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A History of Marriage

Written by Elizabeth Abbott

Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: April 5, 2011
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-088-8 (1-60980-088-5)

What does the “tradition of marriage” really look like? In A History of Marriage, Elizabeth Abbott paints an often surprising picture of this most public, yet most intimate, institution. Ritual of romance or social obligation? Eternal bliss or cult of domesticity? Abbott reveals a complex tradition that includes same-sex unions, arranged... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Living Islam Out Loud
American Muslim Women Speak
Edited by Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 15, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8383-3 (0-8070-8383-6)

Living Islam Out Loud presents the first generation of American Muslim women who have always identified as both American and Muslim. These pioneers have forged new identities for themselves and for future generations, and they speak out about the hijab, relationships, sex and sexuality, activism, spirituality, and much more.

Contributors: Su'ad... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Confessions of the Other Mother
Nonbiological Lesbian Moms Tell All!
Edited by Harlyn Aizley

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 1, 2006
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7963-8 (0-8070-7963-4)

After author Harlyn Aizley gave birth to her daughter, she watched in unanticipated horror as her partner scooped up the baby and said, “I’m your new mommy!” While they both had worked to find the perfect sperm donor, Aizley had spent nine months carrying the baby and hours in labor, so... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Mustang Ranch and Its Women
Written by Alexa Albert

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: June 25, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-00658-0 (0-449-00658-1)

When Harvard medical student Alexa Albert conducted a public-health study as the Mustang Ranch brothel in Nevada, the only state in the union where prostitution is legal, neither she nor the brothel could have predicted the end result. Having worked with homeless prostitutes in Times Square, Albert was intimate with human... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Angry Men, Passive Men
Understanding the Roots of Men's Anger and How to Move Beyond It
Written by Marvin Allen

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 10, 1994
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-90811-2 (0-449-90811-9)

Nationally known therapist Marvin Allen explores the root causes of men’s emotional problems and offers a comprehensive solution to restore their sense of joy and well-being: men working together in therapy groups.

Drawing on the life stories of scores of men, as well as the author’s own personal experience, this landmark... Read more >

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An Unfinished Marriage

Written by Joan Anderson

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 11, 2003
Price: $13.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0871-9 (0-7679-0871-6)

A sequel to Anderson’s national bestseller A Year by the Sea, this insightful work explores the challenges of rebuilding and renewing a marriage.

Delving into the original materials of her partnership–letters to her husband and the remembrance of shared experiences–Anderson allows readers to watch as she navigates her own rocky path to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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An Intimate Geography
Written by Natalie Angier

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 15, 2000
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49841-8 (0-385-49841-1)

Natalie Angier's text is a detailed exploration of female anatomy. By showing how culture based assumptions have influenced research in evolutionary psychology and have consequently lead to dubious conclusions about "female nature," she deals a body blow to Darwinian-based gender stereotypes.  Her ability to choose just the right word... Read more >

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From the Closet to the Courtroom
Five LGBT Rights Lawsuits That Have Changed Our Nation
Written by Carlos A. Ball and Michael Bronski

Format: Trade Paperback, 296 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 10, 2011
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0153-0 (0-8070-0153-8)

Selected as a 2011 University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries
Rated G — General Audience

Engaging and largely untold, From the Closet to the Courtroom explores how five pivotal lawsuits have altered LGBT history. Beginning each case narrative at the center–with the litigants and their lawyers–law professor Carlos Ball follows... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Erotic Engine
How Pornography has Powered Mass Communication, from Gutenberg to Google
Written by Patchen Barss

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor Canada
On Sale: June 21, 2011
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-66737-1 (0-385-66737-X)

Pornography: The force for change that has been written out of the history of world culture.

From cave painting to photography to the internet, pornography has always been at the cutting edge in adopting and exploiting new developments in mass communication. And in so doing, it has helped to promote and propel... Read more >
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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Written by John Berendt

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 28, 1999
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75152-6 (0-679-75152-1)

Shots rang out in Savannah’s grandest mansion in the misty, early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares. John Berendt’s sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative... Read more >

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Daisy Bates in the Desert
A Woman's Life Among the Aborigines
Written by Julia Blackburn

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 8, 1995
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74446-7 (0-679-74446-0)

In 1913, at the age of 54, Daisy Bates went to live in the deserts of South Australia. Brilliantly reviewed, astonishingly original, this "eloquent and illuminating portrait of an extraordinary woman" (New York Times Book Review) tells a fascinating, true story in the tradition of Isak Dinesen and Barry Lopez. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Surprisingly Short History of Hetrosexuality
Written by Hanne Blank

Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 28, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4459-9 (0-8070-4459-8)

Like the typewriter and the light bulb, the heterosexual was invented in the 1860s and swiftly transformed Western culture. The idea of “the heterosexual” was unprecedented. After all, men and women had been having sex, marrying, building families, and sometimes even falling in love for millennia without having any special name... Read more >
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A Queer and Pleasant Danger
The true story of a nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology, and leaves twelve years later to become the lovely lady she is today
Written by Kate Bornstein

Format: Hardcover, 280 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 1, 2012
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0165-3 (0-8070-0165-1)

“I was born male and now I’ve got medical and government documents that say I’m female—but I don’t call myself a woman, and I know I’m not a man. . . .”

Scientologist, husband and father, tranny, sailor, slave, playwright, dyke, gender outlaw—these are just a few words which have defined Kate... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe

Written by John Boswell

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 30, 1995
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75164-9 (0-679-75164-5)

The result of twelve years of research, Same Sex Unions in Premodern Europe focuses on Boswell's discovery of Catholic and Orthodox liturgies for same-sex unions, here translated into English for the first time. These ceremonies, which were performed throughout Christendom into modern times, are shown to bear striking resemblance to heterosexual... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Slacks and Calluses
Our Summer in a Bomber Factory
Written by Constance Bowman
Illustrated by Clara Marie Allen

Format: Trade Paperback, 200 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2004
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-368-2 (1-56098-368-X)

In 1943 two spirited young teachers decided to do their part for the war effort by spending their summer vacation working the swing shift on a B-24 production line at a San Diego bomber plant. Entering a male-dominated realm of welding torches and bomb bays, they learned to use tools that... Read more >
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One More River to Cross
Black & Gay in America
Written by Keith Boykin

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 29, 1997
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-47983-7 (0-385-47983-2)

One More River to Cross etches an insightful and provocative portrait of a largely invisible, often denied presence in American life-black gays and lesbians. Against the historical backdrop of civil rights and the black experience in America, Boykin interviews Baptist ministers, gay political leaders, and other blacks, gays, and lesbians on... Read more >

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From Chivalry to Terrorism
War and the Changing Nature of Masculinity
Written by Leo Braudy

Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 2005
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76830-2 (0-679-76830-0)

Manliness has always been linked to physical prowess and to war; indeed the warrior has been the archetypal man across countless cultures throughout time. In this magisterial excursion through literature, history, warfare, and sociology, one of our most prominent scholars tracks the complex relationship between the changing methods and goals of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Male Brain

Written by Louann Brizendine, M.D.

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: March 23, 2010
Price: $24.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2753-6 (0-7679-2753-2)

From the author of the groundbreaking New York Times bestseller The Female Brain, here is the eagerly anticipated follow-up. Dr. Brizendine draws upon the latest scientific breakthroughs to show how, through every phase of life, the “male reality” is fundamentally different from the female one. Following the male brain from infancy... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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A Queer History of the United States

Written by Michael Bronski

Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 15, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4465-0 (0-8070-4465-2)

*2011 ALA Stonewall Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award

The first book to cover the entirety of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history, from pre-1492 to the present.

In the 1620s, Thomas Morton broke from Plymouth Colony and founded Merrymount, which celebrated same-sex desire, atheism, and interracial marriage. Transgender evangelist Jemima Wilkinson, in the early... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Rita Will
Memoir of a Literary Rabble-Rouser
Written by Rita Mae Brown

Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: January 5, 1999
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37826-9 (0-553-37826-0)

The author of the controversial bestselling novel Rubyfruit Jungle tells her own remarkable story-a larger-than-life tale as colorful as her fiction. In Rita Will, Brown discusses her writing and also reveals how her headstrong support of social causes almost cost her a hard-earned education and her outspokenness in the early days... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Culture of Desire
Paradox and Perversity in Gay Lives Today
Written by Frank Browning

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 29, 1994
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75030-7 (0-679-75030-4)

With a new Introduction by the author. Browning offers a narrative investigation into what it means to be a gay man in America in the 1990s, and poses the question of how a culture can create itself out of sexual desire. Exploring the worlds gay men have created, from Cuban couples... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Against Our Will
Men, Women, and Rape
Written by Susan Brownmiller

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 11, 1993
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-90820-4 (0-449-90820-8)

Brownmiller's classic work pulls back centuries of damaging lies and misrepresentations to reveal how rape has been accepted in all societies and how it continues to affect women's lives today. A keen and prescient analyst and a detailed historian, Brownmiller discusses the consequences of rape in biblical times, rape as an... Read more >

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In Our Time
Memoir of a Revolution
Written by Susan Brownmiller

Format: Trade Paperback, 388 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: November 7, 2000
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-31831-0 (0-385-31831-6)

Susan Brownmiller, author of the ground-breaking Against Our Will and one of the leading thinkers and activists of the feminist movement, combines memoir, reportage, and history to illuminate her life’s work and the invaluable contributions of Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, Germaine Greer, Kate Millett, and many others. In Our Time brings... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Body Project
An Intimate History of American Girls
Written by Joan Jacobs Brumberg

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 1, 1998
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73529-8 (0-679-73529-1)

Choice Outstanding Academic Book

The Body Project is at once rigorous and very accessible. Brumberg’s use of the intimate voices of girls’s diaries opened a wonderful discussion about sexuality in my women’s studies seminar. Students could see what was distinctive about their generation’s assumptions. In short, they could see themselves as part... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Fist Stick Knife Gun
A Personal History of Violence
Written by Geoffrey Canada
Illustrated by Jamar Nicholas

Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 14, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4449-0 (0-8070-4449-0)

A 2011 Great Graphic Novel for Teens (YALSA)

Long before President Barack Obama praised his work as “an all-encompassing, all-hands-on-deck anti-poverty effort that is literally saving a generation of children,” and First Lady Michelle Obama called him “one of my heroes,” Geoffrey Canada was a small and scared boy growing up in... Read more >
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