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Dangerous Ambition
Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson: New Women in Search of Love and Power
Written by Susan Hertog


Format: Hardcover, 512 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: November 8, 2011
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-45986-2 (0-345-45986-5)

Born in the 1890s on opposite sides of the Atlantic, friends for more than forty years, Dorothy Thompson and Rebecca West lived strikingly parallel lives that placed them at the center of the social and historical upheavals of the twentieth century. In Dangerous Ambition, Susan Hertog chronicles the separate but intertwined... Read more >
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A Shining Thread of Hope

Written by Darlene Clark Hine and Kathleen Thompson


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: January 5, 1999
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0111-6 (0-7679-0111-8)

A Shining Thread of Hope is the inspiring and largely unknown story of the black female experience in the United States, co-authored by a pioneer in African American and women's history and an award-winning writer on race and gender. Encompassing both the panoramic story of black women in America and the... Read more >
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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 >
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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 >
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They Went Whistling
Women Wayfarers, Warriors, Runaways, and Renegades
Written by Barbara Holland


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 5, 2002
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72002-1 (0-385-72002-5)

In her spirited account of willful women from Cleopatra to Mother Jones, Barbara Holland reanimates rebels both known and unknown who thrived doing the unexpected.

Her remarkable book–part history, part spicy op-ed–will acquaint you with the likes of Grace O’Malley, a blazing terror of the Irish seas in the 1500s, and... Read more >
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The Vintage Book of International Lesbian Fiction

Written by Naomi Holoch


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 1, 1999
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75952-2 (0-679-75952-2)

The Vintage Book of International Lesbian Fiction presents a range of literary voices--from twenty-seven countries spanning six continents--and offers glimpses of lesbian life in unfamilar, often exotic climes.We follow an Irish woman as she travels through time in search of a wronged maiden, and anticipate the harrowing fate of a married... Read more >
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Rereading Sex
Battles Over Sexual Knowledge and Suppression in Nineteenth-Century America
Written by Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70186-3 (0-375-70186-9)

Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for History

A lively, scholarly, and often startling exploration of nineteenth-century American attitudes toward sexuality—what we felt, thought, wrote, and said about the human body; about love, lust, intercourse, masturbation, contraception, and abortion; about the power of sexual words and images.

Horowitz shows us a many-voiced America in... Read more >

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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 Women's Suffrage Movement

Written by Molly Housego and Neil R. Storey


Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: June 19, 2012
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1089-6 (0-7478-1089-3)

This book is an overview of the struggle for women to gain the vote in Great Britain and explores who the women were that formed and led or became members of the women’s suffrage movement; explains their motives and what the press and other women thought of them. Early campaigners and... 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 >
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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: $19.95
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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The Prospect Before Her
A History of Women in Western Europe, 1500 - 1800
Written by Olwen Hufton


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 24, 1998
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76818-0 (0-679-76818-1)

How did women in 16th century western Europe cope with the consequences of being considered inherently sinful--as well as being legally and economically subordinate to their fathers, husbands, brothers, and sons? What might become of a woman unable to raise a dowry? What were the difficulties faced by spinsters, single mothers... Read more >
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The Short Life and Long Times of Mrs. Beeton
The First Domestic Goddess
Written by Kathryn Hughes


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 8, 2007
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27866-1 (0-307-27866-2)

In Victorian England there was only one fail-safe authority on matters ranging from fashion to puddings to scullery maids: Beeton’s Book of Household Management. In this delightful, superbly researched biography, award-winning historian Kathryn Hughes pulls back the lace curtains to reveal the woman behind the book—Mrs. Beeton, the first domestic diva... Read more >

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Bold Spirit
Helga Estby's Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America
Written by Linda Lawrence Hunt


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 11, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7993-3 (1-4000-7993-4)

In 1896, a Norwegian immigrant and mother of eight children named Helga Estby was behind on taxes and the mortgage when she learned that a mysterious sponsor would pay $10,000 to a woman who walked across America.

Hoping to win the wager and save her family’s farm, Helga and her teenaged... Read more >
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A History of Women in America

Written by Carol Hymowitz and Michaele Weissman


Format: Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: September 1, 1984
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-26914-7 (0-553-26914-3)

From founding mothers to modern feminists, this narrative history, incorporating first-person accounts, traces the development of women's roles in America. Against the backdrop of major historical events and movements, the authors examine the issues that changed the roles and lives of women in our society. Includes photographs and index. 416 pp.

TABLE... Read more >
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Climbing the Mango Trees
A Memoir of a Childhood in India
Written by Madhur Jaffrey


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 9, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7820-2 (1-4000-7820-2)

Today’s most highly regarded writer on Indian food gives us an enchanting memoir of her childhood in Delhi in an age and a society that has since disappeared.

Madhur (meaning “sweet as honey”) Jaffrey grew up in a large family compound where her grandfather often presided over dinners at which forty or... 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 >
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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 >
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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 >

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Looking for Lovedu
A Woman's Journey Through Africa
Written by Ann Jones


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 9, 2002
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70533-5 (0-375-70533-3)

The adventure began when a young British photographer, Kevin Muggleton, suggested driving from one end of Africa to the other–“You know, the old ‘Cape to Cairo’ sort of thing.” For the renowned feminist writer Ann Jones, it soon became an expedition with a mission: to find the legendary Lovedu, a tribe... Read more >
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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 >
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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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Messengers of the Wind

Written by Jane Katz


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: March 5, 1996
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-40285-1 (0-345-40285-5)

In Messengers of the Wind Native American women, old and young, from a variety of tribal groups, speak with eloquence and passion about their experiences on the land and in urban areas; about their work as artists, activists, and healers; as grandmothers, mothers, and daughters; as modern professional women with a... Read more >
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The Girl Who Loved Camellias
The Life and Legend of Marie Duplessis
Written by Julie Kavanagh


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 11, 2013
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27079-5 (0-307-27079-3)

From the author of Nureyev, the definitive biography of the celebrated Russian dancer, now comes the astonishing and unknown story of Marie Duplessis, the courtesan who inspired Alexandre Dumas fils’s novel and play La dame aux camélias, Giuseppe Verdi’s opera La Traviata, George Cukor’s film Camille, and Frederick Ashton’s ballet Marguerite... Read more >
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