Lauren Barack writes on subjects from Twitter to identity theft, Bollywood to childcare. She received the Loeb Award for online journalism in 2009. Her work has appeared in Newsweek, Wired, Parenting magazine, MSN Money, the St. Petersburg Times, and The Independent among other publications. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, 6-year-old daughter and a school of fish.

Alyssa Katz’s new book, Our Lot: How Real-Estate Came to Own Us, traces the mortgage crisis through tragic vignettes and clueless acts of hedonism.