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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.

At the Nobel Prize Banquet

The trumpets sound a fanfare, and I walk with 1,300 invited guests into the courtyard of the City Hall of Stockholm, which has been transformed into a dining room....

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.

Raising a Foodie

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

A Sense of Where You Are

When I walk into the radio studio on the 36th floor of an apartment building in Manhattan for an interview, I suddenly arrive in the middle of a rehearsing...

Nothing Goes Unnoticed

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

Finding the Patterns

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

A Crash Course on Micro-aggressions

It was time for my daughter to give me a crash course from her school curriculum about “micro-aggressions.”

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.

The Future of Books

As I walk into the new Amazon bookstore that just opened on Columbus Circle in Manhattan, I have a disorienting feeling that I have not entered a bookstore but...

Willy Wonka and the Stardust

Our trip in the darkness to the top of a hill in Silicon Valley ends in front of a barred gate. We leave our car and climb into a...