With the birth of her first child, writing professor Laura Jean Baker discovers oxytocin to be the first effective antidote to her lifelong depression. Over the next 8 years, addicted to the highs of pregnancy and new motherhood, her 'oxy' cravings and family grow - to the dismay of her public defender husband. In this hybrid of meticulous reportage and literary memoir, Baker and her husband teeter on the edge of mental and financial collapse in their interwoven pursuits of a rapidly growing family and defending their midwestern city's most luckless criminals. Baker is featured in Salon, The Washington Post and the NYTimes.
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