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The Second Sex

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


Format: Trade Paperback, 832 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 3, 2011
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27778-7 (0-307-27778-X)

Newly translated and unabridged in English for the first time, Simone de Beauvoir’s masterwork is a powerful analysis of the Western notion of “woman,” and a groundbreaking exploration of inequality and otherness. This long-awaited new edition reinstates significant portions of the original French text that were cut in the first English... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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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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Joy School

Written by Elizabeth Berg


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 24, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-42309-2 (0-345-42309-7)

"A STORY THAT TUGS AT THE HEARTSTRINGS. . . Thirteen-year-old Katie is new to her Missouri town, living alone with a stern, inaccessible father following her mother's death. Unable to fit in at school, she forges alliances where she can: with her housekeeper, with a pimply fellow misfit named Cynthia, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Miss Fuller
A Novel
Written by April Bernard


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: April 3, 2012
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-58642-195-3 (1-58642-195-6)

She was the most famous woman in America. And nobody knew who she was. It is 1850. Margaret Fuller -- feminist, journalist, orator, and “the most famous woman in America” -- is returning from Europe where she covered the Italian revolution for The New York Tribune. When her ship founders in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Women Writers Explore Their Favorite Fairy Tales
Edited by Kate Bernheimer


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 16, 1998
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-48681-1 (0-385-48681-2)

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall brings together twenty-eight of our foremost contemporary women writers to discuss, in poetic narratives, evocative personal histories, and philosophical inquiries, how the tales included here affected their thinking about emotion, self, gender and culture. In these pages, you will find narratives on self-image, spiritual biographical journeys... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Revolution of Little Girls

Written by Blanche Mccrary Boyd


Format: Trade Paperback, 220 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 30, 1992
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73812-1 (0-679-73812-6)

No matter how hard she tries, Ellen Burns will never be Scarlett O'Hara. As a little girl in South Carolina, she prefers playing Tarzan to playing Jane. As a teenage beauty queen she spikes her Cokes with spirits of ammonia and baffles her elders with Freedom Riding sympathies. As a young... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Terminal Velocity

Written by Blanche Mccrary Boyd


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 26, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75032-1 (0-679-75032-0)

"In 1970 I realized that the Sixties were passing me by. I had never even smoked a joint, or slept with anyone besides my husband. A year later I had left Nicky, changed my name from Ellen to Rain, and moved to a radical lesbian commune in California named Red Moon... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Lithium for Medea
A Novel
Written by Kate Braverman
Foreword by Rick Moody


Format: Trade Paperback, 366 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: March 5, 2002
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-471-7 (1-58322-471-8)

Lithium for Medea is as much a tale of addiction–to sex, drugs, and dysfunctional family chains–as it is one of mothers and daughters, their mutual rebellion and unconscious mimicry. Here is the story according to Rose–the daughter of a narcissistic, emotionally crippled mother and a father who shadowboxes with death in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Palm Latitudes
A Novel
Written by Kate Braverman


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: June 3, 2003
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-572-1 (1-58322-572-2)

Written nearly a decade after Lithium for Medea, Palm Latitudes, Kate Braverman’s second novel and arguably her chef d’oeuvre, explores the intertwined lives of three women who await absolution and revelation in the bougainvillea- and violence-filled “barrio” of Los Angeles. Frances Ramos is a voluptuous prostitute who flaunts her wealth and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Red Squad

Written by Esther Broner


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 13, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45584-0 (0-307-45584-X)

A wonderfully comic novel about the interwoven lives of a group of 1960s grad students who, forty years later, learn that they were under FBI surveillance during their activist days.

There’s Anka, who enraged the right-thinking newspaper with her outspoken politics; Kevin, a priest in the process of formally leaving the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Emily Bronte: Poems
Pocket Poets
Written by Emily Bronte


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: April 9, 1996
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-44725-2 (0-679-44725-3)

This Everyman's Library Pocket Poets edition contains poems that demonstrate a sensibility elemental in its force with an imaginative discipline and flexibility of the highest order. Also included are an Editor's Note and an index of first lines. Read more >

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Cinderland
A Memoir
Written by Amy Jo Burns


Format: Hardcover, 216 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 7, 2014
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3703-4 (0-8070-3703-6)

Amy Jo Burns grew up in Mercury, Pennsylvania, an industrial town humbled by the steel collapse of the 1980s. Instead of the construction booms and twelve-hour shifts her parents’ generation had known, the Mercury Amy Jo knew was marred by empty houses, old strip mines, and vacant lots. It wasn’t quite... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Kindred

Written by Octavia Butler


Format: Hardcover, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 1, 2009
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8310-9 (0-8070-8310-0)

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 >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Fledgling
A Novel
Written by Octavia E. Butler


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 4, 2005
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-690-2 (1-58322-690-7)

Fledgling, Octavia Butler’s first new novel in seven years, is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly un-human needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: she is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she... Read more >

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Imagining Characters
Six Conversations About Women Writers: Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, George Eli ot, Willa Cather, Iris Murdoch, and Toni Morrison
Written by A.S. Byatt and Ignes Sodre


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 2, 1997
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77753-3 (0-679-77753-9)

In this innovative and wide-ranging book, Byatt and the psychoanalyst Ignes Sodre bring their different sensibilities to bear on six novels they have read and loved: Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, Bronte's Villette, George Elliot's Daniel Deronda, Willa Cather's The Professor's House, Iris Murdoch's An Unofficial Rose, and Toni Morrison's Beloved. The... Read more >

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Perdita
The Literary, Theatrical, Scandalous Life of Mary Robinson
Written by Paula Byrne


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 14, 2006
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7079-1 (0-8129-7079-9)

This compelling and richly researched book presents a fascinating portrait of Mary Robinson–darling of the London stage, mistress to the most powerful men in England, feminist thinker, and bestselling author. Though one of the most flamboyant free spirits of the late eighteenth century, Mary led a life that was marked by... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Triple Knot
A Novel
Written by Emma Campion


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: July 8, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-58929-3 (0-307-58929-3)

The critically acclaimed author of The King's Mistress brings another fascinating woman from history to life in a story of political intrigue, personal tragedy, and illicit love. Joan, the “Fair Maid of Kent,” is destined for a politically strategic marriage. Haunted by nightmares of her father’s execution at the hands of her royal... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Discovery of the World
A Political Awakening in the Shadow of Mussolini
Written by Luciana Castellina


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: May 6, 2014
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-286-9 (1-78168-286-0)

Luciana Castellina is one of Italy’s most prominent left intellectuals and a cofounder of the newspaper il manifesto. In this coming-of age memoir, based on her diaries, she recounts her political awakening as a teenage girl in Fascist Italy—where she used to play tennis with Mussolini’s daughter—and the subsequent downfall of the regime. Discovery of the World is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Death Comes for the Archbishop

Written by Willa Cather


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 16, 1990
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72889-4 (0-679-72889-9)

There is something epic--almost mythical--about this sparsely beautiful novel, although the story it tells is that of a single human life, lived simply in the silence of the desert. In 1851 Father Jean Marie Latour comes as the Apostolic Vicar to New Mexico. What he finds is a vast territory of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Memoirs of Catherine the Great

Written by Catherine the Great
Translated by Markus Cruse and Hilde Hoogenboom


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: June 13, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6987-0 (0-8129-6987-1)

Empress Catherine II brought Europe to Russia, and Russia to Europe, during her long and eventful reign (1762—96). She fostered the culture of the Enlightenment and greatly expanded the immense empire created by Czar Ivan the Terrible, shifting the balance of power in Europe eastward. Famous for her will to power... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Red Chamber

Written by Pauline A. Chen


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 9, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-94656-0 (0-307-94656-8)

In eighteenth-century China, the beautiful orphan Daiyu leaves her home in the provinces to seek shelter with her mother's family in Beijing. At Rongguo Mansion, she is drawn into a world of sumptuous feasts, silken robes, and sparkling jewels—as well as a complex web of secret rivalries and intrigues that threatens... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Ohio Angels
A Novel
Written by Harriet Scott Chessman


Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 1, 2002
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-519-6 (1-58322-519-6)

Harriet Scott Chessman’s Ohio Angels is an intimate and a lyrical story about friendship and family struggles. Hallie, a painter who now lives in Brooklyn, returns to her family home in Ohio, where she unearths a secret about her parents. Her discovery sheds light on her mother’s depression, which shadowed her... Read more >

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The Dinner Party
Restoring Women to History
Written by Judy Chicago
Contribution by Jane F. Gerhard
Foreword by Arnold L. Lehman


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
On Sale: April 15, 2014
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-58093-389-6 (1-58093-389-0)

The official publication celebrating Judy Chicago’s feminist art masterpiece, The Dinner Party installation at the Brooklyn Museum, and an introduction to outstanding women in history.
 
Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party is a defining work of feminist and contemporary art that brought women’s history to light on the national stage when it was... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Awakening and Selected Stories

Written by Kate Chopin
Edited by Nina Baym
Introduction by Kaye Gibbons


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 14, 2000
Price: $9.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78333-6 (0-679-78333-4)

The Awakening shocked turn-of-the-century readers with its forthright treatment of sex and suicide. Departing from literary convention, Kate Chopin failed to condemn her heroine's desire for an affair with the son of a Louisiana resort owner, whom she meets on vacation. The power of sensuality, the delusion of ecstatic love, and... Read more >
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