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Sandra Steingraber's first book, Living Downstream: An Ecologist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment, left reviewers calling her "the new Rachel Carson." It is an apt comparison. Not since 1962, when Carson courageously challenged the chemical industry in Silent Spring, has a...
If Sons, Then Heirs by Lorene Cary
Lorene Cary doesn't shy away from telling complicated stories about race in the United States. In Black Ice, her critically acclaimed memoir of integrating the elite St. Paul's boarding school, and in The Price of a Child, her novel of a slave woman's escape to freedom, she distilled taboo topics...
Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
In Caleb's Crossing, Geraldine Brooks once again shows her prodigious gift for the vivid evocation of times long past. Fans of her earlier work, Year of Wonders (set in a 17th century plague-town), People of the Book (about the Sarajevo Haggaddah) and the Pulitzer Prize-winning March (a story of...
Whistleblower by Kathryn Bolkovac
In 1998, Kathryn Bolkovac, a Nebraska police officer trained in forensic science, applied to work with the private military contractor DynCorp on a peacekeeping mission in post-war Bosnia. During her training, she overheard a fellow recruit boast, "And I know where you can get really nice 12- to 15-...
I Love a Broad Margin to My Life by Maxine Hong Kingston
This book, her last, she hints, is a journey though the writings, the past and present lives, the very heart and soul of National Book Award-winner Maxine Hong Kingston, author of the acclaimed Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts. She gives us this precious gift: a memoir as poem and...
The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother's Hidden Life by Jasmin Darznik
Using her mother's recollections, culled from cassette tapes and her own childhood memories, Darznik shows how the lives of three generations of Iranian women were proscribed by politics and patriarchy. Her book distinguishes itself from the plethora of recent Iranian American memoirs, most written ...
A Life in Motion: A Memoir (Jewish Women Writers) by Florence Howe
When she was a young instructor at Goucher College, Florence Howe was one day angered by an "unenlightened" review of a satirical book by William Burroughs in The New Republic, and she fired off a scathing letter to the editor. At The New Yorker, the iconic Mr. Shawn read it and called, insisting...
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Young-adult fiction is influential; women and men often act out stories they read as teens. But try finding feminism in popular fantasies such as Stephenie Meyers' Twilight, or communities of color in Rowling's bestselling Harry Potter series. Nnedi Okorafor's books are a welcome contrast. The...
Some Sing, Some Cry by Shange Ntozake and Ifa Bayeza
Ntozake Shange is best known for "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf," a play/poem that radically reshaped the black female narrative by stripping away the armor of popular images and examining the individual pain and uncertainty underneath. Her genius was...
Who Should Be First (10 Edition) by Guy-sheftall
The 2008 presidential campaign not only tested our nation's readiness for change, it catapulted feminists into a firestorm of competing priorities. Much was at stake for racial- and gender-identity politics in the Democratic primaries that pitted then-Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama...
A Woman's Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot by Mary Walton
The Lady Matador's Hotel by Cristina Garcia
The Grace of Silence Signed Edition by Michele Norris
Nimo's War, Emma's War: Making Feminist Sense of the Iraq War by Cynthia Enloe
The Second Sex by Simone De Beauvoir
Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (The Millennium Trilogy #3) by Stieg Larsson
The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich
My Prison, My Home: One Woman's Story of Captivity in Iran by Haleh Esfandiari
The Fat Studies Reader by Esther (edt) Rothblum
Feminism, Inc.: Coming of Age in Girl Power Media Culture by Emilie Zaslow
Till We Can Keep an Animal by Megan Voysey-Braig
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow
Not All Black Girls Know How to Eat: A Story of Bulimia by Stephanie Covington Armstrong
Between XX and XY: Intersexuality and the Myth of Two Sexes by Gerald N. Callahan
I Am Your Sister: Collected and Unpublished Writings of Audre Lorde by Rudolph P. Byrd
The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
Golondrina, Why Did You Leave Me? (Chicana Matters) by Barbara Renaud Gonzalez
The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq by Helen Benedict
Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa's First Woman President by Ellen Johns Sirleaf
The Vagrants by Yiyun Li
A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx by Elaine Showalter
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Love Marriage by V. V. Ganeshananthan
The Lolita Effect: Why the Media Sexualize Young Girls and What You Can Do about It by M. Gigi, Ph.d. Durham
The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich
Sexual Reckonings : Southern Girls in a Troubling Age (07 Edition) by Susan K. Cahn
Caspian Rain by Gina Nahai
Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat
A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo
Selling Anxiety: How the News Media Scare Women by Caryl Rivers
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein
Women Behind Bars: The Crisis of Women in the U.S. Prison System by Silja J. A. Talvi
The Cleft by Doris Lessing
Sexual Decoys: Gender, Race and War in Imperial Democracy by Zillah Eisenstein
A Handbook to Luck by Cristina Garcia
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
Pimps Up, Ho's Down: Hip Hop's Hold on Young Black Women by T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting
Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route by Saidiya Hartman
Ines of My Soul: A Novel by Isabel Allende
Secondhand World by Katherine Min
Unbowed: A Memoir by Wangari Maathai
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