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THE JULIETTE SOCIETY

In her debut novel, Sasha Grey takes us inside a private, high-profile, sex society where anything and everything can happen. Read the prologue.

Seal Press

The Sh!t No One Tells You About Baby #2

Dawn Dais
Authors:
Dawn Dais

The third book in Dawn Dais's popular Sh!t No One Tells You series covers all a parent needs to know once the reality of having two children settles in.Around the time your first baby turns a year old your brain will turn on you. The sleep deprivation and post-partum hormones you barely survived with your first baby fade from memory and will be replaced with idyllic images of your growing child. This is when your brain, having officially lost all regard for your well-being, begins to fantasize about a second baby. And for the first time since becoming a parent these thoughts don't make you break out in hives. Suddenly, you're dressing your first child in I'm Going to be a Big Sister!" t-shirts and catalogue-shopping for bunk beds.But then that familiar morning sickness kicks in. And your adorable 18-month-old transforms into a two-year-old terror. That's when those hives start to return. With Dawn Dais's trademark witty banter, The Sh!t No One Tells You About Baby #2 includes chapters such as You Have Officially Lost Control of the Situation," Siblings Aren't Nearly as Adorable as You Imagined," You'll Have a favourite," and Having Kids Looks a Lot Easier on TV."

PublicAffairs

Be Safe, Love Mom

Elaine Lowry Brye, Nan Gatewood Satter
Authors:
Elaine Lowry Brye, Nan Gatewood Satter
Running Press Adult

Screwing the Rules

Laurel House
Authors:
Laurel House
Seal Press

How to Woo a Jew

Tamar Caspi
Authors:
Tamar Caspi

Have you been single longer than the Jews wandered the desert? Or are you newly single and hoping to hook up with a hot MOT*?Either way, Tamar Caspi is on a mission to help you find your Chosen One... and who better to do that than the advice columnist from the massively popular dating site JDate.com?In How to Woo a Jew , your very own Jewish Carrie Bradshaw takes you through each facet of the dating world,from traditional Jewish matchmaking and mixers to modern online dating portals, from honing your Jewdar to kosher sex. Whatever mishegas you've made of your love life, Caspi has words of wisdom,and a few enlightening quizzes, charts, and illustrations,to help you find your Jewish soul mate.*Member of the Tribe

Seal Press

Outdated

Samhita Mukhopadhyay
Authors:
Samhita Mukhopadhyay

Romance and love are in a state of crisis: Statistically speaking, young women today are living romantic lives of all kinds,but they're still feeling bogged down by social, cultural, economic, and familial pressures to love in a certain way. Young women in the modern world have greater flexibility than ever when it comes to who we choose to love and how we choose to love them but while social circumstances may have changed since our parents' generation, certain life expectations remain. In Outdated, Samhita Mukhopadhyay addresses the difficulty of negotiating loving relationships within the borderlands of race, culture, class, and sexuality,and of holding true to our convictions and maintaining our independence while we do it. Outdated analyzes how different forms of media, cultural norms, family pressure, and even laws, are produced to scare women into believing that if they don't devote themselves to finding a man, they'll be doomed to a life of loneliness and shame. Using interviews with young women that are living around, between, within, and outside of the romantic industrial complex, Mukhopadhyay weaves a narrative of the alternative ways that women today have elected to live their lives, and in doing so offers a fresh, feminist look at an old topic: How do diverse, independent young women date happily and successfully,and outside of the box?

Running Press Adult

Forty Beads

Carolyn Evans
Authors:
Carolyn Evans

With a hilarious, tell-it-like-it-is, girlfriend-to-girlfriend tone, author Carolyn Evans provides married women with an innovative method that is sure to breathe new life into their marital relationship. The Forty Beads Method works by dissolving the negative tension that builds around sex (specifically, the frequency with which it does or does not occur) and replacing it with the sex life you always thought you should have, which in turn creates the relationship you've always wanted. In 40 short chapters, author Carolyn Evans illuminates her readers in psychologically-savvy detail why sex is so important to the success of a marriage, and exactly how to put it to the front burner of their relationship in a playful, fun way.

Seal Press

Mamalita

Jessica O'Dwyer
Authors:
Jessica O'Dwyer

This gripping memoir details an ordinary American woman's quest to adopt a baby girl from Guatemala in the face of overwhelming adversity. At only 32 years old, Jessica O'Dwyer experiences early menopause, seemingly ending her chances of becoming a mother. Years later, married but childless, she comes across a photo of a two-month-old girl on a Guatemalan adoption website , and feels an instant connection. From the get-go, Jessica and her husband face numerous and maddening obstacles. After a year of tireless efforts, Jessica finds herself abandoned by her adoption agency undaunted, she quits her job and moves to Antigua so she can bring her little girl to live with her and wrap up the adoption, no matter what the cost. Eventually, after months of disappointments, she finesses her way through the thorny adoption process and is finally able to bring her new daughter home. Mamalita is as much a story about the bond between a mother and child as it is about the lengths adoptive parents go to in their quest to bring their children home. At turns harrowing, heartbreaking, and inspiring, this is a classic story of the triumph of a mother's love over almost insurmountable odds.

Da Capo Lifelong Books

Postcards from the Bump

Ame Mahler Beanland, Emily Miles Terry
Authors:
Ame Mahler Beanland, Emily Miles Terry
Da Capo Press

The Best Birth

Armin Brott, Sarah McMoyler
Authors:
Armin Brott, Sarah McMoyler

Move over Lamaze and Bradley! Already taking the west coast by storm, the McMoyler Method offers a modern, medically savvy approach to labour and delivery that addresses the hopes and fears of today's expectant parents. The Best Birth prepares couples for what will be one of the most astounding, least predictable events of their lives, using simple principles such as: Any birth after which the mother and child are healthy is a success You already have the only doula you need The medical staff wants the same thing you do-healthy mom, healthy baby With the McMoyler Method, there's no guilt or regret for choosing an epidural or having a C-section it's about helping moms cope, involving partners every step of the way, and working with doctors and nurses for the best birth-no matter how it happens.

Seal Press

It's a Boy

Andrea J. Buchanan
Authors:
Andrea J. Buchanan

The most popular question any pregnant woman is asked , aside from "When are you due?" , has got to be "Are you having a girl or a boy?" When author Andrea Buchanan, already a mom to a little girl, was pregnant with her second child, she marveled at the response of friends and total strangers alike: "Boys are wonderful," "Boys are so much better than girls," "Boys love their mothers differently than girls." This constant refrain led her to explore the issue herself, with help from her fellow writers and moms, many of whom had had the same experience.The result is It's A Boy , a wide-ranging, often-humorous, and honest collection of essays about the experience of mothering boys. Taking on topics like aggression, parenting a teenage boy, and wishing for a daughter but getting a son, It's A Boy explores what it's like to mother sons and how that experience may be different, but no less satisfying, than mothering girls.

Seal Press

The Essential Hip Mama

Ariel Gore
Authors:
Ariel Gore

It's been over a decade since Ariel Gore, in a caffeine-induced brainstorm, invented Hip Mama as her senior project in college. The zine that's been called "fun and irreverent" by USA Today, "delightful" by Glamour, and "cutting-edge" by the Chicago Tribune has grown up alongside Gore's daughter, covering subjects from weaning to home schooling with a political edge and a puckish sense of humour. The Essential Hip Mama captures the heart of a decade's worth of earthy, honest, soulful parenting,and topics from circumcision to dating, abortion to the belief that "mothers don't fart." Gore has gathered in one volume the whispers and conversations heard in homes, on playgrounds, and in coffeehouses around the country. Reassuring and hopeful, The Essential Hip Mama is a brilliant testament that one becomes an "expert" simply through the act of mothering, echoing Gore's own words, "Whenever I've needed parenting advice, I've put out a call for submissions."

Seal Press

Beyond One

Jennifer Bingham Hull
Authors:
Jennifer Bingham Hull

Though it may seem at the outset that life can't change much more after your first child, many parents are in for a shock when they realize having another does not merely mean ordering two Happy Meals instead of one. In the words of Alice Walker, "With one you can move. With more than one you're a sitting duck." Beyond One is for parents with growing families what Anne Lamott's Operating Instructions is for the novice.Most parenting books are written for first-timers, yet the addition of a second or third child raises wholly different concerns. Already proficient parents no longer need to read about baby care. They're worried about sibling rivalry, but also about themselves. How, they wonder, will having another affect my marriage, work, and friendships? Will I have enough love for two? How will I manage them? Will I ever get my old body back now that I'm buying family size everything and have so little time to exercise? In Beyond One, Jennifer Bingham Hull chronicles the first three years of life with two children, providing tips, insights, and plenty of comic relief for women (and men) who not only want to grow a family, but get a life.

Da Capo Press

Your Pregnancy: Every Woman's Guide

Glade B. Curtis, Judith Schuler
Authors:
Glade B. Curtis, Judith Schuler

A warm and reassuring resource, Your Pregnancy: Every Woman's Guide offers short, clear explanations of what a woman needs to know about her pregnancy. From nutritional tips, such as the most important pregnancy vitamins, to explanations of pre-natal tests, such as ultrasound and amniocentesis, Your Pregnancy covers the most essential pregnancy questions. With helpful illustrations and a detailed glossary of terms, this is the perfect guide for any woman preparing for the birth of a new baby.

Da Capo Press

Your Pregnancy Questions and Answers

Glade B. Curtis, Judith Schuler
Authors:
Glade B. Curtis, Judith Schuler
Da Capo Press

Liberating Losses

Chris McGonigle, Jennifer Elison
Authors:
Chris McGonigle, Jennifer Elison

When someone dies, those left behind are expected to grieve. But, as taboo as it is to admit, not every death brings great sadness. Labeled "nontraditional grief response" by therapists and counselors, a positive reaction following a death is becoming more common, especially now that drugs and medical treatments keep people alive much longer than they or their families might wish. Sometimes we are relieved that our loved one is no longer suffering at the other end of the spectrum, a death might finally free us of an abusive or unhappy relationship. In either case, the cultural expectation for sadness, loneliness, and despair only adds to the guilt and conflict felt by many "relieved grievers."Authors Jennifer Elison and Chris McGonigle have lived through their own "liberating losses." Illuminating for the first time a reaction that many deem insensitive, inappropriate, or strange, Ellison and McGonigle share their own and others'stories, thoughtful clinical analysis, and pragmatic counsel. Wise, compassionate, and ground-breaking, Liberating Losses expands the traditional definition of grief and, in so doing, generously validates the feelings that so many feel obliged to hide.

Seal Press

Mother Shock

Andrea J. Buchanan
Authors:
Andrea J. Buchanan

According to Andrea Buchanan, "Mother shock" is the state in which many new parents exist during those first confusing, chaotic and often comical years of parenting. It is the clash between expectation and result, theory and reality. It is the twilight zone of 24-hour-a-day living where life is no longer neatly divided into day and night the triple-impact of hormonal imbalance, sleep deprivation, and physical exhaustion. It is the stress of trying to acclimate quickly to the immediacy of mothering a new conception of oneself, one's role in the family and in the world a fearful new level of responsibility, and a new delegation of domestic duties.In this much-needed and delightfully funny collection of essays, Buchanan shares the insight she gains as she moves through the stages of mother shock. From "Fear of the Double Stroller" and "Confessions of a Bottle Feeder" to "I'm an Idiot" and "Everything I Needed to Know I Learned in Playgroup," Buchanan details the unimaginably difficult and unbelievably rewarding process of becoming a mother.

Seal Press

The Mother Trip

Ariel Gore, Ellen Forney, Ariel Gore, Ellen Forney
Contributors:
Ariel Gore, Ellen Forney, Ariel Gore, Ellen Forney

In her last book, outspoken urban mom Ariel Gore offered help for real-world mothers. In The Mother Trip, she gives her inspiration, encouragement, and moral support to unconventional moms. In these essays, she bashes the stereotype of the "good mother" and encourages readers to follow their instincts and redefine motherhood in their own terms.

Seal Press

Dutiful Daughters

Jean Gould
Authors:
Jean Gould

Cynthia Macgregor

Cynthia MacGregor is the author of nearly 50 books for parents and children, many with a focus on helping kids through difficult situations. A divorced mother herself, she helped her own daughter (now an adult) cope with parental divorce, and brings real-life experience to the subject of this book.

Maureen Dowd

Maureen Dowd has written for Time, GQ, Harper's Bazaar and Cosmopolitan among many others. She became a New York Times Op-Ed columnist in 1995 and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1999.