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PARENTING

Marking Your Baby’s Milestones

Marking Your Baby’s Milestones

Don't fret if you're child isn't walking or talking like his or her peers. Each young one has a unique pace for reaching developmental stages.
Weed Can Wait

Weed Can Wait

An Oakland cannabis counselor notes that modern, powerful strains of marijuana can damage young people's brains. But convincing youth to say "no" is another matter.
Limiting Screen Time

Limiting Screen Time

How to get your child off phones, tablets, and video games and out the door.
How to Raise Grateful Children

How to Raise Grateful Children

Experts say that when caring for an elderly parent who lives far away, the most important thing is to join a support group with people experiencing the same challenges.
Social Media Amplify Feelings of FoMO

Social Media Amplify Feelings of FoMO

The crystal ball of Snapchat and other apps allows teens to keep tabs on what their friends are doing. And that's not always a good thing.
Wearing Your Kids

Wearing Your Kids

More parents carry their children rather than put them in strollers, but the doctor who popularized the parenting method is under siege.

BOOKS

A The Lost Saints of Tennessee

A The Lost Saints of Tennessee

A compelling excerpt from the recently released novel by Castro Valley’s Amy Franklin-Willis.
A Theory of Small Earthquakes

A Theory of Small Earthquakes

An excerpt from the just-released first novel, set in the Bay Area, by Oakland’s Meredith Maran.
The Big One: A Story of San Francisco

The Big One: A Story of San Francisco

An excerpt from the new novel by Berkeley professor and nationally acclaimed arts critic David Littlejohn.
Ravenous

Ravenous

A mouth-watering excerpt from Dayna Macy’s just-published memoir about managing an obsession with cheese, olives, and their tasty ilk in the land of the Gourmet Ghetto.
World’s Greatest Sleuth!

World’s Greatest Sleuth!

Herewith, a hot-off-the-press preview of the brand-new mystery novel by Alameda homeboy Steve Hockensmith. Versatile Hockensmith also knows from zombies—his Dreadfully Ever After (sequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) hits the shelves next month.
Power Slide:

Power Slide:

This month we bring you the suspenseful conclusion to Chapter One of Power Slide by prolific local author Susan Dunlap. If you missed last month’s setup, never fear—it’s available in our August issue right here at themonthly.com.
Power Slide:

Power Slide:

This month, we launch By the Book, an occasional excerpt series, with this suspenseful snippet from Chapter One of Power Slide by Albany author Susan Dunlap. Read with (and for) pleasure—then tune in next month for the second installment from Dunlap’s spine-tingler, available right here in The Monthly.

Faces of the East Bay

In the Philanthropic Swim

In the Philanthropic Swim

Rockridge residents John Bliss and Kim Thompson may live far removed the gritty flats of East and West Oakland. But this philanthropic couple see themselves as one with the citizens of Oakland, particularly those who are struggling financially, and they’re leading a campaign to get their “financially blessed” peers to invest in the community like they have by funding city programs to teach kids how to swim.