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         The short version: I'm a writer, editor and teacher. The longer version: I live in Vermont with my husband, the writer and activist Bill McKibben, our college-age daughter Sophie, and Pransky, a dog of a certain age.  Before Pransky we had Cuffy,and before Cuffy, we had Barley, the Minister of Affection. My sixth and most recent book, A Dog Walks Into A Nursing Home, will be published in May, 2013 by Riverhead, a division of Penguin. I have written for any number of magazines--from Rolling Stone to The New Yorker and everything in between: The New York Times Magazine, Glamour, The New York Review of Books, Good Housekeeping, Mother Jones, and Conde Nast Traveler to name more than a few. At Middlebury College, where I'm a scholar-in-residence, I run the Narrative Journalism Fellowship, and at The New York Review of Books, I'm the editor of NYRB Lit, the electronic imprint of NYR Books.  I'm the human half of a therapy dog team, was a Rhodes Scholar and a Guggenheim Fellow, and remain hopeful that ice cream is the key to world peace.