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Simple Gifts
Lessons in Living from a Shaker Village
Written by June Sprigg


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 7, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70432-1 (0-375-70432-9)

In Simple Gifts, June Sprigg tells the story of one of America’s last Shaker communities—Canterbury Shaker Village, in Canterbury, New Hampshire—during its twilight years, and of its seven remarkable “survivor” women, who were among the last representatives of our longest-lived and best-known communal utopian society. As a college student Sprigg spent... Read more >

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Every Man in This Village Is a Liar
An Education in War
Written by Megan Stack


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 14, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-3034-5 (0-7679-3034-7)

A National Book Award Finalist

A few weeks after the planes crashed into the World Trade Center, journalist Megan K. Stack was thrust into Afghanistan and Pakistan, dodging gunmen, prodding warlords for information, and witnessing the changes sweeping the Muslim world. Every Man in This Village Is a Liar is her... Read more >

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Debating Sexual Correctness
Pornography, Sexual Harassment, Date Rape and the Politics of Sexual Equality
Edited by Adele Stan


Format: Trade Paperback, 340 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: February 2, 1995
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-31384-1 (0-385-31384-5)

Have the new rules of feminist politics gone too far? Since Katie Riophe's book The Morning After helped spark a national debate over the politics of date rape, the media has focused on controversial sexual behavior of all kinds. Proponents of what has come to be called sexual correctness contend that... 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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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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The Herbal Lore of Wise Women and Wortcunners
The Healing Power of Medicinal Plants
Written by Wolf D. Storl
Foreword by Rosemary Gladstar


Format: Trade Paperback, 392 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: January 17, 2012
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-358-8 (1-58394-358-7)

Traditional herbalists or wise women were not only good botanists or pharmacologists; they were also shamanic practitioners and keepers of occult knowledge about the powerful properties of plants. Traveling back to the healing arts of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, The Herbal Lore of Wise Women and Wortcunners takes readers... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Alice James
A Biography
Written by Jean Strouse
Preface by Colm Toibin


Format: Trade Paperback, 392 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-453-1 (1-59017-453-4)

The Jameses are perhaps the most extraordinary and distinguished family in American intellectual life. Henry’s novels, celebrated as among the finest in the language, and William’s groundbreaking philosophical and psychological works, have won these brothers a permanent place at the center of the nation’s cultural firmament. Less well known is their... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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Bad Shoes & The Women Who Love Them

Written by Leora Tanenbaum
Illustrated by Vanessa Davis


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-904-0 (1-58322-904-3)

Bad Shoes & the Women Who Love Them is a lighthearted wake-up call to women to make informed decisions when buying and wearing fashionable shoes. Arming the reader with essential facts, citing medical literature as well as leading podiatric surgeons and orthopedists, Tanenbaum covers the history of high heels, Chinese foot... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 Woman in the Shaman's Body
Reclaiming the Feminine in Religion and Medicine
Written by Barbara Tedlock, Ph.D.


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: December 27, 2005
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37971-6 (0-553-37971-2)

"Her latest fascinating monograph is the mature work of a confident scholar, bringing many disparate pieces of evidence together in a sweeping summary of the integral role of women in religion and medicine through many centuries...Tedlock has shifted the way we view the feminine in diverse historical adn current shamanic practices... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

Written by Jeanne Theoharis


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 21, 2014
Price: $17.50
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3332-6 (0-8070-3332-4)

2014 NAACP Image Award Winner: Outstanding Literary Work – Biography / Auto Biography

2013 Letitia Woods Brown Award from the Association of Black Women Historians 

Choice Top 25 Academic Titles for 2013


The definitive political biography of Rosa Parks examines her six decades of activism, challenging perceptions of her as an accidental actor in the...
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Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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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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The Age of Homespun
Objects and Stories in the Creation of an American Myth
Written by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 12, 2002
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76644-5 (0-679-76644-8)

They began their existence as everyday objects, but in the hands of Bancroft Award-winning historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, fourteen domestic items from preindustrial America—ranging from a linen tablecloth to an unfinished sock—relinquish their stories and offer profound insights into our history.

In an age when even meals are rarely made from scratch... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Good Wives
Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England, 1650-1750
Written by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 4, 1991
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73257-0 (0-679-73257-8)

Winner of the Colonial Dames of America Award

This enthralling work of scholarship reveals the hidden and not always stoic face of the "goodwives" of Colonial America. We encounter the awesome burdens and considerable power of a New England housewife's domestic life and witness her occasional forays into the world of men... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History

Written by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 23, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7527-0 (1-4000-7527-0)

“They didn’t ask to be remembered,” Pulitzer Prize-winning author Laurel Ulrich wrote in 1976 about the pious women of colonial New England. And then she added a phrase that has since gained widespread currency: “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” Today those words appear almost everywhere—on T-shirts, mugs, bumper stickers, plaques, greeting... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Berlin Diaries, 1940-1945

Written by Marie Vassiltchikov


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 1988
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-75777-3 (0-394-75777-7)

The secret diaries of a twenty-three-year-old White Russian princess who worked in the German Foreign Office from 1940 to 1944 and then as a nurse, these pages give us a unique picture of wartime life in that sector of German society from which the 20th of July Plot—the conspiracy to kill... Read more >

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Shout, Sister, Shout!
The Untold Story of Rock-and-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Written by Gayle Wald


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 15, 2008
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0985-7 (0-8070-0985-7)

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Pick

Long before “women in rock” became a media catchphrase, African American guitar virtuoso Rosetta Tharpe proved in spectacular fashion that women could rock. Born in Cotton Plant, Arkansas, in 1915, Tharpe was gospel’s first superstar and the preeminent crossover figure of its golden age... Read more >

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To Be Real
Telling the Truth and Changing the Face of Feminism
Written by Rebecca Edby Walker


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 1, 1995
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-47262-3 (0-385-47262-5)

A revolutionary exploration of the nature of feminism today, its impact on everyday life, and its promise for the future.

Determined to extend the boundaries of feminism to embrace social, political and economic equality for all humanity, these exciting young activists and thinkers recast the concepts of feminism to reflect their own... Read more >

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The Richest Woman in America
Hetty Green in the Gilded Age
Written by Janet Wallach


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 4, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47457-5 (0-307-47457-7)

No woman in the Gilded Age made as much money as Hetty Green, America’s first female tycoon. A strong woman who forged her own path, she was worth at least $100 million by the end of her life in 1916—equal to about $2.5 billion today.

Green was mocked for her simple... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Divided Lives

Written by Elsa Walsh


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 1, 1996
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-48447-3 (0-385-48447-X)

Despite the large number of books devoted to women's issues in the last twenty years, Washington Post  reporter Elsa Walsh felt that the literature was missing a crucial element--the voices of women themselves. Setting out to probe the myriad layers of women's lives and to illuminate the interior struggles women face at... Read more >
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