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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.


The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee: Observations on Not Fitting in

by Paisley Rekdal

When you come from a mixed race background as Paisley Rekdal does — her mother is Chinese American and her father is Norwegian– thorny issues of identity politics, and interracial desire are never far from...


Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley: African Princess, Florida Slave, Plantation Slaveowner

by Daniel L Schafer

Anna Kingsley's life story adds a dramatic chapter to histories of the South, the state of Florida, and the African diaspora. Working from surprisingly extensive records, including information and photographs...


The Sky's the Limit: Canadian Women Bush Pilots

by Joyce Spring

These are the stories of early intrepid Canadian women bush pilots from the late 1940s onwards, who set new records of achievement in northern Canada.


The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

by Jeanne Theoharis

2014 NAACP Image Award Winner: Outstanding Literary Work – Biography / Auto Biography

2013 Letitia Woods Brown Award from the Association of Black Women Historians 

Choice Top 25 Academic Titles for 2013

The...


Things Seen and Unseen: A Year Lived in Faith

by Nora Gallagher

"Gracefully written and moving ... Things Seen and Unseen starts with Nora Gallagher entering the labyrinth of her life ... and ultimately it leads to the center of her being."--The Boston Globe

It started with...


Divine Dancer: A Biography of Ruth St. Denis

by Suzanne Shelton

A biography of dancer and choreographer Ruth St. Denis. This digital edition was derived from ACLS Humanities E-Book's (http://www.humanitiesebook.org) online version of the same title.


Spinach Soup for the Walls: Finding My Spirit in Africa

by Lynne Harkes

The author has lived in wonderful places, from Nigeria to South America, Oman to the Gabon jungle.She describes the hospitality and resilience of the natives and the magnificence of landscape and animals. But...


Dancing with Cuba: A Memoir of the Revolution

by Alma Guillermoprieto

In 1970 a young dancer named Alma Guillermoprieto left New York to take a job teaching at Cuba’s National School of Dance. For six months, she worked in mirrorless studios (it was considered more revolutionary);...


Anna of All the Russias: A Life of Anna Akhmatova

by Elaine Feinstein

In this definitive biography of the legendary Russian poet, Elaine Feinstein draws on a wealth of newly available material–including memoirs, letters, journals, and interviews with surviving friends and family–to...


The Slippery Year

by Melanie Gideon

Melanie Gideon’s hilarious memoir is a disarmingly honest take on marriage and motherhood by a woman who realized she was sleepwalking through life and decided she needed to do something about it.

The Slippery...


Spring's Edge: A Ranch Wife's Chronicles

by Laurie Wagner Buyer

Chronicling a time of deep personal change, Buyer struggles with her role as a ranch wife in Colorado.


Sissieretta Jones: "The Greatest Singer of Her Race," 1868-1933

by Maureen D. Lee

A biography of a distinguished African American musical pioneer.


Adelaide Hoodless

by Cheryl MacDonald

Adelaide Hunter Hoodless, lifelong crusader for the recognition of the domestic sciences (cooking, sewing, childcare and housework) and an early proponent of home economics in Canada, was considered one of the...


Heading for Home

by Zahava Hanan

Zahava Hanan's struggle to save her ranch in Alberta from the threat of industrial pollution makes Heading for Home a modern tale on an epic scale.


Kate Rice: Prospector

by Helen Duncan

This is the story of an inspiring woman who forged new frontiers as a prospector in Manitoba during the gold rush.


My Year Before the Mast

by Annette Brock Davis

A memoir of Annette Brock Davis's life at sea as the first female crew member of a commercial sailing line.


Tokyo, My Everest: A Canadian Woman in Japan

by Gabrielle Bauer

Gabrielle Bauer finds herself on a plane bound for Tokyo, leaving her career, home, and husband behind.


Women Who Give Away Millions

by Iris Nowell

This book pays tribute to 14 women who donated millions of dollars to causes close to their hearts.


Eslanda

by Barbara Ransby

Eslanda "Essie" Cardozo Goode Robeson lived a colorful and amazing life, embroiled in much of the twentieth century's social turmoil and traveling to every corner of the globe to fight for downtrodden and oppressed...