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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...


Four Sisters of Hofei: A History

by Annping Chin

Four Sisters of Hofei is an intimate encounter with Chinese history, told through the collective memory and stories of four sisters born between 1908 and 1924, and with the benefit of the extraordinary knowledge...


That Mad Louisa

by Richard Handley

Richard Handley tells the courageous story of Louisa Lawson, a leader in the fight for women's rights and a significant character in Australian history. He highlights the great courage she showed in coping with...


An Unfinished Marriage

by Joan Anderson

In this moving sequel to her national bestseller A Year by the Sea, Joan Anderson explores the challenges of rebuilding and renewing a marriage with her trademark candor, compassion, and insight.

With A Year...


How I Came Into My Inheritance: And Other True Stories

by Dorothy Gallagher

Dorothy Gallagher began her literary career fabricating stories about celebrities for a pulp magazine. Nothing she invented, however, could rival the facts surrounding her own family.

In a singular voice–intimate,...


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...


The Biography of Florence Nightingale

by Lytton Strachey

Florence Nightingale was a healer, a comforter, and a nurturer. But like all of us, she had a dark side. Because of her mystique and her charisma, she always got what she wanted. Seldom did anyone really know...


The House With the Broken Two: A Birthmother Remembers

by Myrl Coulter

Winner, SFU Writer's Studio's First Book Competition (2010)

Winner, Canadian Authors Association Exporting Alberta Award (2011)

Unmarried and pregnant in 1968 Winnipeg, teenager Myrl Coulter found herself at...


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...


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)...