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An American Story

Written by Debra J. Dickerson


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 18, 2001
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72028-1 (0-385-72028-9)

A profoundly courageous and insightful memoir, An American Story documents the events that have shaped journalist Debra Dickerson's conscience.

The daughter of former sharecroppers, Dickerson never imagined she would emerge from her squalid St. Louis neighborhood to become an acclaimed journalist with a Harvard Law degree. A constant reader and a straight-A... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Pornland
How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality
Written by Gail Dines


Format: eBook
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 6, 2010
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4453-7 (0-8070-4453-9)

Professor Gail Dines has written about and researched the porn industry for over two decades. She attends industry conferences, interviews producers and performers, and speaks to hundreds of men and women each year about their experience with porn. Students and educators describe her work as “life changing.”

In Pornland–the culmination of... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover and a trade paperback.

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Seducing the Boys Club
Uncensored Tactics from a Woman at the Top
Written by Nina DiSesa


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: December 30, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-49699-7 (0-345-49699-X)

Chairman of the flagship office of the largest advertising agency network in the world, McCann Erickson, Nina DiSesa is a master communicator, a ceiling crasher, and a big-time realist. In Seducing the Boys Club, DiSesa shows you how S&M–seduction and manipulation–is the secret to winning over (and surpassing) the big guys... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Birth of Venus
A Novel
Written by Sarah Dunant


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 30, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6897-2 (0-8129-6897-2)

2005 BOOK SENSE BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD, ADULT NON-FICTION

Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the family’s Florentine palazzo. A child of the Renaissance, with a precocious mind and a... Read more >

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The Bobbed Haired Bandit
A Story of Crime and Celebrity in 1920s New York
Written by Stephen Duncombe and Andrew Mattson


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 10, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7735-6 (0-8129-7735-1)

On January 5, 1924, a well-dressed young woman, accompanied by a male companion, walked into a Brooklyn grocery, pulled a “baby automatic” from the pocket of her fur coat, emptied the cash register, and escaped into the night. Dubbed “the Bobbed Haired Bandit” by the press, the petite thief continued her... Read more >

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The Dud Avocado

Written by Elaine Dundy
Introduction by Terry Teachout


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: June 5, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-232-2 (1-59017-232-9)

Elaine Dundy’s semi-autobiographical comic novel follows the misadventures of an American girl who impulsively quits college and heads off to conquer Paris in the 1950s.

Sally Jay Gorce sets out to become an actress, but what she really wants to do is experience the wide world, and to “make her wits... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Iran Awakening
One Woman's Journey to Reclaim Her Life and Country
Written by Shirin Ebadi and Azadeh Moaveni


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 10, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7528-4 (0-8129-7528-6)

The moving, inspiring memoir of one of the great women of our times, Shirin Ebadi, winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize and advocate for the oppressed, whose spirit has remained strong in the face of political persecution and despite the challenges she has faced raising a family while pursuing her... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sex and the Citadel
Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World
Written by Shereen El Feki


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 21, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-39029-5 (0-307-39029-2)

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

As the “Arab Spring” and its aftermath sweep streets and squares, parliaments and presidential palaces of the Middle East, Shereen El Feki—an award-winning Canadian-Egyptian journalist—has been looking at unrest a little closer to home: in the sexual lives of Arab men and women. The... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Good Body

Written by Eve Ensler


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Villard
On Sale: November 8, 2005
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7473-7 (0-8129-7473-5)

Botox, bulimia, breast implants: Eve Ensler, author of the international sensation The Vagina Monologues, is back, this time to rock our view of what it means to have a “good body.” “In the 1950s,” Eve writes, girls were “pretty, perky. They had a blond Clairol wave in their hair. They wore... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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I Am an Emotional Creature
The Secret Life of Girls Around the World
Written by Eve Ensler


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Villard
On Sale: January 25, 2011
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7016-6 (0-8129-7016-0)

In this daring book, internationally acclaimed author and playwright Eve Ensler offers fictional monologues and stories inspired by girls around the globe. Fierce, tender, and smart, I Am an Emotional Creature is a celebration of the authentic voice inside every girl and an inspiring call to action for girls everywhere to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Women Who Run with the Wolves

Written by Clarissa Pinkola Phd EstÚs


Format: Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: November 27, 1996
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-40987-4 (0-345-40987-6)

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 >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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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 >
Also available as a paperback.

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On My Own
The Art of Being a Woman Alone
Written by Florence Falk


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: March 25, 2008
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9811-8 (1-4000-9811-4)

At some point over the course of the average American woman’s life, she will find herself alone, whether she is divorced, widowed, single, or in a loveless, isolating relationship. And when that time comes, it is likely that she will be at a loss as to how to handle it. As... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Dispatches from a Not-So-Perfect Life
Or How I Learned to Love the House, the Man, the Child
Written by Faulkner Fox


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: November 16, 2004
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4940-0 (1-4000-4940-7)

In Dispatches from a Not-So-Perfect Life, a provocative memoir of motherhood, Faulkner Fox explores the root causes of her unhappiness as a modern mother, as well as the often demoralizing societal and cultural forces with which American mothers must contend.

From the time of her first pregnancy, Fox found herself--and her body--scrutinized... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Essential Feminist Reader

Edited by Estelle Freedman


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 18, 2007
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7460-7 (0-8129-7460-3)

Including: Susan B. Anthony Simone de Beauvoir W.E.B. Du Bois Hélène Cixous Betty Friedan Charlotte Perkins Gilman Emma Goldman Guerrilla Girls Ding Ling • Audre Lorde John Stuart Mill Christine de Pizan Adrienne Rich Margaret Sanger Huda Shaarawi • Sojourner Truth Mary Wollstonecraft Virginia Woolf

The Essential Feminist Reader is the first... 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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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American Priestess
The Extraordinary Story of Anna Spafford and the American Colony in Jerusalem
Written by Jane Fletcher Geniesse


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 8, 2009
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27772-5 (0-307-27772-0)

For generations, The American Colony Hotel in Jerusalem has been a well-known retreat for journalists, diplomats, pilgrims and spies. However, few know the story of Anna Spafford, the enigmatic evangelist who was instrumental in its founding

Branded heretics by Jerusalem’s established Christian missionaries when they arrived in 1881, the Spaffords and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Passionate Nomad
The Life of Freya Stark
Written by Jane Fletcher Geniesse


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 24, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75746-4 (0-375-75746-5)

Freya Stark—traveler, explorer, Arabist, and woman of letters—began the extraordinary adventures that would glamorize her—and would catapult her into public life for the next sixty years—in 1927. And with the publication of The Valley of the Assassins in 1934, her legend was launched.

Leaving behind a miserable family life, Freya set out... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Nightingales
The Extraordinary Upbringing and Curious Life of Miss Florence Nightingale
Written by Gillian Gill


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 13, 2005
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-45188-0 (0-345-45188-0)

NOW IN PAPERBACK

Florence Nightingale was, for a time, one of the most famous women in Britain--if not the world. While she is known today primarily as a saintly character and as a reformer of Britain’s health-care system, the reality is a little more complex. In Nightingales, acclaimed author Gillian Gill examines... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Gaga Feminism
Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal
Written by J. Jack Halberstam


Format: Trade Paperback, 184 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 3, 2013
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1097-6 (0-8070-1097-9)

Why are so many women single, so many men resisting marriage, and so many gays and lesbians having babies?

In Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal, J. Jack Halberstam answers these questions while attempting to make sense of the tectonic cultural shifts that have transformed gender and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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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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The Mother Knot
A Memoir
Written by Kathryn Harrison


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 12, 2005
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7150-7 (0-8129-7150-7)

In this dark gem of a book by the author of The Kiss, a complex mother-daughter relationship precipitates a journey through depression to greater understanding, acceptance, freedom, and love,.

Spare and unflinching, The Mother Knot is Kathryn Harrison’s courageous exploration of her painful feelings about her mother, and of her depression and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Dangerous Ambition
Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson: New Women in Search of Love and Power
Written by Susan Hertog


Format: Hardcover, 512 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: November 8, 2011
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-45986-2 (0-345-45986-5)

Born in the 1890s on opposite sides of the Atlantic, friends for more than forty years, Dorothy Thompson and Rebecca West lived strikingly parallel lives that placed them at the center of the social and historical upheavals of the twentieth century. In Dangerous Ambition, Susan Hertog chronicles the separate but intertwined... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Prairie Silence
A Memoir
Written by Melanie Hoffert


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 7, 2014
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4516-9 (0-8070-4516-0)

Melanie Hoffert longs for her North Dakota childhood home, with its grain trucks and empty main streets. A land where she imagines standing at the bottom of the ancient lake that preceded the prairie: crop rows become the patterned sand ripples of the lake floor; trees are the large alien plants... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Unraveled
One Woman's Story of Moving Out, Moving On, and Becoming a Better Mother
Written by Maria Housden


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: May 23, 2006
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5417-6 (1-4000-5417-6)

As a twelve-year-old girl, Maria Housden’s vision of a happy future included everything that society expects girls to yearn for: a home, a husband, and, of course, children. Life had other plans.

Unraveled is Housden’s riveting and thoughtful story of how, after the death of her young daughter, she found the courage... Read more >
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