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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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Brothel
Mustang Ranch and Its Women
Written by Alexa Albert


Format: Trade Paperback, 276 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 >
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Sisters of the Earth
Women's Prose and Poetry About Nature
Written by Lorraine Anderson


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 9, 2003
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3321-8 (1-4000-3321-7)

Sisters of the Earth is a stirring collection of women’s writing on nature: Nature as healer. Nature as delight. Nature as mother and sister. Nature as victim. Nature as companion and reminder of what is wild in us all. Here, among more than a hundred poets and prose writers, are Diane... Read more >

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Mom & Me & Mom

Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: April 2, 2013
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6611-7 (1-4000-6611-5)

The story of Maya Angelou’s extraordinary life has been chronicled in her multiple bestselling autobiographies. But now, at last, the legendary author shares the deepest personal story of her life: her relationship with her mother.

For the first time, Angelou reveals the triumphs and struggles of being the daughter of Vivian Baxter... Read more >

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In Clothes Called Fat

Written by Moyoco Anno


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Vertical
On Sale: July 22, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-939130-43-3 (1-939130-43-3)

From the pen of Moyoco Anno comes a stunning tale of self-image and self-loathing. In Clothes Called Fat details the lives of young women earnestly revealing the struggles women may have with their bodies and sexuality.    

Noko appears to be living a great life, she's got a good job and a... Read more >

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Hannah Arendt: The Last Interview
And Other Conversations
Written by Hannah Arendt


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: December 3, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-311-3 (1-61219-311-0)

 Hannah Arendt was one of the most important thinkers of her time, famous for her idea of “the banality of evil” which continues to provoke debate. This collection provides new and startling insight into Arendt’s thoughts about Watergate and the nature of American politics, about totalitarianism and history, and her own... Read more >
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The Handmaid's Tale

Written by Margaret Atwood


Format: Hardcover, 392 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 17, 2006
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26460-2 (0-307-26460-2)

A gripping vision of our society radically overturned by a theocratic revolution, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid's Tale has become one of the most powerful and most widely read novels of our time.

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Women Don't Ask
The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation--and Positive Strategies for Change
Written by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: February 27, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38387-4 (0-553-38387-6)

By neglecting to negotiate her starting salary for her first job, a woman may sacrifice over half a million dollars in earnings by the end of her career. Yet, as research reveals, men are four times more likely to ask for higher pay than are women with the same qualifications. From... Read more >

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Fighting for Life

Written by S. Josephine Baker
Introduction by Helen Epstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: September 24, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-706-8 (1-59017-706-1)

New York’s Lower East Side was said to be the most densely populated square mile on earth in the 1890s. Health inspectors called the neighborhood “the suicide ward.” Diarrhea epidemics raged each summer, killing thousands of children. Sweatshop babies with smallpox and typhus dozed in garment heaps destined for fashionable shops... Read more >
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Women's Oppression Today
The Marxist/Feminist Encounter
Written by Michele Barrett
Foreword by Kathi Weeks


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: August 12, 2014
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-013-1 (1-78168-013-2)

Women’s Oppression Today is now a classic text in the debate about Marxism and feminism and has been reprinted many times since its first publication in 1980. Acknowledging the book as a product of the specific political climate of the time it was written, Michèle Barrett in this revised edition surveys the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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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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The Second Sex

Written by Simone de Beauvoir
Translated by Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevallier


Format: Hardcover, 832 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 13, 2010
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26556-2 (0-307-26556-0)

Newly translated and unabridged in English for the first time, Simone de Beauvoir’s masterwork weaves together history, philosophy, economics, biology, and a host of other disciplines to analyze the Western notion of “woman” and to postulate on the power of sexuality.

Sixty years after its initial publication, The Second Sex is still... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Complete Etiquette for Ladies

Written by Samuel O. Beeton


Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publisher: Old House
On Sale: August 7, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-908402-09-7 (1-908402-09-1)

First published in 1876, Complete Etiquette for Ladies aimed to instruct English women of all ages and situations on the finer points of proper comportment in Victorian society. Penned by Samuel Orchart Beeton – husband of the renowned cookery writer Isabella – it offers a view of ideal feminine conduct at... Read more >

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The Lonely Soldier
The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq
Written by Helen Benedict


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 2010
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6149-7 (0-8070-6149-2)

More American women have fought and died in Iraq than in any war since World War Two, yet as soldiers they are still painfully alone. In Iraq, only one in ten troops is a woman, and she often serves in a unit with few other women or none at all. This... Read more >
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The Bonds of Love
Psychoanalysis, Feminism, & the Problem of Domination
Written by Jessica Benjamin


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: July 12, 1988
Price: $15.96
ISBN: 978-0-394-75730-8 (0-394-75730-0)

Noted feminist theorist and psychoanalyst Jessica Benjamin shows how domination is a complex psychological process which ensnares both parties in bonds of complicity, and underlies our family life, our social institutions, and especially our sexual relations, despite our conscious commitment to equality and freedom.

"An amazingly lucid account of the... Read more >
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Wild Rose
The True Story of a Civil War Spy
Written by Ann Blackman


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 23, 2006
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7045-6 (0-8129-7045-4)

For sheer bravado and style, no woman in the North or South rivaled the Civil War heroine Rose O’Neale Greenhow. Fearless spy for the Confederacy, glittering Washington hostess, legendary beauty and lover, Rose Greenhow risked everything for the cause she valued more than life itself. In this superb portrait, biographer Ann... Read more >
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My Mother's Ghost
A Courageous Woman, a Son's Love, and the Power of Memory
Written by Fergus M. Bordewich


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 5, 2002
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49130-3 (0-385-49130-1)

In 1962, at the age of fourteen, Fergus Bordewich’s life was shattered as his mother attempted to jump off a runaway horse and fell calamitously under the galloping hooves of the horse Fergus was riding. Crouching beside her in a gathering pool of blood, he convinced himself that she would be... Read more >

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Gig
Americans Talk About Their Jobs
Edited by John Bowe, Marisa Bowe and Sabin Streeter


Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 21, 2001
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-609-80707-1 (0-609-80707-2)

Taking their cue from Studs Terkel's book Working, the editors of word.com have produced a book that provides real insight into how people work and how they describe their jobs. Composed of more than 120 monologues Gig allows disparate people—from a wide variety of occupations and locations—to describe their day to... 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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She's Not There
A Life in Two Genders
Written by Jennifer Finney Boylan


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: April 30, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-34697-9 (0-385-34697-2)

She’s Not There is the unconventional memoir of a person who changes genders, a portrait of a loving marriage that withstands a radical change, and a revealing look at society’s folly in over-emphazing the importance of fixed gender roles.

As Jennifer Finney Boylan recounts her transformation from James, who loves his wife... Read more >
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Stuck in the Middle with You
A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders
Written by Jennifer Finney Boylan
Contribution by Anna Quindlen


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: April 30, 2013
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2176-3 (0-7679-2176-3)

A father for ten years, a mother for eight, and for a time in between, neither, or both, Jennifer Finney Boylan has seen parenthood from both sides of the gender divide. When her two children were young, Boylan came out as transgender, and as Jenny transitioned from a man to a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Age Ain't Nothing but a Number
Black Women Explore Midlife
Edited by Carleen Brice


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 15, 2003
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-2823-0 (0-8070-2823-1)

Finally, a collection that celebrates, considers, contemplates, even criticizes ‘midlife’ from a black woman’s point of view. Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number ranges over every aspect of black women’s lives: personal growth, family and friendship, love and sexuality, health, beauty, illness, spirituality, creativity, financial independence, work, and scores of other... Read more >

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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 >
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The Da Vinci Code
A Novel
Written by Dan Brown


Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: March 18, 2003
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-50420-1 (0-385-50420-9)

Winner, 2004 Book Sense Book of the Year Award for Adult Fiction

The Da Vinci Code is not only ‘popular’, compelling, and contemporary story-telling at its very best—it is also a highly original and provocative work ideal for a wide variety of classroom discussions.

Deftly woven into this original story are highly controversial... Read more >

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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 >
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