is a writer whose first-person essays have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Best American Essays, and Best Buddhist Writing. Her medical memoir is Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death (Scribner, Fall 2013).
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