Laura Carroll, LiveTrue books

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?”

Laura Carroll, professional book review

Nod to Black History Month: Great African American Nonfiction Books

This month being Black History Month, I’ve been perusing some great African American nonfiction. Before I list some books to check out, do you know how Black History Month started? Check it out. Continue reading “Nod to Black History Month: Great African American Nonfiction Books”

Laura Carroll, LiveTrue Books

Why Quiet by Susan Cain is Still on Best Seller Lists

As you might imagine, I track the nonfiction best seller lists. In last Sunday’s San Francisco Chronicle I noticed Susan Cain’s book, Quiet, is still on it. It came out in 2012, got great publicity and was very well-received indeed, but I got to thinking why else might it continue to sell?

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Laura Carroll, LiveTrue Books

New Book Looks at Modern Day Parenthood

In 2010, New York Magazine writer Jennifer Senior’s feature article, “All Joy and No Fun: Why Parents Hate Parenting” created quite the buzz. Now hot off the press is her book, All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood.  In her recent interview with NPR’s Terri Gross, she talks about how our society came to idolize its children.

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The Parenthood Decision: Two Books Standing the Test of Time

Parenthood DecisionThe LiveTrue book collection comprises some of the best nonfiction books that relate to living a life that’s true to oneself, others and our world.  One big area of living true involves the biggest decision we will make – whether to become parents. There are a good  number of books out there that help people make the best decision for themselves in this regard, but there are two that continue to stand the test of time. Continue reading “The Parenthood Decision: Two Books Standing the Test of Time”

Laura Carroll, LiveTrue Books

What is on Your 2014 Nonfiction Reading List?

As you might imagine, I almost always have a good size stack of “to-read” nonfiction books. I’m a nonfiction hound, and also get a great ongoing stream of authors asking me to review their books and add them to the LiveTrue Collection. Here are just three making their way to the top of my stack in the coming year: Continue reading “What is on Your 2014 Nonfiction Reading List?”

Nonfiction Books To Be Thankful For

Reading Rifflebooks giving thanks for November nonfiction releases inspired me to think about nonfiction books I am thankful for… There are so many! Here are just two that immediately came to mind: Continue reading “Nonfiction Books To Be Thankful For”

On Teaching Students to Love Nonfiction

Forty-six states and Washington D.C. have adopted what are called Common Core State Standards for their schools. What have some English teachers been outraged about? They require students to be reading primarily nonfiction by the time they are in high school.  As the San Francisco Chronicle put it… Continue reading “On Teaching Students to Love Nonfiction”