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A Very Easy Death

by Simone de Beauvoir

A Very Easy Death has long been considered one of Simone de Beauvoir’s masterpieces. The profoundly moving, day-by-day recounting of her mother’s death “shows the power of compassion when it is allied...


Rosalind Franklin

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology 2002

by Brenda Maddox

In 1962, Maurice Wilkins, Francis Crick, and James Watson received the Nobel Prize, but it was Rosalind Franklin's data and photographs of DNA that led to their discovery.

Brenda Maddox tells a powerful story...


A Place to Live: and other selected essays of

by Natalia Ginzburg & Lynne Sharon Schwartz

Arguably one of Italy’s greatest contemporary writers, Natalia Ginzburg has been best known in America as a writer’s writer, quiet beloved of her fellow wordsmiths. This collection of personal essays chosen...


Camelia: Save Yourself by Telling the Truth-A Memoir of Iran

by Camelia Entekhabifard & George Murer

Camelia Entekhabifard was six years old in 1979 when the shah of Iran was overthrown by revolutionary supporters of the Ayatollah Khomeini. By the age of sixteen, Camelia was a nationally celebrated poet, and...


Flying Close to the Sun: My Life and Times as a Weatherman

by Cathy Wilkerson

Flying Close to the Sun is the stunning memoir of a white middle-class girl from Connecticut who became a member of the Weather Underground, one of the most notorious groups of the 1960s. Cathy Wilkerson, who...


Algerian White: A Narrative

by Assia Djebar, David Kelley & Marjolijn De Jager

In Algerian White, Assia Djebar weaves a tapestry of the epic and bloody ongoing struggle in her country between Islamic fundamentalism and the post-colonial civil society. Many Algerian writers and intellectuals...


Lieutenant Nun: Memoir of a Basque Transvestite in the New World

by Catalina De Erauso

One of the earliest known autobiographies by a woman, this is the extraordinary tale of Catalina de Erauso, who in 1599 escaped from a Basque convent dressed as a man and went on to live one of the most wildly...


The House With the Broken Two: A Birthmother Remembers

by Myrl Coulter

Unmarried and pregnant in 1968 Winnipeg, teenager Myrl Coulter found herself at a loss. Unable (and perhaps unwilling) to support her child, Myrl's parents forced her to give the baby up for adoption. After...


My Escape: An Autobiography

by Benoite Groult

This witty autobiography captures the rich and varied life of a renowned French author and pioneering feminist, through the obstacles and movements in twentieth-century France.

 

Born in 1920 in Paris, Benoite...


Beirut, I Love You: A Memoir

by Zena el Khalil

Zena el Khalil, a young Beirut-based female artist, writer, and activist who had an unconventional but worldly upbringing growing up in Lagos, Nigeria and attending art school in New York, returns after 9/11...


Exposé of Polygamy: A Lady's Life Among the Mormons

by Fanny Stenhouse & Linda Wilcox DeSimone

After the 1872 publication of Exposé, Fanny Stenhouse became a celebrity in the cultural wars between Mormons and much of America. An English convert, she had grown disillusioned with the Mormon Church and...


Woman of the River: Georgie White Clark, Whitewater Pioneer

by Richard Westwood

Georgie White Clark-adventurer, raconteur, eccentric--first came to know the canyons of the Colorado River by swimming portions of them with a single companion. She subsequently hiked and rafted portions of...


Tupperware Unsealed: Brownie Wise, Earl Tupper, and the Home Party Pioneers

by Bob Kealing

Brownie Wise, the first woman to appear on the cover of Business Week, was the driving force behind making Tupperware a household name. Fired under mysterious circumstances, she was written out of Tupperware...


Betty Friedan and the Making of "The Feminine Mystique": The American Left, the Cold War, and Modern Feminism

by Daniel Horowitz

An examination of the social and political climate that influenced Betty Friedan and culminated in her landmark book, The Feminine Mystique. This digital edition was derived from ACLS Humanities E-Book's (http://www.humanitiesebook.org)...


Many Blessings: A Tapestry of Accomplished Africian American Women

by Sonnee Weedn

Many Blessings: A Tapestry of Accomplished African American Women by Sonnee Weedn, Ph.D. Ten years ago, Marin County psychologist, Dr. Sonnee Weedn, was asked to treat a young, urban, African American woman....


The First Ladies Fact Book -- Revised and Updated: The Childhoods, Courtships, Marriages, Campaigns, Accomplishments, and Legacies of Every First Lady

by Bill Harris & Laura Ross

The revised and updated edition, including all-new information on Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, and Betty Ford

America's first ladies have captured the hearts of the citizens of our country ever...


Talking with Margaret Throsby

by Margaret Throsby

A collection of some of Margaret Throsby's most interesting ABC-FM interviews.


Resilience

by Anne Deveson

What is it that enables some people to grow through adversity? Anne Deveson's engaging and thought-provoking exploration of this vital capacity of individuals and communities is, like her award-winning classic...


There's a Bear in There: (And He Wants Swedish)

by Merridy Eastman

This behind-the-scenes look at life in a brothel is a wonderfully funny tale, told with a lively sense of the absurd and a rare and forgiving understanding of human frailty.


Secret Mothers' Business: One night, eight women, no kids, no holding back

by Joanne Fedler

Based on true conversations with real women, Secret Mothers' Business is a shocking, funny, irreverent and often heartbreaking look at women, friendships and motherhood.