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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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Willa Cather
Double Lives
Written by Hermione Lee


Format: Trade Paperback, 424 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 5, 1991
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73649-3 (0-679-73649-2)


Cather is usually read as a nostalgic celebrator of the American past. Lee explores a stranger and more complex Cather, whose life and work are rife with split identities, sexual conflicts and stoic fatalism.

“The extremely well-traveled, versatile, and prolific Willa Cather (1873-1947) was a private person and hence ‘a resistant... Read more >

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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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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Shiloh and Other Stories

Written by Bobbie Ann Mason


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 7, 2001
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75843-0 (0-375-75843-7)

"These stories will last," said Raymond Carver of Shiloh And Other Stories when it was first published, and almost two decades later this stunning fiction debut and winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award has become a modern American classic. In “Shiloh,” Bobbie Ann Mason introduces us to her western Kentucky people and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Zigzagging Down a Wild Trail
Stories
Written by Bobbie Ann Mason


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 2, 2002
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-76061-7 (0-375-76061-X)

In this remarkable book, the author of Shiloh and Other Stories, In Country, and other award-winning books gives us powerful new stories that capture the restless energy of life in contemporary America. The characters here are travelers and seekers, feeling their way toward, or away from the defining moments of their... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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I Shall Be Near to You
A Novel
Written by Erin Lindsay McCabe


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 2, 2014
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8041-3774-4 (0-8041-3774-9)

In this debut historical novel, based on true events, newlyweds Jeremiah and Rosetta dream of one day acquiring their own farm.  As the Civil War rages around them, Jeremiah enlists hoping the payment he receives will secure their future.  After he departs, Rosetta is overcome by the feeling that her place... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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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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I Was Amelia Earhart

Written by Jane Mendelsohn


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 4, 1997
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77636-9 (0-679-77636-2)

In this brilliantly imagined novel, Amelia Earhart tells us what happened after she and her navigator, Fred Noonan, disappeared off the coast of New Guinea one glorious, windy day in 1937. And she tells us about herself.

There is her love affair with flying (“The sky is flesh”) . . . .

There... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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Poems

Written by Edna St. Vincent Millay


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: March 2, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-59266-8 (0-307-59266-9)

One of America’s most beloved poets, Edna St. Vincent Millay burst onto the literary scene at a very young age and won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1923. Her passionate lyrics and superbly crafted sonnets have thrilled generations of readers long after the notoriously bohemian lifestyle she led in Greenwich... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Lust and Other Stories

Written by Susan Minot


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 8, 2000
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70925-8 (0-375-70925-8)

The author of Monkeys and Evening focuses her observant eye and lyrical voice on the delicate emotional negotiations of young New Yorkers. As in a series of deceptively simple watercolors, these stories uncover small moments that yield larger truths--about the ways in which women and men come together and come apart... Read more >

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Monkeys

Written by Susan Minot


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 8, 2000
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70836-7 (0-375-70836-7)

In this luminous story of family life--the first novel by Susan Minot, author of the highly acclaimed Evening--the seven Vincent children follow their Catholic mother to Mass and spend Thanksgiving with their father's aging parents who come from a world of New England privilege. As they grow older, they meet with... Read more >

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Rapture

Written by Susan Minot


Format: Trade Paperback, 132 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 8, 2003
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72788-7 (0-375-72788-4)

The setting is a New York apartment where two long-estranged lovers try to resuscitate their passion. Kay is old enough to be skeptical about men—this man in particular—but still alert to the possibility of true love. Benjamin is a filmmaker with an appealing waywardness and a conveniently disappearing fiancé. As the... 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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The Speed of Dark

Written by Elizabeth Moon


Format: Trade Paperback, 378 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 2, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-44754-8 (0-345-44754-9)

Winner, 2004 Nebula Award--
The Nebula Award is the highest honor that a speculative fiction novel can be awarded, and is both nominated by and voted upon entirely by working professionals and peers in the science fiction literary community.

Thoughtful, poignant, and unforgettable, The Speed of Dark is a gripping exploration into... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Anagrams

Written by Lorrie Moore


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 2007
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27728-2 (0-307-27728-3)

Gerard sits, fully clothed, in his empty bathtub and pines for Benna. Neighbors in the same apartment building, they share a wall and Gerard listens for the sound of her toilet flushing. Gerard loves Benna. And then Benna loves Gerard. She listens to him play piano, she teaches poetry and sings... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Birds of America
Stories
Written by Lorrie Moore


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47496-4 (0-307-47496-8)

Birds of America is the celebrated collection of twelve stories from Lorrie Moore, one of the finest authors at work today.

“Fluid, cracked, mordant, colloquial…. Stand[s] by itself as one of our funniest, most telling anatomies of human love and vulnerability.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A marvelous collection…. Her stories... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Gate at the Stairs

Written by Lorrie Moore


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 24, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70846-6 (0-375-70846-4)

In her best-selling story collection, Birds of America (“[it] will stand by itself as one of our funniest, most telling anatomies of human love and vulnerability” —James McManus, front page of The New York Times Book Review), Lorrie Moore wrote about the disconnect between men and women, about the precariousness of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Self-Help

Written by Lorrie Moore


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27729-9 (0-307-27729-1)

In these tales of loss and pleasure, lovers and family, a woman learns to conduct an affair, a child of divorce dances with her mother, and a woman with a terminal illness contemplates her exit. Filled with the sharp humor, emotional acuity, and joyful language Moore has become famous for, these... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Who Will Run the Frog Hospital

Written by Lorrie Moore


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3382-9 (1-4000-3382-9)

The summer Berie was fifteen, she and her best friend Sils had jobs at Storyland in upstate New York, where Berie sold tickets to see the beautiful Sils portray Cinderella in a strapless evening gown. They spent their breaks smoking, joking, and gossiping. After work they followed their own reckless rules... Read more >
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