Family togetherness, the literal variety, is less of a choice than ever during the coronavirus crisis. On this week’s podcast, the author Lisa Damour, a clinical psychologist who specializes in working with girls, discusses her work generally and also answers some questions about the specific challenges of parenting during the pandemic.
“There’s a really valuable tradition in psychology,” she says, “of looking at kids under terrible chronic stress conditions — incredible privation, other forms of real hardship — and looking at the kids who thrive, and asking this really critical question: What’s going on for the kids who thrive that’s not going on for everyone else? And that literature has answers for us, and is hugely informative at times like this.”
The Times critic Dwight Garner visits the podcast this week to turn the tables and interview the host Pamela Paul about her job editing the Book Review and overseeing all books coverage at the paper.
Also on this week’s episode, Alexandra Alter has news from the publishing world; and Gregory Cowles and John Williams talk about what people are reading. Pamela Paul is the host.
Here are the books discussed in this week’s “What We’re Reading”:
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