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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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In the Company of the Courtesan
A Novel
Written by Sarah Dunant


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 6, 2007
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7404-1 (0-8129-7404-2)

My lady, Fiammetta Bianchini, was plucking her eyebrows and biting color into her lips when the unthinkable happened and the Holy Roman Emperor’s army blew a hole in the wall of God’s eternal city, letting in a flood of half-starved, half-crazed troops bent on pillage and punishment.

Thus begins In the Company... 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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Elizabeth and Mary
Cousins, Rivals, Queens
Written by Jane Dunn


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 25, 2005
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70820-6 (0-375-70820-0)

The political and religious conflicts between Queen Elizabeth I and the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots, have for centuries captured our imagination and inspired memorable dramas played out on stage, screen, and in opera. But few books have brought to life more vividly than Jane Dunn’s Elizabeth and Mary the exquisite... Read more >

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Elizabeth and Mary
Cousins, Rivals, Queens
Written by Jane Dunn


Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 6, 2004
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-40898-4 (0-375-40898-3)

“The first dual biography of two of the world’s most remarkable women—Elizabeth I of England and Mary Queen of Scots—by one of Britain’s “best biographers” —The Sunday Times

In a rich and riveting narrative, Jane Dunn reveals the extraordinary rivalry between the regal cousins. It is the story of two queens ruling... Read more >

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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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Saving Graces
Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangers
Written by Elizabeth Edwards


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 14, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2538-9 (0-7679-2538-6)

She charmed America with her smart, likable, down-to-earth personality as she campaigned for her husband, then vice-presidential candidate John Edwards. She inspired millions as she valiantly fought advanced breast cancer after being diagnosed only days before the 2004 election. She touched hundreds of similarly grieving families when her own son, Wade... Read more >

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For Her Own Good
Two Centuries of the Experts Advice to Women
Written by Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 4, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7800-4 (1-4000-7800-8)

Updated to cover the 25 years since it was first published, this brilliant and wonderfully written women's history classic exposes the myths told to women in the name of science.

Since the the nineteenth century, "experts" have been telling women how to take care of themselves. Generations of highly respected mainstream physicians... 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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Sex and the Citadel
Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World
Written by Shereen El Feki


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: March 12, 2013
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-37739-5 (0-307-37739-3)

If you really want to know a people, start by looking inside their bedrooms.

As political change sweeps the streets and squares, the parliaments and presidential palaces of the Arab world, Shereen El Feki has been looking at an upheaval a little closer to home—in the sexual lives of men and women... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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In Our Control
The Complete Guide to Contraceptive Choices for Women
Written by Laura Eldridge
Foreword by Jennifer Baumgardner


Format: Trade Paperback, 394 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-907-1 (1-58322-907-8)

The efficacy and risks of different birth control options are dramatically different today from what they once were thanks to scientific advances and increased awareness of STDs and other factors. In the most comprehensive book on birth control since the 1970s, women’s health activist Laura Eldridge discusses the history, scientific advances... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Please Read (if at all possible)
The Girl Project
Written by Kate Engelbrecht


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Universe
On Sale: August 30, 2011
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-7893-2260-9 (0-7893-2260-9)

Female adolescence through the eyes of teenage girls for a teenage-girl audience. This empowering volume introduces the reader to an insider’s view of teenage girlhood. Through their participation in The Girl Project-created in 2007 by Kate Engelbrecht to explore the personal realities of modern female adolescence-teenage girls contributed intimate, heartwarming, diary-like... Read more >

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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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The Vagina Monologues

Written by Eve Ensler


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Villard
On Sale: December 26, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-49860-1 (0-345-49860-7)

"I was worried about vaginas. I was worried about what we think about vaginas, and even more worried that we don't think about them. . . . So I decided to talk to women about their vaginas, to do vagina interviews, which became vagina monologues. I talked with over two hundred... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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I Feel Bad About My Neck
And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman
Written by Nora Ephron


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 1, 2006
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26455-8 (0-307-26455-6)

With her disarming, intimate, completely accessible voice, and dry sense of humor, Nora Ephron shares with us her ups and downs in I Feel Bad About My Neck, a candid, hilarious look at women who are getting older and dealing with the tribulations of maintenance, menopause, empty nests, and life itself.

The... Read more >

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The Lincolns
Portrait of a Marriage
Written by Daniel Mark Epstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: January 13, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-47800-9 (0-345-47800-2)

Although the private lives of political couples have in our era become front-page news, the true story of this extraordinary and tragic first family has never been fully told. The Lincolns eclipses earlier accounts with riveting new information that makes husband and wife, president and first lady, come alive in all... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Generation Roe
Inside the Future of the Pro-Choice Movement
Written by Sarah Erdreich


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: March 26, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-458-9 (1-60980-458-9)

Strong support among women was key to Obama’s reelection. According to author Sarah Erdreich, it is time for Barack Obama, forty years after Roe v. Wade, to finally help demystify abortion. One-third of all American women will have an abortion by the time they are 45, and most of those women are already... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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American Plastic
Boob Jobs, Credit Cards, and Our Quest for Perfection
Written by Laurie Essig


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 8, 2011
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0323-7 (0-8070-0323-9)

The story of how credit and cosmetic surgery have created a subprime mortgage crisis of the body.

In this provocative book, sociologist Laurie Essig traces the history of plastic surgery, tracks the effect of fashion and porn on our desire to “fix” ourselves, and explores our image- and youth-obsessed culture. In over... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Ada's Algorithm
How Lord Byron's Daughter Ada Lovelace Launched the Digital Age
Written by James Essinger


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: October 14, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-408-0 (1-61219-408-7)

Over 150 years after her death, a widely-used scientific computer program was named “Ada,” after Ada Lovelace, the only legitimate daughter of the eighteenth century’s version of a rock star, Lord Byron. Why?

Because, after computer pioneers such as Alan Turing began to rediscover her, it slowly became apparent that she had... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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Personal Politics
The Roots of Women's Liberation in the Civil Rights Movement & the New Left
Written by Sara Evans


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 1980
Price: $12.76
ISBN: 978-0-394-74228-1 (0-394-74228-1)

The women most crucial to the feminist movement of the 1960s arrived at their commitment and consciousness in response to the shattering experience of having their work minimized by the men they considered to be their colleagues and fellow crusaders in the civil rights and radical New Left movements. On the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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My Mother's Wars

Written by Lillian Faderman


Format: Hardcover, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 5, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5052-1 (0-8070-5052-0)

A story of love, war, and life as a Jewish immigrant in the squalid factories and lively dance halls of New York’s Garment District in the 1930s, My Mother’s Wars is the memoir Lillian Faderman’s mother was never able to write. The daughter delves into her mother’s past to tell the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Unruly Women
The Politics of Confinement & Resistance
Written by Karlene Faith


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: July 26, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-137-3 (1-60980-137-7)

Winner of the VanCity Book Prize, Unruly Women: The Politics of Confinement & Resistance is the seminal book about women’s imprisonment that helped spark examinations around the world into the special circumstances women face in prison, as well as the sex and gender crimes that get them there.
Most women who... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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: $14.99
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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The War on Choice
The Right-Wing Attack on Women's Rights and How to Fight Back
Written by Gloria Feldt


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38292-1 (0-553-38292-6)

Accessible and impassioned, here is an eye-opening look at the right wing strategy to reverse the gains American women have made over the past 50 years. The War on Choice chronicles the actions being taken at the highest levels of government to turn back the clock on women's rights.

As Feldt... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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