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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 Country Under My Skin
A Memoir of Love and War
Written by Gioconda Belli


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3216-7 (1-4000-3216-4)

An electrifying memoir from the acclaimed Nicaraguan writer (“A wonderfully free and original talent”—Harold Pinter) and central figure in the Sandinista Revolution.

Until her early twenties, Gioconda Belli inhabited an upper-class cocoon: sheltered from the poverty in Managua in a world of country clubs and debutante balls; educated abroad; early marriage and... Read more >

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El país bajo mi piel

Written by Gioconda Belli


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3439-0 (1-4000-3439-6)

An electrifying memoir from the acclaimed Nicaraguan writer (“A wonderfully free and original talent”—Harold Pinter) and central figure in the Sandinista Revolution.

Until her early twenties, Gioconda Belli inhabited an upper-class cocoon: sheltered from the poverty in Managua in a world of country clubs and debutante balls; educated abroad; early marriage and... 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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sand Queen

Written by Helen Benedict


Format: Hardcover, 312 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: August 2, 2011
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-1-56947-966-7 (1-56947-966-6)

Nineteen-year-old Kate Brady joined the army to bring honor to her family and democracy to the Middle East. Instead, she finds herself in a forgotten corner of the Iraq desert in 2003, guarding a makeshift American prison. There, Kate meets Naema Jassim, an Iraqi medical student whose father and little brother... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Revolutionary Mothers
Women in the Struggle for America's Independence
Written by Carol Berkin


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 14, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7532-4 (1-4000-7532-7)

The American Revolution was a home-front war that brought scarcity, bloodshed, and danger into the life of every American, and Carol Berkin shows us that women played a vital role throughout the struggle.

Berkin takes us into the ordinary moments of extraordinary lives. We see women boycotting British goods in the years... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Woman in Charge
The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton
Written by Carl Bernstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2008
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38855-1 (0-307-38855-7)

Drawing from hundreds of interviews with colleagues, friends and with unique access to campaign records, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Carl Bernstein offers a complex and nuanced portrait of one of the most controversial figures of our time: Hillary Clinton. He has given us a book that enables us, at last... Read more >

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My Face Is Black Is True
Callie House and the Struggle for Ex-Slave Reparations
Written by Mary Frances Berry


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27705-3 (0-307-27705-4)

“My face is black is true but its not my fault but I love my name and my honest in dealing with my fellow man.”
~Callie House (1899)

In her groundbreaking new book, My Face Is Black Is True, historian Mary Frances Berry resurrects the forgotten life of Callie House (1861–1928), ex-slave, widowed... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Alcestis

Written by Katharine Beutner


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: February 1, 2011
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-56947-875-2 (1-56947-875-9)

In Greek myth, Alcestis is known as the ideal wife; she loved her husband so much that she died and went to the underworld in his place. In this vividly-imagined debut, Katharine Beutner gives voice to the woman behind the ideal and reveals the part of the story that’s never been... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Women and Jewish Law
The Essential Texts, Their History, and Their Relevance for Today
Written by Rachel Biale


Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: August 22, 1995
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1049-1 (0-8052-1049-0)

Women and Jewish Law gives contemporary readers access to the central texts of the Jewish religious tradition on issues of special concern to women. Combining historical overview with a thoughtful feminist critique, this pathbreaking study points the way for "informed change" in the status of women in Jewish life.

"With great precision... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Class Action
The Landmark Case that Changed Sexual Harassment Law
Written by Clara Bingham and Laura Leedy Gansler


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49613-1 (0-385-49613-3)

In the tradition of A Civil Action and Erin Brockovitch, Class Action is a story of intrigue and injustice as dramatic as fiction but all the more poignant because it is true.

In the coldest reaches of northern Minnesota, a group of women endured a shocking degree of sexual harassment—until one of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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They Fought Like Demons
Women Soldiers in the Civil War
Written by De Anne Blanton and Lauren M. Cook


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3315-7 (1-4000-3315-2)

“Albert Cashier” served three years in the Union Army and passed successfully as a man until 1911 when the aging veteran was revealed to be a woman named Jennie Hodgers. Frances Clayton kept fighting even after her husband was gunned down in front of her at the Battle of Murfreesboro. And... Read more >

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Breaking Clean

Written by Judy Blunt


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 7, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70130-6 (0-375-70130-3)

In this extraordinary literary debut third-generation homesteader Judy Blunt describes her hardscrabble life on the prairies of eastern Montana in prose as big and bold as the landscape.

On a ranch miles from nowhere, Judy Blunt grew up with cattle and snakes, outhouse and isolation, epic blizzards and devastating prairie fires. She... Read more >

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The Meaning of Mary Magdalene
Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity
Written by Cynthia Bourgeault


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: September 14, 2010
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-495-2 (1-59030-495-0)

Mary Magdalene is one of the most influential symbols in the history of Christianity–yet, if you look in the Bible, you’ll find only a handful of verses that speak of her. How did she become such a compelling saint in the face of such paltry evidence? In her effort to answer... Read more >

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Girls of Room 28
Friendship, Hope, and Survival in Theresienstadt
Written by Hannelore Brenner
Translated by John E. Woods and Shelley Frisch


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: September 1, 2009
Price: $27.50
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4244-7 (0-8052-4244-9)

From 1942 to 1944, twelve thousand children passed through the Theresienstadt internment camp, near Prague, on their way to Auschwitz. Only a few hundred of them survived the war. In The Girls of Room 28, ten of these childrenmothers and grandmothers today in their seventiestell us how they did it.

The... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Great Dames
What I Learned from Older Women
Written by Marie Brenner


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: April 10, 2001
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-609-80709-5 (0-609-80709-9)

They are ten outstanding women of the twentieth century. Each had an aura. They were mighty warriors and social leaders, women of aspirations who persevered. They lived through the Great Depression and a world war. Circumstances did not defeat them. They played on Broadway and in Washington. They had glamour, style... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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Breaking Out
VMI and the Coming of Women
Written by Laura Fairchild Brodie


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 15, 2001
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70581-6 (0-375-70581-3)

Brodie takes us into the meetings where every aspect of life at VMI was analyzed from the per-spective of a woman's presence: housing, clothing, haircuts, dating, and the infamous "Ratline"—the months of physical exertion, minimal sleep, and verbal harassment to which entering cadets are subjected. Throughout the process the administration's aim... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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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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Fasting Girls
The History of Anorexia Nervosa
Written by Joan Jacobs Brumberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2000
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72448-0 (0-375-72448-6)

Winner of The Berkshire Prize in History, The John Hope Franklin Prize for American Studies, The Basker Memorial Prize for Medical Anthropology and The Watson Davis Prize for History of Science


This updated edition of Joan Jacobs Brumberg's Fasting Girls, presents a history of women's food-refusal dating back as far as the... Read more >

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Kindred

Written by Octavia Butler


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 1, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8369-7 (0-8070-8369-0)

Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn... Read more >
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