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The Complete Fiction of Nella Larsen
Passing, Quicksand, and The Stories
Written by Nella Larsen
Edited by Charles Larson
Foreword by Marita Golden


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 6, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72100-4 (0-385-72100-5)

Nella Larsen's subject is the struggle of sensitive, spirited heroines to find a place for themselves in a hostile world. Passing is the story of a light-skinned beauty who, after spending years passing for white, finds herself dangerously drawn to an old friend's Harlem neighborhood. In Quicksand, a restless young mulatto... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Edith Wharton

Written by Hermione Lee


Format: Trade Paperback, 912 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 8, 2008
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70287-7 (0-375-70287-3)

From Hermione Lee, the internationally acclaimed, award-winning biographer of Virginia Woolf and Willa Cather, comes a superb reexamination of one of the most famous American women of letters.

Delving into heretofore untapped sources, Lee does away with the image of the snobbish bluestocking and gives us a new Edith Wharton-tough, startlingly modern... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Good Terrorist

Written by Doris Lessing


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 25, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38996-1 (0-307-38996-0)

The Good Terrorist follows Alice Mellings, a woman who transforms her home into a headquarters for a group of radicals who plan to join the IRA. As Alice struggles to bridge her ideology and her bourgeois upbringing, her companions encounter unexpected challenges in their quest to incite social change against complacency... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Blue Notebook
A Novel
Written by James A. Levine


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52872-6 (0-385-52872-8)

An unforgettable, deeply affecting debut novel, The Blue Notebook tells the story of Batuk, a precocious fifteen-year-old girl from rural India who is sold into sexual slavery by her father. As she navigates the grim realities of Mumbai’s Common Street, Batuk manages to put pen to paper, recording her private thoughts... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes
A Memoir of Dublin in the 1950s
Written by Martha Long


Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-414-5 (1-60980-414-7)

When Martha Long’s feckless mother hooks up with the Jackser (“that bandy aul bastard”), and starts having more babies, the abuse and poverty in the house grow more acute. Martha is regularly sent out to beg and more often steal, and her wiles (as a child of 7, 8) are often... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Sister Outsider
Essays and Speeches
Written by Audre Lorde
Foreword by Cheryl Clarke


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Crossing Press
On Sale: August 1, 2007
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-58091-186-3 (1-58091-186-2)

Presenting the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde, SISTER OUTSIDER celebrates an influential voice in twentieth-century literature. In this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Zami: A New Spelling of My Name
A Biomythography
Written by Geraldine Audre Lorde


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Crossing Press
On Sale: January 1, 1982
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-0-89594-122-0 (0-89594-122-8)

“ZAMI is a fast-moving chronicle. From the author’s vivid childhood memories in Harlem to her coming of age in the late 1950s, the nature of Audre Lorde’s work is cyclical. It especially relates the linkage of women who have shaped her . . . Lorde brings into play her craft of... Read more >
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I Await the Devil's Coming

Written by Mary MacLane
Introduction by Jessa Crispin


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: March 19, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-61219-194-2 (1-61219-194-0)

Mary MacLane’s I Await the Devil’s Coming is a shocking, brave and intellectually challenging diary of a 19-year-old girl living in Butte, Montana in 1902. Written in potent, raw prose that propelled the author to celebrity upon publication, the book has become almost completely forgotten.

In the early 20th century, MacLane’s name... Read more >
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Waist-High in the World
A Life Among the Nondisabled
Written by Nancy Mairs


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: December 22, 1997
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7087-1 (0-8070-7087-4)

In a blend of intimate memoir and passionate advocacy, Nancy Mairs takes on the subject woven through all her writing: disability and its effect on life, work, and spirit.

“Graceful yet gritty paradoxes drive this extraordinary book, which uses the author’s degenerative disease, multiple sclerosis, as a window into a very particular... Read more >

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Cancer Vixen
A True Story
Written by Marisa Acocella Marchetto


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: September 29, 2009
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71474-0 (0-375-71474-X)

Coming in paperback: the groundbreaking graphic memoir that has inspired breast cancer patients to fight backand do it with style.

“What happens when a shoe-crazy, lipstick-obsessed, wine-swilling, pasta-slurping, fashion-fanatic, about-to-get-married big-city girl cartoonist with a fabulous life finds . . . a lump in her breast?” That’s the question that sets... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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More Stories We Tell
The Best Contemporary Short Stories by North American Women
Written by Wendy Martin


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: April 27, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71450-4 (0-375-71450-2)

In this anthology, Wendy Martin offers us an assortment of stellar short stories written by North American women over the past thirty years. In reading these stories we see how vast and varied is the landscape of American fiction: We are transported from a Midwestern strip mine town in the 1970s... Read more >

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We Are the Stories We Tell

Written by Wendy Martin


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: April 7, 1990
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72881-8 (0-679-72881-3)

“From the classics of Welty, Oates, and O’Connor to the latest stories of Mason, Erdrich, Atwood, and LeGuin, this anthology shows the astonishing range of contemporary women's fiction in North America,” writes Elaine Showalter. For all the diversity of the stories—in subject, style, setting and mood—they have one thing in common... Read more >

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Mother Tongue

Written by Demetria Martinez


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: August 12, 1997
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-41656-8 (0-345-41656-2)

Mary is nineteen and living alone in Albuquerque. Adrift in the wake of her mother's death, she longs for something meaningful to take her over. Then José Luis enters her life. A refugee from El Salvador and its bloody civil war, José has been smuggled to the United States as part... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Under the Tuscan Sun

Written by Frances Mayes


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 2, 1997
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0038-6 (0-7679-0038-3)

Frances Mayes entered a wondrous new world when she began restoring an abandoned villa in the spectacular Tuscan countryside. There were unexpected treasures at every turn: faded frescos beneath the whitewash in her dining room, a vineyard under wildly overgrown brambles in the garden, and, in the nearby hill towns, vibrant... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Moon Pearl

Written by Ruthanne Lum McCunn


Format: Trade Paperback, 328 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 22, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8349-9 (0-8070-8349-6)

In the tradition of Thousand Pieces of Gold comes The Moon Pearl, the story of Rooster, Shadow, and Mei Ju, who become fast friends while members of a girls’ house, where young daughters are taught to become daughters-in-law. These girls, however, want neither to marry nor become nuns (the only options... Read more >

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Thousand Pieces of Gold

Written by Ruthanne Lum McCunn


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 25, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8381-9 (0-8070-8381-X)

Lalu Nathoy’s father called his thirteen-year-old daughter his treasure, his “thousand pieces of gold,” yet when famine strikes northern China in 1871, he is forced to sell her. Polly, as Lalu is later called, is sold to a brothel, sold again to a slave merchant bound for America, auctioned to a... Read more >

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My Life in Middlemarch

Written by Rebecca Mead


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: January 28, 2014
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-98476-0 (0-307-98476-1)

Rebecca Mead was a young woman in an English coastal town when she first read George Eliot's Middlemarch, regarded by many as the greatest English novel. After gaining admission to Oxford, and moving to the United States to become a journalist, through several love affairs, then marriage and family, Mead read... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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This Is Not Chick Lit
Original Stories by America's Best Women Writers
Edited by Elizabeth Merrick


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 1, 2006
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7567-3 (0-8129-7567-7)

New short stories from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie • Aimee Bender • Judy Budnitz • Jennifer S. Davis • Jennifer Egan • Carolyn Ferrell • Mary Gordon • Cristina Henríquez • Samantha Hunt •Binnie Kirshenbaum • Dika Lam • Caitlin Macy • Francine Prose • Holiday Reinhorn • Roxana Robinson • Curtis... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Woman Upstairs

Written by Claire Messud


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 30, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-59690-1 (0-307-59690-7)

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Emperor’s Children, a masterly new novel: the riveting confession of a woman awakened, transformed and betrayed by a desire for a world beyond her own.

Nora Eldridge, an elementary school teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts, long ago compromised her dream to be a successful... Read more >

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Last Words from Montmartre

Written by Qiu Miaojin
Afterword by Ari Larissa Heinrich
Translated by Ari Larissa Heinrich


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: June 3, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-725-9 (1-59017-725-8)

When the pioneering Taiwanese novelist Qiu Miaojin committed suicide in 1995 at age twenty-six, she left behind her unpublished masterpiece, Last Words from Montmartre. Unfolding through a series of letters written by an unnamed narrator, Last Words tells the story of a passionate relationship between two young women—their sexual awakening, their... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Bronte Myth

Written by Lucasta Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 4, 2005
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7835-6 (1-4000-7835-0)

In a brilliant combination of biography, literary criticism, and history, The Brontë Myth shows how Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë became cultural icons whose ever-changing reputations reflected the obsessions of various eras.

When literary London learned that Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights had been written by young rural spinsters, the Brontës instantly... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Revelations
Diaries of Women
Edited by Mary Jane Moffat and Charlotte Painter


Format: Trade Paperback, 428 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 1975
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-71151-5 (0-394-71151-3)

Excerpts from the private diaries of women, known and unknown, among them Louisa May Alcott, Sophie Tolstoy, George Eliot, Anais Nïn.

“To read this book is to experience an excitement, a warm recognitiion, and a dizzingly expanded sense of possibilities. . . . These are revelations indeed. For the first time, consciously... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Unearthing Venus
My Search for the Woman Within
Written by Cate Montana


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Watkins Publishing
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-78028-597-9 (1-78028-597-3)

Cate Montana was a liberated woman. Beginning a career in broadcasting after college in 1973, within four years she broke into the elite male bastion of sports television as a freelance editor for NBC, ABC and CBS. By 1981, she was living the ultimate vision of the second-wave feminist: fabulous career... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Magnificent Obesity
My Search for Wellness, Voice and Meaning in the Second Half of Life
Written by Martha Moravec


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Hatherleigh Press
On Sale: August 26, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-57826-505-3 (1-57826-505-3)

The voice of a generation, speaking on issues of mortality, body image, health and dreams deferred, Magnificent Obesity recounts one woman’s effort to look honestly and compassionately at her obesity through the lenses of anxiety, addiction, aging and agnosticism. Although things don’t always turn out the way she’d hoped or planned... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Maiden Voyages
Writings of Women Travelers
Edited by Mary Morris


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 28, 1993
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74030-8 (0-679-74030-9)

This is a collection of women's travel writings, including work by Joan Didion, Edith Wharton, Mildred Cable, Willa Cather, Isak Dinesen, and others. In wry, lyrical, and sometimes wistful voices, they write of disguising themselves as men for safety, of longing for family left behind or falling in love with people... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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