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Out of Africa (Modern Library Series)
by Isak Dinesen


Modern Library
Hardcover - 399 pages
Reprint edition (October 1992)


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5 out of 5 stars
From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Lynne Auld
From 1914 to 1931, Danish aristocrat Baroness Karen Blixen owned and operated a coffee plantation in Kenya. After the plantation failed, she returned to Europe and began to write under the pen name Isak Dinesen. Out of Africa reads like a collection of stories in which she adheres to no strict... Read more

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A Room of One's Own (An Hbj Modern Classic)
by Virginia Woolf


Harcourt Brace
Hardcover - 125 pages
Reissue edition (October 1991)


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4 out of 5 stars
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Surprisingly, this long essay about society and art and sexism is one of Woolf's most accessible works. Woolf, a major modernist writer and critic, takes us on an erudite yet conversational--and completely entertaining--walk around the history of women in writing, smoothly comparing the architecture... Read more

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Detecting Women : A Readers Guide and Checklist for Mystery Series Written by Women
by Willetta L. Heising


Purple Moon Pr
Hardcover - 480 pages
3rd edition (December 1999)


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5 out of 5 stars
The Los Angeles Times, Dick Lochte
You'll be happy to learn that the answers to just about any question you might have involving crime fiction penned by living women are to be found in the new edition of Detecting Women, a remarkable reader's guide. Read more

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I Closed My Eyes : Revelations of a Battered Woman
by Michele Weldon


Hazelden Information Education
Paperback - 200 pages
(September 1, 1999)


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5 out of 5 stars
From Booklist September 1, 1999
Whether you've been in an abusive relationship, known someone in one, or have no personal experience with the phenomenon, this memoir will challenge all your beliefs about domestic violence. Weldon, an intelligent, self-confident, talented journalist, writes the story of her nine-year abusive... Read more

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Good Enough Daughter : A Memoir
by Alix Kates Shulman


Schocken Books
Hardcover - 272 pages
(April 1999)


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3.5 out of 5 stars
The New York Times Book Review, Leslie Chess Feller
Her portrayal is refreshingly upbeat, infused with insight, affection and respect.... This memoir benefits from Shulman's unflinching honesty. Read more

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Detecting Women Pocket Guide : Checklist for Mystery Series Written by Women (Mystery Series)
by Willetta L. Heising


Purple Moon Pr
Paperback - 224 pages
3rd Rev edition (October 1998)


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4 out of 5 stars
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Willetta L. Heising's Detecting Women Pocket Guide (3rd edition) quickly insinuates itself into your reading life. Like a dictionary in a heated Scrabble game, its one of the first things to pull out of your purse or pocket when you enter a bookstore, get into a conversation about mystery novels,... Read more

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Open Me Carefully: Emily Dickinson's Intimate Letters to Susan Huntington Dickinson
by Emily Dickinson, et al


Paris Pr
Paperback - 315 pages
(November 1998)


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5 out of 5 stars
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Emily Dickinson is a figure of intense contradictions: the hermit, the spinster, the frail woman in white who nonetheless wrote poems of almost painfully turbulent passion. For years, biographers have speculated about the male mentor who inspired Dickinson's work, naming intellectual figures like... Read more

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The Women on the Porch (Southern Classics Series)
by Caroline Gordon


J S Sanders & Co
Paperback - 317 pages
Reprint edition (April 1993)


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Novel of a Southern couple who return to Tennessee to recover their identity. Read more

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The Ayn Rand Cult
by Jeff Walker


Open Court Publishing Company
Paperback - 350 pages
(December 1998)


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3 out of 5 stars
From Kirkus Reviews , December 15, 1998
Much adored and much reviled, Ayn Rand finds no sympathy at the hands of Canadian investigative journalist Walker. Like many others, he compares the Objectivist guru and Atlas Shrugged author to a cult leader, while attacking her claims of originality, consistency, literary talent, and morality.... Read more

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The Feminization of American Culture
by Ann Douglas


Farrar Straus & Giroux (Pap)
Paperback - 416 pages
(November 1998)


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This classic of modern feminism is an ambitious attempt to trace certain present-day values back to cultural shifts of the 19th century. Historian Ann Douglas entwines the fate of American women, most notably those of the white middle class, with that of clergy marginalized by the rise in religious... Read more

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Woman, Native, Other : Writing Postcoloniality and Feminism
by Trinh T. Min-Ha, et al


Indiana Univ Pr
Paperback - 173 pages
(July 1989)


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Passionate Minds : Women Rewriting the World
by Claudia Roth Pierpont


Knopf
Hardcover - 298 pages
1 Ed edition (February 29, 2000)


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5 out of 5 stars
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In Passionate Minds, Claudia Roth Pierpont lifts several artists out of their hagiographical limbo and eases others (even Mae West and Margaret Mitchell) away from cliché and the condescending chortle. Her 11 essays offer a fascinating mix of biography, analysis, and elegant aphorism. Yet... Read more

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Sex Work : Writings by Women in the Sex Industry
by Frederique Delacoste(Editor), Priscilla Alexander (Editor)


Cleis Pr
Paperback - 380 pages
2nd edition (September 1998)


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5 out of 5 stars
Synopsis
A landmark collection of writings by street prostitutes, exotic dancers, nude models, escorts, porn stars, and massage parlor workers. Since publication in 1987, SEX WORK has generated much discussion and has changed the language we use to talk about sex for money. Read more

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When Memory Speaks
by Jill Ker Conway


Vintage Books
Paperback - 224 pages
Reprint edition (March 1999)


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"Why," asks Jill Ker Conway, "is autobiography the most popular form of fiction for modern readers?" As the author of two stellar memoirs--The Road from Coorain and True North--Conway would seem superbly qualified to answer her own question. Her initial premise is that... Read more

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The Last Gift of Time : Life Beyond Sixty
by Carolyn G. Heilbrun, Carolyn Helibrum


Bantam Doubleday Dell Pub (T)
Hardcover - 220 pages
(April 1997)


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5 out of 5 stars
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At 72, Carolyn Heilbrun is the first to admit she's lucky. She writes: "I am, of course, aware that my perspective is that of someone who has enjoyed many advantages. I have had a privileged education, worked for over thirty years as a professor of English . . . and now enjoy a comfortable... Read more

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Fierce Attachments : A Memoir
by Vivian Gornick


Beacon Pr
Paperback - 208 pages
Reprint edition (October 1997)


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3 out of 5 stars
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Rarely is the barbed edge of mother love described with such scorching wit and raw emotion as it is in Vivian Gornick's reissued memoir. Fierce Attachments zigzags between a Bronx tenement teeming with immigrants in the 1940s and New York in the 1980s. It chronicles an almighty struggle between the... Read more

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Making Face, Making Soul/Haciendo Caras : Creative and Critical Perspectives by Women of Color
by Gloria E. Anzaldua(Editor), Melanie Kaye Kantrowitz


Aunt Lute Books
Paperback - 448 pages
(July 1990)


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5 out of 5 stars
Book Description
multicultural anthology --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Read more

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Bone Black : Memories of Girlhood
by Bell Hooks


Henry Holt (Paper)
Paperback - 192 pages
Reprint edition (October 1997)


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4 out of 5 stars
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Feminist scholar bell hooks (Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism) has long raised uncomfortable questions about race, gender, and class. Wounds of Passion explores her long-term, sexually open relationship with Mack, a fellow poet she met as an undergraduate at age 19. Some years older and... Read more

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A Little More About Me
by Pam Houston


W W Norton & Co
Hardcover - 288 pages
1 Ed edition (September 1999)


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3 out of 5 stars
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In Pam Houston's can't-put-down collection of essays, A Little More About Me, she describes her globe-trotting adventures spanning five continents with candor and humor, but it's the emotional journey that hits home. We travel vicariously as Houston treks through the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan or... Read more

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Testament of Youth : An Autobiographical Study of the Years 1900-1925 (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
by Vera Brittain


Penguin USA (paper)
Paperback
Reprint edition (October 1994)


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5 out of 5 stars
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When war broke out in August 1914, 21-year-old Vera Brittain was planning on enrolling at Somerville College, Oxford. Her father told her she wouldn't be able to go: "In a few months' time we should probably all find ourselves in the Workhouse!" he opined. Brittain had hoped to escape the Northern... Read more

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From the Beast to the Blonde : On Fairy Tales and Their Tellers
by Marina Warner


Noonday Pr
Paperback
(September 1996)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
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One dare not even call it seminal, yet in this ground-breaking work, English novelist and historian Marina Warner casts herself as the female Joseph Campbell in a fascinating and lively book that opens with the observation that "storytelling makes women thrive -- and not exclusively women," and then... Read more

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Hotel Du Lac (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Anita Brookner, Robin Desser (Editor)


Vintage Books
Paperback
(October 1995)


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3 out of 5 stars
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Edith Hope (a.k.a. romance author Veronica Wilde) has been banished by her friends to a stately hotel in Switzerland. During her stay she befriends some of the other guests, each of whom has his or her own tale. Edith struggles to come to terms with her career and love--the lack, the benefits, and... Read more

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Partisans : Marriage, Politics, and Betrayal Among the New York Intellectuals
by David Laskin


Simon & Schuster
Hardcover - 320 pages
(January 2000)


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4 out of 5 stars
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For the 25 years following its resurrection in 1937, Partisan Review reigned as New York's most influential intellectual journal, writes David Laskin in his group biography of its founders and core contributors. "The marriage of Marxism and modernism was not always a happy one ... but the magazine... Read more

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Breakup : The End of a Love Story
by Catherine Texier


Anchor Books
Paperback - 176 pages
1 Anchor edition (August 17, 1999)


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3.5 out of 5 stars
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When Joel Rose left his wife, Catherine Texier, and the East Village to move in uptown with an editor at Crown Books--which had just paid him $105,000 for his new novel--their acrimonious split was the talk of literary New York. Reading Texier's present-tense account of their final months together... Read more

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Henry James : Complete Stories 1864-1874 (Library of America, 111)
by James Henry, Henry James


Library of America
Hardcover
(October 1999)


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4 out of 5 stars
Book Description
For the first time in 30 years, the Master's complete stories are again available--in a handsome, authoritative collector's edition

With this fifth and final volume of The Library of America's historic new edition, Henry James's world-famous stories are again available in their entirety.

Complete... Read more

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