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Daughters of the Revolution

Written by Carolyn Cooke


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74146-2 (0-307-74146-X)

In 1968, a clerical mistake threatens the prestigious but cash-strapped Goode School in the small New England town of Cape Wilde. After a century of all-male, old-boy education, the school accidentally admits its first female student: Carole Faust, a brilliant, outspoken, fifteen-year-old black girl whose arrival will have both an immediate... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Daughters of the Revolution

Written by Carolyn Cooke


Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 7, 2011
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-59473-0 (0-307-59473-4)

From the O. Henry Award–winning author of the story collection The Bostons—a New York Times Notable Book, Los Angeles Times Book of the Year and winner of the PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship for Writers—an exquisite first novel set at a disintegrating New England prep school.

It’s 1968. The prestigious but cash-strapped Goode School... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Collected Stories of Amanda Cross

Written by Amanda Cross


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: January 20, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-42113-5 (0-345-42113-2)

Amanda Cross is a master of the American literary whodunit. In her delicately menacing short fiction, assembled here in one volume, dangerous impulses seize the most unlikely individuals, and everyday existence is fast eclipsed by the bizarre. Among the compelling intrigues: The cold-blooded murder of Mrs. Byron Lloyd, shot dead during... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Puzzled Heart

Written by Amanda Cross


Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Fawcett
On Sale: December 26, 1998
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-41884-5 (0-345-41884-0)

Kate Fansler's husband, Reed, has been kidnapped--and will be killed unless Kate obeys the carefully delineated directives of a ransom note. Tormented by her own puzzled heart, Kate seeks solace and wise counsel from both old friends and new. But who precisely is the enemy? Is he or she a vengeful... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Voice Over
A Novel
Written by Celine Curiol
Translated by Sam Richard
Foreword by Paul Auster


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 7, 2008
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-848-7 (1-58322-848-9)

A lonely young woman works as an announcer in Paris’s gare du Nord train station. Obsessed with a man attached to another woman, she wanders through the world of dinner parties, shopping excursions, and chance sexual encounters with a sense of haunting expectation. As something begins to happen between her and... Read more >
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The Tale of Murasaki
A Novel
Written by Liza Dalby


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 21, 2001
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49795-4 (0-385-49795-4)

The sensitive and modest daughter of a mid-ranking court poet, Murasaki Shikibu staves off loneliness with her active imagination, telling stories about the dashing Prince Genji to her close friends. At first, they are their private entertainment, but soon Genji's amorous adventures are leaked to the public and Murasaki is thrust... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Babyji

Written by Abha Dawesar


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 8, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3456-7 (1-4000-3456-6)

Sixteen-year-old Anamika Sharma is a leader among her peers. At school she is an ace at quantum physics. At home she sneaks off to her parents' scooter garage to read the Kama-sutra. Before long she has seduced an elegant older divorcée and the family servant, and has caught the eye of... Read more >
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The Woman Destroyed

Written by Simone De Beauvoir


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: August 12, 1987
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-71103-4 (0-394-71103-3)

These three long stories draw us into the lives of three women, all past their first youth, all facing unexpected crises. In the title story, the heroine's serenity is shattered when she learns that her husband is having an affair. In "The Age of Discretion," a successful, happily married professor finds... Read more >
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Lieutenant Nun
Memoir of a Basque Transvestite in the New World
Written by Catalina De Erauso


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 30, 1997
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7073-4 (0-8070-7073-4)

Named a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 1996

One of the earliest known autobiographies by a woman, this is the extraordinary tale of Catalina de Erauso, who in 1599 escaped from a Basque convent dressed as a man and went on to live one of the most wildly fantastic... Read more >
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Dickinson: Poems

Written by Emily Dickinson


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: November 2, 1993
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-42907-4 (0-679-42907-7)

This Everyman's Library Pocket Poets edition contains poems from The Poet's Art, The Works of Love, and Death and Resurrection, as well as an index of first lines. Read more >

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Salvador

Written by Joan Didion


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 26, 1994
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75183-0 (0-679-75183-1)

Didion turns her powers of observation to El Salvador in the early 1980s, delivering a devastating anatomy of that country’s particular brand of terror—its mechanisms, rationales, and its intimate relation to our own country’s foreign policy. As Didion travels from battlefields to body dumps; interviews a puppet president; and considers the... Read more >
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Anecdotes of Destiny and Ehrengard

Written by Isak Dinesen


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 1, 1993
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74333-0 (0-679-74333-2)

Hauntingly evoked and sensuously realized, the five stories and novella collected here have the hold of "fairy stories read in childhood . . . of dreams . . . and of life as our dreams" (New York Times Book Review).

"[Dinesen's] imagination could visit, it seemed, any corner of European history and... Read more >
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Out of Africa
and Shadows on the Grass
Written by Isak Dinesen


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 23, 1989
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72475-9 (0-679-72475-3)

Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen) left Denmark and sailed for East Africa to marry her Swedish cousin, Baron Bror Blixen. They bought a coffee plantation in Kenya and from 1914 to 1931 she managed it, even after she and her husband separated. Her account of those years is transformed by the magical... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Tongue's Blood Does Not Run Dry
Algerian Stories
Written by Assia Djebar
Translated by Tegan Raleigh


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: January 5, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-787-9 (1-58322-787-3)

What happens when catastrophe becomes an everyday occurrence? Each of the seven stories in Assia Djebar’s The Tongue’s Blood Does Not Run Dry reaches into the void where normal and impossible realities coexist. All the stories were written in 1995 and 1996–a time when, by official accounts, some two hundred thousand... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Girl Like Che Guevara

Written by Teresa De La Caridad Doval


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: April 1, 2005
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-1-56947-397-9 (1-56947-397-8)

Sixteen-year-old Lourdes is a dedicated and proud revolutionary who spends the summer of 1982, along with her peers, at the “School-in-the-Fields,” tilling tobacco fields to prove her dedication to Fidel and the revolution.

But she is also a study of contradictions. Lourdes outwardly scoffs at the old ways but wears an... Read more >

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Through the Ivory Gate
A novel
Written by Rita Dove


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 5, 1993
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74240-1 (0-679-74240-9)

To her irresistible first novel Rita Dove brings the same lyricism and bravura command of imagery that won her the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry as she deftly evokes the tensions and longings that confront any woman--black or white--trying to find a place in the world. In the early 1970s Virginia... Read more >

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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 Dud Avocado

Written by Elaine Dundy
Introduction by Terry Teachout


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: June 5, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-232-2 (1-59017-232-9)

Elaine Dundy’s semi-autobiographical comic novel follows the misadventures of an American girl who impulsively quits college and heads off to conquer Paris in the 1950s.

Sally Jay Gorce sets out to become an actress, but what she really wants to do is experience the wide world, and to “make her wits... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Necessary Targets
A Story of Women and War
Written by Eve Ensler


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Villard
On Sale: January 23, 2001
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75603-0 (0-375-75603-5)

In her first new work since The Vagina Monologues, her Obie Award-winning smash hit, Eve Ensler tells the story of two American women, a Park Avenue psychiatrist and a human rights worker, who go to Bosnia to help women confront their memories of war and emerge deeply changed themselves. Necessary Targets... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Most of Nora Ephron

Written by Nora Ephron


Format: Hardcover, 576 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-35083-9 (0-385-35083-X)

A whopping big celebration of the work of the late, great Nora Ephron, America’s funniest—and most acute—writer, famous for her brilliant takes on life as we’ve been living it these last forty years.

Everything you could possibly want from Nora Ephron is here—from her writings on journalism, feminism, and being... Read more >

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Fanpire
The Twilight Saga and the Women Who Love it
Written by Tanya Erzen


Format: Trade Paperback, 184 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 15, 2013
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0639-9 (0-8070-0639-4)

An author immerses herself in the frenzied fandom of Twilight, the young-adult vampire romance series that has captivated women of all ages.

Why have the Twilight saga’s representations of romance and relationships enchanted millions of fans and generated millions in revenue, selling everything from Barbie-type dolls to blockbuster films? Tanya Erzen–herself... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Fanpire
The Twilight Saga and the Women Who Love it
Written by Tanya Erzen


Format: Hardcover, 184 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 30, 2012
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0633-7 (0-8070-0633-5)

An author immerses herself in the frenzied fandom of Twilight, the young-adult vampire romance series that has captivated women of all ages.

Why have the Twilight saga’s representations of romance and relationships enchanted millions of fans and generated millions in revenue, selling everything from Barbie-type dolls to blockbuster films? Tanya Erzen–herself... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Plum Bun
A Novel without a Moral
Written by Jessi Redmon Fauset


Format: Trade Paperback, 408 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: December 15, 1999
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0919-2 (0-8070-0919-9)

Written in 1929 at the height of the Harlem Renaissance by one of the movement’s most important and prolific authors, Plum Bun is the story of Angela Murray, a young black girl who discovers she can pass for white. After the death of her parents, Angela moves to New York to... Read more >

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Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

Written by Fannie Flagg


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: January 21, 1997
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-91135-8 (0-449-91135-7)

Here is a folksy and funny, endearing and affecting, southern-fried tale about two very special friendships.

In a small town near Birmingham sits the Whistle Shop Cafe, a place alive with the hungry, the heartbroken, the righteous and the garrulous.  The cafe is owned by sweet, patient Ruth, and by Idgie, irresistibly big-hearted... Read more >
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