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If the evil stepmother myth is dissolved, it's at least explained in Wednesday Martin's inquisitive book Stepmonster: A New Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel and Act the Way We Do....

Author Rachel Lehmann-Haupt explores the options of single motherhood through the insights and interviews of In Her Own Sweet Time: Unexpected Adventures in Finding Love, Commitment, and Motherhood....

The Book of Dads: Essays on the Joys, Perils, and Humiliations of Fatherhood offers a heartfelt guide to understanding the role of "Dad" through collected essays on the highs lows, and strange adventures of modern paternity....

Scrumptious, heartwarming, and totally animal un-influenced, Isa Chandra Moskowitz's menu in Vegan Brunch is sure to win over every kind of eater....

Ninni Holmqvist's fertility sci-fi imagines a dystopia based upon a woman's physical productivity--be they making babies or being harvested for vital organs--in the book The Unit....

Journalist Mara Altman is on the ultimate quest to decode the O, consulting doctors, therapists, and, of course, a series of sex toys and subjects in Thanks for Coming: One Young Woman’s Quest for an Orgasm....

The original burlesque bombshell and all around icon for progressive politics, Gypsy Rose Lee, comes alive in Noralee Frankel's revealing biography, Stripping Gypsy: The Life of Gypsy Rose Lee....

Weaving in and out of religious communities, a young girl searches for identity and acceptance in Nicole Markotic's novel Scrapbook of My Years as a Zealot....

People Are Unappealing: Even Me smirks at the mishaps and mayhem of author Sara Barron's darkly humorous coming-of-age through stories that are as hideously embarrassing as they are endearingly charming....

The psychology behind cleaning goes under the cultural microscope in Dirt: The Quirks, Habits, and Passions of Keeping House, Mindy Lewis' essay anthology about keeping (or the attempt of keeping) things tidy....