Hello and welcome to my website.
I’m a journalist, a columnist, a documentary producer and the author of five books including Bringing Up Bébé, which has been translated into 31 languages (including Mongolian) and optioned as a feature film by Blueprint Pictures.
I’ve written a monthly column on France for The New York Times and the Dress Code column for 1843/The Economist. My op-eds, essays, articles and reviews have also been published in the The Atlantic, Le Monde, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, the Financial Times, Harper’s, New York Magazine, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair France, Madame Figaro, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Times (UK), The Sunday Times (U.K.) and many other publications.
I won an Emmy for The Forger, a New York Times documentary about a French teenager who forged documents during WWII. The film was a finalist for the Peabody Award and won prizes from World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International and NPPA. I won an Overseas Press Club award for “best TV or video spot news reporting from abroad” for coverage of the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris.
Bringing Up Bébé was a #1 best seller in the U.K. (Sunday Times); a top-ten best seller in the United States (The New York Times); and has appeared on best-seller lists in Germany and Brazil. (The book’s UK title is French Children Don’t Throw Food). I also wrote There Are No Grown-Ups: A Midlife Coming-of-Age Story, Bébé Day By Day: 100 Keys to French Parenting, Lust in Translation: Infidelity from Tokyo to Tennessee and Paris by Phone, a rhyming picture book for kids.
I moderate panel discussions for the OECD on topics ranging from global healthcare to the ageing workforce. I’ve given speeches and done public conversations around the world in forums including TedxParis, Live Magazine, Brain Bar Budapest and Summit of the Minds. I’ve appeared as a radio and TV commentator on All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Good Morning America, the Today Show, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, France24, PRI, the CBC, BBC Woman’s Hour, Europe1, Le Grand Journal, On n’est pas couché, France24 and Oprah.com.
In March 2020, at the start of the Paris lockdown, my husband and I co-founded PANDEMONIUM U, a series of free Zoom classes – mostly about France – taught by world-class experts. Here I’m speaking with Barnard Professor Caroline Webber in a class titled “Proust for Beginners.”
In a past life I covered Latin America. From 1997 to 2002 I was a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal based in Buenos Aires, São Paulo and New York. While in New York I studied improv at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade and was a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations. I currently like to write songs and play tennis. On a good day, I weigh 55 kilos before breakfast.
I have a B.A. in philosophy from Colgate University and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia. I grew up in an air-conditioned shtetl in Miami.