Rebecca Mead has contributed to many newspapers and magazines, including the <em>Sunday Times of London</em>, the<em> New York Times Book Review</em>, and the <em>London Review of Books</em>. She is currently a staff writer for <em>The New Yorker</em>, where she has written about legalized prostitution, the infertility industry’s trade in human eggs, the Spring Break business, and God-based diet programs, among many other subjects. She is also the author of <em>My Life in Middlemarch </em>and <em>One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding</em>. While <em>One Perfect Day </em>takes a sobering look at contemporary nuptials, <em>My Life in Middlemarch</em> is a genre-defying blend of memoir, literary criticism, and biography, that sees Mead revisiting the seminal book of her youth—George Eliot’s <em>Middlemarch</em>.
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