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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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The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Writings

Written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman


Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: October 1, 1989
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21375-1 (0-553-21375-X)

Edited and with an Introduction by Lynne Sharon Schwartz. Known primarily for her classic and haunting story “The Yellow Wallpaper,” Charlotte Perkins Gilman was an enormously influential American feminist and sociologist. Her early-twentieth-century writings continue to inspire writers and activists today. This collection includes selections from both her fiction and nonfiction... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Swimming Toward the Ocean
A Novel
Written by Carole L. Glickfeld


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 26, 2002
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72176-9 (0-385-72176-5)

From the author of the Flannery O’Connor Award-winning collection Useful Gifts, a sharp and tender debut novel chronicling the boisterous life and loves of a Russian Jewish immigrant family in 1950s New York City.

Chenia is a Betty Grable look-alike, passionate, sharp-witted, in many ways still Old-World. Her husband Ruben is... Read more >
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The Good Husband

Written by Gail Godwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: July 10, 1995
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-39645-7 (0-345-39645-6)

As a young woman, the precocious and eternally curious Magda Danvers took the academic world by storm. Then, to everyone's surprise, she married Francis Lake, a mild, midwestern seminarian, who devoted his life to taking care of his charismatic wife. Now, Magda's grave illness puts their marriage to the ultimate test.

"One... Read more >

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Mother and Two Daughters

Written by Gail Godwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 9, 1994
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-38923-7 (0-345-38923-9)

When beloved Southern gentleman and family man Leonard Strickland dies suddenly, his wife Nell and her two grown daughters are devastated. As each woman begins to view her life, her past, and the possibilities of the future with new eyes, each belatedly discovers that life and death are impossible to plan... Read more >

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Bee Season
A Novel
Written by Myla Goldberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 15, 2001
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49880-7 (0-385-49880-2)

Eliza Naumann, a seemingly unremarkable nine-year-old, expects never to fit into her gifted family: her autodidact father, Saul, absorbed in his study of Jewish mysticism; her brother, Aaron, the vessel of his father's spiritual ambitions; and her brilliant but distant lawyer-mom, Miriam. But when Eliza sweeps her school and district spelling... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Thunder and Lightning
Cracking Open the Writer's Craft
Written by Natalie Goldberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: October 30, 2001
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37496-4 (0-553-37496-6)

In this long-awaited sequel to her bestselling books Writing Down the Bones and Wild Mind, Natalie Goldberg takes us to the next step in the writing process: turning our flashes of inspiration—the thunder and lightning of creation—into a polished piece of work.

You've filled your notebooks, done your writing practice, discovered your... Read more >

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Wild Mind
Living the Writer's Life
Written by Natalie Goldberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: October 1, 1990
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-34775-3 (0-553-34775-6)

Wild Mind takes students beyond craft to the true source of creative power: the mind that is "raw, full of energy, alive and hungry." Goldberg offers students practical advice on how to find time to write, discover personal style, make sentences come alive, and how to overcome procrastination and writer's block... Read more >

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The Stories of Mary Gordon

Written by Mary Gordon


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 6, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7808-0 (1-4000-7808-3)

The stories of Mary Gordon return us to the pleasure of this writer's craft and to her monumental talent as an observer of character and of the ever-fading American Dream. These pieces encompass the pre- and postwar Irish American family life she circles in the early Temporary Shelter series, as well... Read more >
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West of the Jordan
A Novel
Written by Laila Halaby


Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 15, 2003
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8359-8 (0-8070-8359-3)

This is a brilliant and revelatory first novel by a woman who is both an Arab and an American, who speaks with both voices and understands both worlds. Through the narratives of four cousins at the brink of maturity, Laila Halaby immerses her readers in the lives, friendships, and loves of... Read more >
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Without a Map
A Memoir
Written by Meredith Hall


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 2008
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7274-5 (0-8070-7274-5)

Meredith Hall’s moving but unsentimental memoir begins in 1965, when she becomes pregnant at sixteen. Shunned by her insular New Hampshire community, she is then kicked out of the house by her mother. Her father and stepmother reluctantly take her in, hiding her before they finally banish her altogether. After giving... Read more >
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A Map of the World
A Novel
Written by Jane Hamilton


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 3, 1999
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72010-6 (0-385-72010-6)

From the author of the widely acclaimed The Book of Ruth comes a harrowing, heartbreaking drama about a rural American family and a disastrous event that forever changes their lives.

The Goodwins, Howard, Alice, and their little girls, Emma and Claire, live on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. Although suspiciously regarded by... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Short History of a Prince
A Novel
Written by Jane Hamilton


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 16, 1999
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-47948-6 (0-385-47948-4)

From the acclaimed author of The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World, this is an eloquent and compassionate novel about a young man's passion for dance. Set against the backdrop of their summer home in Wisconsin, it tells of the way a family--and a son's place in it--can... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Blue Cotton Gown
A Midwife's Memoir
Written by Patricia Harman


Format: Trade Paperback, 296 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 1, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7291-2 (0-8070-7291-5)

Despite nurse-midwife Patsy Harman’s own financial and personal medical trials, including her private battle with uterine cancer, she devotes herself to her patients’ well-being in all aspects of their lives. They, in turn, tell her intimate stories both heartbreaking and uplifting.

‘In her sweetly perceptive memoir, Harman reveals how her exam room... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.


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The Bishop's Wife

Written by Mette Ivie Harrison


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Soho Crime
On Sale: December 30, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-61695-476-5 (1-61695-476-0)

Inspired by an actual crime and written by a practicing Mormon, The Bishop’s Wife is both a fascinating look at the lives of modern Mormons as well as a grim and cunningly twisted mystery.

Linda Wallheim is the mother of five grown boys and the wife of a Mormon bishop. As... Read more >
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A Cup of Water Under My Bed
A Memoir
Written by Daisy Hernandez


Format: Hardcover, 200 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 9, 2014
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1448-6 (0-8070-1448-6)

In this lyrical, coming-of-age memoir, Daisy Hernández chronicles what the women in her Cuban-Colombian family taught her about love, money, and race. These lessons—rooted in women’s experiences of migration, colonization, y cariño—define in evocative detail what it means to grow up female in an immigrant home.

In one story, Daisy sets... Read more >
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Blackbird House
A Novel
Written by Alice Hoffman


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 29, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-45593-2 (0-345-45593-2)

With “incantatory prose” that “sweeps over the reader like a dream,” (Philadelphia Inquirer), Hoffman follows her celebrated bestseller The Probable Future, with an evocative work that traces the lives of the various occupants of an old Massachusetts house over a span of two hundred years.

In a rare and gorgeous departure, beloved... Read more >
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The Moonlit Cage
A Novel
Written by Linda Holeman


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 27, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-34649-0 (0-307-34649-8)

Daryâ’s simple life in mid-nineteenth-century Afghanistan is torn apart when a hateful curse by a jealous tribeswoman leaves her an outcast in her small Muslim village. She looks to her arranged marriage to the son of a nomadic tribal chief with hope that it will deliver her from this oppression; instead... Read more >
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Unraveled
One Woman's Story of Moving Out, Moving On, and Becoming a Better Mother
Written by Maria Housden


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: May 23, 2006
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5417-6 (1-4000-5417-6)

As a twelve-year-old girl, Maria Housden’s vision of a happy future included everything that society expects girls to yearn for: a home, a husband, and, of course, children. Life had other plans.

Unraveled is Housden’s riveting and thoughtful story of how, after the death of her young daughter, she found the courage... Read more >

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The Wonder Worker

Written by Susan Howatch


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: October 20, 1998
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-449-00150-9 (0-449-00150-4)

Young, lonely, and insecure, Alice Fletcher is on the verge of emotional collapse when she stumbles into St. Benet's Church to dodge the London drizzle. There, she witnesses a group of gifted healers led by the charismatic Nicholas Darrow. Gaining refuge at last, Alice is drawn--inexorably, seductively--into the complex network of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Expendable Man

Written by Dorothy B. Hughes
Afterword by Walter Mosley


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: July 3, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-495-1 (1-59017-495-X)

“It was surprising what old experiences remembered could do to a presumably educated, civilized man.” And Hugh Denismore, a young doctor driving his mother’s Cadillac from Los Angeles to Phoenix is eminently educated and civilized. He is privileged, would seem to have the world at his feet. Then why does the... Read more >
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The Country of the Pointed Firs

Written by Sarah Orne Jewett


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: August 31, 2010
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-1-935554-10-3 (1-935554-10-7)

A writer comes one summer to Dunnet Landing, a Maine seacoast town, where she follows the lonely inhabitants of once-prosperous coastal towns. Here, lives are molded by the long Maine winters, rock-filled fields and strong resourceful women. Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Country of the Pointed Firs and Other Stories

Written by Sarah Orne Jewett
Introduction by Suzannah Lessard


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 9, 2001
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75671-9 (0-375-75671-X)

The story of an endearing, unlikely friendship set against the backdrop of a remote and beautiful Maine coastal town, The Country of the Pointed Firs is one of Sarah Orne Jewett's most loved works, and it quickly earned her a reputation as a talented writer upon its publication. Praised by Alice... Read more >
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The Country of the Pointed Firs
And Other Stories
Written by Sarah Orne Jewett
Preface by Willa Cather


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 11, 1954
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-09214-2 (0-385-09214-8)

Sarah Orne Jewett’s place in American letters was assured when this acclaimed collection of stories about her native state of Maine was first published in 1896. Her crisp style and skillful observation of people and places gives her work lasting appeal.

The Country of the Pointed Firs tells a story spanning three... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Prison Baby
A Memoir
Written by Deborah Jiang Stein


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-9810-3 (0-8070-9810-8)

Prison Baby is a revised and substantially expanded version of Deborah Jiang Stein’s self-published memoir, Even Tough Girls Wear Tutus. Even at twelve years old, Deborah, the adopted daughter of a progressive Jewish couple in Seattle, felt like an outsider. Her mixed Asian features set her apart from her white, well-intentioned parents who... Read more >
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