Jaime Herndon

Jaime Herndon finished her MFA in nonfiction writing at Columbia, after leaving a life of psychosocial oncology and maternal-child health work. She is a writer, editor, and book reviewer who drinks way too much coffee. She is a new-ish mom, so the coffee comes in extra handy. Twitter: @IvyTarHeelJaime

Joan Didion, New York, and Me

I didn’t expect was to ever fall out of love with NYC. Interestingly, my relationship with NYC-centric literature has been the same way.

Literary Mean Girls, Book Cliques, and…Parenting?

Can books about mean girls and mean moms help with navigating parenthood?

How List-Type Books Help Me Through Difficult Times

When stress makes reading difficult, books of lists and snippets of text can be easier to turn to, especially if they're hopeful.

Writer Joan Didion has died at age 87

Joan Didion died at home in New York this morning at 87 from complications of Parkinson’s Disease.

Comics About the Middle East

Middle Eastern comics are not monolithic. Here are some about everything from the Ark of the Covenant to growing up during a revolution. In Cairo: A Graphic Novel by G. Willow Wilson, the main characters must find a stolen hookah.

All-of-a-Kind Family is the Feel-Good Series Perfect for Winter Holidays

This cozy, Jewish children's series by a socialist author managed to be popular while addressing social issues.

Must-Read Diverse Board Books

Board books can be an important part of teaching kids about the world, which is why making sure they’re diverse, like Sweetest Kulu by Celina Kalluk & Alexandria Neonakis, is so important.

What Makes a Good Food Memoir?

What all comes together to make a food memoir good? A combination of food, context, history, voice, and more.

40 Years Later, Man Convicted in Alice Sebold’s Rape Cleared of Charges

40 years after being convicted in the rape of Alice Sebold, a judge clears Anthony Broadwater of the charge.

The Best Comics to Introduce to Your Baby First

What are the best comics to introduce to your baby first? We’ve got a roundup of some excellent board book options, including Diversity is a Superpower.