Marietta McCarty is the author of Nautilus Book Award winner How Philosophy Can Save Your Life: 10 Ideas That Matter Most and National Bestseller Little Big Minds: Sharing Philosophy With Kids. Having been Assistant Professor of Philosophy since 1988 at Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville, Virginia, her teaching now revolves around her books. She hosts workshops, gives talks, teaches classes, and delights in joining philosophy circles of all ages.
Marietta McCarty enjoyed her tennis-playing, ball-throwing, book-reading, ocean-loving childhood in Richmond, Virginia. For fourteen summers, she was the director of the Blue Ridge Tennis Camp outside Charlottesville for children and adults, welcoming campers from many countries and throughout the US. A Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude graduate in philosophy from Hollins College, she was inducted into the Hollins Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999. She received her Master's degree in philosophy from the University of Virginia. Marietta's conviction that a fulfilling, contented life stems from vigor and clarity of mind drew her to her vocation in philosophy. That an open, inquisitive mind enlarges the capacity of the heart and breeds peace ensures that she will keep her shingle out.