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Against Love: A Polemic

by Laura Kipnis

Who would dream of being against love? No one.

Love is, as everyone knows, a mysterious and all-controlling force, with vast power over our thoughts and life decisions.

But is there something a bit worrisome about...


The Discreet Pleasures of Rejection: A Novel

by Martin Page

Another mordantly hysterical tale from the author of the cult favorite How I Became Stupid

A funny yet poignant tour of one young man's existential crisis, The Discreet Pleasures of Rejection is another short...


Chas Addams Happily Ever After: A Collection of Cartoons to Chill the Heart of You

by Charles Addams

Charles Addams was renowned for his depictions of love (or lack thereof) in his cartoons. The passion of Morticia and Gomez Addams, the lonely desires of Fester, the numerous grim and ghastly fights between...


Love Is a Four-Letter Word: True Stories of Breakups, Bad Relationships, and Broken Hearts

by Michael Taeckens

From Junot Díaz, Lynda Barry, Gary Shteyngart, and Kate Christensen to popular up-and-comers like Dan Kennedy, Wendy McClure, and Brock Clarke, Love Is a Four-Letter Word is a dead-on contemporary collection...


Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches' Guide to Romance Novels

by Sarah Wendell & Candy Tan

The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name...

We do it in the dark. Under the sheets. With a penlight. We wear sunglasses and a baseball hat at the bookstore. We have a "special place" where we store them. Let's...


Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough

by Lori Gottlieb

The controversial national bestseller!

Nearly forty and single, Lori Gottlieb faced the unthinkable: she'd wasted her best years chasing an elusive Prince Charming who might not even exist. Meanwhile, her...


It's Called a Breakup Because It's Broken: The Smart Girl's Break-Up Buddy

by Greg Behrendt & Amiira Ruotola-Behrendt

There’s no doubt about it—breakups suck. But in the first few hours or weeks that follow, there’s one important truth you need to recognize: Some things can’t and shouldn’t be fixed, especially that...


The Vagina Monologues: The V-Day Edition

by Eve Ensler

A poignant and hilarious tour of the last frontier, the ultimate forbidden zone, The Vagina Monologues is a celebration of female sexuality in all its complexity and mystery. In this stunning phenomenon that...


The Bridal Wave: A Survival Guide to the Everyone-I-Know-Is-Getting-Married Years

by Valerie Krause & Erin Torneo

It starts with the IGBN (I’ve Got Big News) phone calls and a mailbox full of Save the Dates. Next comes the meltdown: I always thought I’d be married by now. Why does she have a ring on her finger and I...


I'd Rather Eat Chocolate: Learning to Love My Low Libido

by Joan Sewell

“If I had a choice between having sex and reading a good book, the book wins. I notice I put in the adjective ‘good’—and that leaves me wondering if I’m not trying to put a better face on things. I...


The Female Thing: Dirt, envy, sex, vulnerability

by Laura Kipnis

From the author of the acclaimed Against Love comes a pointed, audacious, and witty examination of the state of the female psyche in the post-post-feminist world of the twenty-first century.Women remain caught...


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