SELECTED WORKS

Non-fiction
A “memoir and a manifesto” written with Todd Rose, the co-chair of the Harvard Graduate School Institute Connecting Mind, Brain and Education, who references his own experiences as a high school dropout to make the case for a much-needed learning revolution.
A hilarious and heartrending account of one mother’s journey to understand and reconnect with her high-spirited preteen son—a true story sure to beguile parents grappling with a child’s bewildering behavior.
"...Ellison's often humorous and always thorough approach...will amuse and intrigue smart mothers everywhere...."
-- Publishers Weekly
"A lively and outstanding book."
--Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs and Steel
"The research here is superb, the writing is gripping and graceful."
--The Washington Post

WORKS


Square Peg: My Story and What It Means for Raising Innovators, Visionaries, and Out-of-the-Box Thinkers


A “memoir and a manifesto” written with Todd Rose, the co-chair of the Harvard Graduate School Institute Connecting Mind, Brain and Education, who references his own experiences as a high school dropout to make the case for a much-needed learning revolution.

Square Peg illuminates the struggles of millions of bright young children—and their frustrated parents and teachers—who are stuck in a one-size-fits-all school system that fails to approach the student as an individual. Rose shares his own incredible journey from troubled childhood to Harvard, seamlessly integrating cutting-edge research in neuroscience and psychology along with advances in the field of education, to ultimately provide a roadmap for parents and teachers of kids who are the casualties of America’s antiquated school system.

With a distinguished blend of humor, humility, and practical advice for nurturing children who are a poor fit in conventional schools, Square Peg is a game-changing manifesto that provides groundbreaking insight into how we can get the most out of all the students in our classrooms, and why today’s dropouts could be tomorrow’s innovators.


BUZZ: A Year of Paying Attention


A hilarious and heartrending account of one mother’s journey to understand and reconnect with her high-spirited preteen son—a true story sure to beguile parents grappling with a child’s bewildering behavior.


Popular literature is filled with the stories of self-sacrificing mothers bravely tending to their challenging children. Katherine Ellison offers a different kind of tale. Shortly after Ellison, an award-winning investigative reporter, and her twelve-year-old son, Buzz, were both diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, she found herself making such a hash of parenting that the two of them faced three alternatives: he’d go to boarding school; she’d go AWOL; or they’d make it their full-time job to work out their problems together. They decided to search for a solution while Ellison investigated what genuine relief, if any, might be found in the confusing array of goods sold by the modern mental health industry.

The number of diagnoses for childhood attention and behavior issues is exploding, leaving parents and educators on a confusing chase to find the best kind of help for each child. Buzz, a page-turner of a memoir, brings much relief. It is immensely engaging, laugh-out-loud funny, and honest—and packed with helpful insights.

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Autographed books are available from Book Passage

Contact Katherine to visit your book club.





The New Economy of Nature: The Quest to Make Conservation Profitable


"This vibrant and hopeful book...demonstrates...a nascent movement to make conservation of natural resources financially rewarding...Ellison is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and veteran foreign correspondent whose writing skill makes these complex and subtle ideas compelling."
--The San Francisco Chronicle

The Atlas of Global Conservation
Buy from: Amazon



Imelda: Steel Butterfly of the Philippines


"...proves once again that absolute power corrupts absolutely.... An absorbing biography, likely to be in demand."
--Library Journal

Contact Katherine Ellison to speak to your conference, support group or book club about ADHD, learning disorders, mindful parenting, and more!

Other articles -- on motherhood, meditation, and a peyote pilgrimage:


“Giving Meditation a Spin”, Washington Post, January 2007