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Imagine having the opportunity to cook, clean, watch the kids, and lay the foundation for a Supreme Court appointment in your spare time. In Einstein’s Wife: Work and Marriage in the Lives of Five Great Twentieth-Century Women, Andrea Gabor explains how Sandra Day O’Connor did just that. Gabor also profiles physicist Mileva Maric, whose ball and chain was Einstein; artist Lee Krasner, partner of abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock; Nobel Prize-winner Maria Goeppert Mayer, who “shipped off to her aunt Vera’s one summer to learn the domestic arts”; and Denise Scott Brown, who established an architectural firm with her husband, Robert Venturi, only to watch him get all the credit. Standing by your man can be a drag—but did Alice B. Toklas have it any better? Gabor reads at 7 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 364-1919. (Nathalie op de Beeck)