Diana Pabst Parsell

Diana Pabst Parsell, a senior editor of The Independent, has three decades of experience in journalism, science writing, public information and editorial project management. She is widely published and has worked on staff or as a contractor for National Geographic, The Washington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, USA Weekend, AAAS and NIH, as well as several international research centers in Southeast Asia. She has master’s degrees from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and the writing program of Johns Hopkins. She lives with her husband in Falls Church, Va., and is now working on her first book, on 19th-century travel writer and journalist Eliza Scidmore (www.agreatblooming.com). Visit Diana’s personal website at: www.dianaparsell.com.

6 entries by Diana Pabst Parsell


An Interview with Janice P. Nimura

In Daughters of the Samurai, the author resurrects the remarkable, long-buried story of three Japanese girls sent to America in the 1870s.

Book Review

Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite

A Korean-American writer teaching at a boys’ college in Pyongyang discovers the tragic human costs of life in a repressive regime.


For Women’s History Month - “Cherchez la Femme”

For Women’s History Month, we set out to “look for the woman” in some of the new books hitting the bookstores.

Book Review

Catherine E. McKinley


This interesting account of the author’s investigation into the origins and traditions of indigo skillfully combines history and memoir but keeps the reader at arm’s length.

Book Review

By Jennet Conant

A Covert Affair: Julia Child and Paul Child in the OSS

An insightful look into the surprising origins of America’s first celebrity chef.

Book Review

By Dayna Macy

Ravenous: A Food Lover’s Journey from Obsession to Freedom

An emotional look at one woman's complex relationship with sustenance.