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If You Can't Be Free, Be a Mystery
In Search of Billie Holiday
Written by Farah Jasmine Griffin


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: April 30, 2002
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-44973-3 (0-345-44973-8)

Singer, composer, actress, lover, wife, writer, pleasure seeker, drug addict, icon, commodity, myth and mystery: Billie Holiday is still one of the most famous jazz vocalists of all time. But Holiday's image - the gifted torch singer with insatiable appetites for food, sex, alcohol and drugs - is not the full... Read more >

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A Chorus of Stones

Written by Susan Griffin


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 15, 1993
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-41885-0 (0-385-41885-X)

Written by one of America's most innovative feminists, this book illustrates how childhood experience, gender and sexuality, private aspirations, and public personae all assume undeniable roles in the causes and effects of war. Read more >

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Dakini Power
Twelve Extraordinary Women Shaping the Transmission of Tibetan Buddhism in the West
Written by Michaela Haas


Format: Trade Paperback, 344 pages
Publisher: Snow Lion
On Sale: April 9, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-55939-407-9 (1-55939-407-2)

What drives a young London librarian to board a ship to India, meditate in a remote cave by herself for twelve years, and then build a flourishing nunnery in the Himalayas? How does a surfer girl from Malibu become the head of the main international organization for Buddhist women? Why does... Read more >

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La Petite

Written by Michele Halberstadt


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: July 10, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-531-0 (1-59051-531-5)

In La Petite, the renowned French writer and film producer Michèle Halberstadt vividly recounts the painful events that surrounded the death of her beloved grandfather when she was twelve years old. Michèle’s mother favored her older sister, her father was emotionally remote, her teachers dismissive, and her peers a foreign species... 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.

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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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Arms Wide Open
A Midwife's Journey
Written by Patricia Harman


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 20, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0171-4 (0-8070-0171-6)

A midwife’s memoir of living free and naturally against all odds

In her first, highly praised memoir, Patricia Harman told us the stories patients brought into her exam room, and her own story of struggling to help women as a nurse-midwife in medical practice with her husband, an OB/GYN, in Appalachia. In... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Last Gift of Time

Written by Carolyn G. Heilbrun


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: April 7, 1998
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-42295-8 (0-345-42295-3)

When she was young, distinguished author and critic Carolyn Heilbrun solemnly vowed to end her life when she turned 70. But on the advent of that fateful birthday, she realized that her golden years had been full of unforeseen pleasures. In this book, the astute and ever-insightful Heilbrun muses on the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Cup of Water Under My Bed
A Memoir
Written by Daisy Hernandez


Format: Hardcover, 200 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 9, 2014
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1448-6 (0-8070-1448-6)

In this lyrical, coming-of-age memoir, Daisy Hernández chronicles what the women in her Cuban-Colombian family taught her about love, money, and race. These lessons—rooted in women’s experiences of migration, colonization, y cariño—define in evocative detail what it means to grow up female in an immigrant home.

In one story, Daisy sets... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Hite Report
A Nationwide Study of Female Sexuality
Written by Shere Hite


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 4, 2003
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-569-1 (1-58322-569-2)

A reproduction of the classic text, unavailable now for more than a decade, with a new introduction by the author.

The Hite Report, first published in 1976, was a sexual revolution in six hundred pages. To answer sensitive questions dealing with the most intimate details of women’s sexuality, Hite’s innovation was... Read more >
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The Shere Hite Reader
New and Selected Writings on Sex, Globalism, and Private Life
Written by Shere Hite


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: April 4, 2006
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-568-4 (1-58322-568-4)

The Shere Hite Reader presents wide-ranging analysis on the individual and society from a renowned thinker on psychosexual development. The book includes new science in addition to previously published material, reflecting Hite’s three decades of work probing the roots of human identity through questionnaires and theory.

For the first time Hite formalizes... 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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The Rivals
Chris Evert vs. Martina Navratilova Their Epic Duels and Extraordinary Friendship
Written by Johnette Howard


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: June 13, 2006
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1885-5 (0-7679-1885-1)

Praise for THE RIVALS:

“For all our seeming familiarity with Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, Johnette Howard takes us deep inside the greatest rivalry in tennis history to reveal how it took the two champions the length of their twenty year tennis war to truly know and love each other and themselves... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Mother Nature
Maternal Instincts and How They Shape the Human Species
Written by Sarah Hrdy


Format: Trade Paperback, 752 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 5, 2000
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-40893-8 (0-345-40893-4)

~Library Journal Best Book of 1999~

Maternal instinct--the all-consuming, utterly selfless love that mothers lavish on their children--has long been assumed to be an innate, indeed defining element of a woman's nature. But is it? In this provocative, groundbreaking book, renowned anthropologist (and mother) Sarah Blaffer Hrdy shares a radical new vision... Read more >

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Thrive
The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder
Written by Arianna Huffington


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: March 25, 2014
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-8041-4084-3 (0-8041-4084-7)

Thrive is a call to arms to redefine how we measure success in our work lives and personal lives. Beyond money and power, Arianna Huffington says, is the Third Metric: the importance of well-being, wisdom and fulfillment. The third metric is creating a revolution in our lives, one that will be... Read more >

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Love in a Headscarf

Written by Shelina Janmohamed


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 12, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0080-9 (0-8070-0080-9)

When Shelina Janmohamed, an Oxford-educated Muslim living in the bubbling ethnic mix of North London, opted for the traditional “arranged” route to finding a partner, she never suspected where the journey would take her...

Through ten long years of matchmaking buxom aunties, countless mismatches, and outrageous dating disasters, Shelina discovers more... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Prison Baby
A Memoir
Written by Deborah Jiang-Stein


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-9810-3 (0-8070-9810-8)

Prison Baby is a revised and substantially expanded version of Deborah Jiang Stein’s self-published memoir, Even Tough Girls Wear Tutus. Even at twelve years old, Deborah, the adopted daughter of a progressive Jewish couple in Seattle, felt like an outsider. Her mixed Asian features set her apart from her white, well-intentioned parents who... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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An Unquenchable Thirst
A Memoir
Written by Mary Johnson


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: February 26, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52748-4 (0-385-52748-9)

At seventeen, Mary Johnson experienced her calling when she saw a photo of Mother Teresa on the cover of Time magazine; eighteen months later she began her training as a Missionary of Charity, a nun in Mother Teresa’s order. Not without difficulty, this boisterous, independent-minded teenager eventually adapted to the sisters’... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Quiverfull
Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement
Written by Kathryn Joyce


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 1, 2010
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1073-0 (0-8070-1073-1)

Kathryn Joyce’s fascinating introduction to the world of the patriarchy movement and Quiverfull families examines the twenty-first-century women and men who proclaim self-sacrifice and submission as model virtues of womanhood–and as modes of warfare on behalf of Christ. Here, women live within stringently enforced doctrines of wifely submission and male headship... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Do They Hear You When You Cry

Written by Fauziya Kassindja


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: January 12, 1999
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-31994-2 (0-385-31994-0)

In 1994, Fauziya Kassindja, an extraordinary teenager from a wealthy, prominent family in Kpalime, Africa, fled from her home to escape tribal ritual female genital mutilation. She sought political asylum in the United States, but was instead incarcerated for 16 months in various Immigration and Naturalization Service detention facilities. Housed in... Read more >

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Orange Is the New Black
My Year in a Women's Prison
Written by Piper Kerman


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: March 8, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52339-4 (0-385-52339-4)

Selected for Common Reading at Salem State University and the University of California - Santa Barbara


With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years ago. But that past has caught up... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Orange Is the New Black (Movie Tie-in Edition)
My Year in a Women's Prison
Written by Piper Kerman


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: August 6, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8618-1 (0-8129-8618-0)


Selected for Common Reading at Salem State University and the University of California - Santa Barbara


NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten... Read more >

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Gilgi

Written by Irmgard Keun
Translated by Geoff Wilkes


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: November 12, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-61219-277-2 (1-61219-277-7)

Irmgard Keun’s first novel Gilgi was an overnight sensation upon its initial publication in Germany, selling thousands of copies, inspiring numerous imitators, and making Keun a household name–a reputation that was only heightened when, a few years later, the nervy Keun sued the Gestapo for blocking her royalties.

The story of a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Invisible Eve

Written by Yousef Khanfar


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli
On Sale: September 3, 2013
Price: $75.00
ISBN: 978-0-8478-4110-3 (0-8478-4110-3)

A collection of powerful images and messages of women incarcerated, taken by award-winning photographer Yousef Khanfar, showing us humanity and hope behind the dark corridors. In Invisible Eve, award-winning photographer and writer Yousef Khanfar, in his lifelong search for the essence of humanity, goes behind prison walls, where women convicted of... Read more >
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