A family recipe, a childhood memory, a Depression-era handout
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Vanessa Hua is the author of Deceit and Other Possibilities and the forthcoming A River of Stars. A columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle, she has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and ZYZZYVA.
For a term paper I demanded a Louis Vuitton purse. For a take-home midterm, a Tiffany bracelet.