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Fire in the Blood

Written by Irene Nemirovsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 15, 2008
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38800-1 (0-307-38800-X)

Here is a missing piece of the remarkable posthumous legacy of Irène Némirovsky, author of the internationally acclaimed Suite Française.

Written in 1941, the manuscript of Fire in the Blood was entrusted in pieces to family and a friend when the author was sent to her death at Auschwitz. The novel—only now... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Gold Cell

Written by Sharon Olds


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 12, 1987
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-74770-5 (0-394-74770-4)

This is the third collection of poems by the greatly admired poet whose second book, The Dead and the Living, was both the Lamont Poetry Selection for 1983 and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. With The Gold Cell, Olds has given us again a book of startling and... Read more >
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The Wellspring
Poems
Written by Sharon Olds


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 30, 1996
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76560-8 (0-679-76560-3)

Sharon Olds's dazzling collection is a sequence of poems that reaches into the very wellspring of life. The poems take us back to the womb, and from there on to childhood, to a searing sexual awakening, to the shock of childbirth, to the wonder and humor of parenthood--and, finally, to the... Read more >
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Beauty's Daughter, Monster, The Gimmick
Three Plays
Written by Dael Orlandersmith


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 17, 2000
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70871-8 (0-375-70871-5)

The sheer exuberance of language that pours forth in Dael Orlandersmith's plays has dazzled critics and audiences alike. In these three pieces, the award-winning writer and performer celebrates the power of words to rescue the young black women she portrays from their constricted worlds.

In the Obie Award-winning play "Beauty's Daughter," Diane... Read more >
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The Buddha in the Attic

Written by Julie Otsuka


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 20, 2012
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74442-5 (0-307-74442-6)

Winner of the 2012 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
Finalist for the 2011 National Book Award

A gorgeous novel by the celebrated author of When the Emperor Was Divine that tells the story of a group of young women brought from Japan to San Francisco as “picture brides” nearly a century ago. In eight... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Women Writers at Work
The Paris Review Interviews
Written by Paris Review


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: July 21, 1998
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77129-6 (0-679-77129-8)

With an introduction by Margaret Atwood, and edited by George Plimpton, this volume brings together sixteen of the world's great women writers speaking about their work, their colleagues, and their lives. The writers include:

Marianne Moore
Katherine Anne Porter
Rebecca West
Dorothy Parker
P.L. Travers
Simone de Beauvoir
Eudora Welty
Elizabeth Bishop
Mary McCarthy
Nadine Gordimer
Maya Angelou
Anne Sexton
Toni Morrison
Susan Sontag
Joan Didion
and... Read more >

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I Don't Know How She Does It
The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother
Written by Allison Pearson


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 26, 2003
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71375-0 (0-375-71375-1)

Delightfully smart and heartbreakingly poignant, Allison Pearson’s smash debut novel has exploded onto bestseller lists as “The national anthem for working mothers.” Hedge-fund manager, wife, and mother of two, Kate Reddy manages to juggle nine currencies in five time zones and keep in step with the Teletubbies. But when she finds... Read more >

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Fast Lanes

Written by Jayne Anne Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 9, 2000
Price: $11.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70284-6 (0-375-70284-9)

Jayne Anne Phillips has always been a master of portraiture, both in her widely acclaimed novels and in her short fiction. The stories in Fast Lanes demonstrated the breadth of her talent in a tour de force of voices, offering elegantly rendered views into the lives of characters torn between the... Read more >
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Machine Dreams

Written by Jayne Anne Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 9, 1999
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70525-0 (0-375-70525-2)

Machine Dreams, is in its wisdom and its compassionate, utterly unsentimental rendering of the American condition, will rank as one of the great books of [the] decade. Jayne Anne Phillips is a blessing.”—Robert Stone

In her highly acclaimed debut novel, the bestselling author of Shelter introduces the Hampsons, an ordinary, small-town American... Read more >
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City of Darkness, City of Light

Written by Marge Piercy


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 12, 1997
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-91275-1 (0-449-91275-2)

"FAST-PACED . . . PIERCY BREATHES LIFE INTO THE ACTUAL HISTORICAL FIGURES WHO SHAPED THE REVOLUTION."
--San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle

In her most splendid, thought-provoking novel yet, Marge Piercy brings to vibrant life, three women who play prominent roles in the tumultuous, bloody French Revolution--as well as their more famous male counterparts... Read more >
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Woman on the Edge of Time

Written by Marge Piercy


Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Fawcett
On Sale: November 12, 1985
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-449-21082-6 (0-449-21082-0)

Woman on the Edge of Time is a revelation of our present society and a startling juxtaposed projection of the androgynous society of Mattapoisett, a hundred years from now, where infants have three parents and the human person is paramount. Read more >
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Passionate Minds
Women Rewriting the World
Written by Claudia Roth Pierpont


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 13, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75113-7 (0-679-75113-0)

Passionate Minds tells the stories of women who "rewrote" the world that they inherited, shaping beliefs about vital issues ranging from religion to sex to race to politics.

Claudia Roth Pierpont organizes these probing portraits into three sections. Broadly speaking, the first deals with issues of sexual freedom, in essays on... Read more >
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The Colossus
and Other Poems
Written by Sylvia Plath


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 19, 1998
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70446-8 (0-375-70446-9)

With this startling, exhilarating book of poems, which was first published in 1960, Sylvia Plath burst into literature with spectacular force. In such classics as "The Beekeeper's Daughter," "The Disquieting Muses," "I Want, I Want," and "Full Fathom Five," she writes about sows and skeletons, fathers and suicides, about the noisy... Read more >
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Plath: Poems

Written by Sylvia Plath


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 13, 1998
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-40464-1 (0-375-40464-3)

This Everyman's Library Pocket Poems edition contains the best of Plath's work, as selected by Diane Wood Middlebrook. It is organized chronologically, from "Juvenilia" to 1963, and includes an index of first lines. Read more >

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The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

Written by Sylvia Plath
Edited by Karen V. Kukil


Format: Trade Paperback, 768 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 17, 2000
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72025-0 (0-385-72025-4)

Sylvia Plath's journals were originally published in 1982 in a heavily abridged version authorized by Plath's husband, Ted Hughes. This new edition is an exact and complete transcription of the diaries Plath kept during the last twelve years of her life. Sixty percent of the book is material that has never... Read more >
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Reasonable Creatures
Essays on Women and Feminism
Written by Katha Pollitt


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 1, 1995
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76278-2 (0-679-76278-7)

At a time when date rape has been declared nonexistent and feminism a dirty word, thank heaven for Katha Pollitt.  In this provocative, unerringly astute book of essays she proves to be our most articulate exponent of the idea that women are "neither heroines nor brutes, but reasonable creatures." Reasonable Creatures collects... Read more >

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Erotica
Women's Writing from Sappho to Margaret Atwood
Written by Margaret Reynolds


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 3, 1998
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-90752-8 (0-449-90752-X)

Edited by Margaret Reynolds; Foreword by Jeanette Winterson. Here is the first collection of female erotic writing through the ages, and the first to reveal the form's amazing scope--as multifaceted as the sexuality of women themselves. Erotica reveals the history of woman's erotic writing and reexamines the literary expression of female... Read more >

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The Bluelight Corner
Black Women Writing on Passion, Sex, and Romantic Love
Written by Rosemarie Robotham


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: December 22, 1998
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-80354-7 (0-609-80354-9)

A collection of the very best writing by African-American women, The Bluelight Corner explores and reveals all the rich and varied dimensions of Black women's romantic lives. A dramatic, touching, lively, erotic, tender, tragic, fierce, bawdy, heartfelt, and utterly surprising collection of voices, this is a one-of-a-kind gem of fiction and... Read more >

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Rossetti: Poems

Written by Christina Rossetti


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: November 2, 1993
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-42908-1 (0-679-42908-5)

This Everyman's Library Pocket Poets hardcover edition contains a full selection of Rossetti's work, including her lyric poems, dramatic and narrative poems, rhymes and riddles, sonnet sequences, prayers and meditations, and an index of first lines. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Heart Specialist

Written by Claire Holden Rothman


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-61695-077-4 (1-61695-077-3)

Set in Quebec at the turn of the 19th to 20th century, The Heart Specialist is the epic story of Agnes White, a lonely orphaned girl fascinated by the “wrong” things–microscopes, dissections, and anatomy instead of more ladylike interests–who rises to the status of one of the world’s most celebrated pioneering... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Heart Specialist

Written by Claire Holden Rothman


Format: Hardcover, 325 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: June 7, 2011
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-1-56947-945-2 (1-56947-945-3)

Set in Quebec at the turn of the 19th to 20th century, The Heart Specialist is the story of Agnes White, a lonely orphaned girl fascinated by the “wrong” things–microscopes, dissections, and anatomy instead of more ladylike interests–who rises to the status of one of the world’s most celebrated pioneering women... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Do You Dream in Color?
Insights from a Girl Without Sight
Written by Laurie Rubin


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Triangle Square
On Sale: October 23, 2012
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-424-4 (1-60980-424-4)

Colors, Rubin tells us, affect everyone through sound, smell, taste, and a vast array of emotions and atmospheres. She explains that although she has been blind since birth, she has experienced color all her life.

In her memoir Do You Dream in Color?, Laurie Rubin looks back on her life as an... Read more >
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The Female Man

Written by Joanna Russ


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 17, 2000
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6299-9 (0-8070-6299-5)

Living in an altered past that never saw the end of the Great Depression, Jeannine, a librarian, is waiting to be married. Joanna lives in a different version of reality: she’s a 1970s feminist trying to succeed in a man’s world. Janet is from Whileaway, a utopian earth where only women... Read more >

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Children of God

Written by Mary Doria Russell


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 2, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-00483-8 (0-449-00483-X)

In Children of God, Russell establishes herself as one of the most innovative, entertaining and philosophically provocative novelists writing today.

The only member of the original mission to the planet Rakhat to return to Earth, Father Emilio Sandoz has barely begun to recover from his ordeal when the So-ciety of Jesus calls... Read more >
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The Sparrow
A Novel
Written by Mary Doria Russell


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 8, 1997
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-91255-3 (0-449-91255-8)

Selected for Common Reading at Rutgers University, School of Arts and Science Honors Program

"A notable achievement . . . Russell shows herself to be a skillful storyteller who subtly and expertly builds suspense."
--USA Today

"If you have to send a group of people to a newly discovered planet to contact a totally... Read more >
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