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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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Conundrum

Written by Jan Morris


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: May 16, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-189-9 (1-59017-189-6)

The great travel writer Jan Morris was born James Morris. James Morris distinguished himself in the British military, became a successful and physically daring reporter, climbed mountains, crossed deserts, and established a reputation as a historian of the British empire. He was happily married, with several children. To all appearances, he... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Underground Girls of Kabul
In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
Written by Jenny Nordberg


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: September 16, 2014
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95249-3 (0-307-95249-5)

Forthcoming September, 2014.  To request a FREE advance reader's copy, email: rhacademic@randomhouse.com

“[A] searing exposé…Nordberg's subtle, sympathetic reportage makes this one of the most convincing portraits of Afghan culture in print.” –Publishers Weekly [starred]

“As affecting as the stories of these women are, Nordberg’s conclusion—that women’s rights are essential to ‘building peaceful civilizations’—is... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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We Band of Angels
The Untold Story of the American Women Trapped on Bataan
Written by Elizabeth Norman


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8484-2 (0-8129-8484-6)

In the fall of 1941, the Philippines was a gardenia-scented paradise for the American Army and Navy nurses stationed there. War was a distant rumor, life a routine of easy shifts and dinners under the stars. On December 8 all that changed, as Japanese bombs began raining down on American bases... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Out of Order
Stories from the History of the Supreme Court
Written by Sandra Day O'Connor


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 25, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8432-3 (0-8129-8432-3)

“I called this book Out of Order because it reflects my goal, which is to share a different side of the Supreme Court. Most people know the Court only as it exists between bangs of the gavel, when the Court comes to order to hear arguments or give opinions. But the... Read more >

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Out of Order
Stories from the History of the Supreme Court
Written by Sandra Day O'Connor


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: March 5, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9392-9 (0-8129-9392-6)

“I called this book Out of Order because it reflects my goal, which is to share a different side of the Supreme Court. Most people know the Court only as it exists between bangs of the gavel, when the Court comes to order to hear arguments or give opinions. But the... Read more >

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Sex, Art, and American Culture
Essays
Written by Camille Paglia


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 8, 1992
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74101-5 (0-679-74101-1)

This collection of twenty-one essays includes writings on Robert Mapplethorpe, Madonna, homosexuality, Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill, date rape, and the current state of academia. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sexual Personae
Art & Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson
Written by Camille Paglia


Format: Trade Paperback, 736 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 20, 1991
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73579-3 (0-679-73579-8)

Paglia seeks to demonstrate the unity and continuity of western culture. Accepting the canonical western tradition and rejecting the modernist idea that culture has collapsed into meaningless fragments, she argues that Judeo-Christianity did not defeat paganism, which, along with androgyny, sadism, and the aggressive western eye, continues to flourish in art... Read more >

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Vamps & Tramps
New Essays
Written by Camille Paglia


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 11, 1994
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75120-5 (0-679-75120-3)

In this new book of unfettered essays Paglia brings her visceral intelligence and rhetoric to bear on subjects that range from the Clintons, Madonna, and Catherine MacKinnon, to Frankenstein, the novels of D.H. Lawrence, and Howard Stern. Vamps and Tramps presents as well Paglia's new "Pagan Theory of Sexuality," a conflation... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Save the Males
Why Men Matter Why Women Should Care
Written by Kathleen Parker


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 9, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7695-3 (0-8129-7695-9)

With piercing wit and perceptive analysis, Pulitzer Prize–winning writer Kathleen Parker explores how men, maleness, and fatherhood have been under siege in American culture for decades. She argues that the feminist movement veered off course from its original aim of helping women achieve equality and ended up making enemies of men... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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Soulfully Gay
How Harvard, Sex, Drugs, and Integral Philosophy Drove Me Crazy and Brought Me Back to God
Written by Joe Perez


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Integral Books
On Sale: May 8, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-418-1 (1-59030-418-7)

SOULFULLY GAY is a personal memoir of an intellectually rigorous gay man wrestling with fundamental issues of meaning and self-acceptance. Joe Perez finds himself on a quest to understand what it means to be gay at the intersection of conflicts between homosexuality and Christianity, faith and skepticism, mysticism and madness. His... Read more >

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Why Gender Matters
What Parents and Teachers Need to Know about the Emerging Science of Sex Differences
Written by Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D.


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: February 14, 2006
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1625-7 (0-7679-1625-5)

Are boys and girls really that different? Twenty years ago, doctors and researchers didn’t think so. Back then, most experts believed that differences in how girls and boys behave are mainly due to differences in how they were treated by their parents, teachers, and friends.

It's hard to cling to that... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Playing House
Notes of a Reluctant Mother
Written by Lauren Slater


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0173-8 (0-8070-0173-2)

Lauren Slater’s rocky childhood left her cold to the idea of ever creating a family of her own, but a husband, two dogs, two children, and three houses later, she came around to the challenges, trials, and unexpected rewards of playing house. Boldly honest, these biographical pieces reveal Slater at her... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Mommy Wars
Stay-at-Home and Career Moms Face Off on Their Choices, Their Lives, Their Families
Written by Leslie Morgan Steiner


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 27, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7448-5 (0-8129-7448-4)

With motherhood comes one of the toughest decisions of a woman’s life: Stay at home or pursue a career. The dilemma not only divides mothers into hostile, defensive camps but pits individual mothers against themselves. As an executive at THE WASHINGTON POST, a writer, and mother of three, author Leslie Morgan... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Outlaw Marriages
The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples
Written by Rodger Streitmatter


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 7, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0342-8 (0-8070-0342-5)

For more than a century before gay marriage became a hot-button political issue, same-sex unions flourished in America. Pairs of men and pairs of women joined together in committed unions, standing by each other “for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health” for periods of thirty or forty–sometimes as many... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Thy Neighbor's Wife

Written by Gay Talese


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Ivy Books
On Sale: March 1, 1995
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-47270-0 (0-345-47270-5)

"Engrossing and provocative."
Library Journal

Bestselling author Gay Talese's exploration into the hidden and changing sex lives of Americans from all walks of life shocked the world when it was first published in 1981. Now considered a classic, this fascinating personal oddysey and revealing public reflection on American sexuality changed the way Americans... Read more >

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You Were Always Mom's Favorite!
Sisters in Conversation Throughout Their Lives
Written by Deborah Tannen


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 7, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-49697-3 (0-345-49697-3)

New York Times bestselling author Deborah Tannen is renowned for illuminating the way we communicate—and revolutionizing relationships in the process. What she did for women and men in You Just Don’t Understand, and mothers and daughters in You’re Wearing THAT?, she now does for sisters in a groundbreaking book that explores... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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It's a Boy!
Your Son's Development from Birth to Age 18
Written by Michael Thompson, Ph.D. and Teresa Barker


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 24, 2009
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-49396-5 (0-345-49396-6)

It’s a Boy! provides expert advice on the developmental, psychological, social, emotional, and academic life of boys from infancy through the teen years. Exploring the many ways in which boys strive for masculinity and attempt to define themselves, psychologist Michael Thompson, Ph.D., a leading international expert on boys’ development, and journalist... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Speaking of Boys
Answers to the Most-Asked Questions About Raising Sons
Written by Michael Thompson, Ph.D. and Teresa Barker


Format: Trade Paperback, 354 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 1, 2000
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-44148-5 (0-345-44148-6)

With the bestselling book Raising Cain, Michael Thompson, Ph.D., at last broke the silence surrounding the emotional life of boys and spearheaded an important national debate.

With candid questions and detailed responses, Speaking of Boys covers important topics such as peer pressure, ADHD/ADD, and body image as well as traditional issues such... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Book of Dolores

Written by William T. Vollmann


Format: Hardcover, 200 pages
Publisher: powerHouse Books
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-57687-657-2 (1-57687-657-8)

William T. Vollmann has travelled to Soviet-occupied Afghanistan with Islamic commandos, shivered out a solitary stretch at the North Magnetic Pole in winter, hopped freight trains, studied the stately ancient beauties of Japanese Noh theater, and made friends with street prostitutes all over the world–all in the interest of learning a... Read more >

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The Case for Marriage
Why Married People are Happier, Healthier and Better Off Financially
Written by Linda Waite and Maggie Gallagher


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 9, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0632-6 (0-7679-0632-2)

In the first full-scale comparison of married and single life, Linda J. Waite and Maggie Gallagher convincingly argue that marriage increases mental and physical health. They draw on their own research and the research of leading scholars to present compelling evidence that those who are married suffer fewer psychological and emotional... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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For Fidelity
How Intimacy and Commitment Enrich Our Lives
Written by Catherine M. Wallace


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 2, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70072-9 (0-375-70072-2)

In this direct, eloquent, unabashed argument on behalf of sexual fidelity--its meaning, its blessing, its rewards, its necessity--Catherine Wallace addresses a major concern of our time.

At a time when emotional commitments are increasingly nervous, fragile, and short-lived, Wallace's vision of faithful lovers--with its aura of warmth, calm, and emotional continuity--is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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