My middle-grade novel, THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH, will be released in 2015. I am also co-author of the memoir, POSITIVE, the story of Paige Rawl who was born with HIV, bullied for it, and has since emerged a national anti-bullying crusader and HIV educator. I co-wrote the adult and children’s versions of Tim Howard’s memoir, THE KEEPER.
I was a lead member of the documentary team for Sesame Street’s hour-long primetime television special, Growing Hope Against Hunger, which won a 2012 Emmy. You can see a brief highlight reel here.
I also wrote The Cleaner Plate Club: Raising Healthy Eaters One Meal at a Time, co-authored with kitchen goddess, Beth Bader. Read more about it below.
Here are a few other things I wrote recently:
The Mystery of Memory, with Dr. Suzanne Corkin, who studied the famous amnesic patient H.M.
Unraveling the Mystery of M.S. , with neuroscience researcher Jean Merrill
Decoding Earth’s History, with geologist Ronadh Cox
Nine Things to Know About Our Universe, with astronomer Jay Pasachoff
A Child’s Story of Hunger, for Feeding America
A Better Way to Snack: Boston Globe Magazine
Red Flags or Red Herrings (PDF): relief for anxious parents, from the Williams College alumni magazine
Sugar is a Verb, and So is Hope: on maple sugaring in Vermont.
I also co-wrote THE CLEANER PLATE CLUB, which USA Today said is filled with “lots of information, a witty sense of humor, and even an any-mistake-you-made-we-made-it-too attitude…simple brilliance on every page.”
BookPage named it a top pick, saying that “The Cleaner Plate Clubis thankfully written for Real Parents…this massive yet peppy manual… is jammed with info: guidelines, pantry lists, meal-planning techniques and time-savers—yet the energetic authors make it feel as fresh as our next family dinner can be, with their plate-cleaning help.”
NPR-affiliate KCUR called it “Michael Pollan for real people,” the Sacramento Book Review called it a “gem of a cookbook,” and Sixty Second Parent said, “I can’t think of another cookbook that causes me to laugh out loud. From page one, I felt like I was sitting at my table with old friends. This isn’t just a cookbook: it’s an educational arsenal to wield your way with grace and dexterity through the carnival that is the modern American food system.”
It’s also gotten some nice kudos from Library Journal, Mother Earth News, Kitchen Daily, and Publisher’s Weekly. For that work, I was featured in the Boston Globe Q&A. Once in a while I show up in the media as an expert on a topic, for example this piece in Prevention.