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Where Are We, After 40+ Years of Talking About the Childfree Choice?

As 2015 came to a close, it marked another year of talking about the childfree choice  Let’s take stock. In the big picture, we’ve seen an ascent of talk about this choice in the public sphere since the 70s. That’s over four decades....Show More Summary

Nonfiction Book Review: Not Your Mother’s Book…On Being a Woman

Not Your Mother’s Book….On Being a Woman is the first in a series by Dahlynn and Ken McKowen, co-authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul franchise, and ghost creators of many more Chicken titles. With this expertise, they make the perfect team to for an anthology collection with a twist. Show More Summary

Making a Case for Flex Time for All

It annoys me that many companies offer flex time for mommies but when a childless person asks for it they resist. The assumption being that if you don't have kids you are out partying or in your basement hosting swinger parties. LetShow More Summary

Connecting Generations: Review of Searching for Nannie B.

Nancy Owen Nelson’s entire life has been haunted by the death of her grandmother, Nannie B Russell Chandler, who passed away only an hour after giving birth to her mother. Nancy imagines her mother, also named Nannie, grappling withShow More Summary

The Connection Between Humanism & The Baby Matrix

Have you heard of Humanism? Upon reading the Nov/Dec 2015 edition of The Humanist published by the American Humanist Association, I learned a lot about the tenets of Humanism. In this edition, I was particularly moved by the articleShow More Summary

An Anatomist’s Take on the Book, Stiff

by Natalie Klempel Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers offers the reader a chance to experience the different aspects of body donation. There are so many different avenues that a cadaver can end up following body donation that many people do not know about.… Read more The post An Anatomist’s Take on the Book, Stiff appeared first on Laura Carroll.

Have New Year’s Resolution to get Organized? Check Out The Book, Making Room for You

At the beginning of a new year, many of us start and are trying to stick to our new year resolutions. A common one is – Get organized! Purge what I don’t need! If this sounds like something you have promised yourself this year, hereShow More Summary

On the Nonfiction Book, The Power of Music

As Confucius wrote in The Book of Rites, “Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” Music can fuel our imagination, fill us with emotion, and inspire us to move to its beat. Music can heal and connect us.… Read more The post On the Nonfiction Book, The Power of Music appeared first on Laura Carroll.

Zero Population Growth and Other Reasons Millennials Don’t Want Kids (Mic.com)

When it comes to embarking on the journey of parenthood, lots of millennials are saying, “Meh. No, thanks.” According to data from the Urban Institute, birth rates among 20-something women declined 15% between 2007 and 2012. Additional...Show More Summary

You have to have kids!

I just enjoyed a quick reflection by Melissa Myer called “Childfree: is it really a choice?” that struck a familiar chord. Myer harkens back to her younger years, transporting us to the sort of awkward conversations puberty so often catalyzes. Show More Summary

Childfree Don’t Hate Children

Props to Jesse Nichols (@HappyNinjaUX) for reminding parents that childfree adults — indeed childfree couples — don’t hate children. Not necessarily. Not in his case, at least, nor in my case. Kids have been (and will continue to be) an important part of my life. Show More Summary

Up Close & Personal with Gloria Steinem: My Life on the Road

Get ready to take a great ride with writer, political activist and social organizer Gloria Steinem in her new memoir, My Life on the Road. In it she gives an up close and personal account of her “lifetime of travel, activism and leadership,”...Show More Summary

Nonfiction Book Review: Not Your Mother’s Book…On Being a Woman

Coming around the final bend of 2014 nonfiction book reviews with a woman’s theme ~ Not Your Mother’s Book….On Being a Woman is the first in a new series by Dahlynn and Ken McKowen, co-authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul franchise,...Show More Summary

Happy New Year!

May You Have an Amazing 2015!  … Read more The post Happy New Year! appeared first on Laura Carroll.

When are you going to have kids?

At 29, female and happily married, there is one question I despise more than all others. Its the dreaded, “When are you going to have kids?” People always throw it in there casually, too. Usually between such innocuous questions as,Show More Summary

Where Are We, After 40+ Years of Talking About the Childfree Choice?

As we close another year of talking about the childfree choice, it’s a good time to take stock. In the big picture, we’ve seen an ascent of talk about this choice in the public sphere since the 70s. That’s over four decades.… Read more The post Where Are We, After 40+ Years of Talking About the Childfree Choice? appeared first on Laura Carroll.

Ho Ho Ho – A Holiday Offer From Me to You!

I hope you have had a great 2015! To celebrate the winter solstice (today) and holiday season, from now through the end of the year, I have a holiday offer for you:  Holiday Offer: 20% Discount on Editorial Services This year I haveShow More Summary

Call to University Professors Interested in Population Issues

Dave Foreman and I are offering university professors who are interested in population issues a complimentary copy of our book, Man Swarm: How Overpopulation is Killing the Wild World. Man Swarm & Population Issues Man Swarm addresses...Show More Summary

A Chinese Reader’s Take on the book, Factory Girls

I recently had the pleasure of corresponding with a lovely Chinese woman named Zhang Jingjing about the book, Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China by Leslie Chang. It tells untold stories about the lives of the migrant factory population in China.… Read more The post A Chinese Reader’s Take on the book, Factory Girls appeared first on Laura Carroll.

2015 Book Reviews: 5 Nonfiction Favorites

  The New York Times’ list of notable books of 2015 brought to mind some of my favorite books we’ve reviewed here this year. Here are just five of my nonfiction favorites of 2015: 5 Nonfiction Favorites   The Unspeakable and Other Subjects...Show More Summary

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