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WOMEN'S HISTORY, POLITICS, AND SOCIETY

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A MEMOIR OF DUBLIN IN THE 1960S
Written by MARTHA LONG

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 01/10/2017

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80696-5

The next installment of the Ma books—all bestsellers in Ireland and the UK—brings readers on the journey of Martha's first months of freedom in Dublin after leaving the convent where she spent her early adolescence. 

In the latest chapter of Martha Long's autobiographical series, Martha is for the first time on her own: discharged from the convent, she's finally 16, the age she'd long dreamed of as the doorway to her freedom from the whims of cruel adults. "Life is a bowl of cherries!" she...

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25 INNOVATORS, INVENTORS, AND TRAILBLAZERS WHO CHANGED HISTORY
Written by SAM MAGGS

Format: Hardcover, 240 pages

Publisher: Quirk Books

On Sale: 10/04/2016

Price: $16.99

ISBN: 978-1-594-74925-4

You may think you know women’s history pretty well. But have you ever heard of Alice Ball, the chemist who developed an effective treatment for leprosy—only to have the credit taken by a man? Or Mary Sherman Morgan, the rocket scientist whose liquid fuel compounds blasted the first U.S. satellite into orbit? Or Huang Daopo, the inventor whose weaving technology revolutionized textile production in China—centuries before the cotton gin?

In Wonder Women, author Sam Maggs tells the stories of...

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Written by GLORIA STEINEM

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 08/23/2016

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-40816-7

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER | ONE OF O: THE OPRAH MAGAZINE’S TEN FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR | NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Harper’s Bazaar • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • Publishers Weekly 

Selected for common reading at California State University, Chico

Gloria Steinem—writer, activist, organizer, and inspiring leader—now tells a story she has never told before, a candid account of her life as a traveler, a listener, and a catalyst for change. Includes “Secrets,” a new chapter!

When...

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MAKING A LIFE OF ONE'S OWN
Written by KATE BOLICK

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 04/19/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-34715-0

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book

“Whom to marry, and when will it happen—these two questions define every woman’s existence.”


So begins Spinster, a revelatory and slyly erudite look at the pleasures and possibilities of remaining single. Using her own experiences as a starting point, journalist and cultural critic Kate Bolick invites us into her carefully considered, passionately lived life, weaving together the past and present to examine why­ she—along with over 100 million...

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LIVES ON THE EDGE OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
Written by KATHLEEN DUVAL

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 04/12/2016

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98120-9

A rising-star historian offers a significant new global perspective on the Revolutionary War with the story of the conflict as seen through the eyes of the outsiders of colonial society 

Winner of the Journal of the American Revolution Book of the Year Award • Winner of the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of New Jersey History Prize • Finalist for the George Washington Book Prize


Over the last decade, award-winning historian Kathleen DuVal has revitalized the study of early America’s...

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LIFE AND DEATH IN HITLER'S CONCENTRATION CAMP FOR WOMEN
Written by SARAH HELM

Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 03/22/2016

Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-27871-5

Months before the outbreak of World War II, Heinrich Himmler—prime architect of the Holocaust—designed a special concentration camp for women, located fifty miles north of Berlin. Only a small number of the prisoners were Jewish. Ravensbrück was primarily a place for the Nazis to hold other inferior beings: Jehovah’s Witnesses, Resistance fighters, lesbians, prostitutes, and aristocrats—even the sister of New York’s Mayor LaGuardia. Over six years the prisoners endured forced labor, torture,...

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THE LIFELONG RIVALRY OF ELEANOR ROOSEVELT AND ALICE ROOSEVELT LONGWORTH

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 03/08/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-97162-8

Richmond Times-Dispatch Best Book of the Year

When Theodore Roosevelt became president in 1901, his beautiful and flamboyant daughter was transformed into “Princess Alice,” arguably the century’s first global celebrity. Thirty-two years later, Alice’s first cousin Eleanor moved into the White House as First Lady. The two women had been born eight months and twenty blocks apart in New York City, spent much of their childhoods together, and were far more alike than most historians...

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PORTRAIT OF A FRIENDSHIP: PAULI MURRAY, ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, AND THE STRUGGLE FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE
Written by PATRICIA BELL-SCOTT

Format: Hardcover, 480 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 02/02/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-679-44652-1

A groundbreaking book—two decades in the works—that tells the story of how a brilliant writer-turned-activist, granddaughter of a mulatto slave, and the first lady of the United States, whose ancestry gave her membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution, forged an enduring friendship that changed each of their lives and helped to alter the course of race and racism in America. 

Pauli Murray first saw Eleanor Roosevelt in 1933, at the height of the Depression, at a...

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THE EXTRAORDINARY LIVES OF MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT & MARY SHELLEY
Written by CHARLOTTE GORDON

Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 02/02/2016

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98047-9

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE SEATTLE TIMES

This groundbreaking dual biography brings to life a pioneering English feminist and the daughter she never knew. Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley have each been the subject of numerous biographies, yet no one has ever examined their lives in one book—until now. In Romantic Outlaws, Charlotte Gordon reunites the trailblazing author who wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Woman and...

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Written by PETER SLEVIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 01/26/2016

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-94931-8

Shortlisted for the PEN/Weld Literary Award for Biography

This is the inspiring story of a modern American icon, the first comprehensive account of the life and times of Michelle Obama. With disciplined reporting and a storyteller’s eye for revealing detail, Peter Slevin follows Michelle to the White House from her working-class childhood on Chicago’s largely segregated South Side. He illuminates her tribulations at Princeton University and Harvard Law School during the racially charged 1980s...

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RAPE AND THE JUSTICE SYSTEM IN A COLLEGE TOWN
Written by JON KRAKAUER

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 01/12/2016

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-804-17056-7

Missoula, Montana, is a typical college town, home to a highly regarded state university whose beloved football team inspires a passionately loyal fan base. Between January 2008 and May 2012, hundreds of students reported sexual assaults to the local police. Few of the cases were properly handled by either the university or local authorities. In this, Missoula is also typical.
In these pages, acclaimed journalist Jon Krakauer investigates a spate of campus rapes that occurred in Missoula over...

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Written by JEANNE THEOHARIS

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 11/24/2015

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-07692-7

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 definitive political biography of Rosa Parks examines her six decades of activism, challenging perceptions of her as an accidental actor in the civil rights movement


Presenting a corrective to the popular notion of Rosa Parks as the quiet seamstress who, with a single act, birthed the modern...

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