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Headshot of me wearing red lipstick Kara Babcock

Kar·a Bab·cock

/ˈkɑɹə ˈbæbˌkɑk/ Listen to how I pronounce my nametitle>

  1. An inveterate reader.
  2. A word goddess.
  3. A force of nature.

Welcome to my personal site, including my blog of 17 years and links to my book reviews, podcasts, and other projects around the web.

Now offering freelance copyediting services!

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Recent Blog Posts

To the bone

I can’t speak for the other teachers in your life, but I am not OK. You know why. But here is the whole story—for posterity?

Why I’m freelancing

I’m not leaving teaching, but I’ve had my moments. This is my attempt to breathe.

Recent Book Reviews

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Sometimes I Trip On How Happy We Could Be

3 out of 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆


Personal essay collections are often hit-and-miss for me. So many elements must align: the writer’s voice and style, the topics of their essays, and what I take away from the book. Sometimes I Trip On How Happy We Could Be is a great example of an essay collection that I enjoyed reading a great deal, yet I’m not sure I emerged as transformed as I might expect. Which, honestly, is fine—not all reading has to…