The writer Ayelet Waldman became a household name after a provocative op-ed piece in The New York Times in which she unapologetically announced that she loved her husband, the novelist Michael Chabon, more than she did their four children. The essay, which also referred to the couple's "always vital, even torrid" sex life, led to a raucous appearance on Oprah during which Waldman was practically lynched, and it inspired her best-selling essay collection, Bad Mother, published last year. Waldman and Chabon live in a rambling house in Berkeley, Calif., with a wallpapered backyard cottage where Waldman writes at her brand-new TreadDesk ("I burn, like, 300 calories an hour!"), sitting just feet from her husband's more traditional workspace.
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