I'm a fiction writer, essayist, author of the memoir "Stalking the Divine" and co-author, with Debbie Rodriguez, of "The Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Beyond the Veil," published by Random House in April 2007. I'm also a general interest freelance writer who's been published in The New York Times, Salon, Discover, New Scientist, American Archeology, Utne, O, Poets & Writers, Tin House, and many more. In the Book of Marvels, I write about all the things that intrigue me without fretting over who wants to buy. I borrowed the title from one of my favorite childhood books. It seems an apt--if daringly optimistic--metaphor for both life in general and a life of writing. Welcome-- and feel free to comment.