Kim Brooks is an author. Her fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train, One Story, and The Missouri Review. Her essays have appeared in Salon, Buzzfeed, New York magazine, LennyLetter, and on WNYC’s Note to Self. Her first novel, "The Houseguest," was published in 2016. Her parenting memoir, "Small Animals," was published in 2018. Brooks is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow.
Kim Brooks is the author of Small Animals: Parenting in the Age of Fear , a smart social critique of American parenting and the anxities that come along with it. Today she shares with us the details of her story, how fear and the commodification of children has created more fear, and what we can do to stop this feedback loop.There are no spoilers on this episode. You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks Website: SUPPORT THE STACKSAudible - Get your free 30-day trial and free audiobook download at - Shop through this link to find all the books discussed on today's show to help keep The Stacks free. Connect with Kim: Twitter | Website
On this encore edition of The 21st: Chicago author Kim Brooks joins us to talk about her book, "Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear." But first, millions of rural households still don’t have high-speed internet, and for those in the farming business, that makes life even harder. 
Kim Brooks raises important questions about the expectations of modern parenthood.
The new book by Kim Brooks examines the anxieties of parenthood, the way children are raised, and the way that society chooses to react.
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Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
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