How much is it OK for a human to love a dog? Is it really necessary to know how to cook? Why do women want to have children?
Meghan Daum's new collection of essays considers those questions, among others — and also grapples with what it means to be part of Generation X.
"I guess technically we're middle aged, if you're in your mid-forties," she tells NPR's Arun Rath. "But that just doesn't sound right."
"It's almost like, are we in the twilight of youth? That sounds almost worse. That sounds not good."