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Woman of Valor: Clara Barton and the Civil War

by Stephen B. Oates

When the Civil War broke out, Clara Barton wanted more than anything to be a Union soldier, an impossible dream for a thirty-nine-year-old woman, who stood a slender five feet tall. Determined to serve, she...


Women Pirates and the Politics of the Jolly Roger

by Ulrike Klausman & Marion Meinzerin

Written with passion and humor, but without romanticizing,or ignoring the unsavory side, a book that turns history on its head.


Narrative of Sojourner Truth

by Sojourner Truth

Truth's landmark slave narrative chronicles her experiences as a slave in upstate New York and her transformation into an extraordinary abolitionist, feminist, orator, and preacher. Based on the complete 1884...


Empty Without You: The Intimate Letters Of Eleanor Roosevelt And Lorena Hickok

by Roger Streitmatter

The relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and Associated Press reporter Lorena Hickok has sparked vociferous debate ever since 1978, when archivists at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library discovered eighteen...


Minor Characters: A Beat Memoir

National Book Critics Circle for Biography/Autobiography 1983

by Joyce Johnson

Jack Kerouac. Allen Ginsberg. William S. Burroughs. LeRoi Jones. Theirs are the names primarily associated with the Beat Generation. But what about Joyce Johnson (nee Glassman), Edie Parker, Elise Cowen, Diane...


Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot

by J. Taraborrelli

Over the years there have been many books published about the Kennedy family, individually and collectively. But only this book provides a powerful and detailed look at the complex relationships shared between...


Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

by Harriet Jacobs & Nell Painter

A haunting, evocative recounting of her life as a slave in North Carolina and of her final escape and emancipation, Harriet Jacobs's classic narrative, written between 1853 and 1858 and published pseduonymously...


Her Own Woman: The Life of Mary Wollstonecraft

by Diane Jacobs

Pioneering eighteenth-century feminist Mary Wollstonecraft lived a life as radical as her vision of a fairer world. She overcame great disadvantages -- poverty (her abusive, sybaritic father squandered the family...


She Captains: Heroines and Hellions of the Sea

by Joan Druett

With her pistols loaded she went aboard

And by her side hung a glittering sword

In her belt two daggers, well armed for war

Was this female smuggler

Was this female smuggler who never feared a scar.

If a "hen...


My Wars Are Laid Away in Books: The Life of Emily Dickinson

by Alfred Habegger

Emily Dickinson, probably the most loved and certainly the greatest of American poets, continues to be seen as the most elusive. One reason she has become a timeless icon of mystery for many readers is that...


Aaliyah: More Than a Woman

by Christopher John Farley

Aaliyah Dana Haughton was that music business rarity: a teen idol who transformed herself into a critically acclaimed hip-hop soul artist, a singer who successfully made the transition to actress, and a beautiful...


Women Sailors and Sailors' Women: Adventures of Pirate Queens, Female Stowaways, and Sailors' Wives

by David Cordingly

For centuries the sea has been regarded as a male domain. Fisherman, navy officers, pirates, and explorers roamed the high seas while their wives and daughters stayed on shore. Oceangoing adventurers and the...


Five Sisters: The Langhornes of Virginia

by James Fox

The author of the bestseller White Mischief tells the story of the beautiful Langhorne sisters, who lived at the Pinnacle of high and powerful society from the end of the Civil War through the Second World War....


Change Me Into Zeus's Daughter

by Barbara Robinette Moss

A haunting and triumphant story of a difficult and keenly felt life, Change Me into Zeus's Daughter is a remarkable literary memoir of resilience, redemption, and growing up in the South. Barbara Robinette Moss...


The Story of my Life (100th Anniversary Edition)

by Helen Keller

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA


Phyllis Munday

by Kathryn Bridge

In 1924 Phyllis Munday did what no other woman had done before - reached the summit of Mt. Robson. She climbed close to 100 mountains in her lifetime.


Nellie McClung

by Margaret Macpherson

A strong voice for the women's movement, writer and politician Nellie McLung's court challenge in the Persons Case led to women in Canada being declared legal "persons" in 1929.


When I Was a Girl

by Alison Pollet

Discover the defining moments and fondest memories of some of the world's most celebrated women!

Based on the popular WE: Women's Entertainment television series and featuring an introduction by famed television...


Mayada, Daughter of Iraq: One Woman's Survival Under Saddam Hussein

by Jean Sasson

A member of one of the most distinguished and honored families in Iraq, Mayada grew up surrounded by wealth and royalty. But when Saddam Hussein’s regime took power, she was thrown into cell 52 in the infamous...


Lucrezia Borgia: Life, Love, and Death in Renaissance Italy

by Sarah Bradford

The very name Lucrezia Borgia conjures up everything that was sinister and corrupt about the Renaissance—incest, political assassination, papal sexual abuse, poisonous intrigue, unscrupulous power grabs. Yet,...


Women's Roles and Statuses the World Over

by Stephanie Hepburn

Women's Roles and Statuses the World Over stands alone in the unique contribution it makes to the field of women's rights. Based solely on statistics and empirical data as opposed to opinion, authors Stephanie...


The Story of Chicago May

by Nuala O'Faolain

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA


Enchantment

by Donald Spoto

Her name is synonymous with elegance, style and grace. Over the course of her extraordinary life and career, Audrey Hepburn captured hearts around the world and created a public image that stands as one of the...


Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Wartime Sarajevo: Revised Edition

by Zlata Filipovic

When Zlata’s Diary was first published at the height of the Bosnian conflict, it became an international bestseller and was compared to The Diary of Anne Frank, both for the freshness of its voice and the...


Opposite Contraries: The Unknown Journals of Emily Carr and Other Writings

by Emily Carr

Collected from Emily Carr's private and public writings, these previously unpublished pieces reveal the outspoken artist at her most forthright. Expurgated sections from Carr's journals detail her anguished...


Cora Wilson Stewart and Kentucky's Moonlight Schools

by Yvonne Baldwin

Cora Wilson Stewart (1875-1958) was an elementary school teacher and county school superintendent in eastern Kentucky who, in the fall of 1911, decided to open the classrooms in her district to adult pupils....


The Girl Who Walked Home Alone: Bette Davis, A Personal Biography

by Charlotte Chandler

Even a short list of Bette Davis's most famous films -- Of Human Bondage; Jezebel; Dark Victory; The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex; Now, Voyager; All About Eve; What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? -- reveals...


Living My Life

by Emma Goldman

Anarchist, journalist, drama critic, advocate of birth control and free love, Emma Goldman was the most famous—and notorious—woman in the early twentieth century. This abridged version of her two-volume...


Stand Facing the Stove: The Story of the Women Who Gave America The Joy of Cooking

by Anne Mendelson

In 1931, Irma S. Rombauer, a recent widow, took her life savings and self-published a cookbook that she hoped might support her family. Little did she know that her book would go on to become America's most...


Signed, Mata Hari: A Novel

by Yannick Murphy

In the cold October of 1917 Margaretha Zelle, better known as Mata Hari, sits in a prison cell in Paris awaiting trial on charges of espionage. The penalty is death by firing squad. As she waits, burdened by...


Julia Child: A Life

by Laura Shapiro

With a swooping voice, an irrepressible sense of humor, and a passion for good food, Julia Child ushered in the nation’s culinary renaissance. In Julia Child, award-winning food writer Laura Shapiro tells...


Lilla's Feast: One Woman's True Story of Love and War in the Orient

by Frances Osborne

At the end of her life, Frances Osborne’s one-hundred-year-old great-grandmother Lilla was as elegant as ever–all fitted black lace and sparkling-white diamonds. To her great-grandchildren, Lilla was both...


Fierce: A Memoir

by Barbara Robinette Moss

From the award-winning author of Change Me into Zeus's Daughter comes this compelling memoir about a single mother determined to break the patterns that she has been taught.

Barbara Robinette Moss grew up in...


Joan of Arc: A Life

by Mary Gordon

? A master of the story form? (The New York Times) offers a fresh, revealing portrait of the legendary saint

Celebrated novelist Mary Gordon brings Joan of Arc alive as a complex figure full of contradictions...


In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer

by Irene Opdyke & Jennifer Armstrong

IRENE GUT WAS just 17 in 1939, when the Germans and Russians devoured her native Poland. Just a girl, really. But a girl who saw evil and chose to defy it.

“No matter how many Holocaust stories one has read,...


A History of U.S. Feminisms

by Rory Dicker

The History of U.S. Feminism is an introductory text designed to be used as supplementary material for first-year women’s studies students or as a brush-up text for more advanced students. Covering the first,...


Monarch: The Life and Reign of Elizabeth II

by Robert Lacey

For more than fifty years, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor -- who became Elizabeth II, Queen of England on February 6, 1952 -- has been loved and loathed, revered and feared, applauded and criticized by her...


American Nightingale: The Story of Frances Slanger, Forgotten Heroine of Normandy

by Bob Welch

Of the 350,000 American women in uniform during World War II, none instilled more hope in American GIs than Frances Slanger. In Army fatigues and helmet she splashed ashore with the first nurses to hit the Normandy...


Anarchism and Other Essays

by Emma Goldman

Anarchism & Other Essays, published in 1911, is the work of feminist anarchist Emma Goldman. Anarchism is a political philosophy which believes that government, or a governing body is unnecessary. Goldman discusses...


Alice: Alice Roosevelt Longworth, from White House Princess to Washington Power Broker

by Stacy A. Cordery

An entertaining and eye-opening biography of America?s most memorable first daughter

From the moment Teddy Roosevelt?s outrageous and charming teenage daughter strode into the White House?carrying a snake and...


Michelle: A Biography

by Liza Mundy

She can be funny and sharp-tongued, warm and blunt, empathic and demanding. Who is the woman Barack Obama calls "the boss"? In Michelle, Washington Post writer Liza Mundy paints a revealing and intimate portrait,...


Around The World On Two Wheels: Annie Londonderry's Extraordinary Ride

by Peter Zheutlin

"Peter Zheutlin's thoroughly researched account will make you wish you'd been around to catch a glimpse of the extraordinary woman as she went wheeling by." --Bill Littlefield, National Public Radio's Only A...


The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices

by Xinran

When Deng Xiaoping’s efforts to “open up” China took root in the late 1980s, Xinran recognized an invaluable opportunity. As an employee for the state radio system, she had long wanted to help improve...


She Always Knew How: Mae West, a Personal Biography

by Charlotte Chandler

In She Always Knew How, her wonderful new biography of legendary actress Mae West, acclaimed biographer Charlotte Chandler draws on a series of interviews she conducted with the star just months before her death...


The Eloquent Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

by Bill Adler

As her own words prove well, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis could be at times funny, buoyant, candid, irreverent, and of course poignant, too. This collection of quotes shares her thoughts on marriage, family, political...


A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice

by Malalai Joya

Malalai Joya has been called "the bravest woman in Afghanistan." At a constitutional assembly in Kabul in 2003, she stood up and denounced her country's powerful NATO-backed warlords. She was twenty-five years...


Dancing to the Precipice

by Caroline Moorehead

Her canvases were the court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette; the Great Terror; America at the time of Washington and Jefferson; Paris under the Directoire and then under Napoleon; Regency London; the battle...


The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe

by J. Randy Taraborrelli

From New York Times bestselling author J. Randy Taraborrelli comes the definitive biography of the most enduring icon in popular American culture.

When Marilyn Monroe became famous in the 1950s, the world was...


Walking in the Shade

by Doris Lessing & Doris M. Lessing

The second volume of Doris Lessing's extraordinary autobiography covers the years 1949-62, from her arrival in war-weary London with her son, Peter, and the manuscript for her first novel, The Grass is Singing,...


Love Again: A Novel

by Doris M. Lessing & Doris Lessing

Love, Again tells the story of a 65-year-old woman who falls in love and struggles to maintain her sanity. Widowed for many years, with grown children, Sarah is a writer who works in the theater in London. During...


The Rare and the Beautiful

by Cressida Connolly

Like the better-known Mitfords, the Garman sisters took center stage in Bohemian London during the first half of the twentieth century. Beautiful, flamboyant, and headstrong, they broke away from middle-class...


Read My Pins

by Madeleine Albright

Before long, and without intending it, I found that jewelry had become part of my personal diplomatic arsenal. Former president George H. W. Bush had been known for saying "Read my lips." I began urging colleagues...


Women Sailors and Sailors' Women: Adventures of Pirate Queens, Female Stowaways, and Sailors' Wives

by David Cordingly

For centuries, the sea has been regarded as a male domain, but in this illuminating historical narrative, maritime scholar David Cordingly shows that an astonishing number of women went to sea in the great age...


Tallulah!

by Joel Lobenthal

Outrageous, outspoken, and uninhibited, Tallulah Bankhead was an actress known as much for her vices -- cocaine, alcohol, hysterical tirades, and scandalous affairs with both men and women -- as she was for...


Clever Girl

by Lauren Kessler

Communists vilified her as a raging neurotic. Leftists dismissed her as a confused idealist. Her family pitied her as an exploited lover. Some said she was a traitor, a stooge, a mercenary and a grandstander....


Shakespeare's Wife

by Germaine Greer

Little is known about Ann Hathaway, the wife of England's greatest playwright; a great deal, none of it complimentary, has been assumed. The omission of her name from Shakespeare's will has been interpreted...


High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly

by Donald Spoto

Drawing on his unprecedented access to Grace Kelly, bestselling biographer Donald Spoto at last offers an intimate, honest, and authoritative portrait of one of Hollywood’s legendary actresses.

In just seven...


Kiyo's Story: A Japanese-American Family's Quest for the American Dream

by Kiyo Sato

“Vividly honest, deeply moving.”—Bill Hosokawa, Out of the Frying Pan: Reflections of a Japanese American

“It is a magnificent memoir, fully worthy of being compared to Farewell to Manzanar. I cannot...


The Ladies Gallery: A Memoir of Family Secrets

by Irene Vilar, Gregory Rabassa & Carlin Romano

A shred of black lace. A broken hand mirror. A spidery strip of false eyelash. These are the fragments left to Irene Vilar, granddaughter of Lolita Lebrón, the revered political activist for Puerto Rican independence...


The Women Who Raised Me

by Victoria Rowell

Born as a ward of the state of Maine, the child of an unmarried Yankee blueblood mother and an unknown black father, Victoria Rowell beat the odds. The Women Who Raised Me is the remarkable story of her rise...


Flying Cloud

by David W. Shaw

Flying Cloud is the riveting and thoroughly researched tale of a truly unforgettable sea voyage during the days of the California gold rush. In 1851, navigator Eleanor Creesy set sail on the maiden voyage of...


Mistress of the Vatican

by Eleanor Herman

Born without a dowry, nearly forced into a convent, and later married off to a man she didn't love, Olimpia Maidalchini vowed never to be poor, powerless, or beholden to any man again. Instead, using her wits,...


The Whole Woman

by Germaine Greer

Thirty years after the publication of The Female Eunuch, Germaine Greer is back with the sequel she vowed never to write.

"A marvelous performance--. No feminist writer can match her for eloquence or energy;...


African Queen: The Real Life of the Hottentot Venus

by Rachel Holmes

Saartjie Baartman was twenty-one years old when she was taken from her native South Africa and shipped to London. Within weeks, the striking African beauty was the talk of the social season of 1810–hailed...


A History Of The Wife

by Marilyn Yalom

How did marriage, considered a religious duty in medieval Europe, become a venue for personal fulfillment in contemporary America? How did the notion of romantic love, a novelty in the Middle Ages, become a...


Birth of the Chess Queen

by Marilyn Yalom

Everyone knows that the queen is the most dominant piece in chess, but few people know that the game existed for five hundred years without her. It wasn't until chess became a popular pastime for European royals...


Femme Fatale: A New Biography of Mata Hari

by Pat Shipman

In 1917, the notorious Oriental dancer Mata Hari was arrested on the charge of espionage; less than one year later, she was tried and executed, charged with the deaths of at least 50,000 gallant French soldiers....


Passionate Minds

by David Bodanis

It was 1733 when the poet and philosopher Voltaire met Emilie du Châtelet, a beguiling-and married—aristocrat who would one day popularize Newton's arcane ideas and pave the way for Einstein's theories. In...


Clever Maids: The Secret History of the Grimm Fairy Tales

by Paradiz Valerie

Most people know the stories of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, but very few know that behind the Brothers Grimm and their fairy tales stood a network of sisters-and mothers, neighbors, and female friends. In...


The Black Girl Next Door: A Memoir

by Jennifer Baszile

A powerful, beautifully written memoir about coming of age as a black girl in an exclusive white suburb in "integrated," post-Civil Rights California in the 1970s and 1980s.

At six years of age, after winning...


Maverick: Extraordinary Women from South Africa's past

by Lauren Beukes

This is a book about raconteurs and renegades, writers, poets, provocateurs and pop stars, artists and activists and a cross-dressing doctor. From Africa's first black movie star and Drum covergirl, Dolly Rathebe,...


La Grande Therese: The Greatest Swindle of the Century

by S Hilary & Hilary Spurling

While writing her biography of Matisse, which won the Whitbread Biography and Book of the Year 2005, Hilary Spurling came across the scandal that nearly destroyed the French Third Republic. Reading like a novella,...


Edith Head: The Fifty-Year Career of Hollywood's Greatest Costume Designer

by Jay Jorgensen

All About Eve. Funny Face. Sunset Blvd. Rear Window. Sabrina. A Place in the Sun. The Ten Commandments. Scores of iconic films of the last century had one thing in common: costume designer Edith Head (1897–1981)....


The Heroine's Bookshelf

by Erin Blakemore

An exploration of classic heroines and their equally admirable authors, The Heroine's Bookshelf shows today's women how to tap into their inner strengths and live life with intelligence and grace.

Jo March, Scarlett...


Some Liked It Hot: Jazz Women in Film and Television, 1928-1959

by Kristin A. McGee

Investigates the changing representations of jazz women in American culture


A Century and Some Change: My Life Before the President Called My Name

by Ann N Cooper & Karen G Bates

President-elect Barack Obama reflected on the life of Ann Nixon Cooper on Tuesday, November 4, 2008, singling her out of millions of voters, he said, because she was “born just a generation past slavery; a...


Abundant Beauty: The Adventurous Travels of Marianne North, Botanical Artist

by Marianne North & Laura Ponsonby

A delightful and informative trek across the globe by a witty, intelligent, and courageous Victorian artist and adventurer. In 1871, at age 41, Marianne North, an artist with a keen interest in botany, decided...


Wild Romance

by Chloë Schama

What started as a friendly conversation between a young girl, Theresa Longworth, and an army officer, William Charles Yelverton, on a steamer bound from France to England in 1852 would culminate nearly a decade...


The Miss Dennis School of Writing and Other Lessons from A Woman's Life

by Alice Steinbach

The first book by Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Steinbach is an intimate, personal collection of essays, remembrances, and columns that follows in the creative nonfiction tradition of Anna Quindlen and May Sarton....


Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists

by J. Courtney Sullivan & Courtney E. Martin

When did you know you were a feminist? Whether it happened at school, at work, while watching TV, or reading a book, many of us can point to a particular moment when we knew we were feminists. In Click, editors...


Extraordinary, Ordinary People

by Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice has excelled as a diplomat, political scientist, and concert pianist.  Her achievements run the gamut from helping to oversee the collapse of communism in Europe and the decline of the Soviet...


Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography

by Susan Cheever

Louisa May Alcott never intended to write Little Women. She had dismissed her publisher’s pleas for such a novel. Written out of necessity to support her family, the book had an astounding success that changed...


Just Kids

National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2010

by Patti Smith

Due to copyright restrictions, this eBook may not contain all of the images available in the print edition.

It was the summer Coltrane died, the summer of love and riots, and the summer when a chance encounter...


Mistress of the Elgin Marbles: A Biography of Mary Nisbet, Countess of Elgin

by Susan Nagel

The remarkable Mary Nisbet was the Countess of Elgin in Romantic-era Scotland and the wife of the seventh Earl of Elgin. When Mary accompanied her husband to diplomatic duty in Turkey, she changed history. She...


I Know Where I'm Going: Katharine Hepburn, A Personal Biography

by Charlotte Chandler

• The private Hepburn in her own words: Katharine Hepburn draws on a series of interviews Chandler conducted with the actress during the 1970s and 1980s. Chandler also interviewed director George Cukor; Hepburn...


Not Just Bonnets and Bustles; Victorian Women Travellers in Africa

by Eliza Bradley, Annie Hore & Helen Caddick

Victorian women travellers were not the docile creatures we imagine. Instead they were fearless women who ventured out when communication was a hand-carried letter, there were no telephones, no guidebooks and...


At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance--A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Powe

by Danielle L. Mcguire

Rosa Parks was often described as a sweet and reticent elderly woman whose tired feet caused her to defy segregation on Montgomery’s city buses, and whose supposedly solitary, spontaneous act sparked the 1955...


Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: The Givens Collection

by Harriet Jacobs & Louise Meriwether

Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is one of the most compelling accounts of slavery and one of the most unique of the one hundred or so slave narratives -- mostly written by men -- published...


The Art of Acquiring: A Portrait of Etta & Claribel Cone

by Mary Gabriel

For four and a half decades, Etta and Claribel Cone roamed artists' studios and art galleries in Europe, building one of the largest, most important art collections in the world. At one time, these two independently...


Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown, the Woman Behind Cosmopolitan Magazine

by Jennifer Scanlon

The biography of the revolutionary magazine editor who created the “Cosmo Girl” before Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw was even born

As the author of the iconic Sex and the Single Girl (1962) and the...


Secret Lives of the First Ladies

by Cormac O'Brien & Monika Suteski

Scandals, Seduction, Addiction, Adultery, Horrific Fashions—And the White House?!?

 

Your high school history teachers never gave you a book like this one! Secret Lives of the First Ladies features outrageous...


Shattered: Reclaiming a Life Torn Apart by Violence

by Debra Puglisi Sharp

In April 1998, Debra Puglisi Sharp -- wife, nurse, and mother of teenage twins -- was tending the roses in her garden when a factory worker with a cocaine habit slipped in through an open door and waited for...


Wild Horse Annie and the Last of the Mustangs: The Life of Velma Johnston

by David Cruise & Alison Griffiths

In 1950, Velma Johnston was a thirty-eight-year-old secretary enroute to work near Reno, Nevada, when she came upon a truck of battered wild horses that had been rounded up and were to be slaughtered for pet...


Pearl Buck in China: Journey to The Good Earth

by Hilary Spurling

One of the twentieth century’s most extraordinary Americans, Pearl Buck was the first person to make China accessible to the West.

 

She recreated the lives of ordinary Chinese people in The Good Earth, an...


So Few on Earth: A Labrador Metis Woman Remembers

by Josie Penny

Set against the beauty and ruggedness of the Labrador coast, So Few on Earth is the story of Josie Penny's perseverance after suffering atrocious punishments, merciless teasing, and the humiliation of two rapes...


Aunt Epp's Guide for Life: Miscellaneous Musings of a Victorian Lady

by Elspeth Marr & Christopher Rush

Engaging, frank and utterly delightful—the irresistible compilation of one forthright Victorian lady’s opinions and sage advice on every conceivable subject.

Adultery, bunions, evolution and garlic: these...


Here We Go Again: My Life In Television

by Betty White

A MEMOIR OF BETTY WHITE’S FIRST FIVE DECADES ON TELEVISION—AS IRREVERENT AND IRRESISTIBLE AS THE BELOVED ACTRESS HERSELF

BETTY WHITE first appeared on television in 1949 and has gone on to have one of the...


Caesars' Wives: Sex, Power, and Politics in the Roman Empire

by Annelise Freisenbruch

In scandals and power struggles obscured by time and legend, the wives, mistresses, mothers, sisters, and daughters of the Caesars have been popularly characterized as heartless murderers, shameless adulteresses,...


The Suffragette Cookbook

by L.O. Kleber

The Cookbook that Fueled a Movement-in more ways than one. To all appearances the intent of this cookbook was to raise money for the Equal Franchise Federation of Western Pennsylvania; but there was more to...


Queen of Science

by Mary Somerville

Edited and introduced by Dorothy McMillan. Born in Jedburgh in 1780, Mary Fairfax was the daughter of one of Nelson's captains, and in common with most girls of her time and station she was given the kind of...


Lucille Mulhall: An Athlete of Her Time

by Cynthia Kay Rhodes

Synopsis: Before the turn of the twentieth century, most women would not dream of engaging in "men's work." Women were expected to ride sidesaddle, wear skirts, and most women did not race their pony like lightning...


Marlene: Marlene Dietrich, A Personal Biography

by Charlotte Chandler

In Marlene, the legendary Hollywood icon is vividly brought to life, based on a series of conversations with the star herself and with others who knew her well. In the mid-1970s Charlotte Chandler spoke with...


Geek Girls Unite: Why Fangirls, Bookworms, Indie Chicks, and Other Misfits Will Inherit the Earth

by Leslie Simon

What do Amy Poehler, Bjork, Felicia Day, Martha Stewart, Miranda July, and Zooey Deschanel have in common? They’re just a few of the amazing women proving that “geek” is no longer a four-letter word.

In...


The Path to Power

by Margaret Thatcher

In her international bestseller, The Downing Street Years, Margaret Thatcher provided an acclaimed account of her years as Prime Minister. This second volume reflects on the early years of her life and how they...


The Buddha in the Attic

PEN/Faulkner Award 2012

by Julie Otsuka

Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award For Fiction

National Book Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist

A New York Times Notable Book

A gorgeous novel by the celebrated author of When the Emperor Was Divine...


Emma Goldman

by Kathy E. Ferguson

Emma Goldman has often been read for her colorful life story, her lively if troubled sex life, and her wide-ranging political activism. Few have taken her seriously as a political thinker, even though in her...


Scandalous Women: The Lives and Loves of History's Most Notorious Women

by Elizabeth Kerri Mahon

Throughout history women have caused wars, defied the rules, and brought men to their knees. The famous and the infamous, queens, divorcées, actresses, and outlaws have created a ruckus during their lifetimes-turning...


Call Of The Litany Bird: Surviving The Zimbabwe Bush War

by Susan Gibbs & Lord Carrington

A compelling personal account of living through the atrocities as Rhodesia became Zimbabwe, whilst bringing up a family on a farm amidst the chaos. As a trained nurse, newly married to the son of the Governor...


Purple Dandelion

by Farida Sultana & Shila Nair

For many Muslim women, life is a continual struggle to realise their true potential and assert their right to a peaceful life. An unconventional child, Farida Sultana, struggled through her adulthood and married...


Hey, Shorty!

by Girls for Gender Equity & Joanne Smith

How to cope with sexual harassment in public schools and on the streets today.


Dangerous Ambition: Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson: New Women in Search of Love and Power

by Susan Hertog

Born in the 1890s on opposite sides of the Atlantic, friends for more than forty years, Dorothy Thompson and Rebecca West lived strikingly parallel lives that placed them at the center of the social and historical...


My Asakusa: Coming of Age in Pre-War Tokyo

by Sadako Sawamura & Norman Stafford

Written near the end of Sadako Sawamura's remarkable life, My Asakusa (Watashi co Asakusa) is a charming collection of autobiographical essays by a truly self-made woman. Recalling Japan at a time of great political...


Mrs. Nixon: A Novelist Imagines a Life

by Ann Beattie

Dazzlingly original, Ann Beattie’s Mrs. Nixon is a riveting exploration of an elusive American icon and of the fiction writer’s art.

Pat Nixon remains one of our most mysterious and intriguing public figures,...


Clara and Mr. Tiffany: A Novel

by Susan Vreeland

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

It’s 1893, and at the Chicago World’s Fair, Louis Comfort Tiffany makes his debut with a luminous exhibition of innovative stained-glass windows that he hopes will earn him a place on...


Elizabeth Taylor, A Passion for Life: The Wit and Wisdom of a Legend

by Joseph Papa

From the time she appeared in National Velvet, the film that skyrocketed her to international fame at age twelve in 1944, until her death, Elizabeth Taylor's beauty, allure, and personal strength captivated...


Girl Land

by Caitlin Flanagan

The physical, emotional, and social milestones of every girl's life: what we've lost and gained in the 21st century.

Caitlin Flanagan's essays about marriage, sex, and families have sparked national debates....


An Uncommon Heroine: Scarlett, Edna, Sula--And More Than 20 Other of the Most Remarkable Women in Literature

by Jamie Cox Robertson

One is not born a woman, one becomes one.

-Simone de Beauvoir

Literature has provided us with some of the most unforgettable women in history. From wives and mothers to daughters and lovers, these women all have...


Long Walk Up

by Denise Turney

Long Walk Up is the gripping tale of a young girl's journey from poverty and despair en route to her remarkable and triumphant destiny as Africa's first woman president. The poignant story examines the life...


Sarah M. Peale America's First Woman Artist

by Joan King & Adolph Caso

Practically every member of the Peale family contributed to America's early art and culture and Sarah Peale was the first woman artist to have made a living from her work. Having learned to paint from her renowned...


American Women's Rights Movement:

by Paul D. Buchanan & Adolph Caso

More than 140 entries in this book depict events which have had lasting national significance in opening opportunities in the struggle for equal civil rights and opportunities for women. The impact of many of...


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