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Pia de Jong

Pia de Jong is a Dutch writer who lives in Princeton. Her memoir, “Saving Charlotte,” was published by W.W. Norton in 2017. She can be contacted at pdejong@ias.edu.

When Germs Travel

A century ago around a thousand children died of measles every year in the Netherlands alone. Half a million children, mostly young, died worldwide. I am grateful that our children were born in another time.

Brash, Real-World Voices of New York City’s Tabloids Under Siege

The shrinking of local newspapers in the United States is a tragedy.

The Beginning of a New Life

This was the beginning of a new life in which I myself was involved and had a voice and a mind and free will of my own.

Robbinsville’s Two Temples

There are two temples in Robbinsville: one for spiritual needs, the other for material desires.

Finding the Patterns

In 1989 I moved to Princeton for the first time, crossing the wide ocean from Amsterdam.

Nothing Goes Unnoticed

Nothing has gone unnoticed. And that is a disturbing thought.

Teaching in America

Is there anything more difficult than being a public school teacher in America? Yes, being a math or science teacher in New York City.

Raising a Foodie

Our son turns out to have become a real foodie, once he was safe from his mother.

Unwrapping the Keto Diet

This keto diet goes against everything I have learned about healthy eating.

On Dickinson

The exhibition I’m Nobody! Who are you? about the poet Emily Dickinson in the New York Morgan Library is deceptively simple. In just a few steps you can cross...