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Gazelle

Written by Rikki Ducornet


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72043-4 (0-385-72043-2)

As mesmerizing as a tale from the lips of Sheherazade, Gazelle traces the story of Elizabeth, a thirteen-year-old American girl whose adolescent passion is awakened in the exotic climate of 1950s Cairo. While her mother–whose beauty and sexual prowess both frighten and fascinate Elizabeth–moves into a hotel to pursue a string... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Laughing Without an Accent
Adventures of a Global Citizen
Written by Firoozeh Dumas


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 11, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-49957-8 (0-345-49957-3)

Selected for the 2010 Common Reading Program at the University of Minnesota, Duluth
Selected for The Big Read: New Hampshire–2010


In the bestselling memoir Funny in Farsi, Firoozeh Dumas recounted her adventures growing up Iranian American in Southern California. Now she again mines her rich Persian heritage in Laughing Without an Accent, sharing... Read more >
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In the Company of the Courtesan
A Novel
Written by Sarah Dunant


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 6, 2007
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7404-1 (0-8129-7404-2)

My lady, Fiammetta Bianchini, was plucking her eyebrows and biting color into her lips when the unthinkable happened and the Holy Roman Emperor’s army blew a hole in the wall of God’s eternal city, letting in a flood of half-starved, half-crazed troops bent on pillage and punishment.

Thus begins In the Company... Read more >

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The Dud Avocado

Written by Elaine Dundy
Introduction by Terry Teachout


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: June 5, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-232-2 (1-59017-232-9)

Elaine Dundy’s semi-autobiographical comic novel follows the misadventures of an American girl who impulsively quits college and heads off to conquer Paris in the 1950s.

Sally Jay Gorce sets out to become an actress, but what she really wants to do is experience the wide world, and to “make her wits... Read more >
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Look at Me
A Novel
Written by Jennifer Egan


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 8, 2002
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72135-6 (0-385-72135-8)

At the start of this edgy and ambitiously multilayered novel, a fashion model named Charlotte Swenson emerges from a car accident in her Illinois hometown with her face so badly shattered that it takes eighty titanium screws to reassemble it. She returns to New York still beautiful but oddly unrecognizable, a... Read more >
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The Good Body

Written by Eve Ensler


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Villard
On Sale: November 8, 2005
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7473-7 (0-8129-7473-5)

Botox, bulimia, breast implants: Eve Ensler, author of the international sensation The Vagina Monologues, is back, this time to rock our view of what it means to have a “good body.” “In the 1950s,” Eve writes, girls were “pretty, perky. They had a blond Clairol wave in their hair. They wore... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Vagina Monologues

Written by Eve Ensler


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Villard
On Sale: December 26, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-49860-1 (0-345-49860-7)

"I was worried about vaginas. I was worried about what we think about vaginas, and even more worried that we don't think about them. . . . So I decided to talk to women about their vaginas, to do vagina interviews, which became vagina monologues. I talked with over two hundred... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Heartburn

Written by Nora Ephron


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 28, 1996
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76795-4 (0-679-76795-9)

Is it possible to write a sidesplitting novel about the breakup of the perfect marriage? If the writer is Nora Ephron, the answer is a resounding yes. For in this inspired confection of adultery, revenge, group therapy, and pot roast, the creator of Sleepless in Seattle reminds us that comedy depends... Read more >
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Fanpire
The Twilight Saga and the Women Who Love it
Written by Tanya Erzen


Format: Trade Paperback, 184 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 15, 2013
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0639-9 (0-8070-0639-4)

An author immerses herself in the frenzied fandom of Twilight, the young-adult vampire romance series that has captivated women of all ages.

Why have the Twilight saga’s representations of romance and relationships enchanted millions of fans and generated millions in revenue, selling everything from Barbie-type dolls to blockbuster films? Tanya Erzen–herself... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Fanpire
The Twilight Saga and the Women Who Love it
Written by Tanya Erzen


Format: Hardcover, 184 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 30, 2012
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0633-7 (0-8070-0633-5)

An author immerses herself in the frenzied fandom of Twilight, the young-adult vampire romance series that has captivated women of all ages.

Why have the Twilight saga’s representations of romance and relationships enchanted millions of fans and generated millions in revenue, selling everything from Barbie-type dolls to blockbuster films? Tanya Erzen–herself... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Family Orchard
A Novel
Written by Nomi Eve


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 11, 2001
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72457-2 (0-375-72457-5)

In the bestselling tradition of The Red Tent, The Family Orchard is a spellbinding novel of one unforgettable family, the orchard they've tended for generations, and a love story that transcends the ages.

Nomi Eve’s lavishly imagined account begins in Palestine in 1837, with the tale of the irrepressible family matriach, Esther... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Plum Bun
A Novel without a Moral
Written by Jessi Redmon Fauset


Format: Trade Paperback, 408 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: December 15, 1999
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0919-2 (0-8070-0919-9)

Written in 1929 at the height of the Harlem Renaissance by one of the movement’s most important and prolific authors, Plum Bun is the story of Angela Murray, a young black girl who discovers she can pass for white. After the death of her parents, Angela moves to New York to... Read more >

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Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

Written by Fannie Flagg


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: January 21, 1997
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-91135-8 (0-449-91135-7)

Here is a folksy and funny, endearing and affecting, southern-fried tale about two very special friendships.

In a small town near Birmingham sits the Whistle Shop Cafe, a place alive with the hungry, the heartbroken, the righteous and the garrulous.  The cafe is owned by sweet, patient Ruth, and by Idgie, irresistibly big-hearted... Read more >

Open Water
A Novel
Written by Maria Flook


Format: eBook, 336 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: August 21, 2013
Price: $10.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-83161-3 (0-307-83161-2)

In Open Water, Maria Flook explores the charged and eerie shoreline of Newport, Rhode Island, where Willis Pratt squanders his days running small cons. But his heart’s not in it—he’s obsessed with fishing boat tragedies from his childhood and with Holly, a pretty new neighbor who is charged with arson.
Their romance... Read more >

You Have the Wrong Man
Stories
Written by Maria Flook


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: August 21, 2013
Price: $11.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-83162-0 (0-307-83162-0)

Maria Flook’s novels have garnered the higher praise from writers and critics alike. The New York Times called her first novel “jolting,” her writing “ethereal, spare, and erotic.” Novelist E. Annie Proulx placed her “in the front ranks of new American writers.”

You Have the Wrong Man is a powerful new work... Read more >

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Your Voice in My Head
A Memoir
Written by Emma Forrest


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: July 10, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-540-2 (1-59051-540-4)

Emma Forrest, a British journalist, was just twenty-two and living the fast life in New York City when she realized that her quirks had gone beyond eccentricity. In a cycle of loneliness, damaging relationships, and destructive behavior, she found herself in the chair of a slim, balding, and effortlessly optimistic psychiatrist–a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Your Voice in My Head
A Memoir
Written by Emma Forrest


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: May 3, 2011
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-446-7 (1-59051-446-7)

Emma Forrest, a British journalist, was just twenty-two and living the fast life in New York City when she realized that her quirks had gone beyond eccentricity. In a cycle of loneliness, damaging relationships, and destructive behavior, she found herself in the chair of a slim, balding, and effortlessly optimistic psychiatrist—a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Minding the Body

Written by Patricia Foster


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 20, 1995
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-47167-1 (0-385-47167-X)

A mulitcultural anthology of fiction and non-fiction literary narratives which addresses the psychological and political aspects of a woman’s body in today’s culture. An important and much-needed book for women who seek to understand their bodies and find independent, imaginative ways to cope with aging, beauty expectations beauty expectations, and ethnic... Read more >
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Before Women Had Wings

Written by Connie May Fowler


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: April 22, 1997
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-91144-0 (0-449-91144-6)

"My name is Avocet Abigail Jackson. But because Mama couldn't find anyone who thought Avocet was a fine name for a child, she called me Bird. Which is okay by me. She named both her children after birds, her logic being that if we were named for something with wings then... Read more >

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Red Water
A Novel
Written by Judith Freeman


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 8, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72069-4 (0-385-72069-6)

In 1857, at a place called Mountain Meadows in southern Utah, a band of Mormons and Indians massacred 120 emigrants. Twenty years later, the slaughter was blamed on one man named John D. Lee, previously a member of Brigham Young’s inner circle. Red Water imagines Lee’s extraordinary frontier life through the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Miss Lulu Bett and Selected Stories

Written by Zona Gale


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 13, 2005
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9538-4 (1-4000-9538-7)

Lulu Bett lives in a small town with her sister Ina and Ina’s husband Dwight–a dentist who rules his household with self-righteous smugness. The unmarried Lulu has learned that she cannot question her role as chief cook, housekeeper, and gracious presence. But when Dwight’s sophisticated brother Ninian comes to visit, Lulu... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Mean Little deaf Queer
A Memoir
Written by Terry Galloway


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7331-5 (0-8070-7331-8)

In 1959, the year Terry Galloway turned nine, the voices of everyone she loved began to disappear. No one yet knew that an experimental antibiotic given to her mother had wreaked havoc on her fetal nervous system, eventually causing her to go deaf. As a self-proclaimed “child freak,” she acted out... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Virtuous Woman

Written by Kaye Gibbons


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 5, 1997
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70306-5 (0-375-70306-3)

An Oprah's Book Club selection, this is the story of Blinking Jack Stokes and Ruby Pitt Woodrow--Jack, forty years old, Ruby, twenty--and their desperate half-loving, half-needing relationship. In A Virtuous Woman Gibbons transcends the early promise of her first novel, Ellen Foster by creating a multilayered and indelibly convincing portrait of... Read more >

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The Slippery Year
A Meditation on Happily Ever After
Written by Melanie Gideon


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 10, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45486-7 (0-307-45486-X)

Melanie Gideon’s hilarious memoir is a disarmingly honest take on marriage and motherhood by a woman who realized she was sleepwalking through life and decided she needed to do something about it.

The Slippery Year chronicles her struggle to rediscover meaning and pleasure in life while navigating the comical ups and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Yellow Wall-Paper and Other Writings

Written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Introduction by Alexander Black


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 28, 2000
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-78340-4 (0-679-78340-7)

"There is no female mind. The brain is not an organ of sex. Might as well speak of a female liver."--Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935), a leading figure in the women's movement of the early twentieth century, is a pillar of the American feminist canon. This edition of her work... Read more >
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