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The Seasons of a Woman's Life

Written by Daniel J. Levinson

Format: Trade Paperback, 456 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 11, 1997
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-31174-0 (0-345-31174-4)

Based on interviews with a diverse group of forty-five women, The Seasons of a Woman's Life completes and substantiates Levinson's thesis which he first introduced nearly twenty years ago: that all human beings go right on developing throughout their lives in a pattern of amazing inevitability.

Firmly grounded in original scientific research... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Moon Pearl

Written by Ruthanne Lum McCunn

Format: Trade Paperback, 328 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 22, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8349-9 (0-8070-8349-6)

In the tradition of Thousand Pieces of Gold comes The Moon Pearl, the story of Rooster, Shadow, and Mei Ju, who become fast friends while members of a girls’ house, where young daughters are taught to become daughters-in-law. These girls, however, want neither to marry nor become nuns (the only options... Read more >

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She Looks Just Like You
A Memoir of (Nonbiological Lesbian) Motherhood
Written by Amie Klempnauer Miller

Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 15, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0151-6 (0-8070-0151-1)

After ten years of talking about having children, two years of trying (and failing) to conceive, and one shot of donor sperm for her partner, Amie Miller was about to become a mother. Or something like that. Over the next nine months, as her partner became the biological mom-to-be, Miller became... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Brave Journeys
Profiles in Gay and Lesbian Courage
Written by David Mixner and Dennis Bailey

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: May 1, 2001
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-38008-8 (0-553-38008-7)

In Brave Journeys: Profiles of Gay and Lesbian Courage, David Mixner and Dennis Bailey have compiled portraits of eight people who did extraordinary things in the face of homophobia. People like Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, who founded the first lesbian organization, Daughters of Bilitis, in the 1950s. And Navy fighter... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Diaries of Women
Edited by Mary Jane Moffat and Charlotte Painter

Format: Trade Paperback, 428 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 1975
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-71151-5 (0-394-71151-3)

Excerpts from the private diaries of women, known and unknown, among them Louisa May Alcott, Sophie Tolstoy, George Eliot, Anais Nïn.

“To read this book is to experience an excitement, a warm recognitiion, and a dizzingly expanded sense of possibilities. . . . These are revelations indeed. For the first time, consciously... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Queer (In)Justice
The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States
Written by Joey L. Mogul, Andrea J. Ritchie and Kay Whitlock

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 24, 2012
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5115-3 (0-8070-5115-2)

*An Outstanding Academic Title of 2011 — Choice Magazine

A groundbreaking work that turns a “queer eye” on the criminal legal system

Drawing on years of research, activism, and legal advocacy, Queer (In)Justice is a searing examination of queer experiences--as “suspects,” defendants, prisoners, and survivors of crime. The authors unpack queer criminal... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Brain Sex
The Real Difference Between Men and Women
Written by Anne Moir, Ph.D. and David Jessel

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: August 1, 1992
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-31183-0 (0-385-31183-4)

Brain Sex explains how the physiological differences in the male and female brain affect every aspect of our behavior. Anne Moir and David Jessel show the many ways in which the two genders' brains differ and how these differences in turn result in emotional, intellectual, and psychological differences in males and... Read more >

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The Other Wes Moore
One Name, Two Fates
Written by Wes Moore

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52820-7 (0-385-52820-5)

Winner, 2011 BCALA (Black Caucus of ALA) Literary Award, Nonfiction
A 2011 Booklist Top 10 Black History Nonfiction Book

Selected for Common Reading at:

Colleges & Universities
Bay Path College (Springfield, MA)
Becker College (Worcester, MA)
Berry College (Mount Berry, GA)
Blue Ridge Community College (Flat Rock, NC)
Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH)
Brookhaven College (Farmers Branch, TX)
Bunker... Read more >

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The Other Wes Moore
One Name, Two Fates
Written by Wes Moore

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: April 27, 2010
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52819-1 (0-385-52819-1)

Selected for Common Reading at:
Colleges & Universities
Bay Path College (Springfield, MA)
Cabrini College (Radnor, PA)
California State University at Bakersfield (Bakersfield, CA)
One City/One Book
Everybody Reads (Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR)
One Book, One Bakersfield (Bakersfield, CA)

Two boys with the same name lived in the same decaying city. One went on to... Read more >

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The Tricky Part
A boy's story of sexual trespass, a man's journey to forgiveness
Written by Martin Moran

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 11, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27653-7 (0-307-27653-8)

Raised in a loving Catholic family in Denver, Martin Moran was a star student who imagined that he’d one day become a U.S. senator. When he was twelve years old, a camp counselor seduced him, initiating a sexual relationship that would last three years–and haunt Moran’s life for decades. He discovered... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Where the Body Meets Memory
An Odyssey of Race, Sexuality and Identity
Written by David Mura

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 16, 1997
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-47184-8 (0-385-47184-X)

From the winner of a 1995 Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers Award comes a sensual memoir that explores America's racial and sexual taboos, the consequences of assimilation, and raising children in a world that refuses to honor its racial diversity. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Lazy B
Growing up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest
Written by Sandra Day O'Connor and H. Alan Day

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 8, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6673-2 (0-8129-6673-2)

What was it in Sandra Day O'Connor's background and early life that helped make her the woman she is today—the first female justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and one of the most powerful women in America?

In Lazy B, Sandra Day O'Connor, with her brother, Alan, tells the story of the... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Women on Sex, Work, Love, Kids, and Life in a Half-Changed World
Written by Peggy Orenstein

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 21, 2001
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49887-6 (0-385-49887-X)

The advances of the women’s movement allow women to grow up with a sense of expanded possibilities. Yet traditional expectations have hardly changed. To discover how they are navigating this double burden personally and professionally, Orenstein interviewed hundreds of women and has blended their voices into a compelling narrative that gets... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Young Women, Self Esteem, and the Confidence Gap
Written by Peggy Orenstein

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 1, 1995
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-42576-6 (0-385-42576-7)

SchoolGirls examines the lives of teenage girls and reveals that despite perceptions of progress toward equality between the sexes, fundamentally things have not really advanced much. Written in association with the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the book is deeply rooted in a broad-based 1990 AAUW poll, which found that... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Gay in America

Photographed by Scott Pasfield

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Welcome Books
On Sale: September 27, 2011
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-59962-104-3 (1-59962-104-5)

In this first-ever photographic survey of gay men in America, stereotypes are laid to rest and an intimate, honest picture of contemporary gay life is revealed through stunning personal portraits and narratives.

Photographer Scott Pasfield traveled 54,000 miles across all fifty states over a two-year span gathering stories and documenting... Read more >

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Why Men Don't Listen and Women Can't Read Maps
How We're Different and What to Do About It
Written by Allan Pease and Barbara Pease

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: June 19, 2001
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0763-7 (0-7679-0763-9)

Drawing on current research in evolutionary psychology and biology, Barbara and Allan Pease put forth a compelling, controversial, and clever argument-that men and women are, indeed, born different and, as such, are different.

Supported by research cited in their book, they suggest that who we are and what we are capable... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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May Sarton
Written by Margot Peters

Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: June 23, 1998
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-90798-6 (0-449-90798-8)

From acclaimed writer Margot Peters comes the first completely authorized biography of novelist, poet, and feminist May Sarton. Granted unprecedented access to personal papers and diaries, Peters gives us a compelling look at the woman who influenced a legion of readers with rich and intimate writings, and reveals the fascinating life... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Hunger Pains

Written by Mary Pipher, Ph.d.

Format: Trade Paperback, 138 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: January 21, 1997
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-41393-2 (0-345-41393-8)

In Hunger Pains Dr. Mary Pipher offers advice, counsel, and practical solutions for young women dealing with eating disorders and other problems. The rates of anorexia, bulimia, and depression for women are the highest they have ever been; signs show that the age of women susceptible to these problems is decreasing... Read more >

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Pretty Is What Changes
Impossible Choices, the Breast Cancer Gene, and How I Defied My Destiny
Written by Jessica Queller

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: April 7, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52041-6 (0-385-52041-7)

A timely, affecting memoir from the front lines of medical science: When genetics can predict how we may die, how then do we decide how to live?

Eleven months after her mother succumbs to cancer, Jessica Queller has herself tested for the BRCA “breast cancer” gene mutation. The results come back positive... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Princessa
Machiavelli for Women
Written by Harriet Rubin

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: March 9, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-440-50832-8 (0-440-50832-0)

For centuries, men have used the lessons of Machiavelli’s The Prince to gain and hold power. Women struggling to succeed in a man’s world must learn a crucial lesson of their own: men and women are not equal–and that is a woman’s greatest strength. In The Princessa, Rubin explores why women... Read more >

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Lean In for Graduates

Written by Sheryl Sandberg

Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 8, 2014
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-35367-0 (0-385-35367-7)

Expanded and updated exclusively for graduates just entering the workforce, this extraordinary edition of Lean In includes a letter to graduates from Sheryl Sandberg and six additional chapters from experts offering advice on finding and getting the most out of a first job; résumé writing; best interviewing practices; negotiating your salary... Read more >

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The Essential Historical Writings
Written by Miriam Schneir

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 28, 1994
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75381-0 (0-679-75381-8)

Here are the essential historical writings of feminism. Many of these works, long out of print or forgotten in what Miriam Schneir describes as a male-dominated literary tradition, are finally brought out of obscurity and into the light of contemporary analysis and criticism. Included are more than forty selections, covering 150... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Feminism in Our Time
The Essential Writings, World War II to the Present
Written by Miriam Schneir

Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 28, 1994
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74508-2 (0-679-74508-4)

Collected for the first time in one volume are the writings that inspired and continue to shape contemporary feminism. The fifty selections in this volume include works by:

Susan Brownmiller
Kate Millett
Betty Friedan
Simone de Beauvoir
Germaine Greer
Adrienne Rich
The Redstockings
Catharine MacKinnon
Susan Faludi
Doris Lessing
Sylvia Plath
Pauli Murray...
Read more >

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Straight Sex
The Politics of Pleasure
Written by Lynne Segal

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: January 27, 2015
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-756-7 (1-78168-756-0)

Is heterosexual sex inherently damaging to women? This is the central question of Straight Sex, Lynne Segal’s account of twenty-five years of feminist thinking on sexuality. Covering the thought of sixties-era sexual liberationists, writing on female sexuality from the lesbian community, and the more recent shift toward sexual conservatism, Straight Sex... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Written by Rebecca Skloot

Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: February 2, 2010
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5217-2 (1-4000-5217-3)

Winner of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine’s 2011 Communication Award for Best Book
Winner of the 2010 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction
Winner of the 2010 Wellcome Trust Book Prize
Named by more than 60 critics as one of the best books of 2010,
... Read more >
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