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The Unmade Bed
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"In often poetic prose, he recounts some deeply personal experiences that make him question cultural gender roles and his own confusion amongst them... The book feels almost like a type of cerebral entry an educated writer, father, or husband might make to himself in his journal: a private fact-finding mission to meditate on the rules of today and better survive the culture of tomorrow. Thankfully, Marche made this particular journal entry public." -Booklist "The status of men at work and at home is definitely in flux, and Marche effectively pinpoints the most prominent areas...The definitions of masculinity and manliness are changing, and Marche's commentaries will help readers understand how. Satisfying food for thought on the ever changing dynamics of men and women as they interact and go about their individual lives." -Kirkus Reviews "The Unmade Bed is a rollicking read and a very frank look at an important set of issues from the male perspective." -Anne-Marie Slaughter, author of Unfinished Business "We're living in a confusing time. Men and women no longer neatly fit into prescribed gender roles, and yet those norms still wield enormous power. As the ground shifts precariously underfoot, Stephen Marche finds a deeply thoughtful, at times hilarious, even footing. Rather than the silly and cartoonish notion of the Battle of the Sexes, Marche argues in The Unmade Bed that we're all picking our way through a labyrinth. It's dark. The way unknown. Even a little scary. But Marche's elegant book makes the case that stumbling toward a more human future, even with the occasional wrong turn, is well worth the effort." -Brigid Schulte, author of Overwhelmed "Marche pulls back the covers and shows life, love, and career in all its wonderful jumbled chaos. And while Marche's story, into which we get a 360-degree view with his real-life partner's annotations, is personal to him, I was nodding along in agreement and LOL'd at lines like `Eat, Pray, Love . . . and Chores.' It's an important look at the challenges of `having it all' and positions the problem as not uniquely a woman's issue, but a human one." -Kirstine Stewart, author of Our Turn "Stephen Marche is a very brave man: in The Unmade Bed he makes the case that relations between men and women have never been better. Because he is also a very brilliant writer, he pulls it off. A thrilling read, no less because his wife has provided footnotes." -Ian Brown, author of Sixty

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