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US 1 Newspaper, 16 August 2017

-Amazon Eliane
Illustration by Eliane Gerrits

As I walk into the new Amazon bookstore that just opened on Columbus Circle in Manhattan, I have a disorienting feeling that I have not entered a bookstore but rather fallen into the world of my computer screen. Like a cyber version of Alice tumbling into her rabbit hole, I have fallen into a worm hole that takes me into a bricks-and-mortar version of Amazon’s website.

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I was a romantic girl, who loved to read… but my father’s idea of raising me was to build my confidence by taking me on real-life adventures to faraway places that were not  even on the map. When I was fourteen, I walked six weeks in Lapland, encountering only gold prospectors and reindeer.  We got lost and our food supply ran out. I wrote a book about this vacation that, miraculously, had a happy ending.
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When her daughter was born with a rare form of leukaemia, writer Pia de Jong decided against treatment, which could prove fatal to a newborn. Instead, she told the doctors, ‘We do nothing,’ and – not knowing if her baby would live or die – took her home 
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-Princess Diana Eliane
Illustration by Eliane Gerrits

"Think of her as the Girl Next Door, a blue-eyed blonde with a peaches and Devonshire cream complexion.” Those are the first words ever to appear in People magazine about Princess Diana — back in February 1981 when she was still Lady Diana Spencer. Over the next 16 years this dewy eyed schoolteacher would become the most famous woman in the world — the
living symbol of celebrity excess and the weaponization of gossip.

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‘I hope the quota for dead children has been reached. That death has claimed enough of them.”

 The words belong to Dutch-born Princeton novelist and essayist Pia de Jong.They were what she had hoped for on the day she went to purchase a gravesite for her newborn daughter. Now they appear in de Jong’s just released book, “Saving Charlotte: A Mother and the Power of Intuition.”

“I started writing (the book) with the scene of the grave,” de Jong says about her 255-page personal account of discovering her daughter, Charlotte, had congenital myeloid leukemia — a disease without any cure —and the decision to spare the infant from the debilitating effects of chemotherapy and “wait for what will come.” What came was the body’s ability to fight off the disease.

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Every night I dream about the little girl growing within me. She takes different shapes, forms and colors. Sometimes she has brown hair and hazel eyes…At night she sometimes appears to me
as an old woman…She sits in her room among all the precious things she has collected throughout her life…”

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In Pia de Jong’s gorgeous memoir, the author and her husband learn that their newborn Charlotte has incurable leukemia. Instead of opting for high-risk, probably futile treatment, they bring the
baby back to their Amsterdam house and shower her with love. Faith healers and naysayers descend, but there are also friends and a never-give-up doctor by their side. Astonishingly, Charlotte blossoms rather than fades; she’s now a healthy teen. A ravishing reminder of life’s mysteries—and miracles.

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Saving Charlotte: A Mother and the Power of Intuition
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