Not the voice of my generation

Kate Bryan | 24 October 2014
The creator of Girls has spun the show's themes into a book, but it's still just about one, tiresome thing.

Do bookshelves make bookworms?

Joanna Roughton | 13 June 2014
A multi-country study finds that merely having a few books in the home gives a child an educational advantage.

Pride and Prejudice at 200

Carolyn Moynihan | 31 January 2013
The romantic appeal of the novel is, of course, at odds with its outmoded gender paradigm.

Why Sensible, Well-balanced Parents are Superior

Mariette Ulrich | 10 February 2012
I can hardly wait to publish my new parenting book, the thesis of which will run something thus: "German-Swiss-Slovak-Canadian Catholic” parents are demonstrably superior at raising children..."

Will a story about dieting help your overweight child?

Mariette Ulrich | 30 August 2011
If I had a definitive (and easy) solution to the dilemma of overweight children, I might well be a millionaire. As it is, life tends to be a little more difficult and complex.

Chastened: a post-feminist experiment

Carolyn Moynihan | 05 July 2010
Maybe something is changing for the better out there among Generation Y. A British journalist in her early 30s has written a book about renouncing sex for a year in order to get control of her emotional life. It’s called Chastened.

Heather and her mommies at 20

Carolyn Moynihan | 05 March 2010
It is not everyone’s idea of an occasion to celebrate but a publisher named Alyson Books has brought out a twentieth anniversary edition of the famous child’s primer on same-sex relationships: Heather Has Two Mommies.

The Gray Lady and her toxic books

Carolyn Moynihan | 14 January 2010
Top of the New York Times Book Review this week is Elizabeth Gilbert’s sort-of romantic travelogue, Committed. It's the kind of book the Times seems to love.

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