Paula Franzese, author of A Short & Happy Guide to Being a College Student
Topic: How to be your best self in school, at work, and in life
Issues: 10 reasons to be happy about school; guideposts to live by; how to assure success and significance in school; finding your career path, applying for jobs, and handling rejection; handling conflict or adversity; how to succeed in a class that’s boring.
Alfie Kohn, author of The Myth of the Spoiled Child
Topic: Challenging the conventional wisdom about children and parenting
Issues: Parents are accused of being permissive and overprotective, unwilling to set limits and afraid to let their kids fail. At the same time, young people are described as entitled and narcissistic. But there is no scientific evidence at all to support these claims.
Kat Duff, author of The Secret Life of Sleep
Topic: What happens between the time you fall asleep and the time when you wake up?
Issues: What is sleep? Stages of sleep; commercialization of sleep; dreams; babies and sleep; insomnia;
Valerie Davis Raskin, coauthor of This Isn’t What I Expected
Topic: Overcoming postpartum depression
Issues: Symptoms of postpartum depression (PPD) and how it’s different than “baby blues”; dealing with panic attacks, stress overload, and obsessive urges; breaking the cycle of negative thinking; coping with the loss of self-esteem, when to get help; the dad’s role in support a new mom suffering from PPD
Kristine Barnett, author of The Spark
Topic: A mother’s story of nurturing, genius, and autism
Issues: A conversation with the mother of a child whose IQ is higher than Einstein’s, taught himself calculus in two weeks, and became a paid researcher in quantum physics at age 12—but who doctors thought would never be able to tie his own shoes.
Wendy Aronsson, author of Refeathering the Empty Nest
Topic: Life after the children leave
Issues: Preparing for the shift from parent to empty-nester; navigating the confusing emotions when your youngest finally leaves home; the challenges, uncertainties, and fears; how your marriage may change; (re)learning to focus on yourself; what happens when the kids move back home