Kate Tuttle

Writer & Critic

Kate Tuttle

Writing on books and authors, race and politics, family and childhood.


‘Sigh, Gone’ memoir blends books, punk, and a refugee’s fight to fit in

Phuc Tran normally teaches Latin and Greek to high school students, but in the era of COVID-19 he finds himself teaching kindergarten and 3rd grade to his own children. “I think the student evaluations are not going to be kind,” he said with a laugh. Tran, who lives in Portland, Maine, is also a tattoo artist.
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On the braided history of schools and courts

For Justin Driver, his book’s topic is personal. “I grew up in Southeast DC, in the less privileged segment of Washington,” said Driver, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School. His parents, who stressed educational achievement, enrolled him in a better public school far from their own struggling neighborhood.
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Emory professor examines how school desegregation went wrong

For decades the story of school desegregation has been told as a heroic narrative starring NAACP lawyers and brave African-American students, in which the Supreme Court victory in Brown v. Board of Education marked the beginning of a new era of equality for black and white schoolchildren. In a new book, Emory Professor Vanessa Siddle Walker introduces readers to previously little-known actors in the drama: the Southern black educators who worked, often in secret, to help African-American students and their families both before and after Brown.
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Roberto Gonzales on ‘Lives in Limbo’

Before attending graduate school to train as a sociologist, Roberto Gonzales worked for a decade as a youth organizer in a largely immigrant neighborhood in Chicago. “Living and working in that community, I got to know kids and families really well,” Gonzales said. He began to notice that some kids, once they hit 15 or 16, “when their friends started getting driver’s licenses, first jobs, thinking about college — this is a time when many of them had really uncomfortable conversations with their parents.
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Why Are We Gender-Stereotyping Our Children?

One of the stories Hillary Clinton has told at various events involves a letter she sent to NASA when she was a young teen, expressing interest in someday becoming an astronaut. She received a response from the space agency saying they had no plans to ever employ women as astronauts. Naturally, because Clinton hasn’t been able to produce a copy of the letter (which would have been sent around 1960), some have written off the story as a lie.
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Am I Raising a Narcissist?

When my friend’s daughter Rosie was 5, she turned to her mother and said, “I know all the other parents tell their kids that they’re the cutest kids in the world, but with me it’s true, right?”. Clementine, another 5-year-old, after just a few months in kindergarten chess club, proclaimed herself “The Chess Master.”.
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The Internet Won’t Transform Your Child Into a Genius

Sometimes my son and I watch little-kid TV—not the live-action Nickelodeon comedies my 8-year-old has begun to favor, but cartoons, something for the younger crowd. I like that he still sometimes watches Tom & Jerry instead of Sam & Cat. The ads, though, make me crazy. Not so much those for toys or cereal.
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Kate Tuttle

I'm on the executive board of the National Book Critics Circle. My reviews and articles about books have appeared in the Boston Globe, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Salon,, and elsewhere. Native Kansan, longtime Cantabrigian, lately of Georgia, now in New Jersey. Mother, wife, pal.

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