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Unmastered

by Katherine Angel Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 04, 2013)

One of O Magazine's Must-Read Books for June 2013

A provocative and personal meditation on sex, power, and female desire

Today's women, we're told, have more options in exercising their desire than ever before...


All We Know

by Lisa Cohen Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 17, 2012)

Esther Murphy was a brilliant New York intellectual who dazzled friends and strangers with an unstoppable flow of conversation. But she never finished the books she was contracted to write—a painful failure...


To Tell the Truth Freely

by Mia Bay Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 02, 2010)

Born to slaves in 1862, Ida B. Wells became a fearless antilynching crusader, women's rights advocate, and journalist. Wells's refusal to accept any compromise on racial inequality caused her to be labeled a...


Bella Abzug

by Suzanne Braun Levine & Mary Thom Farrar, Straus and Giroux (December 09, 2008)

"I've been described as a tough and noisy woman, a prize fighter, a man-hater, you name it. They call me Battling Bella, Mother Courage, and a Jewish mother with more complaints than Portnoy. There are those...


A Book of Secrets

by Michael Holroyd Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 02, 2011)

A Time Magazine Top 10 Nonfiction book of 2011

A Publishers Weekly Best Nonfiction title for 2011

On a hill above the Italian village of Ravello sits the Villa Cimbrone, a place of fantasy and make-believe. The...


Wait for Me!

by Deborah Mitford, Duchess of Devonshire & Charlotte Mosley Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 09, 2010)

Deborah Mitford, Duchess of Devonshire, is the youngest of the famously witty brood of six daughters and one son that included the writers Jessica and Nancy, who wrote, when Deborah was born, "How disgusting...


Renaissance Woman

by Ramie Targoff Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 17, 2018)

A biography of Vittoria Colonna, confidante of Michelangelo, scion of one of the most powerful families of her era, and a pivotal figure in the Italian Renaissance

Ramie Targoff’s Renaissance Woman tells of...


A House Full of Daughters

by Juliet Nicolson Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 14, 2016)

A family memoir that traces the myths, legends, and secrets of seven generations of remarkable women

All families have their myths and legends. For many years Juliet Nicolson accepted hers--the dangerous beauty...


Fierce Attachments

by Vivian Gornick & Jonathan Lethem Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 14, 2005)

Vivian Gornick’s Fierce Attachments—hailed by the New York Times for the renowned feminist author’s “mesmerizing, thrilling” truths within its pages—has been selected by the publication’s book...


The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth

by Frances Wilson Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 17, 2009)

Described by the writer and opium addict Thomas De Quincey as "the very wildest . . . person I have ever known," DorothyWordsworth was neither the self-effacing spinster nor the sacrificial saint of common telling....