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Mother Teresa (Revised Edition)

by Kathryn Spink HarperOne (June 07, 2011)

Mother Teresa of Calcutta was the founder of the Missionaries ofCharity and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, but her story is so much moreremarkable. From her childhood in the Balkans to her work in India, from...


My Year with Eleanor: A Memoir

by Noelle Hancock HarperCollins e-books (June 07, 2011)

“I honestly loved this book.”

—Jim Norton, New York Times bestselling author of I Hate Your Guts

“Eleanor taught Noelle that, first and foremost, Courage Takes Practice. Her yearlong quest to face her...


Maya Deren: Incomplete Control

by Sarah Keller Columbia University Press (December 09, 2014)

Maya Deren (1917–1961) was a Russian-born American filmmaker, theorist, poet, and photographer working at the forefront of the American avant-garde in the 1940s and 1950s. Influenced by Jean Cocteau and Marcel...


Canadian Heroines 2-Book Bundle: 100 Canadian Heroines / 100 More Canadian Heroines

by Merna Forster Dundurn (November 12, 2014)

This special bundle collects the two 100 Canadian Heroines volumes, in which Merna Forster presents 200 stories of amazing women who changed our country.


Cleopatra the Great

by Dr. Joann Fletcher HarperCollins (May 17, 2011)

World-Renowned Egyptologist Dr. Joann Fletcher offers an unparalleled look at one of history’s most fascinating leaders—Politician, Mother, and Goddess—the legendary Cleopatra.

The subject of myth for more...


Pretty Good for a Girl: The Autobiography of a Snowboarding Pioneer

by Tina Basich & Kathleen Gasperini HarperCollins e-books (May 24, 2011)

When Tina Basich grabbed her rented snowboard and headed to the mountains in Lake Tahoe, snowboarding wasn't even considered a sport . . . yet. It was the beginning, and could have easily gone the way of many...


The Best Thing About My Ass Is That It's Behind Me

by Lisa Ann Walter HarperOne (May 17, 2011)

Actressand comic Lisa Ann Walter offers a hilarious, star-studded collection of essaysencouraging women to laugh at what they can't change, enjoy a guilty pleasureor two, and finally accept the lives and the...


Teresa, My Love: An Imagined Life of the Saint of Avila

by Julia Kristeva & Lorna Scott Fox Columbia University Press (November 25, 2014)

Mixing fiction, history, psychoanalysis, and personal fantasy, Teresa, My Love follows Sylvia Leclercq, a French psychoanalyst, academic, and incurable insomniac, as she falls for the sixteenth-century Saint...


Good Girls Do

by Brian Francis Ecw Press (June 01, 2001)

A personal meditation on the wild world that is sexuality now. "'I want you to tell me why you wrote this story,' my mother said. I had once again written an article about sex. 'I made it all up, none of it...


Molly Fire, The

by Michael Mitchell & Ryan Wiseman Ecw Press (January 07, 2005)

Molly, an eighty-year-old artist, drowns in her bath while living alone on Vancouver Island. When her son, Toronto writer and photographer Michael Mitchell, arrives from the east the next day he finds a studio...


Feel Good and Watch What Happens

by Anthea Morphitis Anthea Morphitis (August 13, 2014)

"Say Bye to the past life of what you don't want and say Hi to your newfound life of what you do want." This is the take-home message of this self-help, semi-biography by Anthea Morphitis. In it, she explains...


A Cool and Lonely Courage: The Untold Story of Sister Spies in Occupied France

by Susan Ottaway Little, Brown and Company (September 30, 2014)

The incredible true story of British special agents Eileen and Jacqueline Nearne, sisters who risked everything to fight for freedom during the Second World War.

When elderly recluse Eileen Nearne died, few...


From This Moment On

by Shania Twain Atria Books (May 03, 2011)

Now in paperback from superstar Shania Twain, a poignant, heartfelt, and beautifully told account of her hard-scrabble childhood, rise to worldwide fame, and recent personal tragedies.

The world may know Shania...


Mourning Headband for Hue: An Account of the Battle for Hue, Vietnam 1968

by Nha Ca & Olga Dror Indiana University Press (September 04, 2014)

Vietnam, January, 1968. As the citizens of Hue are preparing to celebrate Tet, the start of the Lunar New Year, Nha Ca arrives in the city to attend her father's funeral. Without warning, war erupts all around...


Understanding Through Fiction: A Selection from Teresa, My Love: An Imagined Life of the Saint of Avila

by Julia Kristeva & Lorna Scott Fox Columbia University Press (September 02, 2014)

Born in 1515, Teresa of Avila survived the Spanish Inquisition and was a key reformer of the Carmelite Order. Her experience of ecstasy, which she intimately described in her writings, released her from her...


Hesitation Kills: A Female Marine Officer's Combat Experience in Iraq

by Jane Blair Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 16, 2011)

This riveting memoir is the first book written by a female Marine about the war in Iraq, and one of the only books written by a woman who has experienced combat first hand. Throughout her deployment, Jane kept...


GI Brides: June

by Duncan Barrett & Nuala Calvi William Morrow Impulse (October 07, 2014)

She left everything behind to follow her heart …

The enthralling true story of a British war bride after World War II.

June Baker saw the American soldier walking toward her. In the gray of wartime England,...


The Viceroy's Daughters

by Anne De Courcy Harper Perennial (September 16, 2014)

Based on unpublished letters and diaries, The Viceroy's Daughters is a riveting portrait of three spirited and wilful women who were born at the height of British upper-class wealth and privilege.

The oldest,...


Whatever...Love Is Love

by Maria Bello Dey Street Books (April 28, 2015)

The acclaimed actress and dedicated activist shares her personal journey of discovery, and destroys outdated ideas about partnership, love and family that will resonate with anyone in an unconventional life...


Ashley's War

by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon Harper (April 21, 2015)

In 2010, the Army created Cultural Support Teams, a secret pilot program to insert women alongside Special Operations soldiers battling in Afghanistan. The Army reasoned that women could play a unique role on...


The Blue Box: Three Lives in Letters

by Sallie Bingham Sarabande Books (August 18, 2014)

A family history centered around three generations of women spans the Civil War through the Jazz Age.


The Lost Life of Eva Braun

by Angela Lambert St. Martin's Press (September 02, 2014)

Eva Braun is one of history's most famous nonentities. She has been dismissed as a racist, feathered-headed shop girl, yet sixty-two years after her death her name is still instantly recognizable.

She left...


Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale, an Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself

by Rachel Lloyd HarperCollins e-books (April 19, 2011)

"Powerfully raw, deeply moving, and utterly authentic. Rachel Lloyd has turned a personal atrocity into triumph and is nothing less than a true hero.... Never again will you look at young girls on the street...


The Anti-Romantic Child: A Story of Unexpected Joy

by Priscilla Gilman HarperCollins e-books (April 19, 2011)

The Anti-Romantic Child is remarkable. This haunting and lyrical memoir will be an invaluable and heartening guide to all who find themselves in similar situations and indeed anyone confronting an unforeseen...


Elizabeth Taylor, A Passion for Life: The Wit and Wisdom of a Legend

by Joseph Papa Harper Design (April 12, 2011)

From the time she appeared in National Velvet, the film that skyrocketed her to international fame at age twelve in 1944, until her death, Elizabeth Taylor's beauty, allure, and personal strength captivated...


D.V.

by Diana Vreeland HarperCollins e-books (April 19, 2011)

“An evening with D.V. is almost as marvelous as an evening with D.V. [herself]—same magic, same spontaneity and, above all, never a boring moment.”

—Bill Blass

D.V. is the mesmerizing autobiography of...


A Helluva High Note: Surviving Life, Love, and American Idol

by Kara Dioguardi HarperCollins e-books (April 26, 2011)

Over the years, award-winning hitmaker, savvy record executive,  successful music publisher and former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi has worked with the best.  Her songs have been recorded by such superstars...


Lessons in Taxidermy: A Compendium of Safety and Danger

by Bee Lavender Akashic Books (April 01, 2005)

A riveting memoir of sickness and survival from Punk Planet Books!


Kissing the Sword: A Prison Memoir

by Shahrnush Parsipur & Sara Khalili The Feminist Press at CUNY (May 17, 2013)

An internationally acclaimed writer's harrowing tale of imprisonment in Iran.


The Education of Alice M. Jordan: Navigating a Career in Children's Librarianship

by Gale Eaton Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 10, 2014)

A long overdue biography of Alice M. Jordan (1870-1960), head of youth services at the Boston Public Library from 1902 to 1940 and one of the pioneers of children’s librarianship. Between the Age of Sail and...


Reading My Father

by Alexandra Styron Scribner (April 19, 2011)

PART MEMOIR AND PART ELEGY, READING MY FATHER IS THE STORY OF A DAUGHTER COMING TO KNOW HER FATHER AT LAST— A GIANT AMONG TWENTIETH-CENTURY AMERICAN NOVELISTS AND A MAN WHOSE DEVASTATING DEPRESSION DARKENED...


Maeve Binchy

by Piers Dudgeon St. Martin's Press (July 22, 2014)

Maeve Binchy's heartwarming tales of love, life, and loss made her one of America's best-loved storytellers. Her novels, which sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, captured imaginations on both sides...


You Animal Machine (The Golden Greek)

by Eleni Sikelianos Coffee House Press (June 10, 2014)

A memoir of Melena, five-times married, mother, burlesque dancer, and "the hardest-assed woman to ever eat wood and bite nails."


Unstuck In Provence: The courage to start over

by Carolyn Tate Carolyn Tate & Co. (February 06, 2014)

Unstuck in Provence -The Courage to Start Over - a memoir At the age of 46, after years of single-motherhood and the unbearable feeling that life is going nowhere, Carolyn decides to get radically unstuck. After...


Sally Ride

by Lynn Sherr Simon & Schuster (June 03, 2014)

The definitive biography of Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space, with exclusive insights from Ride’s family and partner, by the ABC reporter who covered NASA during its transformation from a test-pilot...


Perfection: A Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal

by Julie Metz Hachette Books (June 09, 2009)

Julie Metz's life changes forever on one ordinary January afternoon when her husband, Henry, collapses on the kitchen floor and dies in her arms. Suddenly, this mother of a six-year-old is the young widow in...


The Phantom of Fifth Avenue: The Mysterious Life and Scandalous Death of Heiress Huguette Clark

by Meryl Gordon Grand Central Publishing (May 27, 2014)

Born in 1906, Huguette Clark grew up in her family's 121-room Beaux Arts mansion in New York and was one of the leading celebrities of her day. Her father William Andrews Clark, was a copper magnate, the second...


Children of Separation and Loss

by Gertrude Pollitt Hamilton Books (May 04, 2014)

Gertrude Pollitt recounts the challenges of her adventurous life. After a privileged childhood in Vienna, she fled the Nazis, survived the London Blitz, helped war-traumatized children in Germany, and emigrated...


The Romanov Sisters

by Helen Rappaport St. Martin's Press (June 03, 2014)

A 12-WEEK NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"Helen Rappaport paints a compelling portrait of the doomed grand duchesses." People magazine

"The public spoke of the sisters in a gentile, superficial manner, but Rappaport...


Emma Goldman: Political Thinking in the Streets

by Kathy E. Ferguson Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 16, 2011)

Emma Goldman has often been read for her colorful life story, her lively if troubled sex life, and her wide-ranging political activism. Few have taken her seriously as a political thinker, even though in her...


The Calling of Katie Makanya: A Memoir of South Africa

by Margaret McCord Wiley (February 09, 1998)

Winner of the Johannesburg Sunday Times Alan Paton Prize for Nonfiction

Discover a people's enduring power through the inspiring life of a fascinating woman.

Critical acclaim for The Calling of Katie Makanya

"A...


My One Good Nerve

by Ruby Dee & Ossie Davis Wiley (April 21, 2008)

Intimate reflections on loving and living from an American treasure.

"My One Good Nerve draws me back into my sweetest past . . . a work of memory and art."--Maya Angelou.

My One Good Nerve is an exuberant collection...


The Real Mrs Miniver

by Ysenda Maxtone Graham St. Martin's Press (May 13, 2014)

In 1937 the Court Page of the London Times began publishing a series of articles featuring a charming, upper-middle class English housewife named Mrs Miniver. The articles depicted an idyllically happy family...


Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen

by Julie Powell Little, Brown and Company (September 01, 2005)

The bestselling memoir that's "irresistible....A kind of Bridget Jones meets The French Chef" (Philadelphia Inquirer) is now a major motion picture. Audiobook read by the author and value-priced!

Directed by...


Shards

by Allison Moore & Nancy Woodruff Touchstone (April 22, 2014)

The “honest, introspective, and harrowing” (Kirkus Reviews) true story of a young female cop who almost loses everything in a downward spiral of addiction—a career she loved, colleagues who respected her,...


Murder on the Home Front: A True Story of Morgues, Murderers, and Mysteries during the London Blitz

by Molly Lefebure Grand Central Publishing (April 01, 2014)

It is 1941. While the "war of chaos" rages in the skies above London, an unending fight against violence, murder and the criminal underworld continues on the streets below.

One ordinary day, in an ordinary courtroom,...


The Women of Duck Commander

by Kay Robertson, Korie Robertson, Missy Robertson & Jessica Robertson et al. Howard Books (April 01, 2014)

The wives of the Robertsons all came into the family the same way: they fell in love with one of the Robertson boys. In the Duck Dynasty TV series, the women often come into their own when the whole family gathers...


The Memory Palace

National Book Critics Circle Award for Memoir/Autobiography 2011

by Mira Bartok Free Press (January 11, 2011)

In the tradition of The Glass Castle, two sisters confront schizophrenia in this poignant literary memoir about family and mental illness. Through stunning prose and original art, The Memory Palace captures...


Muffins and Mayhem

by Suzanne Beecher Touchstone (June 01, 2010)

"While it’s well known that food and stories make for a great combination, Muffins & Mayhem takes their relationship to a whole new level. Brimming over with the stuff of life, this is a book to curl up with...


Exemplary Women of Early China: The  Lienü zhuan of Liu Xiang

by Xiang Liu & Anne Behnke Kinney Columbia University Press (January 28, 2014)

When should a woman disobey her father, contradict her husband, or shape the policy of a ruler? According to the Lienü zhuan, or Categorized Biographies of Women, it is not only appropriate but necessary for...