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Reviving Ophelia : Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
by Mary Bray Pipher

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Paperback - 304 pages
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At adolescence, says Mary Pipher, "girls become 'female impersonators' who fit their whole selves into small, crowded spaces." Many lose spark, interest, and even IQ points as a "girl-poisoning" society forces a choice between being shunned for staying true to oneself and struggling to stay within a... Read more

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Women
by Annie Leibovitz, Susan Sontag

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Hardcover - 239 pages
1 Ed edition (November 1999)
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Each of the extraordinary portraits made by photographer Annie Leibovitz for her book Women stands on its own. Looked at together, these "photographs of people with nothing more in common than that they are women (and living in America at the end of the twentieth century), all--well almost... Read more

 

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Wild Swans : Three Daughters of China
by Jung Chang

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Paperback - 524 pages
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In Wild Swans Jung Chang recounts the evocative, unsettling, and insistently gripping story of how three generations of women in her family fared in the political maelstrom of China during the 20th century. Chang's grandmother was a warlord's concubine. Her gently raised mother struggled with... Read more

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I Know Just What You Mean : The Power of Friendship in Women's Lives
by Ellen Goodman, Patricia O'Brien

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Hardcover - 300 pages
(May 2000)
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Sometimes timing is the difference between a friendship that lasts a lifetime and one that fades, but as everyone who has let a friendship lapse knows, it's also a matter of effort. A friendship is a lot like romance--in the beginning all chemistry and luck, but then come commitment and... Read more

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Self-Nurture : Learning to Care for Yourself As Effectively As You Care for Everyone Else
by Alice D. Domar, Henry Dreher

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Hardcover - 306 pages
(December 27, 1999)
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One of the greatest challenges women face is learning how to nurture themselves. The tendency, of course, is for women to put themselves last on the list--taking care of everyone and everything else before they tend to their own emotional, physical, or spiritual needs, according to author Alice D.... Read more

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The Dance of Anger : A Woman's Guide to Changing the Patterns of Intimate Relationships
by Harriet Lerner

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Paperback - 239 pages
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"Anger is a signal and one worth listening to," writes Dr. Harriet Lerner in her renowned classic that has transformed the lives of millions of readers. While anger deserves our attention and respect, women still learn to silence our anger, to deny it entirely or to vent it in a way that leaves us... Read more

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Secrets of Sensual Lovemaking : The Ultimate in Female Ecstasy
by Tom Leonardi

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Mass Market Paperback - 160 pages
(February 1998)
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Sizzling with sensuality and expertise, this definitive guide shows you how to give the women in your life the best loving she's ever had. With surefire secrets to finding the elusive "G-Spot," and information on how to make monogamy and safe sex sexy, this one-of-a-kind book will make you wonder... Read more

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Necessary Journeys: Letting Ourselves Learn From Life
by Nancy L., Md Snyderman, Peg Streep

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Hardcover - 248 pages
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"I never expected life to be so messy," says Nancy Snyderman, medical news correspondent for Good Morning America, 20/20, and ABC News, in the opening to Necessary Journeys. Here she tells her own story--not a glittery story of a woman's achievements (though she could have written that story... Read more

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Woman : An Intimate Geography
by Natalie Angier

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Paperback - 438 pages
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Despite scientific evidence to the contrary, as far as the health care profession is concerned the standard operating design of the human body is male. So when a book comes along as beautifully written and endlessly informative as Natalie Angier's Woman: An Intimate Geography, it's a cause for major... Read more

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EVEolution : The Eight Truths of Marketing to Women
by Faith Popcorn, Lys Marigold

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Hardcover - 272 pages
(June 2000)
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Faith Popcorn isn't shy about telling you who she is or what she can share with you: "I am a futurist. A trend-spotter. A cultural detective." Nor does she beat around the bush in relaying the importance of her theory: "Understanding EVEolution and implementing it ... means the difference between... Read more

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The Vagina Monologues
by Eve Ensler, Gloria Steinem

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Paperback - 118 pages
1 Ed edition (February 1998)
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"I say vagina because I want people to respond," says playwright Eve Ensler, creator of the hilarious, disturbing soliloquies in The Vagina Monologues, a book based on her one-woman play. And respond they do--with horror, anger, censure, and sparks of wonder and pleasure. Ensler is on a... Read more

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Five Minutes to Orgasm Every Time You Make Love-For Women Only
by D. Claire Hutchins



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Is sex more trouble than it's worth? Are you too slow? Do you rely excessively on prolonged (even painful) intercourse, oral sex or vibrators? Is your orgasm hit or miss? Now with this bold but simple 3 step program, any woman - YOU - can achieve orgasm without difficulty during sex. IMPOSSIBLE? Not... Read more

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Ten Stupid Things Women Do to Mess Up Their Lives
by Laura Schlessinger, Dr. Laura Schlessinger

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Paperback - 256 pages
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Dr. Laura Schlessinger is the incredibly popular and controversial psychotherapist who hosts a nationally syndicated, top-rated midday radio talk show. She has strong convictions and doesn't hesitate to voice them to callers. She urges women emphatically to lose a domineering jerk of a lover and... Read more

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Mother Nature : A History of Mothers, Infants, and Natural Selection
by Sarah Blaffer Hrdy

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Hardcover - 723 pages
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Mother Nature: A History of Mothers, Infants, and Natural Selection should be required reading for anyone who happens to be a human being. In it, Hrdy reveals the motivations behind some of our most primal and hotly contested behavioral patterns--those concerning gender roles, mate choice, sex,... Read more

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Ophelia Speaks : Adolescent Girls Write About Their Search for Self
by Sara Shandler

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Harperperennial Library
Paperback - 285 pages
(June 1999)
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Ophelia Speaks by Sara Shandler is a clever response to Mary Pipher's bestselling Reviving Ophelia. Shandler reveals telling portraits of teenage girls in this book, a compilation of essays, poems, and true-grit commentary from a cross section of teenage girls (or Ophelias), throughout the country.... Read more

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The Courage to Heal : A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
by Ellen Bass(Preface), Laura Davis(Preface)

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Paperback - 608 pages
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An updated and revised edition of the classic bestselling guide (more than 700,000 copies sold) that has inspired millions of women survivors of child sexual abuse and helped them down the road to recovery. Read more

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Flux : Women on Sex, Work, Kids, Love, and Life in a Half-Changed World
by Peggy Orenstein

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Doubleday
Hardcover - 304 pages
(May 16, 2000)
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After the release of her bestselling title, Schoolgirls: Young Women, Self-Esteem, and the Confidence Gap, Peggy Orenstein toured the country talking to groups of parents, teachers, and girls. It was after one of these teen town hall meetings that she decided to write about the crucible of... Read more

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The Woman Warrior : Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts
by Maxine Hong Kingston

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Paperback - 209 pages
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The Woman Warrior is a pungent, bitter, but beautifully written memoir of growing up Chinese American in Stockton, California. Maxine Hong Kingston (China Men) distills the dire lessons of her mother's mesmerizing "talk-story" tales of a China where girls are worthless, tradition is exalted and only... Read more

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Nine and Counting: The Women of the Senate
by Barbara Mikulski(Editor), et al

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William Morrow & Co
Hardcover - 238 pages
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It's hard to imagine nine United States senators whose politics span the spectrum sitting down to dinner together on a regular basis--unless they're the nine women who currently call the Senate home. Barbara Mikulski, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Patty Murray, Olympia... Read more

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Woman: An Intimate Geography
by Natalie Angier

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Houghton Mifflin Co (Trd)
Hardcover - 398 pages
(April 1, 1999)
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Despite scientific evidence to the contrary, as far as the health care profession is concerned the standard operating design of the human body is male. So when a book comes along as beautifully written and endlessly informative as Natalie Angier's Woman: An Intimate Geography, it's a cause for major... Read more

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Forbidden Flowers : More Women's Sexual Fantasies
by Nancy Friday

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Mass Market Paperback
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Nancy Friday's second collection of sexual fantasies is even more explicit and outspoken than her erotic masterpiece, "My Secret Garden". The constant refrain from the thousands of women across America who read "My Secret Garden" was, "Thank God I'm not the only one..." who had those wild, exciting,... Read more

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Passionate Minds : Women Rewriting the World
by Claudia Roth Pierpont

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Hardcover - 298 pages
(February 29, 2000)
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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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Women Who Run With the Wolves : Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype
by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

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Mass Market Paperback - 579 pages
(January 1997)
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From Kirkus Reviews , May 15, 1992
A feminist counterpart to Iron John--or, how ``a healthy woman is much like a wolf.'' Est‚s, a Jungian analyst, believes that a woman's wholeness depends on her returning to the sources of her repressed instinctual nature. To illustrate the ways of the ``wild woman,'' the author draws on myths,... Read more

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The Last Madam : A Life in the New Orleans Underworld
by Chris Wiltz, Christine Wiltz

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Faber & Faber
Hardcover - 288 pages
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Actually, they called themselves "landladies" in New Orleans, though that didn't change the nature of their business: running houses of prostitution in the city's wide-open French Quarter. Beginning in 1920, when she was still in her teens, Norma Wallace managed a high-class bordello for an affluent... Read more

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The Alphabet Versus the Goddess : The Conflict Between Word and Image
by Leonard Shlain

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Arkana
Paperback - 464 pages
(September 1999)
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"Literacy has promoted the subjugation of women by men throughout all but the very recent history of the West," writes Leonard Shlain. "Misogyny and patriarchy rise and fall with the fortunes of the alphabetic written word."

That's a pretty audacious claim, one that The Alphabet Versus the Goddess... Read more


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