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Voices of the Women's Health Movement, Volume 1

Edited by Barbara Seaman and Laura Eldridge


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: February 14, 2012
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-444-2 (1-60980-444-9)

From pioneering women’s health advocate Barbara Seaman, the most comprehensive collection of literature on women’s health and history to date

An essential collection of essays, interviews, and commentary by leading activists, writers, doctors, and sociologists on topics ranging across reproductive rights, sex and orgasm, activism, motherhood, and birth control. The more than... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Shanghai Girls
A Novel
Written by Lisa See


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 2, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8053-0 (0-8129-8053-0)

HONOR BOOK, ASIAN/PACIFIC AMERICAN LIBRARIANS ASSOCIATION (APALA)
LITERATURE AWARD - FICTION


In 1937, Shanghai is the Paris of Asia, a city of great wealth and glamour, the home of millionaires and beggars, gangsters and gamblers, patriots and revolutionaries, artists and warlords. Thanks to the financial security and material comforts provided by their father’s... Read more >

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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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Out of Time
The Pleasures and the Perils of Ageing
Written by Lynne Segal and Elaine Showalter


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: July 1, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-299-9 (1-78168-299-2)

As the baby boomers approach their sixth or seventh decade, they are faced with new challenges and questions of politics and identity. In the footsteps of Simone de Beauvoir, Out of Time looks at many of the issues facing the aged–the war of the generations and baby-boomer bashing, the politics of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Out of Time
The Pleasures and the Perils of Ageing
Written by Lynne Segal
Introduction by Elaine Showalter


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-139-8 (1-78168-139-2)

As the baby boomers approach their sixth or seventh decade, they are faced with new challenges and questions of politics and identity. In the footsteps of Simone de Beauvoir, Out of Time looks at many of the issues facing the aged–the war of the generations and baby-boomer bashing, the politics of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.


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Straight Sex
The Politics of Pleasure
Written by Lynne Segal


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 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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Out of Her Mind
Women Writing on Madness
Written by Rebecca Shannonhouse


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 4, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75502-6 (0-375-75502-0)

This anthology contains the most affecting, finely wrought essays, memoirs, and fiction by women writing on madness. Some of the selections are literary classics, such as the excerpt from Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar while some are taken from contemporary works such as Susanna Kaysen's Girl, Interrupted. Several of the essays... 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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What's Love Got to Do with It?

Written by Meredith Small


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 1, 1996
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-47702-4 (0-385-47702-3)

In this refreshingly down-to-earth exploration of human mating and sexuality, an acclaimed anthropologist looks at the fascinating intersection between the imperatives of our glands and genes, and the culture in which we live. Why do we fall in love with the people we do? Is there an alternative, more feminist, way... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Aging with Grace
What the Nun Study Teaches Us About Leading Longer, Healthier, and More Meaningful Lives
Written by David Snowdon


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: April 30, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38092-7 (0-553-38092-3)

In 1986, epidemiologist Dr. David Snowdon embarked on a revolutionary scientific study that would forever change the way we view aging and old age. Dubbed the “Nun Study” because it involves a unique population of 678 Catholic sisters, this remarkable long-term research project remains today at the forefront of some of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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That Takes Ovaries!
Bold Females and Their Brazen Acts
Edited by Rivka Solomon


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: April 23, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-80659-3 (0-609-80659-9)

Having ovaries: unabashed, gutsy, feisty, playful, challenging, full of chutzpah, mettlesome, naughty, victorious, straight from the hip, full-flavored, outrageous, righteous, loving, inspiring, bold as brass, self-assured, self-confident, self-possessed, daring, heroic, wild, wanton, crazy, optimistic, unflappable, pushy, unstoppable, impressive, rebellious, kick-ass, carefree, having moxie, having heart, having no fear . . .

“That... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Without Reservations
The Travels of an Independent Woman
Written by Alice Steinbach


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 12, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75845-4 (0-375-75845-3)

“In many ways, I was an independent woman,” writes Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Alice Steinbach. “For years I’d made my own choices, paid my own bills, shoveled my own snow.” But somehow she had become dependent in quite another way. “I had fallen into the habit . . . of defining myself... 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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Women in the First World War

Written by Neil Storey


Format: Trade Paperback, 56 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: April 20, 2010
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-0752-0 (0-7478-0752-3)

The First World War was the conduit for some of the most dramatic changes in the role of women in British society. Suffragettes gave up their militant protests to support the war effort, and from the moment war broke out women were ready; many had already trained as military and Voluntary... Read more >

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Defiant Brides
The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-Era Women and the Radical Men They Married
Written by Nancy Rubin Stuart


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3326-5 (0-8070-3326-X)

The story of two Revolutionary—era teenagers who defy their Loyalist families to marry radical patriots, Henry Knox and Benedict Arnold, and are forever changed

When Peggy Shippen, the celebrated blonde belle of Philadelphia, married American military hero Benedict Arnold in 1779, she anticipated a life of fame and fortune, but financial debts... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Defiant Brides
The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-Era Women and the Radical Men They Married
Written by Nancy Rubin Stuart


Format: Hardcover, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 23, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0117-2 (0-8070-0117-1)

The story of two Revolutionary—era teenagers who defy their Loyalist families to marry radical patriots, Henry Knox and Benedict Arnold, and are forever changed

When Peggy Shippen, the celebrated blonde belle of Philadelphia, married American military hero Benedict Arnold in 1779, she anticipated a life of fame and fortune, but financial... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Catfight
Women and Competition
Written by Leora Tanenbaum


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: September 3, 2002
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-520-2 (1-58322-520-X)

Catfight: Women and Competition is Leora Tanenbaum’s dissection of the gender war waged among women. Tanenbaum meticulously analyzes the roots of destructive competitiveness among women, asserting that “catfights” thrive because, despite women’s many gains, American women are conditioned to regard each other as adversaries rather than allies. She investigates the arenas-from... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Slut!
Growing Up Female with a Bad Reputation
Written by Leora Tanenbaum


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: May 4, 1999
Price: $23.95
ISBN: 978-1-888363-94-4 (1-888363-94-0)

Leora Tanenbaum’s Slut! is a groundbreaking account of the lives of young women who stand up to the destructive power of name-calling, written by one of the rising young talents of journalism today. Slut! seamlessly weaves together three narrative threads: powerful oral histories of girls and women who tell us their... 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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The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

Written by Jeanne Theoharis


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 29, 2013
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5047-7 (0-8070-5047-4)

The definitive political biography of Rosa Parks examines her six decades of activism, challenging perceptions of her as an accidental actor in the civil rights movement.

Presenting a corrective to the popular notion of Rosa Parks as the quiet seamstress who, with a single act, birthed the modern civil rights movement, Theoharis... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Last Night I Dreamed of Peace
The Diary of Dang Thuy Tram
Written by Dang Thuy Tram


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 7, 2008
Price: $13.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-34738-1 (0-307-34738-9)

“Remarkable. . . . A gift from a heroine who was killed at twenty-seven but whose voice has survived to remind us of the humanity and decency that endure amid—and despite—the horror and chaos of war.”
—Francine Prose, O, The Oprah Magazine

Brutally honest and rich in detail, this posthumously published diary of... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Ten Circles Upon the Pond

Written by Virginia Tranel


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 27, 2004
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3121-4 (1-4000-3121-4)

In this wonderfully warm and humorous, loving and reflective book, Virginia Tranel looks at her life through the ten children she brought so joyously into this world.

In 1957, as a young Catholic-raised bride from Iowa, she headed into the rural West with her husband. Within the year she gave birth under... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Cold Song

Written by Linn Ullmann


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: April 8, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-667-6 (1-59051-667-2)

Siri Brodal, a chef and restaurant owner, is married to Jon Dreyer, a famous novelist plagued by writer’s block. Siri and Jon have two daughters, and together they spend their summers on the coast of Norway, in a mansion belonging to Jenny Brodal, Siri’s stylish and unforgiving mother.
 
Siri and Jon’s marriage... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Cut Me Loose
Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood
Written by Leah Vincent


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: January 21, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53809-1 (0-385-53809-X)

In the vein of Prozac Nation and Girl, Interrupted, an electrifying memoir about a young woman's promiscuous and self-destructive spiral after being cast out of her ultra-Orthodox Jewish family

Leah Vincent was born into the Yeshivish community, a fundamentalist sect of ultra-Orthodox Judaism. As the daughter of an influential rabbi, Leah and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Bad Mother
A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace
Written by Ayelet Waldman


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 4, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-3069-7 (0-7679-3069-X)

In our mothers’ day there were good mothers, indifferent mothers, and occasionally, great mothers. Today we have only Bad Mothers: If you work, you’re neglectful; if you stay home, you’re smothering. If you discipline, you’re buying them a spot on the shrink’s couch; if you let them run wild, they will... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.
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