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Measure of My Days

Written by Florida Scott-Maxwell


Format: eBook, 160 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: July 31, 2013
Price: $11.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-82834-7 (0-307-82834-4)

At eighty-two, Florida Scott-Maxwell felt impelled to write about her strong reactions to being old, and to the time in which we live. Until almost the end this document was not intended for anyone to see, but the author finally decided that she wanted her thoughts and feelings to reach others... Read more >

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Dreams of Joy
A Novel
Written by Lisa See


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: May 31, 2011
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6712-1 (1-4000-6712-X)

In her beloved New York Times bestsellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and, most recently, Shanghai Girls, Lisa See has brilliantly illuminated the potent bonds of mother love, romantic love, and love of country. Now, in her most powerful novel yet, she returns to these timeless themes... Read more >

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Shanghai Girls
A Novel
Written by Lisa See


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: May 26, 2009
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6711-4 (1-4000-6711-1)

In 1937, Shanghai is the Paris of Asia, a city of great wealth and glamour, the home of millionaires and beggars, gangsters and gamblers, patriots and revolutionaries, artists and warlords. Thanks to the financial security and material comforts provided by their father’s prosperous rickshaw business, twenty-one-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger... Read more >

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Out of Her Mind
Women Writing on Madness
Written by Rebecca Shannonhouse


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 4, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75502-6 (0-375-75502-0)

This anthology contains the most affecting, finely wrought essays, memoirs, and fiction by women writing on madness. Some of the selections are literary classics, such as the excerpt from Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar while some are taken from contemporary works such as Susanna Kaysen's Girl, Interrupted. Several of the essays... Read more >

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Family History
A Novel
Written by Dani Shapiro


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 10, 2004
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3211-2 (1-4000-3211-3)

From the author of the best-selling memoir Slow Motion (“Chilling . . . her vision is unblinking”—New York Times Book Review; “Riveting . . . a breathtaking combination of candor and bravado”—San Francisco Chronicle), a ferociously paced new novel about a woman losing control of her life, her marriage, and her... Read more >
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A Jury of Her Peers
Celebrating American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx
Written by Elaine Showalter


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3442-0 (1-4000-3442-6)

A Jury of Her Peers is an unprecedented literary landmark: the first comprehensive history of American women writers from 1650 to 2000.

In a narrative of immense scope and fascination—brimming with Elaine Showalter’s characteristic wit and incisive opinions—we are introduced to more than 250 female writers. These include not only famous and... Read more >

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The Vintage Book of American Women Writers

Written by Elaine Showalter


Format: Trade Paperback, 848 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3445-1 (1-4000-3445-0)

This monumental anthology of 350 years of American women writers is an important corrective to the literary canon and a showcase of great poetry and fiction in one readable and provocative volume.

For centuries, Elaine Showalter argues, women writers have been trivialized, marginalized, overlooked, and even forgotten in American literary history... Read more >
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Menage

Written by Alix Kates Shulman


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: May 15, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-520-4 (1-59051-520-X)

Heather and Mack McKay seem to have it all: wealth, a dream house in the suburbs, and two adorable children along with the nannies to raise them. But their marriage has lost its savor: she is a frustrated writer and he longs for a cultural trophy to hang on his belt.

During... Read more >
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Yudl
And Other Stories
Written by Layle Silbert


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: August 6, 2013
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-440-4 (1-60980-440-6)

Set in 1920s Chicago, the short novel Yudl follows its eponymous protagonist, a middle-aged editor at a left-leaning newspaper called The Yiddish Courier. Yudl and his wife have decided to become landlords, purchasing a vacant lot and hiring an acquaintance–aptly named Mason–to oversee the construction of their future apartment building. However... Read more >
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Anywhere but Here

Written by Mona Simpson


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 15, 1992
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73738-4 (0-679-73738-3)

Anywhere But Here is a moving, often comic portrait of wise child Ann August and her mother, Adele, a larger-than-life American dreamer. As they travel through the landscape of their often conflicting ambitions, Ann and Adele bring to life a novel that is a brilliant exploration of the perennial urge to... Read more >
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The Lost Father

Written by Mona Simpson


Format: Trade Paperback, 524 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 11, 1993
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73303-4 (0-679-73303-5)

In her highly acclaimed first novel, Anywhere But Here, Simpson created one of the most astute yet vulnerable heroines in contemporary fiction. Now Mayan Atassi--once Mayan Stevenson--returns in an immensely powerful novel about love and lovelessness, fathers and fatherlessness, and the loyalties that shape us even when they threaten to destroy... Read more >
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A Regular Guy

Written by Mona Simpson


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 15, 1997
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77271-2 (0-679-77271-5)

Mona Simpson's first two novels, Anywhere But Here and The Lost Father, won her literary renown and a wide following. Now, in her third novel, the narrator Ann Atassi has been replaced by a third-person narrator recounting the adventures of young Jane di Natali, but the theme remains the same: the... Read more >
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The Age of Grief

Written by Jane Smiley


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 11, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72187-5 (0-385-72187-0)

The luminous novella and stories in The Age of Grief explore the vicissitudes of love, friendship, and marriage with all the compassion and insight that have come to be expected from Jane Smiley, the Pulitzer Prize—winning author of A Thousand Acres.

In “The Pleasure of Her Company,” a lonely, single woman befriends... Read more >
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The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton
A Novel
Written by Jane Smiley


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: December 29, 1998
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-91083-2 (0-449-91083-0)

Six years after her Pulitzer Prize-winning best-seller, A Thousand Acres, and three years after her witty, acclaimed, and best-selling novel of academe, Moo, Jane Smiley once again demonstrates her extraordinary range and brilliance.

The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton, set in the 1850s, speaks to us in a splendidly quirky... Read more >

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The Fifth Sacred Thing

Written by Starhawk


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: June 1, 1994
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37380-6 (0-553-37380-3)

"Known for her works in women's spirituality and ecofeminism, Starhawk has conjured a visionary tale of a multicultural community of witches where poverty, prejudice, hunger, and thirst do not prevail. The surrounding world, set in present-day San Francisco, manifests every 20th-century nightmare: ozone depletion, deadly pollution, a fundamentalist religion-based government, and... Read more >
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Walking to Mercury

Written by Starhawk


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: July 1, 1998
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37839-9 (0-553-37839-2)

In The Fifth Sacred Thing, readers fell in love with Maya Greenwood, the 98-year-old writer who led Northern California's successful 21st century rebellion against a racist, totalitarian regime of the South. Walking to Mercury takes readers back to the 20th century and powerfully dramatizes the forces that shaped this extraordinary woman.The... Read more >
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Without Reservations
The Travels of an Independent Woman
Written by Alice Steinbach


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 12, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75845-4 (0-375-75845-3)

“In many ways, I was an independent woman,” writes Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Alice Steinbach. “For years I’d made my own choices, paid my own bills, shoveled my own snow.” But somehow she had become dependent in quite another way. “I had fallen into the habit . . . of defining myself... Read more >
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Uncle Tom's Cabin
or, Life among the Lowly
Written by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Introduction by Jane Smiley


Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 9, 2001
Price: $8.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75693-1 (0-375-75693-0)

When Uncle Tom's Cabin was published in 1852, it became an international blockbuster, selling more than 300,000 copies in the United States alone in its first year. Progressive for her time, Harriet Beecher Stowe was one of the earliest writers to offer a shockingly realistic depiction of slavery. Her stirring indictment... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook, hardcover and a paperback.

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Amy and Isabelle
A novel
Written by Elizabeth Strout


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 1, 2000
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70519-9 (0-375-70519-8)

In her stunning first novel, Amy and Isabelle, Elizabeth Strout evokes a teenager's alienation from her distant mother--and a parent's rage at the discovery of her daughter's sexual secrets.

In most ways, Isabelle and Amy are like any mother and her 16-year-old daughter, a fierce mix of love and loathing exchanged... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Olive Kitteridge
Fiction
Written by Elizabeth Strout


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 30, 2008
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7183-5 (0-8129-7183-3)

A Library Journal Best Book of 2008

At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town of Crosby, Maine, and in the world at large, but she doesn’t always recognize the changes in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, hardcover and a trade paperback.

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The First Paper Girl in Red Oak, Iowa
Stories
Written by Elizabeth Stuckey-French


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 19, 2001
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49896-8 (0-385-49896-9)

With the stories in her first collection, Elizabeth Stuckey-French establishes herself as a smart new voice in American fiction and stakes her claim to a territory somewhere on the edge of stability, where normal is not just boring but nearly impossible, and where standing out in a crowd may just cause... Read more >
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Commencement

Written by J. Courtney Sullivan


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 11, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45496-6 (0-307-45496-7)

J. Courtney Sullivan’s celebrated debut novel is a sparkling tale of friendship and a fascinating portrait of the first generation of women who have all the opportunities in the world, but no clear idea about what to choose.

Assigned to the same dorm their first year at Smith College, Celia, Bree... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Commencement
A novel
Written by J. Courtney Sullivan


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 16, 2009
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27074-0 (0-307-27074-2)

A sparkling debut novel: a tender story of friendship, a witty take on liberal arts colleges, and a fascinating portrait of the first generation of women who have all the opportunities in the world, but no clear idea about what to choose.

Assigned to the same dorm their first year at Smith... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Safekeeping
Some True Stories from a Life
Written by Abigail Thomas


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 17, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72055-7 (0-385-72055-6)

A beautifully crafted and inviting account of one woman’s life, Safekeeping offers a sublimely different kind of autobiography. Setting aside a straightforward narrative in favor of brief passages of vivid prose, Abigail Thomas revisits the pivotal moments and the tiny incidents that have shaped her life: pregnancy at 18; single motherhood... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Blooming: A Small-Town Girlhood

Written by Susan Allen Toth


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 17, 1998
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-42115-9 (0-345-42115-9)

Susan Allen Toth has captured the innocence and joy of her childhood and adolescence in this delightful account of growing up in Ames Iowa, in the 1950s. Charming, wise, funny and poignant, Blooming celebrates an American way of life relived with nostalgia and compassion.

"(Toth) has recreated memories with a journalist's ear... Read more >
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