Mara Altman writes about issues that embarrass her (i.e. chin hair) because she has found that putting shame on the page diffuses the stigma, leaving her with a sense of empowerment and freedom. Mara Altman has published eight best-selling Kindle Singles. Thanks for Coming, her first book, which follows her on an adventure to find an orgasm, was translated into three languages — German, Spanish and Portuguese. The book was also optioned by HBO. Gross Anatomy: Dispatches From the Front (and Back), her newest book, was released by Putnam in August. Mara Altman has written for publications such as The New York Times, Salon, New York Magazine and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Before going freelance, she worked as a staff writer for the Village Voice and daily newspapers in India and Thailand. She has her masters from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and lives in San Diego with a few other hairy beings.