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Mean Little deaf Queer
A Memoir
Written by Terry Galloway

Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7331-5 (0-8070-7331-8)

In 1959, the year Terry Galloway turned nine, the voices of everyone she loved began to disappear. No one yet knew that an experimental antibiotic given to her mother had wreaked havoc on her fetal nervous system, eventually causing her to go deaf. As a self-proclaimed “child freak,” she acted out... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History
Written by Rhonda K. Garelick

Format: Hardcover, 608 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: September 30, 2014
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6952-1 (1-4000-6952-1)

Certain lives are at once so exceptional, and yet so in step with their historical moments, that they illuminate cultural forces far beyond the scope of a single person. Such is the case with Coco Chanel, whose life offers one of the most fascinating tales of the twentieth century—throwing into dramatic... Read more >
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A Working Girl Can't Win
and Other Poems
Written by Deborah Garrison

Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 22, 2000
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75540-8 (0-375-75540-3)

Deborah Garrison, whose work as an editor and writer has enlivened the pages of The New Yorker for more than a decade, evokes the characters and events of her everyday life with intense feeling and, more important, conjures up the universal dilemmas and pleasures of a young woman trying to... Read more >
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Rena's Promise
A Story of Sisters in Auschwitz
Written by Rena Kornreich Gelissen and Heather Dune Macadam

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 30, 1996
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7071-0 (0-8070-7071-8)

As a young woman, Rena Kornreich endured the Nazi death camps for almost three and a half years. Rena’s Promise, the remarkable story of her survival, shows how her relationship with her younger sister, Danka, gave her the will to persevere under unimaginable circumstances.

“Gelissen, who was on the first Jewish transport... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Tales of a Female Nomad
Living at Large in the World
Written by Rita Golden Gelman

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 28, 2002
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-609-80954-9 (0-609-80954-7)

“I move throughout the world without a plan, guided by instinct, connecting through trust, and constantly watching for serendipitous opportunities.” —From the Preface

Tales of a Female Nomad is the story of Rita Golden Gelman, an ordinary woman who is living an extraordinary existence. At the age of forty-eight, on the verge... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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American Priestess
The Extraordinary Story of Anna Spafford and the American Colony in Jerusalem
Written by Jane Fletcher Geniesse

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 8, 2009
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27772-5 (0-307-27772-0)

For generations, The American Colony Hotel in Jerusalem has been a well-known retreat for journalists, diplomats, pilgrims and spies. However, few know the story of Anna Spafford, the enigmatic evangelist who was instrumental in its founding

Branded heretics by Jerusalem’s established Christian missionaries when they arrived in 1881, the Spaffords and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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In Defense of Women
Memoirs of an Unrepentant Advocate
Written by Nancy Gertner

Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 17, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1148-5 (0-8070-1148-7)

From a “Human Rights Hero,” a memoir of her illustrious career litigating groundbreaking cases

In the boys’ club climate of 1975, Nancy Gertner launched her career fighting a murder charge on behalf of antiwar activist Susan Saxe, one of the few women to ever make the FBI’s Most Wanted List. What... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Ester and Ruzya
How My Grandmothers Survived Hitler's War and Stalin's Peace
Written by Masha Gessen

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
On Sale: October 25, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33605-5 (0-385-33605-5)

In the 1930s, as waves of war and persecution were crashing over Europe, two young Jewish women began separate journeys of survival. One, a Polish-born woman from Bialystok, where virtually the entire Jewish community would soon be sent to the ghetto and from there to Hitler’s concentration camps, was determined not... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Extraordinary Upbringing and Curious Life of Miss Florence Nightingale
Written by Gillian Gill

Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 13, 2005
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-45188-0 (0-345-45188-0)


Florence Nightingale was, for a time, one of the most famous women in Britain--if not the world. While she is known today primarily as a saintly character and as a reformer of Britain’s health-care system, the reality is a little more complex. In Nightingales, acclaimed author Gillian Gill examines... Read more >
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The Birth of Pleasure

Written by Carol Gilligan

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75943-0 (0-679-75943-3)

Carol Gilligan, whose classic In a Different Voice revolutionized the study of human psychology, now offers a brilliant, provocative book about love. Why is love so often associated with tragedy, she asks. Why are our experiences of pleasure so often shadowed by loss? And can we change these patterns?

Gilligan observes children... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A World Made New
Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Written by Mary Ann Glendon

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 11, 2002
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-76046-4 (0-375-76046-6)

Winner, the Bradley Prize

Finalist for the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award

Unafraid to speak her mind and famously tenacious in her convictions, Eleanor Roosevelt was still mourning the death of FDR when she was asked by President Truman to lead a controversial commission, under the auspices of the newly formed United Nations... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Eva Braun
Life with Hitler
Written by Heike B. Gortemaker
Translated by Damion Searls

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 11, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74260-5 (0-307-74260-1)

From one of Germany’s leading young historians, the first comprehensive biography of Eva Braun, Hitler’s devoted mistress, finally wife, and the hidden First Lady of the Third Reich.

In this groundbreaking biography of Eva Braun, German historian Heike Görtemaker reveals Hitler’s mistress as more than just a vapid blonde whose concerns... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Playing the Whore
The Work of Sex Work
Written by Melissa Gira Grant

Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: March 11, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-323-1 (1-78168-323-9)

Recent years have seen a panic over “online red-light districts,” which supposedly seduce vulnerable young women into a life of degradation, and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof’s live tweeting of a Cambodian brothel raid. But rarely do these fearful, salacious dispatches come from sex workers themselves, and rarely do they deviate from the position that sex workers... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Whole Woman

Written by Germaine Greer

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 8, 2000
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72003-8 (0-385-72003-3)

Thirty years after The Female Eunuch galvanized the women's liberation movement, Germaine Greer launches a fiery sequel assessing the state of womanhood and proclaiming that the time has come to get angry again.

With passionate rhetoric, unique authority, and outrageous humor, The Whole Woman reveals how women have been sideswiped and sidetracked... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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Dancing with Cuba
A Memoir of the Revolution
Written by Alma Guillermoprieto

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 8, 2005
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72581-4 (0-375-72581-4)

In 1970 a young dancer named Alma Guillermoprieto left New York to take a job teaching at Cuba’s National School of Dance. For six months, she worked in mirrorless studios (it was considered more revolutionary); her poorly trained but ardent students worked without them but dreamt of greatness. Yet in the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Ladies of Seneca Falls

Written by Miriam Gurko

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: December 27, 1987
Price: $12.76
ISBN: 978-0-8052-0545-9 (0-8052-0545-4)

On July 13, 1848, five women conversed over tea in a small upstate New York town. The next day, the local newspaper carried their announcement inviting women to attend "A Convention to discuss the social, civil and religious condition and rights of women." Thus, the American woman's rights movement became reality.

Gurko... Read more >

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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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Some Memories of a Long Life, 1854-1911

Written by Malvina Shanklin Harlan
Afterword by Linda Przybyszewski
Foreword by Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 8, 2003
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6744-9 (0-8129-6744-5)

Like Abigail Adams, Malvina Shanklin Harlan witnessed—and gently influenced—national history from the unique perspective of a political leader’s wife. Her husband, Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan (1833–1911), played a central role in some of the most significant civil rights decisions of his era, including his lone dissenting opinion in Plessy... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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The Blue Cotton Gown
A Midwife's Memoir
Written by Patricia Harman

Format: Trade Paperback, 296 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 1, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7291-2 (0-8070-7291-5)

Despite nurse-midwife Patsy Harman’s own financial and personal medical trials, including her private battle with uterine cancer, she devotes herself to her patients’ well-being in all aspects of their lives. They, in turn, tell her intimate stories both heartbreaking and uplifting.

‘In her sweetly perceptive memoir, Harman reveals how her exam room... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Women Lawyers
Rewriting the Rules
Written by Mona Harrington

Format: eBook, 272 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 11, 2013
Price: $12.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-83156-9 (0-307-83156-6)

The very presence of women in the law—normal as it may seem to us today—signals revolutionary change in a social order that for centuries entrusted control over its rules to men. Mona Harrington examines both the problems women meet when they claim equal authority as rule makers, and the impact of... Read more >

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Joan of Arc
A Life Transfigured
Written by Kathryn Harrison

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: October 28, 2014
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53120-7 (0-385-53120-6)

The profoundly inspiring and fully documented saga of Joan of Arc, the young peasant girl whose "voices" moved her to rally the French nation and a reluctant king against British invaders in 1428, has fascinated artistic figures as diverse as William Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Voltaire, George Bernard Shaw, Bertolt Brecht, Carl... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Education of a Woman: The Life of Gloria Steinem

Written by Carolyn G. Heilbrun

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: October 29, 1996
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-40621-7 (0-345-40621-4)

"Fascinating...intriguing...Heilburn challenges us to understand the complex puzzle that is Steinem." --San Francisco Chronicle

"An  intriguing, unconventional portrait of this intriguing, unconventional and above all beloved leader." --The Washington Post Book World Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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