Mar 1, 2021
Pamela Druckerman is the author of five books including "Bringing Up Bébé", which has been translated into 30 languages and optioned as a feature film by Blueprint Pictures starring Anne Hathaway. In this episode we talk about her new children's book, "Paris by Phone" which details one little girl's pursuit of the magic of independence and her subsequent realization of the true meaning of home. We also discuss the history of French cultural influence on America and other countries, and how the political systems of a particular country affect the level and intensity of parental stress experienced by its citizens.
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Bringing Up Bébé was a #1 best seller in the U.K. (Sunday Times); a top-ten best seller in the United States (The New York Times); and has appeared on best-seller lists in Germany, Russia and Brazil. (Its UK title is French Children Don’t Throw Food.) Pamela also wrote There Are No Grown-Ups: A Midlife Coming-of-Age Story,Bébé Day By Day: 100 Keys to French Parenting and Lust in Translation: Infidelity from Tokyo to Tennessee.
Her rhyming picture book for kids, Paris by Phone, illustrated by Benjamin Chaud, will appear in February 2021.
Her op-eds, essays, articles and reviews have also appeared in the The Atlantic, Harper’s, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, New York Magazine, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair France, Madame Figaro, The Washington Post, The Guardian, the Financial Times, The Times (UK), The Sunday Times (U.K.) and many other publications. She has appeared as a commentator on All Things Considered, Morning Edition, BBC Woman’s Hour, Good Morning America, the Today Show, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, PRI, the CBC, Europe1, Le Grand Journal, On n’est pas couché, France24 and Oprah.com.
In March 2020, at the start of the Paris lockdown, Pamela co-founded PANDEMONIUM U, a series of free Zoom classes taught by world-class experts.
In 2017 she won an Emmy for The Forger, a 16-minute New York Times documentary about a Frenchman who forged documents during WWII. The film was a finalist for the Peabody Award and won prizes from World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International and NPPA. Pamela also shared a 2015 Overseas Press Club award for “best TV or video spot news reporting from abroad” for video coverage of the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris.
From 1997 to 2002 Pamela was a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal based in Buenos Aires, São Paulo and New York. She was also a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds a B.A. in philosophy from Colgate University and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University. She grew up in Miami.