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The Stud Book by [Monica Drake]

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I would love for one professional reviewer to notice that this book is secretly very much a work of environmental literature, disguised as a chatty, dark comedy about the lives of mothers, would-be mothers and never-will-be mothers but still adult women and sometimes the husbands, dates, fathers and other men alongside them. 
In the time it took me to write this book, I would estimate one billion humans were born, all over the planet. That's a lot of people. In my life-time, the world's population has doubled. I love babies and children, and a great number of adults, but I worry that the planet can't sustain our rapid, invasive species behavior. How can a person contain a deep love of humanity alongside a fear of overpopulation? It's a precarious balance.  
Because this book is concerned with population growth, it is a book with a large cast of characters. When I wrote it, I identified heavily with each character in turn--even the men in the book. I tried to understand them all, and to look at how the various impulses of people in close proximity builds a communal narrative between them. Then I looked for the jokes, the moments of humor, and the reason we're all here, the love. I hope you might pick it up, check it out, and take a moment to think about humanity with me. 
In a world of reality TV that celebrates mass production of human reproduction, I tried to raise a few questions. 
With gratitude, 
Monica
--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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Sarah, a behaviorist at the local zoo, turns her studies to the human population when infertility keeps her from reaching her life’s goal of becoming a mother. Dulcet, a single and fiercely independent nonconformist, introduces sex ed to high-school students when she isn’t otherwise focused on getting high. Georgie, a brand-new mom, struggles to meld the roles of professional, mother, and wife into a life that will be both pleasing and productive. Nyla, a self-proclaimed ecologist, strives to save the world and her teenage daughter at the same time. As these four friends come in and out of each other’s lives, negotiating their individual worlds of love, family, and work, Drake teases out the intersection between theories on parenthood, evolution, sex, and reproduction. The result is a relevant and original story about life and self-worth in an increasingly crowded world. Although the characters are whiny and self-absorbed at times, and their stories seem connected almost by afterthought, Drake’s sharp wit and contemporary take on ecology and adult life make this an entertaining and thought-provoking read. --Cortney Ophoff --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B009QJMUGS
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Hogarth (April 9, 2013)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 9, 2013
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3344 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 332 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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Monica Drake's most recent book, The Folly of Loving Life, has been compared to the stories of Denis Johnson's Jesus Son. Her earlier novels include The Stud Book and Clown Girl, which was optioned for film by Kristen Wiig. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Paris Review, The Sun, Beloit Fiction Review, Oregon Humanities Magazine, Northwest Review, and Nerve.com. She once wrote an entire 100 page issue of &quot;The Stranger,&quot; a free weekly newspaper in Seattle, which flooded the city. You can find her interviewed here: https://soundcloud.com/kinkfm/monica-drake-the-folly-of-loving-life-clown-girl-the-stud-book

Reviews of her most recent work include:

https://heavyfeatherreview.com/2016/06/09/the-folly-of-loving-life-by-monica-drake/

http://electricliterature.com/the-wisdom-of-loving-the-folly-of-loving-life/

http://www.wweek.com/arts/2016/02/24/the-folly-of-loving-life-by-monica-drake/

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