There comes a time in many a woman’s life when everyone she knows is either pregnant or breastfeeding. This brilliant book by British author Rachel Cusk is my stock-standard new mother’s gift. I was surprised to learn recently that in some circles the book is considered controversial, and I have my suspicions that the mothers who find it offensive are the ones who feel relieved when they have children because it means they finally have a hobby. I buy my copies online at Amazon Marketplace, where pretty much any book you care to name is available second-hand. This is bad news for authors but good news for trees. And good news for authors whose books are out of print.