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Rocket Girl
The Story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America's First Female Rocket Scientist
Written by George D. Morgan
Foreword by Ashley Stroupe, PHD


Format: Trade Paperback, 310 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: July 9, 2013
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-61614-739-6 (1-61614-739-3)

This is the extraordinary true story of America’ s first female rocket scientist. Told by her son, it describes Mary Sherman Morgan’s crucial contribution to launching America’s first satellite and the author’s labyrinthine journey to uncover his mother’s lost legacy--one buried deep under a lifetime of secrets political, technological, and personal. 

In... Read more >
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Market Sentiments
Middle-Class Market Culture in Nineteenth-Century America
Written by Elizabeth White Nelson


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-290-4 (1-58834-290-5)

In this brilliant study, Elizabeth White Nelson challenges a central tenet of 19th-century American history: namely, that men and women lived in separate spheres. Women, supposedly, lived lives focused around hearth and home; men focused on trade and commerce. Market Sentiments turns this theory on its head, arguing that the market... Read more >

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We Band of Angels
The Untold Story of the American Women Trapped on Bataan
Written by Elizabeth Norman


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8484-2 (0-8129-8484-6)

In the fall of 1941, the Philippines was a gardenia-scented paradise for the American Army and Navy nurses stationed there. War was a distant rumor, life a routine of easy shifts and dinners under the stars. On December 8 all that changed, as Japanese bombs began raining down on American bases... Read more >
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In the Devil's Snare
The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692
Written by Mary Beth Norton


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70690-5 (0-375-70690-9)

Award-winning historian Mary Beth Norton reexamines the Salem witch trials in this startlingly original, meticulously researched, and utterly riveting study.

In 1692 the people of Massachusetts were living in fear, and not solely of satanic afflictions. Horrifyingly violent Indian attacks had all but emptied the northern frontier of settlers, and many... Read more >
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Out of Order
Stories from the History of the Supreme Court
Written by Sandra Day O'Connor


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 25, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8432-3 (0-8129-8432-3)

“I called this book Out of Order because it reflects my goal, which is to share a different side of the Supreme Court. Most people know the Court only as it exists between bangs of the gavel, when the Court comes to order to hear arguments or give opinions. But the... Read more >

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Out of Order
Stories from the History of the Supreme Court
Written by Sandra Day O'Connor


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: March 5, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9392-9 (0-8129-9392-6)

“I called this book Out of Order because it reflects my goal, which is to share a different side of the Supreme Court. Most people know the Court only as it exists between bangs of the gavel, when the Court comes to order to hear arguments or give opinions. But the... Read more >

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May Sarton
Biography
Written by Margot Peters


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: June 23, 1998
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-90798-6 (0-449-90798-8)

From acclaimed writer Margot Peters comes the first completely authorized biography of novelist, poet, and feminist May Sarton. Granted unprecedented access to personal papers and diaries, Peters gives us a compelling look at the woman who influenced a legion of readers with rich and intimate writings, and reveals the fascinating life... Read more >
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The Trials of Maria Barbella
The True Story of a 19th-Century Crime of Passion
Written by Idanna Pucci


Format: Trade Paperback, 316 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 1997
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77604-8 (0-679-77604-4)

In 1895, an Italian seamstress in New York was accused of killing the man who had raped her, promised to marry her, and was about to abandon her. Following a sensational trial conducted in a language she could not understand, Maria Barbella, at the age of twenty-two, became the first woman... Read more >

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Amelia Earhart
A Biography
Written by Doris L. Rich


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 1996
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-725-3 (1-56098-725-1)

She died mysteriously before she was forty. Yet in the last decade of her life Amelia Earhart soared from obscurity to fame as the best-known female aviator in the world. She set record after record–among them, the first trans-Atlantic solo flight by a woman, a flight that launched Earhart on a... Read more >
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Queen Bess
Daredevil Aviator
Written by Doris L. Rich


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 17, 1995
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-618-8 (1-56098-618-2)

Here is the brief but intense life of Bessie Coleman, America’s first African American woman aviator. Born in 1892 in Atlanta, Texas, she became known as “Queen Bess,” a barnstormer and flying-circus performer who defied the strictures of race, sex, and society in pursuit of a dream.

“A vivid portrait of a... Read more >
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Barbara Jordan
American Hero
Written by Mary Beth Rogers


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: January 4, 2000
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38066-8 (0-553-38066-4)

This seminal biography chronicles the life of the first black woman elected to the Texas State Senate and the first black woman from the South in the United States Congress. One of the most influential women of the 20th century, Barbara Jordan held an unwavering faith in the American people and... Read more >
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The Princessa
Machiavelli for Women
Written by Harriet Rubin


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: March 9, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-440-50832-8 (0-440-50832-0)

For centuries, men have used the lessons of Machiavelli’s The Prince to gain and hold power. Women struggling to succeed in a man’s world must learn a crucial lesson of their own: men and women are not equal–and that is a woman’s greatest strength. In The Princessa, Rubin explores why women... Read more >

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Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey

Written by Lillian Schlissel


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: July 6, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1176-4 (0-8052-1176-4)

More than a quarter of a million Americans crossed the continental United States between 1840 and 1870, going west in one of the greatest migrations of modern times. The frontiersmen have become an integral part of our history and folklore, but the Westering experiences of American women are equally central to... Read more >
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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 >
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Voices of the Women's Health Movement, Volume 2

Edited by Barbara Seaman and Laura Eldridge


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: February 14, 2012
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-446-6 (1-60980-446-5)

From pioneering women’s health advocate Barbara Seaman, the most comprehensive collection of literature on women’s health and history to date

An essential collection of essays, interviews, and commentary by leading activists, writers, doctors, and sociologists on topics ranging across reproductive rights, sex and orgasm, activism, motherhood, and birth control. The more than... Read more >
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Voices of the Women's Health Movement, Volume 1

Edited by Barbara Seaman and Laura Eldridge


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: February 14, 2012
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-444-2 (1-60980-444-9)

From pioneering women’s health advocate Barbara Seaman, the most comprehensive collection of literature on women’s health and history to date

An essential collection of essays, interviews, and commentary by leading activists, writers, doctors, and sociologists on topics ranging across reproductive rights, sex and orgasm, activism, motherhood, and birth control. The more than... Read more >
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Failure Is Impossible
Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words
Written by Lynn Sherr


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: January 30, 1996
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-2718-4 (0-8129-2718-4)

Published on the occasion of 175th anniversary of Susan B. Anthony's birth and the 75th year since the 19th Constitutional Amendment gave women the right to vote, Failure is Impossible combines a series of biographical essays by Sherr with selections from Anthony's speeches, letters, and quotes. Read more >
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Written by Rebecca Skloot


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 8, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5218-9 (1-4000-5218-1)

Winner of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine’s Communication Award for Best Book
Winner of the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction
Winner of the Wellcome Trust Book Prize

Named by more than 60 critics as one of the best books of 2010,
including:
Best Book of... Read more >

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The Feminist Promise
1792 to the Present
Written by Christine Stansell


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 10, 2011
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7202-3 (0-8129-7202-3)

In this definitive volume, respected historian Christine Stansell tells the story of one of the great democratic movements of our times. She paints richly detailed portraits of well-known leaders—Mary Wollstonecraft, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Betty Friedan—but others, too, appear in a new light, including Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Toni Morrison. Accounting for... Read more >
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Women in the First World War

Written by Neil Storey


Format: Trade Paperback, 56 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: April 20, 2010
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-0752-0 (0-7478-0752-3)

The First World War was the conduit for some of the most dramatic changes in the role of women in British society. Suffragettes gave up their militant protests to support the war effort, and from the moment war broke out women were ready; many had already trained as military and Voluntary... Read more >

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Alice James
A Biography
Written by Jean Strouse
Preface by Colm Toibin


Format: Trade Paperback, 392 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-453-1 (1-59017-453-4)

The Jameses are perhaps the most extraordinary and distinguished family in American intellectual life. Henry’s novels, celebrated as among the finest in the language, and William’s groundbreaking philosophical and psychological works, have won these brothers a permanent place at the center of the nation’s cultural firmament. Less well known is their... Read more >
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Defiant Brides
The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-Era Women and the Radical Men They Married
Written by Nancy Rubin Stuart


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3326-5 (0-8070-3326-X)

The story of two Revolutionary—era teenagers who defy their Loyalist families to marry radical patriots, Henry Knox and Benedict Arnold, and are forever changed

When Peggy Shippen, the celebrated blonde belle of Philadelphia, married American military hero Benedict Arnold in 1779, she anticipated a life of fame and fortune, but financial debts... Read more >
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Defiant Brides
The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-Era Women and the Radical Men They Married
Written by Nancy Rubin Stuart


Format: Hardcover, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 23, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0117-2 (0-8070-0117-1)

The story of two Revolutionary—era teenagers who defy their Loyalist families to marry radical patriots, Henry Knox and Benedict Arnold, and are forever changed

When Peggy Shippen, the celebrated blonde belle of Philadelphia, married American military hero Benedict Arnold in 1779, she anticipated a life of fame and fortune, but financial... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Sally Heathcote: Suffragette

Written by Mary M. Talbot
Illustrated by Kate Charlesworth


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Dark Horse Books
On Sale: October 7, 2014
Price: $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-61655-547-4 (1-61655-547-5)

A tale of loyalty, love, and courage, Sally Heathcote, Suffragette follows the fortunes of a common housemaid swept up in the feminist militancy of early 20th century Edwardian Britain. As the growing hunger for change grows within a culture of rigid social mores and class barriers, Sally and thousands like her... Read more >

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The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

Written by Jeanne Theoharis


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 21, 2014
Price: $17.50
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3332-6 (0-8070-3332-4)

2014 NAACP Image Award Winner: Outstanding Literary Work – Biography / Auto Biography

2013 Letitia Woods Brown Award from the Association of Black Women Historians 

Choice Top 25 Academic Titles for 2013


The definitive political biography of Rosa Parks examines her six decades of activism, challenging perceptions of her as an accidental actor in the...
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