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“Monica Drake has written a take-your-breath-away good, blow-your mind wise, crack-your-heart-open beauty of a novel.The Stud Bookis a smart, sexy, comic, compassionate, absorbing, and necessary story of our times.” –Cheryl Strayed, author ofWildandTiny Beautiful Things 
 
The Stud Bookis a dreamy, druggy, sexy concoction -- no surprise coming from the author ofClown Girl. I was instantly consumed by its evocative exploration of motherhood in the Pacific Northwest. Monica Drake's vision of the world is like no other.” –Jami Attenberg, author ofThe MiddlesteinsandThe Melting Season
 
“Hilarious, heart-wrenching, and stylistically brilliant,The Stud Bookis about who we are and why we matter--about our stubborn, beautiful drive to make life, love, a world inhabitable for those who come after us.  If women carry whole worlds into unknown futures, Monica Drake is the mapmaker of the human condition.” –Lidia Yuknavitch, author ofDora: A Headcase
 
“Monica Drake is one of the smartest, funniest writers working today andThe Stud Bookmoves from farce to satire to tender melodrama without missing a beat.” -Chelsea Cain,author of the Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell series
 
"What's to say?  Laughter is the highest praise, and Monica Drake makes me laugh. The Stud Bookis so funny it could make a dog laugh.” –Chuck Palahniuk, author ofFight Club

“Monica Drake takes a scalpel eye and an acid wit to the hearts and flowers of motherhood. What’s left when she’s done is a portrait of desire and danger and need and greed. Very funny, very bright, very unsafe.” –Kevin Canty, author ofEverythingandA Stranger in This World

“Like a mandrill's florid display,The Stud Bookis Monica Drake's vivid show of talent, verve and attraction. You will fall in love with her characters as they fight against the enclosures—or are they cages?— of adulthood and parenthood, before ultimately learning to live in blessed, but now unbowed, captivity.” –Karl Taro Greenfeld, author ofTriburbia

“What really stands out is her depiction of [the] city. This is not the twee wonderland of Portlandia…Drake combines [her characters’] lives in a quirky, knowing way, showing the complexities of modern-day female life, species Pacific Northwest native.” -Publishers Weekly

The Stud Bookis a wild ride full of dark humor…Drake reminds us that we aren’t so different from our animal ancestors: Many of our desires are, and have always been, primal. What choose to do with these desires, well, that’s what makes us human.”–Book Page

“Drake teases out the intersection between theories on parenthood, evolution, sex, and reproduction. The result is a relevant and original story about life and selfworth in an increasingly crowded world. . . . Drake’s sharp wit and contemporary take on ecology and adult life make this an entertaining and thought-provoking read.” –Booklist
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review by . April 22, 2013
The Stud Book revolves around four close women who have known each other since high school. Even though their lives have veered off in different directions, they still make time to stay in touch.    There is Sarah who longs to have a baby of her own but only encounters miscarriages. She works in a zoo and observes the relationship between babies and their mothers.    Georgie has a newborn at home and her husband likes to spend his time at the bar. She's doesn't …
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