art of essay writing

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”

Laura Carroll, nonfiction

True Stories on: Like That – Gone!

There’s nothing like a great true story. Sooner or later we all have one that may sound unbelievable, but it’s true. Tracing old steps in the Northwest recently sure brought one to mind from my life. It starts with a little cabin on the Sandy River at the base of Mount Hood, Oregon. Continue reading “True Stories on: Like That – Gone!”

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”

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?”

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”

Laura Carroll

Her memoi goes into the 60 Minutes debacle!

Confessions of a Childfree Woman

Confessions of a Childfree Woman fills a needed niche of nonfiction writings on having no children by choice. Marcia Drut-Davis’ memoir gives us an up close and personal story from who we don’t hear enough from in the childfree community – the elder childfree. And she tells us has an unforgettable story about her appearance on 60 MinutesContinue reading “Confessions of a Childfree Woman”