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Magnificent Obesity
My Search for Wellness, Voice and Meaning in the Second Half of Life
Written by Martha Moravec


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Hatherleigh Press
On Sale: August 26, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-57826-505-3 (1-57826-505-3)

The voice of a generation, speaking on issues of mortality, body image, health and dreams deferred, Magnificent Obesity recounts one woman’s effort to look honestly and compassionately at her obesity through the lenses of anxiety, addiction, aging and agnosticism. Although things don’t always turn out the way she’d hoped or planned... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Jazz

Written by Toni Morrison


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 8, 2004
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7621-5 (1-4000-7621-8)

In the afterglow of a clean triumph—her widely celebrated, Pulitzer Prize-winning best-seller, Beloved—Toni Morrison moves to even higher ground. This, her eagerly awaited new novel, Jazz, is spellbinding for the haunting passion of its profound love story, and for the bittersweet lyricism and refined sensuality of its powerful and elegant style.

It... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Wintering
A Novel of Sylvia Plath
Written by Kate Moses


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3500-7 (1-4000-3500-7)

This engrossing début novel depicts Sylvia Plath’s feverish artistic process in the bitter aftermath of her failed marriage to Ted Hughes—the few excruciating yet astoundingly productive weeks in which she wrote Ariel, her defining last collection of poems.

In December 1962, shortly before her suicide, Plath moved with her two children to... Read more >

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Autobiography of a Blue-eyed Devil
My Life and Times in a Racist, Imperialist Society
Written by Inga Muscio


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: March 25, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-520-3 (1-60980-520-8)

In an updated second edition of her widely anticipated follow-up to the cult classic Cunt, controversial feminist author Inga Muscio asserts that the history we learn in school and that is perpetuated in all areas of life in the US, is, in fact, a marketing brand developed by powerful people to... Read more >
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Reading Lolita in Tehran
A Memoir in Books
Written by Azar Nafisi


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: December 30, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7106-4 (0-8129-7106-X)

Winner, 2004 Book Sense Book of the Year Award for Non-Fiction

"This book transcends categorization of memoir, literary criticism or social history, though it is superb in all three."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

For two years before she left Iran in 1997, Nafisi gathered seven young women at her house every Thursday morning to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Good People of New York

Written by Thisbe Nissen


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 7, 2002
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72061-8 (0-385-72061-0)

When Roz Rosenzweig meets Edwin Anderson fumbling for keys on the stoop of a Manhattan walk-up, the last thing on her mind is falling for a polite Nebraskan–yet fall for him she does. So begins Thisbe Nissen’s breathtaking debut novel, a decidedly urban fairy tale that follows Roz and Edwin as... Read more >
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Out of the Girls' Room and Into the Night
Stories
Written by Thisbe Nissen


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 17, 2000
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72053-3 (0-385-72053-X)

In Thisbe Nissen's award-winning debut story collection, characters teeter on the verge of love, of life, of oncoming cataclysms after which Things Will Never Be the Same. Against the varied backdrops of Grateful Dead shows, anniversary parties, sickrooms, and bright Manhattan vestibules, Nissen traces the joy, terror, and electric surprise that... Read more >

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A Garden of Earthly Delights

Written by Joyce Carol Oates
Introduction by Elaine Showalter


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 22, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6834-7 (0-8129-6834-4)

In her second novel, Joyce Carol Oates, author of many bestselling novels, including We Were the Mulvaneys and Blonde, created one of her most memorable heroines, Clara, the beautiful daughter of migrant farmworkers. Intent upon rising above her haphazard life of violence and poverty, Clara struggles for independence while relying on... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Invisible Bridge

Written by Julie Orringer


Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 25, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3437-6 (1-4000-3437-X)

Paris, 1937. Andras Lévi, a Hungarian-Jewish architecture student, arrives from Budapest with a scholarship, a single suitcase, and a mysterious letter he promised to deliver. But when he falls into a complicated relationship with the letter's recipient, he becomes privy to a secret that will alter the course of his—and his... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Getting Mother's Body
A Novel
Written by Suzan-Lori Parks


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6800-2 (0-8129-6800-X)

Getting Mother’s Body is the accomplished and critically-praised fiction debut from Suzan-Lori Parks, the 2002 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Billy Beede, the teenage daughter of the fast-running and six-years-dead Willa Mae, comes home one day to find a fateful letter waiting for her: Willa Mae’s burial spot in LaJunta... Read more >

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Black Tickets
Stories
Written by Jayne Anne Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 11, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72735-1 (0-375-72735-3)

Jayne Anne Phillips’s reputation-making debut collection paved the way for a new generation of writers. Raved about by reviewers and embraced by the likes of Raymond Carver, Frank Conroy, Annie Dillard, and Nadine Gordimer, Black Tickets now stands as a classic.

With an uncanny ability to depict the lives of men and... Read more >
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Fast Lanes

Written by Jayne Anne Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 9, 2000
Price: $11.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70284-6 (0-375-70284-9)

Jayne Anne Phillips has always been a master of portraiture, both in her widely acclaimed novels and in her short fiction. The stories in Fast Lanes demonstrated the breadth of her talent in a tour de force of voices, offering elegantly rendered views into the lives of characters torn between the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Lark and Termite

Written by Jayne Anne Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70193-1 (0-375-70193-1)

A rich, wonderfully alive novel from one of our most admired and best-loved writers, her first book in nine years. Lark and Termite is set during the 1950s in West Virginia and Korea. It is a story of the power of loss and love, the echoing ramifications of war, family secrets... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Machine Dreams

Written by Jayne Anne Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 9, 1999
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70525-0 (0-375-70525-2)

Machine Dreams, is in its wisdom and its compassionate, utterly unsentimental rendering of the American condition, will rank as one of the great books of [the] decade. Jayne Anne Phillips is a blessing.”—Robert Stone

In her highly acclaimed debut novel, the bestselling author of Shelter introduces the Hampsons, an ordinary, small-town American... Read more >
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Shelter
A Novel
Written by Jayne Anne Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 3, 2002
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72739-9 (0-375-72739-6)

In a West Virginia forest in 1963, a group of children at summer camp enter a foreboding Eden and experience an unexpected rite of passage. Shelter is an astonishing portrayal of an American loss of innocence as witnessed by a mysterious drifter named Parson, two young sisters, Lenny and Alma, and... Read more >

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Woman on the Edge of Time

Written by Marge Piercy


Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Fawcett
On Sale: November 12, 1985
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-449-21082-6 (0-449-21082-0)

Woman on the Edge of Time is a revelation of our present society and a startling juxtaposed projection of the androgynous society of Mattapoisett, a hundred years from now, where infants have three parents and the human person is paramount. Read more >
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Passionate Minds
Women Rewriting the World
Written by Claudia Roth Pierpont


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 13, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75113-7 (0-679-75113-0)

Passionate Minds tells the stories of women who "rewrote" the world that they inherited, shaping beliefs about vital issues ranging from religion to sex to race to politics.

Claudia Roth Pierpont organizes these probing portraits into three sections. Broadly speaking, the first deals with issues of sexual freedom, in essays on... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

Written by Sylvia Plath
Edited by Karen V. Kukil


Format: Trade Paperback, 768 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 17, 2000
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72025-0 (0-385-72025-4)

Sylvia Plath's journals were originally published in 1982 in a heavily abridged version authorized by Plath's husband, Ted Hughes. This new edition is an exact and complete transcription of the diaries Plath kept during the last twelve years of her life. Sixty percent of the book is material that has never... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Woman's Worth
A Novel
Written by Tracy Price-Thompson


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: October 25, 2005
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75778-5 (0-375-75778-3)

**Winner, 2005 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for contemporary fiction**

Embracing the shattered pieces of the soul and championing the resilient nature of the heart, A Woman’s Worth takes readers on a journey of startling depth. From a speakeasy whorehouse in the bottoms of Alabama to a luxurious high-rise apartment in Kenya, acclaimed author... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Kissing List
Stories
Written by Stephanie Reents


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Hogarth
On Sale: February 12, 2013
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95183-0 (0-307-95183-9)

Composed of twelve stories connected by a recurring cast of characters, The Kissing List centers on young women–Frances, Deirdre, Maureen, Sylvie, and Laurie–whose lives intersect and overlap, first during a collegiate year abroad at Oxford, and then later as they all move to New York on the cusp of adulthood. Stephanie... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Do You Dream in Color?
Insights from a Girl Without Sight
Written by Laurie Rubin


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Triangle Square
On Sale: October 23, 2012
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-424-4 (1-60980-424-4)

Colors, Rubin tells us, affect everyone through sound, smell, taste, and a vast array of emotions and atmospheres. She explains that although she has been blind since birth, she has experienced color all her life.

In her memoir Do You Dream in Color?, Laurie Rubin looks back on her life as an... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Female Man

Written by Joanna Russ


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 17, 2000
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6299-9 (0-8070-6299-5)

Living in an altered past that never saw the end of the Great Depression, Jeannine, a librarian, is waiting to be married. Joanna lives in a different version of reality: she’s a 1970s feminist trying to succeed in a man’s world. Janet is from Whileaway, a utopian earth where only women... Read more >

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Children of God

Written by Mary Doria Russell


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 2, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-00483-8 (0-449-00483-X)

In Children of God, Russell establishes herself as one of the most innovative, entertaining and philosophically provocative novelists writing today.

The only member of the original mission to the planet Rakhat to return to Earth, Father Emilio Sandoz has barely begun to recover from his ordeal when the So-ciety of Jesus calls... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Sparrow
A Novel
Written by Mary Doria Russell


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 8, 1997
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-91255-3 (0-449-91255-8)

Selected for Common Reading at Rutgers University, School of Arts and Science Honors Program

"A notable achievement . . . Russell shows herself to be a skillful storyteller who subtly and expertly builds suspense."
--USA Today

"If you have to send a group of people to a newly discovered planet to contact a totally... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Conquistadora

Written by Esmeralda Santiago


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 10, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38859-9 (0-307-38859-X)

As a young girl growing up in Spain, Ana Larragoity Cubillas is powerfully drawn to Puerto Rico by the diaries of an ancestor who traveled there with Ponce de Leon. And in handsome twin brothers Ramon and Inocente—both in love with Ana—she finds a way to get there. Marrying Ramon at... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.
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