Welcome to my celebratory newsletter. Not on the list? Click here to join the conversation!
Kicking off Earth Month with a brand-new newsletter. Not on the list? Click here to join the conversation!
Spring Equinox Newsletter
Spring sprung and we celebrated with a newsletter about the new Ask Mommy Greenest column, the book that shook, and an essay I recently published in the Washington Post on drinking that seemed to hit a nerve. Not on the list? Click here to join the conversation!
The Beautiful World of Sally Rooney
I just finished Sally Rooney’s Beautiful World, Where Are You. I’m not giving away any spoilers with this reveal: The Irish author’s third book is narrowly focused on four characters; one, a writer, seems to be a stand-in for Rooney. The plot is straight out of a Brontë novel — there’s even a brooding Heathcliffian love interest — and the prose can be distractingly cold and distant. But the questions this book forces readers to contemplate — wow. I’ve never read anything like it. Have you?
Mommy Greenest Pregnancy Book!
Eight years ago, I sat down with my infant daughter* in one hand and a pen in the other, and wrote a note designed to be read by my three children when they were old enough to become parents. That barely-decipherable scribble became a book full of notes about pregnancy and parenting. Eventually, those notes became a manuscript. And now, that manuscript has become The Mommy Greenest Guide to Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond. You can click here to read it for free or order a hard copy; if you’re a blogger, click here to find out how you can enter to win a $4,400 Naturepedic organic mattress by sharing about the book!
The Big List Book Review on Carpool Goddess
“I will never look at cashmere or chocolate the same way again.” Linda Wolff, Carpool Goddess
Meet The Big List of Things That Suck
From a very young age, I talked the green talk. I grew up going to pow-wows and taking cross-country trips to the Badlands—my father was a professor at UCLA whose specialty is Native American literature. My nickname in college was, embarrassingly, Flower. But like many, my eco-focus stopped at water conservation and recycling. I bought conventional cleaning products because that’s what my family had always used—even though I saw the “natural” cleaners on the same shelf, I wrote their claims off as marketing rather than turning over the bottles and comparing ingredients. I didn’t really make the connection between the environmental impact of how I lived until 2006, when I…