semi-fictional piece, originally published in Italian on March 7, 2016 in la Repubblica. In 1979, when Soviet tanks rolled into Afghanistan to begin a decade long invasion, my parents decide to stay in the United States and grow roots like the elm tree that shades our…

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Monday morning, I turned my cell phone on at 7:45 AM as usual, after having a cup of coffee in my breakfast room and skimming through the newspaper.  One of my partners called, informing how a patient I admitted several days ago for severe fatigue during pregnancy had fallen out of her hospital bed last…

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When we were in Vietnam, we spent a few days in HoiAn, a town known for its silk and for its tailors who can create a dress or suit to your liking overnight. There’s also a very successful chef and entrepreneur, Ms. Vy, who owns 5 restaurants. In any tour book, you can find information…

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