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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
A Novel
Written by Lisa See

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 21, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6806-4 (0-8129-6806-9)

"A nuanced exploration of women's friendship and women's writing in a remote corner of Imperial China."
Kirkus Reviews

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a brilliantly realistic journey back to an era of Chinese history that is as deeply moving as it is sorrowful. With the period detail and deep resonance of... Read more >

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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
A Novel
Written by Lisa See

Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: June 28, 2005
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6028-3 (1-4000-6028-1)

Lily is haunted by memories–of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower, and asks the gods for forgiveness.

In nineteenth-century China, when wives and daughters were foot-bound and lived in almost... Read more >

January 27, 2015
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Straight Sex
Rethinking the Politics of Pleasure
Written by Lynne Segal

Format: Trade Paperback, 395 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: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 8, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5218-9 (1-4000-5218-1)

Winner of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine’s Communication Award for Best Book
Winner of the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction
Winner of the Wellcome Trust Book Prize

Named by more than 60 critics as one of the best books of 2010,
Best Book of... Read more >

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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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The Valleys of the Assassins
and Other Persian Travels
Written by Freya Stark

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 24, 2001
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75753-2 (0-375-75753-8)

Hailed as a classic upon its first publication in 1934, The Valleys of the Assassins firmly established Freya Stark as one of her generation's most intrepid explorers. The book chronicles her travels into Luristan, the mountainous terrain nestled between Iraq and present-day Iran, often with only a single guide and on... Read more >

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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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Written by J. Courtney Sullivan

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 11, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45496-6 (0-307-45496-7)

J. Courtney Sullivan’s celebrated debut novel is a sparkling tale of friendship and a fascinating portrait of the first generation of women who have all the opportunities in the world, but no clear idea about what to choose.

Assigned to the same dorm their first year at Smith College, Celia, Bree... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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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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The Invisible Woman
The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens
Written by Claire Tomalin

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 30, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-80397-9 (0-345-80397-3)

Charles Dickens and Nelly Ternan met in 1857; she was 18, a hard-working actress performing in his production of The Frozen Deep, and he was 45, the most lionized writer in England. Out of their meeting came a love affair that lasted thirteen years and destroyed Dickens’s marriage while effacing Nelly... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Rare Bird
A Memoir of Loss and Love
Written by Anna Whiston-Donaldson
Foreword by Glennon Melton

Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Convergent Books
On Sale: September 9, 2014
Price: $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60142-519-5 (1-60142-519-8)

Rare Bird is a mother’s story of tenacity in the face of sudden, unfathomable loss, and her surprising encounters with the supernatural on her journey to healing and hope. Anna Whiston-Donaldson unfolds her story with the power of a woman who has not only survived the unthinkable but returned to make... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern
Written by Joshua Zeitz

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: February 6, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-8054-0 (1-4000-8054-1)

Blithely flinging aside the Victorian manners that kept her disapproving mother corseted, the New Woman of the 1920s puffed cigarettes, snuck gin, hiked her hemlines, danced the Charleston, and necked in roadsters. More important, she earned her own keep, controlled her own destiny, and secured liberties that modern women take for... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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