Baby, Unplugged: One Mother's Search for Balance, Reason, and Sanity in the Digital Age (A FAN Program with Sophie Brickman)

We are so happy to support Family Action Network (FAN) as they welcome Sophie Brickman, author of the new book, Baby, Unplugged: One Mother's Search for Balance, Reason, and Sanity in the Digital Age. Brickman will be interviewed by Joy Hurd. This virtual event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Click HERE to reserve your spot!

This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and YouTube channel.

AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of Baby, Unplugged from The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Brickman and Hurd that will start immediately after the webinar. The link to register for the AFTER-HOURS program will appear in red font at the top of an email from The Book Stall. Look for it right after your receipt arrives!

About the Book: There seems to be an app or device for nearly every aspect of parenting today, from monitoring your baby and entertaining your toddler to connecting with other parents for tips, tricks, and socializing. For all the parents of preschoolers or younger, here’s the simple truth: with very few exceptions, technology for kids under the age of five is basically worthless. The same goes for parent-targeted tech shilled out by Silicon Valley. If you want to raise a resilient, smart, successful human and minimize your parenting anxiety, shove your phone in the freezer and forget about it.

The mother of three young children, journalist Sophie Brickman interviewed experts, academics, doctors, and innovators for advice and insight about the effects of technology on child-rearing and parenting. In her first book, Baby, Unplugged: One Mother’s Search for Balance, Reason, and Sanity in the Digital Age, she weaves this in-depth research into a very personal, and often humorous, journey of becoming a parent alongside her tech-loving husband, offering an engaging and illuminating examination of our tech-saturated world.

About the Author: Sophie Brickman is a writer, reporter, and editor who has written for The New Yorker, the New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, Elle, Saveur, the San Francisco Chronicle, and other outlets. Her work has also appeared in the Best Food Writing and the Best American Science Writing anthologies. A Harvard graduate, she lives in New York City with her husband and three young children.

About the Interviewer: Joy Hurd is the Head of Lake Forest Country Day School in Lake Forest, Illinois. Before moving to Illinois, Joy served as Director of the Upper School (grades 7-9) at the Buckley School, a K-9 school for boys in Manhattan. He has also taught at St. Peter’s Prep (NJ), St. Bernard’s School, and Riverdale Country School. He is a graduate of Harvard College, where he studied the classics. He holds graduate degrees in private school leadership from the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University, and in English literature from Middlebury’s Bread Loaf School of English. He sits on the board of the Academy for Teachers, an organization dedicated to honoring and supporting teachers in and around New York City, and on the advisory board of the Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study, which promotes the study and appreciation of the classical humanities.

Event date: 

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Online Zoom webinar!
Baby, Unplugged: One Mother's Search for Balance, Reason, and Sanity in the Digital Age By Sophie Brickman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062966483
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: HarperOne - September 7th, 2021

A charming, meticulously researched, and illuminating look at how technology infiltrates every aspect of raising children today, filled with helpful advice parents can use to best navigate the digital landscape, and ultimately learn to trust their own judgment.