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Angry Men, Passive Men
Understanding the Roots of Men's Anger and How to Move Beyond It
Written by Marvin Allen


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 10, 1994
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-90811-2 (0-449-90811-9)

Nationally known therapist Marvin Allen explores the root causes of men’s emotional problems and offers a comprehensive solution to restore their sense of joy and well-being: men working together in therapy groups.

Drawing on the life stories of scores of men, as well as the author’s own personal experience, this landmark... Read more >

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Mom & Me & Mom

Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: April 2, 2013
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6611-7 (1-4000-6611-5)

The story of Maya Angelou’s extraordinary life has been chronicled in her multiple bestselling autobiographies. But now, at last, the legendary author shares the deepest personal story of her life: her relationship with her mother.

For the first time, Angelou reveals the triumphs and struggles of being the daughter of Vivian Baxter... Read more >

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Straight
The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality
Written by Hanne Blank


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 28, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4459-9 (0-8070-4459-8)

Like the typewriter and the light bulb, the heterosexual was invented in the 1860s and swiftly transformed Western culture. The idea of “the heterosexual” was unprecedented. After all, men and women had been having sex, marrying, building families, and sometimes even falling in love for millennia without having any special name... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Gender Outlaw
On Men, Women and the Rest of Us
Written by Kate Bornstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 25, 1995
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75701-6 (0-679-75701-5)

On one level, Gender Outlaw is an account of Bornstein's transformation from heterosexual male to lesbian female, from a one-time IBM salesperson to a playwright and performance artist. This particular coming-of-age story is also a fascinating and deeply provocative investigation into our notions of male and female, the myths attached to... Read more >

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She's Not There
A Life in Two Genders
Written by Jennifer Finney Boylan


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: April 30, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-34697-9 (0-385-34697-2)

She’s Not There is the unconventional memoir of a person who changes genders, a portrait of a loving marriage that withstands a radical change, and a revealing look at society’s folly in over-emphazing the importance of fixed gender roles.

As Jennifer Finney Boylan recounts her transformation from James, who loves his wife... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Stuck in the Middle with You
A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders
Written by Jennifer Finney Boylan
Contribution by Anna Quindlen


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: April 30, 2013
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2176-3 (0-7679-2176-3)

A father for ten years, a mother for eight, and for a time in between, neither, or both, Jennifer Finney Boylan has seen parenthood from both sides of the gender divide. When her two children were young, Boylan came out as transgender, and as Jenny transitioned from a man to a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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From Chivalry to Terrorism
War and the Changing Nature of Masculinity
Written by Leo Braudy


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 2005
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76830-2 (0-679-76830-0)

Manliness has always been linked to physical prowess and to war; indeed the warrior has been the archetypal man across countless cultures throughout time. In this magisterial excursion through literature, history, warfare, and sociology, one of our most prominent scholars tracks the complex relationship between the changing methods and goals of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Promises Kept
Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life
Written by Dr. Joe Brewster, Michele Stephenson and Hilary Beard


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: January 14, 2014
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8489-7 (0-8129-8489-7)

Regardless of how wealthy or poor their parents are, all black boys must confront and surmount the "achievement gap": a divide that shows up not only in test scores, but in their social and emotional development, their physical well-being, and their outlook on life. As children, they score as high on...

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Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Male Brain

Written by Louann Brizendine, M.D.


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: March 23, 2010
Price: $24.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2753-6 (0-7679-2753-2)

From the author of the groundbreaking New York Times bestseller The Female Brain, here is the eagerly anticipated follow-up. Dr. Brizendine draws upon the latest scientific breakthroughs to show how, through every phase of life, the “male reality” is fundamentally different from the female one. Following the male brain from infancy... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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"You Can Tell Just By Looking"
And 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People
Written by Michael Bronski, Ann Pellegrini and Michael Amico


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4245-8 (0-8070-4245-5)

In “You Can Tell Just by Looking” three scholars and activists come together to unpack enduring, popular, and deeply held myths about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, culture, and life in America. Myths, such as “All Religions Condemn Homosexuality” and “Transgender People Are Mentally Ill,” have been used to justify discrimination... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Queer History of the United States

Written by Michael Bronski


Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 15, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4465-0 (0-8070-4465-2)

*2011 ALA Stonewall Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award

The first book to cover the entirety of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history, from pre-1492 to the present.

In the 1620s, Thomas Morton broke from Plymouth Colony and founded Merrymount, which celebrated same-sex desire, atheism, and interracial marriage. Transgender evangelist Jemima Wilkinson, in the early... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Perdita
The Literary, Theatrical, Scandalous Life of Mary Robinson
Written by Paula Byrne


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 14, 2006
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7079-1 (0-8129-7079-9)

This compelling and richly researched book presents a fascinating portrait of Mary Robinson–darling of the London stage, mistress to the most powerful men in England, feminist thinker, and bestselling author. Though one of the most flamboyant free spirits of the late eighteenth century, Mary led a life that was marked by... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Fist Stick Knife Gun
A Personal History of Violence
Written by Geoffrey Canada
Illustrated by Jamar Nicholas


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 14, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4449-0 (0-8070-4449-0)

A 2011 Great Graphic Novel for Teens (YALSA)

Long before President Barack Obama praised his work as “an all-encompassing, all-hands-on-deck anti-poverty effort that is literally saving a generation of children,” and First Lady Michelle Obama called him “one of my heroes,” Geoffrey Canada was a small and scared boy growing up in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Discovery of the World
A Political Awakening in the Shadow of Mussolini
Written by Luciana Castellina


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: May 6, 2014
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-286-9 (1-78168-286-0)

Luciana Castellina is one of Italy’s most prominent left intellectuals and a cofounder of the newspaper il manifesto. In this coming-of age memoir, based on her diaries, she recounts her political awakening as a teenage girl in Fascist Italy—where she used to play tennis with Mussolini’s daughter—and the subsequent downfall of the regime. Discovery of the World is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Factory Girls
From Village to City in a Changing China
Written by Leslie T. Chang


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: August 4, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52018-8 (0-385-52018-2)

Winner of the 2009 Asian American Literary Award For Nonfiction, given by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop
Winner of the PEN USA Literary Award for Research Nonfiction
A New York Times Notable Book of 2008
One of the Washington Post’s best books of 2008
A Seattle Times best nonfiction book of 2008
One of the Christian... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Paradise Beneath Her Feet
How Women Are Transforming the Middle East
Written by Isobel Coleman


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: April 27, 2010
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6695-7 (1-4000-6695-6)

Over the centuries and throughout the world, women have struggled for equality and basic rights. Their challenge in the Middle East has been intensified by the rise of a political Islam that too often condemns women’s empowerment as Western cultural imperialism or, worse, anti-Islamic. In Paradise Beneath Her Feet, Isobel Coleman... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Lady and the Panda
The True Adventures of the First American Explorer to Bring Back China's Most Exotic Animal
Written by Vicki Croke


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 13, 2006
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75970-3 (0-375-75970-0)

In The Lady and the Panda, Vicki Constantine Croke relates the remarkable story of Ruth Harkness and her extraordinary journey to capture a panda—a bear that had for countless centuries lived in secret in the labyrinth of lonely cold mountains. In The Lady and the Panda, Vicki Constantine Croke offers an... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Birth of Venus
A Novel
Written by Sarah Dunant


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 30, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6897-2 (0-8129-6897-2)

2005 BOOK SENSE BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD, ADULT NON-FICTION

Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the family’s Florentine palazzo. A child of the Renaissance, with a precocious mind and a... Read more >

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The Bobbed Haired Bandit
A Story of Crime and Celebrity in 1920s New York
Written by Stephen Duncombe and Andrew Mattson


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 10, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7735-6 (0-8129-7735-1)

On January 5, 1924, a well-dressed young woman, accompanied by a male companion, walked into a Brooklyn grocery, pulled a “baby automatic” from the pocket of her fur coat, emptied the cash register, and escaped into the night. Dubbed “the Bobbed Haired Bandit” by the press, the petite thief continued her... Read more >

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A Man's Place

Written by Annie Ernaux
Translated by Tanya Leslie
Introduction by Francine Prose


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-403-9 (1-60980-403-1)

Annie Ernaux’s father died exactly two months after she passed her practical examination for a teaching certificate. Barely educated and valued since childhood strictly for his labor, Ernaux’s father had grown into a hard, practical man who showed his family little affection. Narrating his slow ascent towards material comfort, Ernaux’s cold... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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On My Own
The Art of Being a Woman Alone
Written by Florence Falk


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: March 25, 2008
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9811-8 (1-4000-9811-4)

At some point over the course of the average American woman’s life, she will find herself alone, whether she is divorced, widowed, single, or in a loveless, isolating relationship. And when that time comes, it is likely that she will be at a loss as to how to handle it. As... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Daughter of Persia
A Woman's Journey from Her Father's Harem Through the Islamic Revolution
Written by Sattareh Farman Farmaian and Dona Munker


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 27, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-33974-4 (0-307-33974-2)

The fifteenth of thirty-six children, Sattareh Farman Farmaian was born in Iran in 1921 to a wealthy and powerful shazdeh, or prince, and spent a happy childhood in her father’s Tehran harem. Inspired and empowered by his ardent belief in education, she defied tradition by traveling alone at the age of... Read more >

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Transgender Warriors
Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman
Written by Leslie Feinberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 30, 1997
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7941-6 (0-8070-7941-3)

With a New Afterword by the Author

In this fascinating, personal journey through history, Leslie Feinberg uncovers persuasive evidence that there have always been people who crossed the cultural boundaries of gender. Transgender Warriors is an eye-opening jaunt through the history of gender expression and a powerful testament to the rebellious spirit.

“Activist... Read more >

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Men Who Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them
When Loving Hurts And You Don't Know Why
Written by Susan Forward and Joan Torres


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: January 2, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38141-2 (0-553-38141-5)

Dr. Susan Forward presents detailed case studies to address the practice of overcoming destructive relationships. She draws on case histories and the voices of men and women trapped in negative relationships to help readers understand the reasons behind some men's destructive patterns and the part a woman plays in it.

This work... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Obsessive Love
When It Hurts Too Much to Let Go
Written by Susan Forward and Craig Buck


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: January 2, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38142-9 (0-553-38142-3)

Renowned psychotherapist Dr. Susan Forward presents detailed case studies to address the practice of overcoming destructive relationships and also offers a program that shows readers how to break the "connection compulsion" that keeps them trapped in unhealthy, obsessive relationships.

This work is sure to afford students of psychology and sociology a... Read more >
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