June 8, 2008
▶ Save the Males
“Save the Males: Why Men Matter, Why Women Should Care” is Kathleen Parker’s sharp and witty criticism of the American male-bashing culture, where boys are thought of as bad and girls are lauded as good.

April 6, 2008
Female of the Specious
Silda and Eliot Spitzer. Dina and Jim McGreevey. Michelle and David Paterson. Recent headlines have been ablaze with lies, extramarital affairs and scandal. And while the media focus has been on the men’s deceptions, Susan Shapiro Barash’s new book “Little White Lies, Deep Dark Secrets” argues that it’s women’s lies that are the most complex.

November 16, 2007
The Marriage Gap
Major news outlets are once again scaring smart, accomplished women into believing that they’re doomed to be old maids because they intimidate men. This old saw makes great headlines — but it’s dead wrong

May 13, 2007
Brainwashing Bridezilla
Planning an elaborate wedding has become part of the modern quest for happiness, and an ever-growing battalion of wedding professionals is to blame for our misguided approach to marital satisfaction, Rebecca Mead argues in “One Perfect Day.”

January 11, 2007
Better than a ‘real job’?
Is avoiding the corporate rat race the more conservative career route? Laura Vanderkam, author of “Grindhopping,” thinks so. In her analysis, if you’re self-employed, you’re in control.

December 31, 2006
Marrying Kind: Family, Class and Success
In a collection of essays originally published in City Journal, Kay Hymowitz argues that marriage lies at the heart of the increasing gap between rich and poor: The rich are marrying and having children within that union; the poor are not.

November 29, 2006
Unwed-Birth Boom: Bad News
More American children are being born to unmarried mothers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tell us. Don’t let anyone convince you this is not bad news. Watch Dr. Whelan’s Headline News segment on this topic

October 30, 2005
Divorce Hurts
There’s no such thing as a good divorce — just read “Between Two Worlds.” Cataloguing results from national survey research and vignettes from her own childhood, Elizabeth Marquardt attempts to contradict the current conventional wisdom that parents who don’t fight in front of their children, who share custody and communicate well can make divorce no big deal for the kids.

July 10, 2005
Self-Help is More Hurt
In the 1980s, self-help books promised to reveal the repressed pain of our inner children. In the ’90s, advice experts told those same whining kids to grow up and just deal with it. And recently, with the huge success of “The Purpose Driven Life,” the self-help industry has taken on a distinctly religious tone. But according to Steve Salerno’s new book “Sham: How the Self-Help Movement Made America Helpless,” it doesn’t matter how the advice is packaged: The platitudes and ineffective mantras of self-help have spread like a social Ebola virus and we need a vaccine to protect ourselves.

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