Rebecca Solnit

Ruminations on the Essay, “The Mother of All Questions” by Rebecca Solnit

The incisive essay, “The Mother of All Questions,” by writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit, left me reflecting back on times when I was asked questions that caught me off guard, were offensive, or merely unfriendly, and how I would have more wisely answered them if I had another chance to respond. Continue reading “Ruminations on the Essay, “The Mother of All Questions” by Rebecca Solnit”

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On the Love of the Print Book

I recently enjoyed The Huffington Post‘s books and culture writer Claire Fallon’s post, “11 Simple Reasons the Print Book Doomsayers are Wrong.” According to the New York Times, she writes, “print book sales are holding steady in 2015 — and ebook sales have hit a wall. I admit, I fall into #9 on her list – I buy and read both. Here are three more from her list I particularly like: Continue reading “On the Love of the Print Book”

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The Art of Essay Writing: Q&A With Meghan Daum

I recently had the pleasure of asking essayist Meghan Daum about the art of essay writing. Meghan is the author of four books, most recently the original essay collection, The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion. She is also the editor of a collection of essays, Selfish, Shallow & Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not To Have Kids. Her other books include the essay collection My Misspent Youth, the novel The Quality of Life Report, and Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House, a memoir. Here’s the Q&A: Continue reading “The Art of Essay Writing: Q&A With Meghan Daum”

beta readers

A Key Phase in Manuscript Refinement: Beta Readers

You have finished your draft manuscript, worked with an editor on developmental and line edits, and hired a proofreader who has done one round of proof. You’re feeling great about your book, and thinking you’re done, right? If you’re smart about making sure your book is the best it can be, you have at least two steps to go. What is an important next step in the development of your book? Beta readers. Continue reading “A Key Phase in Manuscript Refinement: Beta Readers”

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Why So Many People Dream of Writing a Book

Brian Tracy International claims 82 percent of adults dream of writing a book. I believe it! Last year it conducted a survey of 1100 people on their main reasons for wanting to write a book. What did the survey find? Check it out: Continue reading “Why So Many People Dream of Writing a Book”

Man Swarm

Announcing the Release of my Latest Book! Man Swarm: How Overpopulation is Killing the Wild World

When I was researching The Baby Matrix, I interviewed David Paxson, President of World Population Balance. We talked about how we thought the book, Man Swarm and the Killing of Wildlife, was a great book on overpopulation. Originally written largely for conservationists, David and I really wanted to see the book reach a wider audience. We approached Dave Foreman about developing a 2nd edition to do just that. Today marks the fruit of our efforts! Continue reading “Announcing the Release of my Latest Book! Man Swarm: How Overpopulation is Killing the Wild World”

A Book That Needs to Come Back Around: The Parent Test

A popular pronatalist assumption is that we’ll just “know” how to parent when we have children.  The truth is we see far too many people who are unfit parents. Rather than think we’re all supposed to be naturally good at it, when it comes to how we think about parenthood there have been some smart thinkers from the past we can learn from today.  Take this group of experts and authors of The Parent Test: Continue reading “A Book That Needs to Come Back Around: The Parent Test”

Telling It True About the Prison System

Part of what “live true” means in my LiveTrue Book collection includes works that can be described as “telling it true.”  I am reading a book right now titled, Super Friends by Whitney Holwadel, that does just that. It’s a moving story, and a hard look at our federal prison system. Continue reading “Telling It True About the Prison System”

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Would the Solution to Overpopulation in Inferno by Dan Brown Really Work?

Laura Carroll, LiveTrue BooksI recently made the acquaintance of population expert Kurt Dahl.  He has written an interesting essay about Dan Brown’s book, Inferno. While a novel, it deals with the very real issue of overpopulation. In the book Brown has an “antagonist execute a specific solution to the overpopulation problem, but what Dahl wanted to know was if anyone had done a critical analysis this solution – in reality, would it work? Here is his essay and what he found out. Continue reading “Would the Solution to Overpopulation in Inferno by Dan Brown Really Work?”