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Baroness of Hobcaw: The Life of Belle W. Baruch

by Mary E. Miller

The riveting biography of an heiress, equestrienne, spy-hunter, and patron of ecology


Truth: Four Stories I Am Finally Old Enough to Tell

by Ellen Douglas

In four haunting family stories, Ellen Douglas seeks to track down the truth--about herself, about her white Mississippi forebears, about their relationships to black Mississippians, and ultimately about their...


MENNONITE MEETS MR. RIGHT: A Memoir of Faith, Hope, and Love

by Rhoda Janzen

What does it mean to give church a try when you haven't really tried since you were twelve? At the end of her bestselling memoir Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, Rhoda Janzen had reconnected with her family...


Doreen Kartinyeri: My Ngarrindjeri Calling

by Doreen Kartinyeri & Sue Anderson

An Aboriginal insider's view into Australia's Hindmarsh Island Affair, this remarkable record tells the personal narrative of key Ngarrindjeri spokeswoman, the late Doreen Kartinyeri. Chronicling her victorious...


Leaving Home: A Hollywood Blacklisted Writer's Years Abroad

by Anne Edwards

In this new memoir, Anne Edwards—bestselling author of biographies on Judy Garland, Vivien Leigh, Margaret Mitchell, and Ronald Reagan—turns the spotlight on herself, chronicling her 20-year exile from the...


The Richest Woman in America: Hetty Green in the Gilded Age

by Janet Wallach

A captivating biography of America's first female tycoon, Hetty Green, the iconoclast who forged one of the greatest fortunes of her time.

 

    No woman in the Gilded Age made as much money as Hetty Green....


Anna Wickham: A Poet's Daring Life

by Jennifer Vaughan Jones

Poet Anna Wickham, a neglected figure in early 20th-century literature, is the subject of this biography. The book details her flight from her husband and sons to live with Natalie Clifford Barney in Paris,...


My Arctic Journal: A Year Among Ice-Fields and Eskimos

by Josephine Peary

Peary, the wife of celebrated arctic explorer Robert E. Peary, joined her husband on his 1891-92 expedition to the Arctic Circle.


Making Babies: Stumbling into Motherhood

by Anne Enright

A San Francisco Chronicle Lit Pick

"Much of the book is astonishingly funny; the rest would break your heart." —Colm Tóibín Anne Enright is one of the most acclaimed novelists of her generation. The Gathering...


The Lives of Margaret Fuller: A Biography

by John Matteson

“Psychologically rich. . . . Matteson’s book restores the heroism of [Fuller’s] life and work.”—The New Yorker A brilliant writer and a fiery social critic, Margaret Fuller (1810–1850) was perhaps...


Jane Addams: Spirit in Action

by Louise W. Knight

In this landmark biography, Jane Addams becomes America's most admired and most hated woman—and wins the Nobel Peace Prize. Jane Addams (1860-1935) was a leading statesperson in an era when few imagined such...


The Sea Captain's Wife: A True Story of Love, Race, and War in the Nineteenth Century

by Martha Hodes

A finalist for the Lincoln Prize, The Sea Captain's Wife "comes surprisingly, and movingly, alive" (Tina Jordan, Entertainment Weekly). Award-winning historian Martha Hodes brings us into the extraordinary world...


Bess of Hardwick: Empire Builder

by Mary S. Lovell

"The best account yet available of this shrewd, enigmatic and remarkable woman."-Sunday Times [London]

From the author of The Sisters, a chronicle of the most brutal, turbulent, and exuberant period of England's...


Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography

by Jean Harvey Baker

"A complex and moving character study of a woman tragically out of step with her time and place."—Chicago Tribune This definitive biography of Mary Todd Lincoln beautifully conveys her tumultuous life and...


Lessons I Learned in the Dark: Steps to Walking by Faith, Not by Sight

by Jennifer Rothschild

At the age of fifteen, Jennifer Rothschild confronted two unshakable realities: Blindness is inevitable ... and God is enough. Now this popular author, speaker, and recording artist offers poignant lessons that...


Call Sign, White Lily (New, Enlarged Fourth Edition with Bonus Material)

by M.G. Crisci & Yelena Sivolap

When Mother Russia called, Lilia Litvyak traded her childhood for a YAK-1 fighter and shredded Hitler's vaunted all-male Luftwaffe on her way to becoming the world's first female ace.

With her country under siege,...


Love Is the Thread: A Knitting Friendship

by Leslie Moise

Love is the Thread centers on the friendship between Kristine -- an artist, knitter, and wise soul -- and the author. Each woman faces serious challenges as they meet. Leslie is reweaving her life after an abusive...


Lillian Gilbreth: Redefining Domesticity

by Julie Des Jardins

An accessible, engaging examination of Lillian Gilbreth, whose research in efficiency and human factors changed the way factories are run, how domestic tasks are completed, and how consumers are “sold” on...


A Writer's Diary

by Virginia Woolf

An invaluable guide to the art and mind of Virginia Woolf, drawn by her husband from the personal record she kept over a period of twenty-seven years. Included are entries that refer to her own writing, others...


The Sparkling-Eyed Boy: A Memoir of Love, Grown Up

by Amy Benson & Ted Conover

"The Sparkling-Eyed Boy is so full of color and light and life." -- Brad Land, author of Goat

The theme of summer love, in Amy Benson's hands, grows up: The Sparkling-Eyed Boy searches out the fault lines of...