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Gender Talk
The Struggle For Women's Equality in African American Communities
Written by Johnnetta B. Cole and Beverly Guy-Sheftall


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: December 30, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-45413-3 (0-345-45413-8)

"...a cogent history of black feminist struggles and debates up until now."
The Women's Review of Books

Two of America’s leading African-American intellectuals provide the most comprehensive critique to date of the state of relations between Black men and women. Dr. Johnetta Cole and Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall argue that, in the 21st century,... Read more >
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A Woman's Education

Written by Jill Ker Conway


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 12, 2002
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74462-7 (0-679-74462-2)

The beloved bestselling author of The Road from Coorain and True North continues her remarkable autobiography with an account of her decade as the first woman president of Smith College—a time when she was faced with the challenge of reinventing women’s education and with the demands of her own life.

Conway took... Read more >
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In Search of Mary
The Woman and the Symbol
Written by Sally Cunneen


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 20, 1996
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-38246-7 (0-345-38246-3)

In this thoughtful and highly readable book, Cunneen explores the meaning of Mary in Western art, poetry, popular culture and theology. Read more >
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Altared
Bridezillas, Bewilderment, Big Love, Breakups, and What Women Really Think About Contemporary Weddings
Edited by Colleen Curran


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 8, 2007
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27763-3 (0-307-27763-1)

Original essays by Top Women Writers
Julianna Baggott _ Curtis Sittenfeld _ Catherine Ingrassia _ Elizabeth Crane 
Lara Vapnyar _ Lisa Carver _ Carina Chocano _ Rory Evans _ Jennifer Armstrong _ Elise Mac Adam _ Janelle Brown _ Daisy de Villeneuve _ Meghan Daum _ Amy Sohn _ Samina Ali _... Read more >
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Surviving Ophelia
Mothers Share Their Wisdom in Navigating the Tumultuous Teenage Years
Written by Cheryl Dellasega


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: October 1, 2002
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-45538-3 (0-345-45538-X)

Drawing on the experiences of scores of mothers and daughters, Dellasega takes a hard look at the lives of girls in crisis—once happy, carefree children who are now struggling with eating disorders, unplanned pregnancies, substance abuse, and severe mental problems. These are stories of girls on the edge, and mothers who... Read more >

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The Only Girl in the Car

Written by Kathy Dobie


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: March 2, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-31883-9 (0-385-31883-9)

In The Only Girl in the Car, Kathy Dobie has written an extraordinary and painfully intimate memoir of her coming to womanhood. Bookworm and dreamer, Kathy was a young girl with a tender heart, an adventurer’s spirit, and a child’s terrible confusion about her proper place in the world. As the... Read more >
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Mother of My Mother
The Intimate Bond Between Generations
Written by Hope Edelman


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: April 11, 2000
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-31799-3 (0-385-31799-9)

Drawing from her own experience and the recollections of over seventy other granddaughters, Edelman explores the three-generation triangle from which women develop their female identities: the grandmother-mother-daughter relationship. With insightful personal testimony, she demonstrates the vital roles grandmothers have played in their granddaughters’ lives as a source of unconditional love, family... Read more >
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For Her Own Good
Two Centuries of the Experts Advice to Women
Written by Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 4, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7800-4 (1-4000-7800-8)

Updated to cover the 25 years since it was first published, this brilliant and wonderfully written women's history classic exposes the myths told to women in the name of science.

Since the the nineteenth century, "experts" have been telling women how to take care of themselves. Generations of highly respected mainstream physicians... Read more >
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Please Read (if at all possible)
The Girl Project
Written by Kate Engelbrecht


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Universe
On Sale: August 30, 2011
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-7893-2260-9 (0-7893-2260-9)

Female adolescence through the eyes of teenage girls for a teenage-girl audience. This empowering volume introduces the reader to an insider’s view of teenage girlhood. Through their participation in The Girl Project-created in 2007 by Kate Engelbrecht to explore the personal realities of modern female adolescence-teenage girls contributed intimate, heartwarming, diary-like... Read more >

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American Plastic
Boob Jobs, Credit Cards, and Our Quest for Perfection
Written by Laurie Essig


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 8, 2011
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0323-7 (0-8070-0323-9)

The story of how credit and cosmetic surgery have created a subprime mortgage crisis of the body.

In this provocative book, sociologist Laurie Essig traces the history of plastic surgery, tracks the effect of fashion and porn on our desire to “fix” ourselves, and explores our image- and youth-obsessed culture. In over... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Women Who Run with the Wolves

Written by Clarissa Pinkola Phd EstÚs


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 22, 1995
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-39681-5 (0-345-39681-2)

In Women Who Run with the Wolves, Dr. Estes, a Jungian analyst and cantadora (storyteller), conducts what she calls "psychic archeological digs" into the ruins of the female unconscious. Using multicultural myths, fairy tales, folk tales, and stories chosen from more than twenty years of research, she examines the healthy, instinctual... Read more >
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Trans Liberation
Beyond Pink or Blue
Written by Leslie Feinberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 10, 1999
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7951-5 (0-8070-7951-0)

Those who have heard Leslie Feinberg speak in person know how powerful and inspiring s/he can be. In Trans Liberation, Feinberg has gathered a collection of hir speeches on trans liberation and its essential connection to the liberation of all people. This wonderfully immediate, impassioned, and stirring book is for anyone... Read more >

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Transgender Warriors
Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman
Written by Leslie Feinberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 30, 1997
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7941-6 (0-8070-7941-3)

With a New Afterword by the Author

In this fascinating, personal journey through history, Leslie Feinberg uncovers persuasive evidence that there have always been people who crossed the cultural boundaries of gender. Transgender Warriors is an eye-opening jaunt through the history of gender expression and a powerful testament to the rebellious spirit.

“Activist... Read more >

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The War on Choice
The Right-Wing Attack on Women's Rights and How to Fight Back
Written by Gloria Feldt


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38292-1 (0-553-38292-6)

Accessible and impassioned, here is an eye-opening look at the right wing strategy to reverse the gains American women have made over the past 50 years. The War on Choice chronicles the actions being taken at the highest levels of government to turn back the clock on women's rights.

As Feldt... Read more >
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Necessary Dreams
Ambition in Women's Changing Lives
Written by Anna Fels


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 8, 2005
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75888-4 (0-679-75888-7)

In this groundbreaking book about how women perceive, are prepared for, and cope with ambition and achievement, psychiatrist Anna Fels examines ambition at the deepest psychological level. Cutting to the core of what ambition can provide—the essential elements of a fulfilling life—Fels describes why, for women but not for men, ambition... Read more >
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In Search of Islamic Feminism

Written by Elizabeth Warnock Fernea


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 10, 1998
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-48858-7 (0-385-48858-0)

To most Americans, the very idea of “Islamic feminism” would seem a contradiction in terms. We are taught to think of Islam as a culture wherein social code and religious law alike force Muslim women to accept male authority unconditionally. In In Search of Islamic Feminism, Elizabeth Fernea—acclaimed scholar, author of... Read more >
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The First Sex
The Natural Talents of Women and How They Are Changing the World
Written by Helen Fisher


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 1, 2000
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-91260-7 (0-449-91260-4)

"Tomorrow belongs to women," notes celebrated anthropologist Helen Fisher. In this explosive new book she illustrates this enticing assertion. Drawing on original research, Fisher reveals how women and their natural talents are changing the world, making them ideal leaders and successful shapers of business and society today. Looking back to prehistoric... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Men Who Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them
When Loving Hurts And You Don't Know Why
Written by Susan Forward and Joan Torres


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: January 2, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38141-2 (0-553-38141-5)

Dr. Susan Forward presents detailed case studies to address the practice of overcoming destructive relationships. She draws on case histories and the voices of men and women trapped in negative relationships to help readers understand the reasons behind some men's destructive patterns and the part a woman plays in it.

This work... Read more >
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Obsessive Love
When It Hurts Too Much to Let Go
Written by Susan Forward and Craig Buck


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: January 2, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38142-9 (0-553-38142-3)

Renowned psychotherapist Dr. Susan Forward presents detailed case studies to address the practice of overcoming destructive relationships and also offers a program that shows readers how to break the "connection compulsion" that keeps them trapped in unhealthy, obsessive relationships.

This work is sure to afford students of psychology and sociology a... Read more >

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Minding the Body

Written by Patricia Foster


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 20, 1995
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-47167-1 (0-385-47167-X)

A mulitcultural anthology of fiction and non-fiction literary narratives which addresses the psychological and political aspects of a woman’s body in today’s culture. An important and much-needed book for women who seek to understand their bodies and find independent, imaginative ways to cope with aging, beauty expectations beauty expectations, and ethnic... Read more >
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No Turning Back
The History of Feminism and the Future of Women
Written by Estelle Freedman


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: January 1, 2003
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-45053-1 (0-345-45053-1)

2002 Outstanding Academic Title in History, Geography, & Area Studies
CHOICE Magazine (American Library Association)

A Library Journal Best Books of 2002

Feminism — alive or dead? According to Estelle Freedman, Professor of History and a founder of the Program in Feminist Studies at Stanford University, feminism is not only clearly alive and well... Read more >
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The War Against Women

Written by Marilyn French


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 2, 1993
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-38248-1 (0-345-38248-X)

In this analysis of the history of women's political, cultural, physical, and economic repression, French argues that women's suppression in society is an intrinsic part of our culture. From the prejudicial treatment of women in medicine, law, education, and business, to the hatred of women as expressed in advertising, the arts... Read more >

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My Mother/My Self
The Daughter's Search for Identity
Written by Nancy Friday


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: September 8, 1997
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-32015-3 (0-385-32015-9)

This landmark study written more than 20 years ago plays a major role in our understanding of the powerful influence the mother/daughter bond has on a woman's identity, her relationships with men, and her self-esteem. Through candid self-disclosure and hundreds of interviews, Nancy Friday investigates this feminine legacy and reveals the... Read more >
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Laughing in the Dark
From Colored Girl to Woman of Color--A Journey From Prison to Power
Written by Patrice Gaines


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 1, 1995
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-48027-7 (0-385-48027-X)

An award-winning Washington Post reporter explores the twisted path she traveled to find her place as a confident black female in a world that values whiteness and maleness. Here is a rich and insightful story of a life lived on the edge by a woman formerly preoccupied with pleasing everyone but... Read more >
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The Whole Woman

Written by Germaine Greer


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 8, 2000
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72003-8 (0-385-72003-3)

Thirty years after The Female Eunuch galvanized the women's liberation movement, Germaine Greer launches a fiery sequel assessing the state of womanhood and proclaiming that the time has come to get angry again.

With passionate rhetoric, unique authority, and outrageous humor, The Whole Woman reveals how women have been sideswiped and sidetracked... Read more >
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