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URL :http://lauracarroll.com/
Filed Under:Lifestyle Choices / Child-Free
Posts on Regator:259
Posts / Week:1.5
Archived Since:August 28, 2011

Blog Post Archive

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. From history.com: The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States. That September, […]

The Childfree and Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! I re-post this each year, because this day brings to mind one of the many bennies of being childfree–because the childfree don’t have kids, they have more time to devote to their relationships. As a result, like this bellaonline talks about in a Valentine’s Day article, when Valentine’s Day rolls around, my […]

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? There are likely many reasons, […]

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 & No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood.  In her recent interview with NPR’s Terri Gross, she talks about how our society […]

Signs of Positive Change Indie Book Reviews

As Suw Charman-Anderson wrote in her article, “New York Times Reviews Self-Published Book” on Forbes.com, “If there’s one thing every self-published author yearns for, it’s to be reviewed alongside traditionally published books. ” While she goes on to say that “for most that’s a dream that is unlikely to come true,” that just may be […]

Stepping Back on "Looking Down On" Rants

In case you have not seen it, Amy Glass’ post on Thought Catalog had the digital waves smoking this week. Her post, “I Look Down on Young Women With Husbands And Kids and I’m Not Sorry” got Chris Jeub going to the point where he took on the whole childfree movement with his post, “We […]

The Parenthood Decision: Two Books Standing the Test of Time

The 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 […]

Call for LiveTrue Book Reviews!

This year one of my goals is to continue to build my LiveTrue book collection. What is the LiveTrue Bookstore? I started it a couple of years ago, and is an ever growing collection of great nonfiction books that relates to one special theme: living true to oneself, others and our world. It’s great nonfiction for […]

Tell Your Story and Get a Free Copy of The Baby Matrix!

I have recently had the pleasure of being contacted by the founder of a new blog, Childfree Indian, who gets the many negative impacts pronatalism has on our world. To kick off the blog discussions, there is a cool offer-tell your story of being pressured to have kids and you get a free copy of […]

Weighing In on Kids-No Kids Happiness Research

Hot off the research press are the results of two studies came out to add to the collection of research on who’s happiest — parents or those with no children. One was sponsored by Open University in Great Britain, and was based on an online survey of about 4500 respondents. The media has had a field day with it, […]

On the Book, Confessions of a Latter-day Virgin: A Memoir

My favorite cyberspace sleuth who often gives me tips on articles to check out recently sent me some good words about Nicole Hardy’s recent book, Confessions of a Latter-day Virgin. I asked if  she’d write her take on the book for posting here, and she graciously accepted. She sums it up as, “A funny and […]

My Interview at TheNotMom

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by the awesome women at TheNotMom. President and Executive Editor Karen Malone Wright started her website in 2011 that “embraces all women without children, including their diverse life stories about ‘how’ and ‘why.’ ” Here’s some of my story: Tell me about yourself, your blog, and your writing career. […]

Thinking Like a Literary Vendor

Writer and historian Elizabeth Abbott recently posted some good tips for going about nonfiction book projects. Two of them often happen together and the third, which speaks to proposal development, goes beyond that – Let me explain. Abbott’s two tips that go together are “begin with an idea” and “develop a thesis.”  Your book idea needs […]

Want to Write an eBook in 2014?

Thinking of writing your first eBook this year? These days, many people think that writing an eBook is much easier than a traditional book. Not so…  An eBook can be shorter than a traditional book, but not necessarily so.  Even if it is shorter, it has to be tighter.  Streamlining content to be as tight […]

What the Childfree Like Most and Least About the Christmas Holiday

On my blog, La Vie Childfree for awhile I did a monthly “Childfree On-the-Ground” question. At the beginning of the month, I asked a question, collected people’s responses over the course of the month, and then reported back on what people said at the end of the month.  Here is one “OTG” question I asked […]

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 […]

The Art of Childfree-Parent Conversation at Holiday Parties

We’re  into the holiday party time of year, and at these kinds of gatherings often people’s kids are a major topic of conversation. When you don’t have kids (yet or are childfree), trying to chime in with parent friends, acquaintances, colleagues and their spouses can feel awkward and challenging. Skillfully trying to change the conversation […]

Ho Ho Ho! Holiday Offers From Me to You

What a great year it has been! This year brought the integration of my La Vie Childfree blog, LiveTrue Book collection site, and my author site all into one — Here! It is the hub of where to find my books, the LiveTrue Bookstore, information on my services, writings and more. This year I’ve helped many […]

One of my Favorite Nonfiction Books of the Year: Quiet, by Susan Cain

Earlier this year I reviewed Susan Cain’s excellent book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking. It remains one of the best nonfiction books I have read all year! Whether you are an introvert or extrovert, it is a must read. Here is the author giving a TED Talk – […]

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