Sophie Brickman is a writer, reporter, and editor whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Saveur, The San Francisco Chronicle, the Best Food Writing compilation, and the Best American Science Writing compilation, among other places. Her first book, Baby, Unplugged: One Mother's Search for Balance, Reason, and Sanity in the Digital Age (HarperOne), published in September 2021.
A charming, meticulously researched, and illuminating look at how technology infiltrates every aspect of raising children today, Baby, Unplugged is filled with helpful advice parents can use to best navigate today’s digital landscape. Brickman’s in-depth research combined with her own candid (often hilarious) personal experiences helps parents sort through the wide and often confusing tech offerings available today, and sort out what’s helpful and what’s not. She has imparted the lessons from the book in a wide variety of settings, from an appearance on Good Morning America to widely attended virtual Q&As, to in-person parenting sessions. Whether it’s a keynote or discussion, she is the perfect speaker for early childhood programs, schools, and educational organizations.
A Harvard graduate, Brickman lives in New York City with her husband and three young children, and currently writes a column for The Guardian.
Praise for Baby, Unplugged:
“Equal parts informative and entertaining, journalist Brickman’s debut explores parenting in these tech-drenched times…..For parents wondering whether to bring gadgets into the nursery, this will be an invaluable tool."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Sophie Brickman has crafted a comprehensive, personal, hilarious exploration of all the ways technology touches our children’s lives, for better and for worse. Baby, Unplugged explains the terms and conditions of our wired families; read this book before you touch one more ‘on’ button.”
--David L. Hill, MD, former chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Communications and Media
“In Baby Unplugged, Sophie Brickman doesn’t shy away from uncomfortable conversations or uncomfortable conclusions about herself, her generation or why technology is often compensating for historic failures to support parents and kids. This is a book for parents, grandparents and anyone who loves kids or is curious about childhood, including their own. It is also fantastically well-written, both challenging and fun to read and deserves a place on your bookshelf.”
-- Chelsea Clinton
“Baby, Unplugged is a heartfelt, thoughtful, and warmly humorous odyssey through parenting in the Digital Age. Sophie Brickman looks to science for guidance, makes decisions from knowledge rather than fear, and humbly shares her mistakes and successes. We can all benefit from her journey.”
-- Michael Rich, MD, MPH, director of the Digital Wellness Lab, Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School
“Well-researched and unvarnished conclusions.”
--Wall Street Journal
“If you feel overwhelmed by your digital existence, definitely make time to unplug and read this book.”