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Librarians, Part 2

Almost as soon as public libraries began flourishing, librarian quickly became one of the most female-dominated jobs in the country. Cristen and Caroline break down was being a librarian was really like back in the day and the badass women who've shaped these community centers of learning and culture.

Librarians, Part 1

Being a librarian was originally a man's job. Then Melvil Dewey and his book-loving bros came along and changed all that. But while the feminization of librarianship offered new a new occupation for women, it was built on old ideas about female nature and its proper place.

Gone Girls

What exactly is a sociopath, and why are women with antisocial personality disorder so rare? Cristen and Caroline confront the clinical realities of sociopathy and why it's become pop culture's favorite character flaw.

Women's Wanderlust

Women who travel alone have long raised suspicious eyebrows for bucking convention in order to see the world. Cristen and Caroline take a trip from the 19th-century Golden Age of Travel to today to find out why women travel solo and whether their independent itineraries are really a safety risk.

The Literary Reign of YA Fiction

For the 2014 Stuff Mom Never Told You Summer Book Extravaganza, Cristen and Caroline explore the massively popular world of YA fiction and its enduring appeal into adulthood.

Does "chick lit" deserve more literary respect?

50 SMNTY Book Recommendations For Summer...Or Any Season

It's that time again! Here's our 2013 SMNTY summer book recommendations compiled from what Cristen, Caroline and literary listeners are reading, as well as some titles we've cited in podcasts. It's a colorful mix of fiction and nonfiction with a strong focus on women...of course. And though the titles link to Amazon for the sake of convenience, if you see something you like, head over to your local bookstore!

Is Chick Lit Getting Better For Women?

The Ultimate 2011 Stuff Mom Never Told You Summer Reading List

Thanks to our Facebook fans and Twitter followers who contributed to the Stuff Mom Never Told You Summer Reading List 2011 (SMNTYSRL2K11)! Here's a selection of reading recommendations to get you through this mind-melting summertime swelter.