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My Wars Are Laid Away in Books
The Life of Emily Dickinson
Written by Alfred Habegger


Format: Trade Paperback, 800 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 17, 2002
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6601-5 (0-8129-6601-5)

Emily Dickinson, probably the most loved and certainly the greatest of American poets, continues to be seen as the most elusive. One reason she has become a timeless icon of mystery for many readers is that her developmental phases have not been clarified. In this exhaustively researched biography, Alfred Habegger presents... Read more >
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West of the Jordan
A Novel
Written by Laila Halaby


Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 15, 2003
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8359-8 (0-8070-8359-3)

This is a brilliant and revelatory first novel by a woman who is both an Arab and an American, who speaks with both voices and understands both worlds. Through the narratives of four cousins at the brink of maturity, Laila Halaby immerses her readers in the lives, friendships, and loves of... Read more >
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La Petite

Written by Michele Halberstadt


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: July 10, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-531-0 (1-59051-531-5)

In La Petite, the renowned French writer and film producer Michèle Halberstadt vividly recounts the painful events that surrounded the death of her beloved grandfather when she was twelve years old. Michèle’s mother favored her older sister, her father was emotionally remote, her teachers dismissive, and her peers a foreign species... Read more >
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Without a Map
A Memoir
Written by Meredith Hall


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 2008
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7274-5 (0-8070-7274-5)

Meredith Hall’s moving but unsentimental memoir begins in 1965, when she becomes pregnant at sixteen. Shunned by her insular New Hampshire community, she is then kicked out of the house by her mother. Her father and stepmother reluctantly take her in, hiding her before they finally banish her altogether. After giving... Read more >
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Virgin Time
In Search of the Contemplative Life
Written by Patricia Hampl


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 7, 1993
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-38424-9 (0-345-38424-5)

A New York Times Notable Book

Patricia Hampl begins her quest not to find something, but to shake off the indelible brand of a Catholic upbringing. Yet even as an adult removed from the dogma of her early Catholic training, she feels the pull of contemplative prayer. In her search, she travels... Read more >

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Les Blancs: The Collected Last Plays
The Drinking Gourd/What Use Are Flowers?
Written by Lorraine Hansberry


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 13, 1994
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75532-6 (0-679-75532-2)

Before her death at age thirty-four, Lorraine Hansberry revolutionized American drama with plays that presented the black experience directly, unapologetically, and often with anger. Her work shook the complacency of white audiences even as it laid the ground for subsequent debates about racism, feminism, and African-American struggles for self-determination. In Les... Read more >
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A Raisin in the Sun

Written by Lorraine Hansberry


Format: Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 29, 2004
Price: $7.50
ISBN: 978-0-679-75533-3 (0-679-75533-0)

When it was first produced in 1959 A Raisin in the Sun was awarded the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and hailed as a watershed in American drama. Not only was it a pioneering work by an African-American playwright--Hansberry's play was also a radically new representation of black life, one... Read more >
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The Blue Cotton Gown
A Midwife's Memoir
Written by Patricia Harman


Format: Trade Paperback, 296 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 1, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7291-2 (0-8070-7291-5)

Despite nurse-midwife Patsy Harman’s own financial and personal medical trials, including her private battle with uterine cancer, she devotes herself to her patients’ well-being in all aspects of their lives. They, in turn, tell her intimate stories both heartbreaking and uplifting.

‘In her sweetly perceptive memoir, Harman reveals how her exam room... Read more >
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December 30, 2014
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The Bishop's Wife

Written by Mette Ivie Harrison


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Soho Crime
On Sale: December 30, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-61695-476-5 (1-61695-476-0)

Inspired by an actual crime and written by a practicing Mormon, The Bishop’s Wife is both a fascinating look at the lives of modern Mormons as well as a grim and cunningly twisted mystery.

Linda Wallheim is the mother of five grown boys and the wife of a Mormon bishop. As... Read more >
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Six Plays by Lillian Hellman

Written by Lillian Hellman


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 1979
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-74112-3 (0-394-74112-9)

Including The Children's Hour, Days to Come, The Little Foxes, Watch on the Rhine, Another Part of the Forest, and The Autumn Garden, these six plays span nearly twenty years of theatre and display the range of Hellman's dramatic gifts.   Read more >

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Dangerous Ambition
Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson: New Women in Search of Love and Power
Written by Susan Hertog


Format: Hardcover, 512 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: November 8, 2011
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-45986-2 (0-345-45986-5)

Born in the 1890s on opposite sides of the Atlantic, friends for more than forty years, Dorothy Thompson and Rebecca West lived strikingly parallel lives that placed them at the center of the social and historical upheavals of the twentieth century. In Dangerous Ambition, Susan Hertog chronicles the separate but intertwined... Read more >
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The Ink Dark Moon
Love Poems by Ono no Komachi and Izumi Shikibu, Women of the Ancient Court of Ja pan
Translated by Jane Hirshfield


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 3, 1990
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72958-7 (0-679-72958-5)

One thousand years ago the Heian court of Imperial Japan was one of the most sophisticated cultures on earth. The literature of that classical age is the only one in which the predominant geniuses were women; among the foremost were the two translated in this volume. Ranging from the deeply erotic... Read more >

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Unraveled
One Woman's Story of Moving Out, Moving On, and Becoming a Better Mother
Written by Maria Housden


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: May 23, 2006
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5417-6 (1-4000-5417-6)

As a twelve-year-old girl, Maria Housden’s vision of a happy future included everything that society expects girls to yearn for: a home, a husband, and, of course, children. Life had other plans.

Unraveled is Housden’s riveting and thoughtful story of how, after the death of her young daughter, she found the courage... Read more >

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The Wonder Worker

Written by Susan Howatch


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: October 20, 1998
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-449-00150-9 (0-449-00150-4)

Young, lonely, and insecure, Alice Fletcher is on the verge of emotional collapse when she stumbles into St. Benet's Church to dodge the London drizzle. There, she witnesses a group of gifted healers led by the charismatic Nicholas Darrow. Gaining refuge at last, Alice is drawn--inexorably, seductively--into the complex network of... Read more >
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Greed
A Novel
Written by Elfriede Jelinek
Translated by Martin Chalmers


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 4, 2008
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-842-5 (1-58322-842-X)

WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE

Greed
is the story of Kurt Janisch, an ambitious but frustrated country policeman, and the lonely women he seduces. It is a thriller set amid the mountains and small towns of southern Austria, where the investigation of a dead girl’s body in a lake leads to... Read more >
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Death of a Nightingale (Nina Borg #3)

Written by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Soho Crime
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-61695-304-1 (1-61695-304-7)

Natasha Doroshenko, a Ukrainian woman who has been convicted of the attempted murder of her Danish fiancé, escapes police custody on her way to an interrogation in Copenhagen’s police headquarters. That night, the frozen, tortured body of Michael, the ex-fiancé, is found in a car, and the manhunt for Natasha escalates... Read more >
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Autobiography of a Wardrobe

Written by Elizabeth Kendall


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 5, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38609-0 (0-307-38609-0)

Saddle shoes. Camp shorts. Girdles. Bell-bottoms. Each plays a significant role as we follow B., the wardrobe's owner, through her buttoned-up Midwestern childhood to the freedom of miniskirts, sundresses, and New York City. We watch as B. copes with the untimely death of her mother, makes a go of glamorous magazine... Read more >
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Gilgi

Written by Irmgard Keun
Translated by Geoff Wilkes


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: November 12, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-61219-277-2 (1-61219-277-7)

Irmgard Keun’s first novel Gilgi was an overnight sensation upon its initial publication in Germany, selling thousands of copies, inspiring numerous imitators, and making Keun a household name–a reputation that was only heightened when, a few years later, the nervy Keun sued the Gestapo for blocking her royalties.

The story of a... Read more >
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A Girl Named Zippy
Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana
Written by Haven Kimmel


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 3, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1505-2 (0-7679-1505-4)

When Haven Kimmel was born in 1965, Mooreland, Indiana, was a sleepy little hamlet of three hundred people. Nicknamed "Zippy" for the way she would bolt around the house, this small girl was possessed of big eyes and even bigger ears. In this witty and lovingly told memoir, Kimmel takes readers... Read more >
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The Fifth Book of Peace

Written by Maxine Hong Kingston


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 28, 2004
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76063-4 (0-679-76063-6)

A long time ago in China, there existed three Books of Peace that proved so threatening to the reigning powers that they had them burned. Many years later Maxine Hong Kingston wrote a Fourth Book of Peace, but it too was burned—in the catastrophic Berkeley-Oakland Hills fire of 1991, a fire... Read more >
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Tripmaster Monkey
His Fake Book
Written by Maxine Hong Kingston


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 10, 1990
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72789-7 (0-679-72789-2)

Wittman Ah Sing, a young Chinese-American hippie in San Francisco in the late 1960s, is as American as James Dean. He also bears a striking resemblance to Monkey, the trickster-saint of Chinese legend. Driven by his dream of writing and staging an epic production of interwoven Chinese novels and folktales, his... Read more >
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Grotesque

Written by Natsuo Kirino


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 2008
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9659-6 (1-4000-9659-6)

Life at the prestigious Q High School for Girls in Tokyo exists on a precise social axis: a world of insiders and outsiders, of haves and have-nots. Beautiful Yuriko and her unpopular, unnamed sister exist in different spheres; the hopelessly awkward Kazue Sato floats around among them, trying to fit in.Years... Read more >
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Where We Have to Go

Written by Lauren Kirshner


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Emblem Editions
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-7710-9576-4 (0-7710-9576-7)

Named NOW Magazine’s Best Emerging Local Author

Where We Have to Go is a luminous first novel about the last days of childhood in a family coming apart at the seams. At once wryly humorous and deeply affecting, this sparkling novel follows the irresistible Lucy Bloom as she searches for her... Read more >
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Girl Boy Girl
How I Became JT Leroy
Written by Savannah Knoop


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 7, 2008
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-851-7 (1-58322-851-9)

The JT LeRoy scandal is a story of our times. In January 2006, the New York Times unmasked Savannah Knoop as the face of the mysterious author JT LeRoy. A media frenzy ensued as JT’s fans, mentors, and readers came to terms with the fact that the gay-male-ex-truck-stop-prostitute-turned literary-wunderkind was really... Read more >
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The Complete Fiction of Nella Larsen
Passing, Quicksand, and The Stories
Written by Nella Larsen
Edited by Charles Larson
Foreword by Marita Golden


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 6, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72100-4 (0-385-72100-5)

Nella Larsen's subject is the struggle of sensitive, spirited heroines to find a place for themselves in a hostile world. Passing is the story of a light-skinned beauty who, after spending years passing for white, finds herself dangerously drawn to an old friend's Harlem neighborhood. In Quicksand, a restless young mulatto... Read more >
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