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The Book of the Courtesans
A Catalogue of Their Virtues
Written by Susan Griffin


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 10, 2002
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0451-3 (0-7679-0451-6)

In The Book of the Courtesans, Susan Griffin offers true tales and informative anecdotes from the courtesans’ memoirs to further reveal how these cunning women seized their opportunity to become the West’s first female liberators, free to choose their own lovers and command remarkable respect. Griffin tears away the superficial veneer... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Eros of Everyday Life
Essays on Ecology, Gender and Society
Written by Susan Griffin


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 1, 1996
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-47399-6 (0-385-47399-0)

In her collection of essays on the relationship between feminism, science, nature, and the evolution of Western culture, Pulitzer prize finalist Susan Griffin boldly argues that the ways in which society subordinates women are (not accidentally) very similar to the ways in which Western culture attempts to achieve dominion over nature... Read more >

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Just Like a Woman
How Gender Science Is Redefining What Makes Us Female
Written by Dianne Hales


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: June 6, 2000
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37818-4 (0-553-37818-X)

Almost everything assumed about women-physically, medically, and psychologically-turns out to be untested, unproven, or untrue. This stereotype-shattering book draws on recent cutting-edge research from gender sciences to document the complex interconnections among all aspects of a woman's life. In proving that women are not the second sex but a separate sex... Read more >

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A Cup of Water Under My Bed
A Memoir
Written by Daisy Hernandez


Format: Hardcover, 200 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 9, 2014
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1448-6 (0-8070-1448-6)

In this lyrical, coming-of-age memoir, Daisy Hernández chronicles what the women in her Cuban-Colombian family taught her about love, money, and race. These lessons—rooted in women’s experiences of migration, colonization, y cariño—define in evocative detail what it means to grow up female in an immigrant home.

In one story, Daisy sets... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Prairie Silence
A Memoir
Written by Melanie Hoffert


Format: Hardcover, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 8, 2013
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4473-5 (0-8070-4473-3)

A rural expatriate’s struggle to reconcile family, home, love, and faith with the silence of the prairie land and its people

Melanie Hoffert longs for her rural North Dakota home with its grain trucks and empty main streets. But like many, she followed the out-migration pattern to a more urban life... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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They Went Whistling
Women Wayfarers, Warriors, Runaways, and Renegades
Written by Barbara Holland


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 5, 2002
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72002-1 (0-385-72002-5)

In her spirited account of willful women from Cleopatra to Mother Jones, Barbara Holland reanimates rebels both known and unknown who thrived doing the unexpected.

Her remarkable book–part history, part spicy op-ed–will acquaint you with the likes of Grace O’Malley, a blazing terror of the Irish seas in the 1500s, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Mother Nature
Maternal Instincts and How They Shape the Human Species
Written by Sarah Hrdy


Format: Trade Paperback, 752 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 5, 2000
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-40893-8 (0-345-40893-4)

~Library Journal Best Book of 1999~

Maternal instinct--the all-consuming, utterly selfless love that mothers lavish on their children--has long been assumed to be an innate, indeed defining element of a woman's nature. But is it? In this provocative, groundbreaking book, renowned anthropologist (and mother) Sarah Blaffer Hrdy shares a radical new vision... Read more >

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Abused Boys
The Neglected Victims of Sexual Abuse
Written by Mic Hunter


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: June 25, 1991
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-90629-3 (0-449-90629-9)

After defining exactly what sexual abuse is, Hunter examines the physical and emotional impact of abuse on its victims and the factors affecting adult recovery. Abused Boys includes the stories of adult men and their loved ones, who describe the experience of childhood abuse, the after-effects that last well into adulthood... Read more >

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Love in a Headscarf

Written by Shelina Janmohamed


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 12, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0080-9 (0-8070-0080-9)

When Shelina Janmohamed, an Oxford-educated Muslim living in the bubbling ethnic mix of North London, opted for the traditional “arranged” route to finding a partner, she never suspected where the journey would take her...

Through ten long years of matchmaking buxom aunties, countless mismatches, and outrageous dating disasters, Shelina discovers more... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Mama's Boy, Preacher's Son
A Memoir of Growing Up, Coming Out, and Changing America's Schools
Written by Kevin Jennings


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 15, 2007
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7147-2 (0-8070-7147-1)

Long before Kevin Jennings began advocating to end anti-GLBT bias in schools, he was a victim of it. In Mama’s Boy, Preacher’s Son, Jennings traces the roots of his activism to his school days in the conservative South, where “faggot” became more familiar to him than his own name. Creating safe... Read more >
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Just Add Hormones
An Insider's Guide to the Transsexual Experience
Written by Matt Kailey


Format: Trade Paperback, 184 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 1, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7959-1 (0-8070-7959-6)

Matt Kailey lived as a straight woman for the first forty-two years of his life. Though happy as a social worker and teacher, he knew something wasn’t right. Then he made some changes. With the help of a good therapist, chest surgery, and some strong doses of testosterone, Kailey began his... Read more >
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Do They Hear You When You Cry

Written by Fauziya Kassindja


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: January 12, 1999
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-31994-2 (0-385-31994-0)

In 1994, Fauziya Kassindja, an extraordinary teenager from a wealthy, prominent family in Kpalime, Africa, fled from her home to escape tribal ritual female genital mutilation. She sought political asylum in the United States, but was instead incarcerated for 16 months in various Immigration and Naturalization Service detention facilities. Housed in... Read more >

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Fire in the Belly
On Being a Man
Written by Sam Keen


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: March 1, 1992
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-35137-8 (0-553-35137-0)

Fire in the Belly is the seminal study of masculinity that, since its publication in 1991, has become a classic of the Men’s Movement. Keen begins by exploring WOMAN: the “larger-than-life,” “shadowy” psychological construct that influences men’s lives, distinct from real flesh-and-blood women. Proposing that men cannot find themselves without first... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Orange Is the New Black (Movie Tie-in Edition)
My Year in a Women's Prison
Written by Piper Kerman


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: August 6, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8618-1 (0-8129-8618-0)


Selected for Common Reading at Salem State University and the University of California - Santa Barbara


NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten... Read more >

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Dancing Around the Volcano
Freeing Our Erotic Lives: Decoding the Enigma of Gay Men and Sex
Written by Guy Kettelhack


Format: Trade Paperback, 196 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: September 16, 1997
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-80151-2 (0-609-80151-1)

In the tradition of Frank Browning's The Culture of Desire comes Guy Kettelhack's provocative, honest, unapologetic look at the sex lives of gay men. Dancing Around the Volcano is essential reading for the American gay community.

Gay men have long been told that regardless of their individual characters and desires, they should... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Raising Cain
Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys
Written by Dan Kindlon, Ph.D. and Michael Thompson, Ph.D.


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: April 4, 2000
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-43485-2 (0-345-43485-4)

Two of the country's leading child psychologists share what they have learned in more than thirty-five years of combined experience working with boys and their families. They reveal a nation of boys who are hurting-sad, afraid, angry, and silent. Cutting through outdated theories of "mother blame," "boy biology," and "testosterone," the... Read more >
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There Are No Children Here
The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in The Other America
Written by Alex Kotlowitz


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 5, 1992
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-26556-0 (0-385-26556-5)

A New York Public Library “Book of the Century.” An essential introductory sociology source, There Are No Children Here traces two years in the lives of ten-year-old Lafeyette and seven-year-old Pharoah Rivers as they struggle to beat the odds and grow up in one of Chicago's worst housing projects. Kotlowitz avoids... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Nina Here Nor There
My Journey Beyond Gender
Written by Nick Krieger


Format: Trade Paperback, 216 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 10, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0092-2 (0-8070-0092-2)

*2011 ALA Stonewall Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Honor Book

The next-generation Stone Butch Blues--a contemporary memoir of gender awakening and a classic tale of first love and self-discovery.

Ambitious, sporty, feminine “capital-L lesbians” had been Nina Krieger’s type, for friends that is. She hadn’t dated in seven years, a period of non-stop traveling—searching for... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Half the Sky
Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Written by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38709-7 (0-307-38709-7)

Winner of the Stowe Award for Excellence in Writing to Advance Social Justice

From two of our most fiercely moral voices, a passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.

With Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Half the Sky
Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Written by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 8, 2009
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26714-6 (0-307-26714-8)

From two of our most fiercely moral voices, a passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.

With Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as our guides, we undertake an odyssey through Africa and Asia... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Goat
A Memoir
Written by Brad Land


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 1, 2005
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6968-9 (0-8129-6968-5)

A searing memoir of masculinity, violence, and brotherhood, Goat provides an unprecedented window into the emotional landscape of young men and introduces a writer of uncommon grace and power.

Reeling from a terrifying assault that has left him physically injured and psychologically shattered, nineteen-year-old Brad Land must also contend with unsympathetic local... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Idols

Written by Gilles Larrain
Contribution by Ryan McGinley


Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: powerHouse Books
On Sale: September 20, 2011
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-57687-585-8 (1-57687-585-7)

Idols, an authentic compendium of 1970s’ New York style and attitude, and a confirmed masterpiece, began with an awestruck Larrain visiting Max’s Kansas City in the explosively liberating early years of the gay rights movement, and befriending Taylor Meade and John Noble. Once they came to be photographed, the rest followed.... Read more >

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The Kennedy Women
The Saga of an American Family
Written by Laurence Leamer


Format: Trade Paperback, 960 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 29, 1996
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-0-449-91171-6 (0-449-91171-3)

Laurence Leamer was granted unheralded access to private Kennedy papers, and he also interviewed family and old friends, many of whom had never been interviewed before, for this incredible portrait of the women in America’s "royal family." From Bridget Murphy, the foremother who touched shore at East Boston in 1849, to... Read more >

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Trevor
a novella
Written by James Lecesne


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Triangle Square
On Sale: August 6, 2013
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-487-9 (1-60980-487-2)

Trevor is an exuberant, sociable, and witty thirteen year old. So how come, when he takes that nerve-wracking turn toward his locker at school, he feels scared and alone? Shunned by his friends, misunderstood by his parents, and harassed at school for being different, Trevor goes from wondering what color glitter to choose... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Seasons of a Man's Life

Written by Daniel J. Levinson


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 12, 1986
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-33901-0 (0-345-33901-0)

This is the first full report from the team that discovered the patterns of adult development. Ranking in significance with the original works of Kinsey and Erikson, it explores and explains the specific periods of personal development through which all human beings must pass--and which together for a common pattern underlying... Read more >
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