In this exclusive excerpt from her poignant new memoir, TREYF, Elissa Altman's mother demonstrates over brunch with her in-laws that being difficult isn't the same thing as being wrong.
Adoption tales aren’t about villains. They’re about real people making very difficult decisions—a fact this writer, whose background mirrors the Olympian's, knows well.
DAME’s Friendkeeper helps a city girl make nice and lays down the law on tipping and the dinner date that does it all wrong.
At 40, the writer—single, childless, and employed but not career bound—secretly feared dying alone having accomplished little. So she decided to do something about it. (But not today.)
DAME’s Friendkeeper lays down the law about libel and tells a woman how to deal with a rudely frugal friend.
The writer always assumed she'd want more than one kid … until she didn’t. The feelings that arose about family, fear, marriage, and career were more complicated than she could’ve imagined.
DAME’s Friendkeeper untangles some family ties and helps an addict face the truth of a toxic friendship.
When the writer's family moved to the Southwest, she and her mother got more than desert landscapes: They got a violent Christmas Eve that would mark their time there forever.
DAME’s Friendkeeper smooths some familial strife and helps a generous giver get over her guilt.
When the writer went home to care for her father during his final days, she realized there were no blueprints for saying good-bye to a parent.