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Miss Fuller
A Novel
Written by April Bernard


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: April 3, 2012
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-58642-195-3 (1-58642-195-6)

She was the most famous woman in America. And nobody knew who she was. It is 1850. Margaret Fuller -- feminist, journalist, orator, and “the most famous woman in America” -- is returning from Europe where she covered the Italian revolution for The New York Tribune. When her ship founders in... Read more >
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Alcestis

Written by Katharine Beutner


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: February 1, 2011
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-56947-875-2 (1-56947-875-9)

In Greek myth, Alcestis is known as the ideal wife; she loved her husband so much that she died and went to the underworld in his place. In this vividly-imagined debut, Katharine Beutner gives voice to the woman behind the ideal and reveals the part of the story that’s never been... Read more >
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Subterranean

Written by Jill Bialosky


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 4, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70972-2 (0-375-70972-X)

Jill Bialosky follows her acclaimed debut collection, The End of Desire, with this powerful sequence of poems that probes the subterranean depths of eros. Gerald Stern has called Bialosky “the poet of the secret garden, the place, at once, of grace and sadness,” and here she enters that garden again, blending... Read more >
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A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You
Stories
Written by Amy Bloom


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 31, 2001
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70557-1 (0-375-70557-0)

Amy Bloom was nominated for a National Book Award for her first collection, Come to Me, and her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Story, Antaeus, and other magazines, and in The Best American Short Stories and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. In her new collection, she enhances her... Read more >
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Pretty Little Dirty

Written by Amanda Boyden


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 14, 2006
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9682-4 (1-4000-9682-0)

Lisa sees the life of her gorgeous best friend Celeste as just about perfect: she has a gigantic house, two older sisters to coach her through the hazards of high school, and loving, lively parents. As Lisa's own home has long been a place devoid of joyful noise—her mother has shut... Read more >
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The Outward Room

Written by Millen Brand
Afterword by Peter Cameron


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: October 19, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-359-6 (1-59017-359-7)

The Outward Room is a rediscovered classic of American literature, a book about a young woman’s journey from madness to self-discovery that is as immediate and moving today as when it first appeared in 1937. Having suffered a nervous breakdown after her younger brother’s death in a car accident, Harriet Demuth... Read more >
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Incantation of Frida K.

Written by Kate Braverman


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: June 3, 2003
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-571-4 (1-58322-571-4)

“I was born in rain and I will die in rain,” begins Kate Braverman’s The Incantation of Frida K., an imagined life journey of Frida Kahlo. The book opens and closes inside the mind of Frida K., at 46, on her deathbed, taking us through a kaleidoscope of memories and hallucinations... Read more >
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Lithium for Medea
A Novel
Written by Kate Braverman
Foreword by Rick Moody


Format: Trade Paperback, 366 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: March 5, 2002
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-471-7 (1-58322-471-8)

Lithium for Medea is as much a tale of addiction–to sex, drugs, and dysfunctional family chains–as it is one of mothers and daughters, their mutual rebellion and unconscious mimicry. Here is the story according to Rose–the daughter of a narcissistic, emotionally crippled mother and a father who shadowboxes with death in... Read more >
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Palm Latitudes
A Novel
Written by Kate Braverman


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: June 3, 2003
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-572-1 (1-58322-572-2)

Written nearly a decade after Lithium for Medea, Palm Latitudes, Kate Braverman’s second novel and arguably her chef d’oeuvre, explores the intertwined lives of three women who await absolution and revelation in the bougainvillea- and violence-filled “barrio” of Los Angeles. Frances Ramos is a voluptuous prostitute who flaunts her wealth and... Read more >
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The Red Squad

Written by Esther Broner


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 13, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45584-0 (0-307-45584-X)

A wonderfully comic novel about the interwoven lives of a group of 1960s grad students who, forty years later, learn that they were under FBI surveillance during their activist days.

There’s Anka, who enraged the right-thinking newspaper with her outspoken politics; Kevin, a priest in the process of formally leaving the... Read more >
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Rubyfruit Jungle

Written by Rita Mae Brown


Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: April 1, 1983
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-27886-6 (0-553-27886-X)

By one of this country's most distinctive writers Rita Mae Brown's milestone first novel is the story of an unusually strong and colorful woman's irrepressible march through prejudices of class, sex, and race while retaining a positive self-image. Bawdy and moving, Rubyfruit Jungle is about growing up a lesbian in America--and... Read more >
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Kindred

Written by Octavia Butler


Format: Hardcover, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 1, 2009
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8310-9 (0-8070-8310-0)

Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn... Read more >
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Kindred

Written by Octavia Butler


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 1, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8369-7 (0-8070-8369-0)

Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Fledgling
A Novel
Written by Octavia E. Butler


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 4, 2005
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-690-2 (1-58322-690-7)

Fledgling, Octavia Butler’s first new novel in seven years, is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly un-human needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: she is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she... Read more >

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Peel My Love Like an Onion
A Novel
Written by Ana Castillo


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 12, 2000
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49677-3 (0-385-49677-X)

A renowned flamenco dancer with a leg touched by polio falls out of love with her married troupe leader and turns to his younger, graceful godson.  Like Bizet's legendary gypsy, Carmen "La Coja" (The Cripple) Santos is hilarious, passionate, triumphant, and mesmerizing. A renowned flamenco dancer in Chicago despite the legacy of... Read more >

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Sapogonia

Written by Ana Castillo


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 1, 1994
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47080-3 (0-385-47080-0)

In "Sapogonia," the revised edition of Ana Castillo's second novel, the complexities of mixed race relations and heritage in Latin America are examined.  In her second novel, Castillo (the author of The Mixquiahuala Letters) examines the obsessive struggle between a man and a woman, two natives of the metaphorical country of Sapogonia... Read more >

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Alexander's Bridge

Written by Willa Cather


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 7, 2010
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-73966-7 (0-307-73966-X)

Alexander’s Bridge, Willa Cather’s first novel, is a taut psychological drama about the fragility of human connections. Published in 1912, just a year before O Pioneers! made Cather’s name, it features high society on an international stage rather than the immigrant prairie characters she later became known for. The successful and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Collected Stories

Written by Willa Cather


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 1, 1992
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73648-6 (0-679-73648-4)

In these nineteen stories Cather examines the plight of people hungry for beauty in a country that has no room for it; the mysterious arc of human lives; the ways in which the American frontier transformed the strangers who came to it, turning them imperceptibly into Americans. In these fictions, Cather... Read more >
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Death Comes for the Archbishop

Written by Willa Cather


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 16, 1990
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72889-4 (0-679-72889-9)

There is something epic--almost mythical--about this sparsely beautiful novel, although the story it tells is that of a single human life, lived simply in the silence of the desert. In 1851 Father Jean Marie Latour comes as the Apostolic Vicar to New Mexico. What he finds is a vast territory of... Read more >
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A Lost Lady

Written by Willa Cather


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 16, 1990
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72887-0 (0-679-72887-2)

In this masterpiece of nuance and revelation, Cather's portrait of Mrs. Forrester--through the eyes of her aging husband; Niel Herbert, who falls in love with her as a boy and becomes her confidant as a man; and the town of Sweet Water--is something like an answer to Madame Bovary, a lady... Read more >
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Lucy Gayheart

Written by Willa Cather


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 26, 1995
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72888-7 (0-679-72888-0)

In this haunting 1935 novel, Cather performs a series of crystalline variations on the themes that preoccupy her greatest fiction: the impermanence of innocence, the opposition between prairie and city, and the grandeur, elation, and heartache that await a gifted young woman who leaves her small Nebraska town to pursue a... Read more >
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My Antonia

Written by Willa Cather


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 15, 1994
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74187-9 (0-679-74187-9)

On one level, My Antonia is a straightforward narrative, written in limpid prose of uncanny descriptive accuracy, about the struggles endured by a family of immigrant pioneers and the small community that surrounds them on the unsettled Nebraska plains. On another, it is a novel that represents a perfect marriage of... Read more >
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My Mortal Enemy

Written by Willa Cather


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 31, 1990
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73179-5 (0-679-73179-2)

Myra Henshawe is a young woman who gave up a fortune to marry for love. This worldly, sarcastic, and even wicked woman may have been destined for something greater than love. In her portrait of Myra and her marriage, Cather shows the evolution of a human spirit as it comes to... Read more >
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O Pioneers!

Written by Willa Cather


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 1, 1992
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74362-0 (0-679-74362-6)

O Pioneers! is considered Cather's first great novel and to many remains her unchallenged masterpiece. No other work of fiction so faithfully conveys both the sharp physical realities and the mythic sweep of the transformation of the American frontier--and the transformation of the people who settled it. At once a sophisticated... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, hardcover and a paperback.

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One of Ours

Written by Willa Cather


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 5, 1991
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73744-5 (0-679-73744-8)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1923, in One of Ours, Willa Cather explores the destiny of a grandchild of the pioneers, a young Nebraskan whose yearnings impel him toward a frontier bloodier and more distant than the one that vanished before his birth. In doing so, Cather creates a canny... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.
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