The Score, part sociological inquiry, part biology primer, and full of blessed wit, explores why the male of the species is who he is.

Less an argument against the institution of marriage than a comprehensive history, this is a fun read that's simultaneously cheeky and no-nonsense.

This academic argument that inequality between the sexes is not historically the “natural” state of things is compelling but dry.

A simple, poetic story about a a Chinese peasant who abandons her rural life in search of something better.

A textured, well-written postmodern story of faith.

Pampered as a kid, Julie Klam learns to find purpose and live in the real world in this hilarious, self-deprecating memoir.

A well-written critique of the “pink washing” of America.

Stephanie Klein of "Greek Tragedy" blog fame talks about fat camp in this deeply personal but poorly organized memoir about control.

Journalist Anita Jain explores arranged marriage at her Indian parents' insistence, and discovers universal truths about the search for love.

Some of these essays from creative women who have dealt with depression feel unoriginal, but others bring a fresh perspective--and they all posit a hopeful message.