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Feminism
The Essential Historical Writings
Written by Miriam Schneir


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 28, 1994
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75381-0 (0-679-75381-8)

Here are the essential historical writings of feminism. Many of these works, long out of print or forgotten in what Miriam Schneir describes as a male-dominated literary tradition, are finally brought out of obscurity and into the light of contemporary analysis and criticism. Included are more than forty selections, covering 150... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Shanghai Girls
A Novel
Written by Lisa See


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 2, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8053-0 (0-8129-8053-0)

HONOR BOOK, ASIAN/PACIFIC AMERICAN LIBRARIANS ASSOCIATION (APALA)
LITERATURE AWARD - FICTION


In 1937, Shanghai is the Paris of Asia, a city of great wealth and glamour, the home of millionaires and beggars, gangsters and gamblers, patriots and revolutionaries, artists and warlords. Thanks to the financial security and material comforts provided by their father’s... Read more >

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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
A Novel
Written by Lisa See


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 21, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6806-4 (0-8129-6806-9)

"A nuanced exploration of women's friendship and women's writing in a remote corner of Imperial China."
Kirkus Reviews

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a brilliantly realistic journey back to an era of Chinese history that is as deeply moving as it is sorrowful. With the period detail and deep resonance of... Read more >

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A Well-tempered Heart

Written by Jan-Philipp Sendker


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: January 21, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-640-9 (1-59051-640-0)

The sequel to the international bestselling novel The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
 
Almost ten years have passed since Julia Win came back from Burma, her father’s native country. Though she is a successful Manhattan lawyer, her private life is at a crossroads; her boyfriend has recently left her and she is, despite... Read more >
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Out of Her Mind
Women Writing on Madness
Written by Rebecca Shannonhouse


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 4, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75502-6 (0-375-75502-0)

This anthology contains the most affecting, finely wrought essays, memoirs, and fiction by women writing on madness. Some of the selections are literary classics, such as the excerpt from Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar while some are taken from contemporary works such as Susanna Kaysen's Girl, Interrupted. Several of the essays... Read more >

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I'll Be Right There

Written by Kyung-Sook Shin


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: June 3, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-673-7 (1-59051-673-7)

Set in 1980s South Korea amid the tremors of political revolution, I’ll Be Right There follows Jung Yoon, a highly literate, twenty-something woman, as she recounts her tragic personal history as well as those of her three intimate college friends. When Yoon receives a distressing phone call from her ex-boyfriend after... Read more >
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A Jury of Her Peers
Celebrating American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx
Written by Elaine Showalter


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3442-0 (1-4000-3442-6)

A Jury of Her Peers is an unprecedented literary landmark: the first comprehensive history of American women writers from 1650 to 2000.

In a narrative of immense scope and fascination—brimming with Elaine Showalter’s characteristic wit and incisive opinions—we are introduced to more than 250 female writers. These include not only famous and... Read more >

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The Vintage Book of American Women Writers

Written by Elaine Showalter


Format: Trade Paperback, 848 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3445-1 (1-4000-3445-0)

This monumental anthology of 350 years of American women writers is an important corrective to the literary canon and a showcase of great poetry and fiction in one readable and provocative volume.

For centuries, Elaine Showalter argues, women writers have been trivialized, marginalized, overlooked, and even forgotten in American literary history... Read more >
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The Lost Father

Written by Mona Simpson


Format: Trade Paperback, 524 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 11, 1993
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73303-4 (0-679-73303-5)

In her highly acclaimed first novel, Anywhere But Here, Simpson created one of the most astute yet vulnerable heroines in contemporary fiction. Now Mayan Atassi--once Mayan Stevenson--returns in an immensely powerful novel about love and lovelessness, fathers and fatherlessness, and the loyalties that shape us even when they threaten to destroy... Read more >
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A Regular Guy

Written by Mona Simpson


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 15, 1997
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77271-2 (0-679-77271-5)

Mona Simpson's first two novels, Anywhere But Here and The Lost Father, won her literary renown and a wide following. Now, in her third novel, the narrator Ann Atassi has been replaced by a third-person narrator recounting the adventures of young Jane di Natali, but the theme remains the same: the... Read more >
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Playing House
Notes of a Reluctant Mother
Written by Lauren Slater


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0173-8 (0-8070-0173-2)

Lauren Slater’s rocky childhood left her cold to the idea of ever creating a family of her own, but a husband, two dogs, two children, and three houses later, she came around to the challenges, trials, and unexpected rewards of playing house. Boldly honest, these biographical pieces reveal Slater at her... Read more >
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The $60,000 Dog
My Life with Animals
Written by Lauren Slater


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 15, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0191-2 (0-8070-0191-0)

From the time she is nine years old and discovers a “Private Way” full of the wonderful and creepy creatures of the wild–spiders, deer, moles, chipmunks, and foxes–Lauren Slater finds in animals a refuge from the troubled life of her suburban home. As she matures, her bond with animals–raccoons, horses, swans... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The $60,000 Dog
My Life with Animals
Written by Lauren Slater


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 20, 2012
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0187-5 (0-8070-0187-2)

From the time she is nine years old and discovers a “Private Way” full of the wonderful and creepy creatures of the wild–spiders, deer, moles, chipmunks, and foxes–Lauren Slater finds in animals a refuge from the troubled life of her suburban home. As she matures, her bond with animals–raccoons, horses, swans... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton
A Novel
Written by Jane Smiley


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: December 29, 1998
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-91083-2 (0-449-91083-0)

Six years after her Pulitzer Prize-winning best-seller, A Thousand Acres, and three years after her witty, acclaimed, and best-selling novel of academe, Moo, Jane Smiley once again demonstrates her extraordinary range and brilliance.

The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton, set in the 1850s, speaks to us in a splendidly quirky... Read more >

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The Southern Gates of Arabia
A Journey in the Hadhramaut
Written by Freya Stark
Introduction by Jane Fletcher Geniesse


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 24, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75754-9 (0-375-75754-6)

In 1934, famed British traveler Freya Stark sailed down the Red Sea, alighting in Aden, located at the tip of the Arabian peninsula. From this backwater outpost, Stark set forth on what was to be her most unforgettable adventure: Following the ancient frankincense routes of the Hadhramaut Valley, the most fertile... Read more >

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Wild
From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Written by Cheryl Strayed


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 26, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47607-4 (0-307-47607-3)

At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by... Read more >

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Commencement
A novel
Written by J. Courtney Sullivan


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 16, 2009
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27074-0 (0-307-27074-2)

A sparkling debut novel: a tender story of friendship, a witty take on liberal arts colleges, and a fascinating portrait of the first generation of women who have all the opportunities in the world, but no clear idea about what to choose.

Assigned to the same dorm their first year at Smith... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Plays by and about Women

Edited by Victoria Sullivan


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 1974
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-71896-5 (0-394-71896-8)

The theater has always been considered a mirror of its time, and many twentieth-century plays have reflected changing views of women. A large number of these, however, have been by men. Here is a volume of eight plays, all written in this century, in which leading women dramatists present their own... Read more >

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Cuba Diaries
An American Housewife in Havana
Written by Isadora Tattlin


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 13, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1484-0 (0-7679-1484-8)

Isadora Tattlin was accustomed to relocating often for her husband’s work. When he accepted a post in Cuba in the early 1990s, she resolved to keep a detailed diary of her time there, recording her daily experiences as a wife, mother, and foreigner in a land of contraband. The result is... Read more >

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Safekeeping
Some True Stories from a Life
Written by Abigail Thomas


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 17, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72055-7 (0-385-72055-6)

A beautifully crafted and inviting account of one woman’s life, Safekeeping offers a sublimely different kind of autobiography. Setting aside a straightforward narrative in favor of brief passages of vivid prose, Abigail Thomas revisits the pivotal moments and the tiny incidents that have shaped her life: pregnancy at 18; single motherhood... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Blooming: A Small-Town Girlhood

Written by Susan Allen Toth


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 17, 1998
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-42115-9 (0-345-42115-9)

Susan Allen Toth has captured the innocence and joy of her childhood and adolescence in this delightful account of growing up in Ames Iowa, in the 1950s. Charming, wise, funny and poignant, Blooming celebrates an American way of life relived with nostalgia and compassion.

"(Toth) has recreated memories with a journalist's ear... Read more >

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Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
A Novel
Written by Anne Tyler


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 27, 1996
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-91159-4 (0-449-91159-4)

This is the touching story of a woman left alone to raise her three children, and the different paths their lives take. With the children now grown, they gather together again - with anger, with hope and with a beautiful, harsh, and dazzling story to tell-- "Beautifully funny, heart-hammering, wise...It is... Read more >
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A Patchwork Planet

Written by Anne Tyler


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 22, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-00398-5 (0-449-00398-1)

In this, her fourteenth novel--and one of her most endearing--Anne Tyler tells the story of a lovable loser who's trying to get his life in order.

Barnaby Gaitlin has been in trouble ever since adolescence. He had this habit of breaking into other people's houses. It wasn't the big loot he... Read more >
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The Cold Song

Written by Linn Ullmann


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: April 8, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-667-6 (1-59051-667-2)

Siri Brodal, a chef and restaurant owner, is married to Jon Dreyer, a famous novelist plagued by writer’s block. Siri and Jon have two daughters, and together they spend their summers on the coast of Norway, in a mansion belonging to Jenny Brodal, Siri’s stylish and unforgiving mother.
 
Siri and Jon’s marriage... Read more >
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The Axe
The Master of Hestviken, Vol. 1
Written by Sigrid Undset


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 29, 1994
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75273-8 (0-679-75273-0)

Set in 13th-century Norway, The Axe is the first volume in Undset's epic tetralogy, The Master of Hestviken. In it, we meet Olav Audunsson and Ingunn Steinfinnsdatter, who were betrothed as children and raised as brother and sister. In the heedlessness of youth, they become lovers, unaware that their ardor will... Read more >
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