How had I never before read The Blue Jay’s Dance?

Louise Erdrich’s The Blue Jay’s Dance is one of those books that it seems like I’ve always known about. And yet I’d never read it. When I received Daisy Florin’s lyrical, moving review of the book (published today at Brain, Child!) I knew I had to read it. Florin’s summary and the ways in which […]

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Reading and Reviewing Parenting Books: The Long View

It’s no secret that I am a voracious reader. So when I read that people no longer want to read a book— or certain type of book— it makes me very sad. Especially given that one of my hats is as Book Review Editor at Brain, Child Magazine (obviously focusing on books related to parenting). […]

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A Bookworm’s Dream Position: New Book Review Editor at Brain, Child Magazine!

When my name first appeared in Brain, Child Magazine in the Summer of 2013, I felt I had finally arrived as a writer. With the tagline “A Magazine for Thinking Mothers,” I had long admired the publication, and dreamt of the day when hopefully something I wrote would appear on its glossy pages. I’ve been […]

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Competition, Competition, Competition: Sibling, or Otherwise

This may be my last regular post for some time. I’m preparing for the arrival of my second son next month and want to enjoy the holidays, Carston’s second birthday, and the end of this pregnancy (as much as that is possible!)– especially before potential sibling rivalry/competition appears in my home! In the competitive spirit […]

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I not only get to write books these days, I also get to write ABOUT books

Books are my life these days– and I wouldn’t have it any other way! If I’m not reading or writing about my own book, I’ve been enjoying writing about *other* people’s books. As a non-fiction writer I especially appreciate the clear prose and narrative, but research-based, focus in books like Emily Bazelon’s Sticks and Stones. Here’s […]

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Teach Your Children R-E-S-I-L-I-E-N-C-Y

Since before I became a mother I have loved reading Brain, Child. It’s tagline is, “The Magazine for Thinking Mothers,” and it’s been called “The New Yorker for Moms.” So you can imagine how excited I was when a piece I wrote appeared in this summer’s issue. It’s a book review of Madeline Levine’s latest […]

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