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Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World

by Matthew Goodman

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

On November 14, 1889, Nellie Bly, the crusading young female reporter for Joseph Pulitzer’s World newspaper, left New York City by steamship on a quest to break the record for the fastest...


The Selected Papers of Jane Addams: vol. 2: Venturing into Usefulness, 1881-88

by Mary Lynn McCree Bryan & Barbara Bair

Venturing into Usefulness, the second volume of The Selected Papers of Jane Addams, documents the experience of this major American historical figure, intellectual, social activist, and author between June 1881,...


My Mother's Wars

by Lillian Faderman

An acclaimed writer on her mother’s tumultuous life as a Jewish immigrant in 1930s New York and her life-long guilt when the Holocaust claims the family she left behind in Latvia

 

A story of love, war, and...


Inside Linda Lovelace's Deep Throat: Degradation, Porno Chic, and the Rise of Feminism

by Darwin Porter

The notorious Linda Lovelace was America's first Queen of Porn, presiding over a fast-developing multi-billion-dollar film industry during the decadent 1970s. Her movie, Deep Throat, redefined the nation's views...


I Was the First Woman Phil Spector Killed: An Autobiography In Essays of Beverly Ross, Brill Building Songwriter of "Lollipop" and a Premier Architect

by Beverly Ross & Amanda Williams

Tell all memoir of one of Rock 'N' Roll's earliest pioneer songwriters, Beverly Ross ("Lollipop," "Judy's Turn to Cry," "Girl of My Best Friend" recorded by Elvis). Self-sabotage, artistic ambition, and behind...


Cor Blimey! Where 'Ave You Come From?

by Winifred Tovey & Jenny Knowles

Winifred Tovey's autobiography is packed with stories and historic photos of India after Independence. In 1951 she travelled to India with her medical missionary husband, Frank, and two small daughters, to start...


Intertwined Lives: Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, and Their Circle

by Lois W. Banner

A uniquely revealing biography of two eminent twentieth century American women. Close friends for much of their lives, Ruth Benedict and Margaret Mead met at Barnard College in 1922, when Mead was a student,...


The Happy Bottom Riding Club: The Life and Times of Pancho Barnes

by Lauren Kessler

Pancho Barnes was a force of nature, a woman who lived a big, messy, colorful, unconventional life. She ran through three fortunes, four husbands, and countless lovers. She outflew Amelia Earhart, outsmarted...


Frances Yates and the Hermetic Tradition

by Marjorie G. Jones

This is the first full-length biography of British historian Frances Yates, author of such acclaimed works as Giordano Bruno and The Hermetic Tradition and The Art of Memory, one of the most influential non-fiction...


The Discovery of Jeanne Baret: A Story of Science, the High Seas, and the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe

by Glynis Ridley

The year was 1765. Eminent botanist Philibert Commerson had just been appointed to a grand new expedition: the first French circumnavigation of the world. As the ships’ official naturalist, Commerson would...


Life among the Savages

by Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson, author of the classic short story The Lottery, was known for her terse, haunting prose. But the writer possessed another side, one which is delightfully exposed in this hilariously charming...


Lorraine Hansberry: Award-Winning Playwright and Civil Rights Activist

by Susan Sinnott

Lorraine Hansberry tells the fascinating story of the brave and talented woman who, almost single-handedly, overcame the racial obstacles that made for a segregated American theatre in the years following World...


Speaking of Jane Roberts: Remembering the Author of the Seth Material

by Susan M. Watkins

Poet, novelist, author of the Seth Material, Jane Roberts's books have sold over 7.5 million copies. She was one of the most important psychics of the twentieth century. Now, Speaking of Jane Roberts reveals...


Elizabeth Blackwell: First Woman M.D.

by Nancy Kline

Victorian Society recoiled at the thought of a woman learning about the human body. Yet in 1847, Elizabeth Blackwell was determined to become a physician--one who would not just improve the practice of medicine,...


Tender Murderers: Women Who Kill

by Trina Robbins & Max Allan Collins

The did it for love or money...or both!

Some of them fabled femme fatales of yesteryear. some headliners in yesterday's newspapers. Jean Harris, Ruth Snyder, Kate Bender, Belle Starr, Bonnie Parker, Phoolan Devi,...


Sexual Outlaw, Erotic Mystic: The Essential Ida Craddock

by Vere Chappell & Mary K. Greer

Sex, Magick, Aleister Crowley, Orgasms, Erotic Dances, Angelic Beings, Revolutionary Activism, Liberation, Persecution, Defiance, and Suicide.

Persecuted by Anthony Comstock and his Society for the Suppression...


Beryl Markham: Never Turn Back

by Catherine Gourley

Markham, an early pioneer in aviation, was a passionate, free-spirited girl struggling to come to terms with her identity and her place in the world. This biography tells of the obstacles she faced and how she...


Mary Shelly: Frankenstein's Creator

by Joan Kane Nichols

A biography of the nineteenth-century English writer who at the age of nineteen wrote the classic horror novel "Frankenstein".


Babe Didrikson: The Greatest All-Sport Athlete of All Time

by Susan E. Cayleff

A gold medal Olympian, Babe Didrikson was arguably the greatest athlete of the twentieth century, excelling at every sport she tried: running, jumping, javelin throwing, swimming, basketball, golf, and baseball,...


Mary Lincoln's Insanity Case: A Documentary History

by Jason Emerson

In 1875 Mary Lincoln, the widow of a revered president, was committed to an insane asylum by her son, Robert. The trial that preceded her internment was a subject of keen national interest. The focus of public...