This Is the Author Podcast S6 E58 Image of Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin, Daniel Sherrell, Lizzie Johnson
On the Podcast: Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin, Daniel Sherrell, and Lizzie Johnson

In this episode, meet entrepreneur and career coach Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin, author of Becoming Heroines, organizer Daniel Sherrell, author of Warmth, and Washington Post reporter Lizzie Johnson, author of Paradise.

Bringing years of insight from their respective careers, these authors speak candidly about their experiences and learnings. Hear Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin on the intersection of womanhood, power structures, and inner revolutions, Daniel Sherrell on balancing hope and despair in confronting the climate change crisis, and Lizzie Johnson on the intensity of covering California’s wildfires.

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For decades, Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin has been the go-to mentor for women who’ve wasted years playing by traditional rules and are ready to break away. More than your average leadership manual, Becoming Heroines is an invitation to claim your rightful role as the heroine of your own journey. For any woman ready to live out her values more radically, rise from the ashes of trauma and grief, and lead us all to a better world, the journey begins.

Warmth is a new kind of book about climate change: not what it is or how we solve it, but how it feels to imagine a future–and a family–under its weight. In a fiercely personal account written from inside the climate movement, Sherrell lays bare how the crisis is transforming our relationships to time, to hope, and to each other.

As a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, Lizzie Johnson was there as the town of Paradise burned. Drawing on years of on-the-ground reporting and reams of public records, including 911 calls and testimony from a grand jury investigation, Johnson provides a minute-by-minute account of the Camp Fire, following residents and first responders as they fight to save themselves and their town. In Paradise, Johnson documents the unfolding tragedy with empathy and nuance and also investigates the root causes, from runaway climate change to a deeply flawed alert system to Pacific Gas and Electric’s decades-long neglect of critical infrastructure.

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