Catalog of Books


Health, Sexuality, and Self-Improvement

Toss the Gloss book cover featuring a fashionable illustration of the author carrying makeup brushes

  • Toss the Gloss

    “Forget about makeup reclaiming youth,” says Andrea Q. Robinson. “Good makeup reclaims you.” Robinson, whose illustrious career has included positions such as the chief marketing officer of Estée Lauder, president of Tom Ford Beauty, beauty editor of Vogue, and president of Ralph Lauren Fragrances, is the ultimate industry insider. Now, she shares her decades of experience in this honest and straightforward guide for women fifty and over. In Toss the Gloss, readers will learn: Why the right cosmetics, not anti-aging skincare, will help you look your youthful best. How to recognize the seduction of beauty-industry tactics designed to get you to spend more money than you need to. Gimmick-free tips and easy-to-follow shortcuts to make the most of your features. Stylishly illustrated by Chesley McLaren, ...

  • Got Teens?

    “We’ve been there. And as parents, we are right there with you.” —Health and sexuality experts Logan Levkoff, PhD and Jennifer Wider, MD In Got Teens?, the Doctor Moms combine their medical and psychological knowledge with their own personal experiences to address the most cringeworthy and difficult questions that kids often ask their parents. From “How old were you when you first had sex?” to “What’s wrong with sharing my password with a friend I trust?” and beyond, Levkoff and Wider will help you decode your teens’ questions to figure out what they really want to know. Topics include body development, emotional changes, bullying, social media, substance abuse, and more—giving parents the confidence to tackle these subjects with authority and compassion.

All Health, Sexuality, and Self-Improvement

  • Toss the Gloss

    “Forget about makeup reclaiming youth,” says Andrea Q. Robinson. “Good makeup reclaims you.” Robinson, whose illustrious career has included positions such as the chief marketing officer of Estée Lauder, president of Tom Ford Beauty, beauty editor of Vogue, and president ...

  • Got Teens?

    “We’ve been there. And as parents, we are right there with you.” —Health and sexuality experts Logan Levkoff, PhD and Jennifer Wider, MD In Got Teens?, the Doctor Moms combine their medical and psychological knowledge with their own personal experiences to address ...

  • The 3-Day Reset

    Eating healthy can be a struggle. It’s hard to choose broccoli and brown rice instead of hot, cheesy pizza. And diets often ask you to cut out different foods all at once, leaving you feeling deprived. In The 3-Day Reset, Pooja ...

  • The Posh Girl’s Guide to Play

    Because little black handcuffs go with everything… In The Posh Girl’s Guide to Play, Alexis Lass leads you into the romantic and wildly glamorous world of dominance and submission, and engages her lover, Mr. H, to address the interests of your ...

  • Prude

    In a culture obsessed with sex, the era of Dad’s Playboy (or even the raunchier Penthouse) is long gone. Today, endless free porn is merely a click away and full-frontal photos appear on sites as accessible as Twitter, yet many ...

  • The Goodbye Year

    For many mothers, a child’s senior year brings about a serious look back on the past eighteen. Every event—from Halloween to Mother’s Day—becomes The Last Time. Toni Piccinini knows exactly what that’s like, and in The Goodbye Year, she offers the ...

  • Maxed Out

    Katrina Alcorn was a 37-year-old mother with a happy marriage and a thriving career when one day, on the way to Target to buy diapers, she had a breakdown. Her carefully built career shuddered to a halt, and her journey ...

  • Yogalosophy

    Jennifer Aniston. Kate Beckinsale. Helen Hunt. Brooke Shields. In addition to their fame, these actresses share something else in common: they owe their enviable silhouettes to fitness expert and celebrity yoga instructor Mandy Ingber. In Yogalosophy®, Ingber—one of the most sought-after ...

  • Stranger Here

    Jen Larsen always thought that if she could only lose some weight, she would be unstoppable. She was convinced that once she found a way to not be fat any more, she would have the perfect existence she’d always dreamed ...

  • I Love Mondays

    A growing number of women today are fortunate enough to enjoy both parenting and having a meaningful career. These moms look forward to going back to work on Mondays (even if they don’t admit it aloud), and many consider their ...

  • Airbrushed Nation

    Glamour. Cosmo. SELF. Ladies’ Home Journal. Vogue. In an industry that has been in a downward spiral for years, these magazines—and other women-focused magazines like them—have not only retained their readership, they’ve increased it. Every month, five million-plus women peel ...

  • Pale Girl Speaks

    Hillary Fogelson led a charmed life: as the young wife of a successful Hollywood executive, her only major concerns were her acting auditions, interior decorating, and unexpected visits from her high-maintenance parents. Then, one day, her doctor told her she ...

  • Something Spectacular

    Greta Gleissner, a longtime professional dancer, dreamed her whole life of becoming a Rockette. Then she became one—and she fell into the grips of a powerful eating disorder that began poison her life from the inside out. Something Spectacular is Gleissner’s ...

  • Stop Signs

    Most abusers display warning signs that intelligent women miss—partly because these red flags are not always obvious, but mostly because the majority of women have not been trained to recognize them. In this groundbreaking book, Lynn Fairweather—an expert in the ...

  • Mind-Blowing Sex

    Confidence, health, and self-knowledge are the keys to a happier sex life—and sex expert Diana Cage is here to teach you how to achieve all three. Mind-Blowing Sex is an inclusive, hands-on guide to making sex more enjoyable for readers ...

  • Lessons from the Monk I Married

    Lessons from the Monk I Married offers up ten of the most powerful lessons about life, love, and spirituality that Katherine Jenkins has gathered during her marriage to former Buddhist monk Seong Yoon Lee. A seeker in the truest sense ...

  • Rocking the Pink

    In 2008, just as Laura Roppé was poised to burst onto the music scene, her doctor called her with news that left her spinning—she had been diagnosed with an extremely aggressive form of breast cancer. Just a few days earlier, ...

  • Healing Painful Sex

    Healing Painful Sex covers the following symptoms and conditions: Pelvic floor dysfunction Vulvodynia, pudendal nerve pain, and clitorodynia Pelvic organ problems, endometriosis, painful bladder, and irritable bowel Skin disorders, such as lichen sclerosis Hormonal, surgical, and post-cancer causes of sexual pain Millions of women suffer from ...

  • What You Really Really Want

    In this empowering, accessible guide, Jaclyn Friedman—co-editor of Yes Means Yes—gives young women the tools to decipher the modern world’s confusing, hypersexualized, sometimes dangerous landscape so they can define their own sexual identity. Friedman decries the hypocrisy and mixed messages ...

  • 1,000 Mitzvahs

    When her father passed away in 2006, Linda Cohen’s busy life as a mother, wife, and entrepreneur came to a screeching halt. She took a spiritual sabbatical to work through her grief, and she came out of it resolved to ...

  • Naked at Our Age

    Joan Price is talking out loud about a subject that is often ignored or ridiculed in our society: later-life sexuality. Naked at Our Age is a candid, straight-talking book addressing senior sexuality in all its colors—the challenges, the disappointments, and ...

  • The New Latina’s Bible

    For nearly a decade, The Latina’s Bible has been the go-to guide for Latinas everywhere. In this updated and expanded edition, author Sandra Guzmán continues to use her trademark warmth, humor, and wisdom to explore a wide range of topics, ...

  • Undecided

    In a world of unprecedented opportunity—and pressure—women are struggling more than ever to make career decisions and move forward without second-guessing themselves. Young women graduate from college and believe they have to find the perfect path and then can’t decide ...

  • Run Like a Girl

    Run Like A Girl is about the impact that participating in sports has on women—how the confidence and strength that it helps to build spills over into all of our experiences, making us stronger and better prepared for life’s many ...

  • Pretty Neat

    Negative self-image. Fantasy-induced overspending. Marital tension. A new kind of airbrushed concoction is wreaking havoc on homes and psyches, and Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore have a name for it: org porn. It’s in magazines, coffee table books, advertisements, ...

  • Beautiful You

    Every day, American women and girls are besieged by images and messages that suggest their beauty is inadequate—inflicting immeasurable harm upon their confidence and sense of wellbeing. In Beautiful You, author Rosie Molinary—in no uncertain terms—encourages women, whatever their size, ...

  • Let’s Get This Straight

    Let’s Get This Straight reaches out to young people with one or more gay, lesbian, bi, or trans parents to provide them with the tools to combat homophobia, take pride in their alternative family structures, and speak out against injustice. ...

  • Girl in Need of a Tourniquet

    An honest and compelling memoir, Girl in Need of a Tourniquet is Merri Lisa Johnson’s account of her borderline personality disorder and how it has affected her life and relationships. Johnson describes the feeling of “bleeding out”—unable to tell where ...

  • Sexual Intimacy for Women

    Sexual Intimacy for Women helps female couples examine the emotional, physical, and psychological aspects of their relationships, with the goal of creating more intimacy. Exercises and client-based anecdotes from Dr. Corwin’s years of experience with same-sex couples help women overcome ...

  • Good Porn

    Porn. Do you think of it as a dirty word, a taboo topic, something you associate with cheesy films with bad plots? Filmmaker and author Erika Lust is here to change all that. With the goal of making porn more ...

  • She Bets Her Life

    What sets She Bets Her Life apart is Mary Sojourner’s ability to take both an objective and a deeply personal look at the psychological and physiological impact of gambling addiction on women. Having lived it, Sojourner is brutally forthcoming, and ...

  • Marie’s Home Improvement Guide

    Tired of paying the painter to create a mess on your floors? Can’t be held up another day waiting for a plumber between 9 and 5? Feeling threatened by the growing pile of fix-it projects in your basement? Marie’s ...

  • Two is Enough

    Fall in love. Get married. Have children. For most couples, marriage and children go hand in hand. And yet, the number of people choosing childlessness is on the rise. These are the childless by choice—people who have actively decided not ...

  • Living Canvas

    Tattoos. Given their permanence, why is it that we sometimes put more thought into what we’ll wear next Saturday night, or our next haircut? As a tattoo specialist and writer for About.com, Karen L. Hudson has talked to far ...

  • Invisible Girls

    The statistics are staggering. One in four girls will experience sexual abuse by the time she is sixteen, and 48 percent of all rapes involve a young woman under the age of eighteen. It’s not surprising then, that in a society ...

  • Addicted Like Me

    Told through the voices of a mother-daughter writing team, Addicted Like Me offers a detailed personal account of addiction and how it affects the entire family. Karen Franklin recounts her own past as a young addict, her struggle with the ...

  • Navigating the Land of If

    Author of the extremely successful blog Stirrup Queens and Sperm Palace Jesters, Melissa Ford presents readers with a guide for navigating the complex world of infertility. The Land of If got its name not only because “IF” is the abbreviation ...

  • Dirt

    This is a collection everyone can relate to: a multidimensional look at the universal challenge of keeping our stuff, our dwellings, and our personal space clean and uncluttered. How we feel about keeping house speaks volumes about who we are, ...

  • Travel Therapy

    For some, the only way to get over a break-up is to keep moving; for others, the only solace is a spa vacation. Tired of the same old routine, one woman might opt for a trip where the sole focus ...

  • When the Piano Stops

    Catherine McCall appeared to have all an American girl could want: well-to-do cosmopolitan parents, a private education, a strong faith foundation—even two baby grand pianos at her fingertips. But beneath this perfect façade, her family hid a horrific secret. No ...

  • Purge

    Purge is a beautifully crafted memoir that has a Girl, Interrupted feel. In this raw and engaging account of her months in rehab, Nicole Johns documents her stay in a residential treatment facility for eating disorders. Her prose is lucid ...

  • The List

    Get a tattoo, ride in a fire truck, or use food as foreplay—in short, get out there and shake things up! Fun, inspirational, and incredibly motivating, The List offers one hundred ideas—ranging from challenging to outrageous—for women who have been ...

  • My So-Called Freelance Life

    Tired of clocking in and losing out? Want to pursue creative, fulfilling work on your own time and also make a living in the process? My So-Called Freelance Life is a how-to guidebook for women who want to avoid the ...

  • Conquering Eating Disorders

    Tracey desperately wanted to look like the models and celebrities in the fashion magazines. She would do anything to have their thin, flawless bodies. Every girl in her school would die for a body like that. Soon meat began to ...

  • Sexier Sex

    Sexier Sex is the handbook for every woman who has ever wanted to try things that she wouldn’t reveal to her best friend, who has wanted to push the limits of her sexuality, or who has suspected there might be ...

  • Rock Your Stars

    Rock your stars. Rule your world. That’s Holiday Mathis’s philosophy. Learn how to work the stars above, she declares, and you can get everything you want out of life right here on earth. In the lively and intelligent Rock Your Stars, syndicated ...

  • Getting Unstuck Without Coming Unglued

    We’ve all been there. The words just won’t come out right, or at all. We get halfway into a creative project and then unexpectedly run out of steam. We get nervous about something we’re passionate about and put down the ...

  • The Nonrunner’s Marathon Guide for Women

    Dawn Dais hated running. And it didn’t like her much, either. Her fitness routine consisted of avoiding the stairs in her own house, because who really has the energy to climb stairs? It was with this exercise philosophy firmly in ...

  • The Anti 9 to 5 Guide

    The days seem long with too much time for work and the nights seem short with too little time for sleep. What’s a modern girl to do? When you have a passion you want follow it, when you have ...

  • Nobody Passes

    Nobody Passes is a collection of essays that confronts and challenges the very notion of belonging. By examining the perilous intersections of identity, categorization, and community, contributors challenge societal mores and countercultural norms. Nobody Passes explores and critiques the various ...

  • Always Too Soon

    While the death of a parent is always painful, losing both is life-altering. When author Allison Gilbert lost both parents at age 32, she could not find any books that spoke to her with the same level of compassion and ...

  • Women in Overdrive

    Overdrive is a common physical and emotional state for women at various stages of their professional and personal life-whether they’re in their 20s and starting a career, in their 30s and 40s trying to balance growing a family with work, ...

  • In Love and In Danger

    With one out of eleven high school students* in the past year experiencing some form of physical abuse—being hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend—young adults need to know where they can turn to for ...

  • Women Who Run

    Women run for all kinds of reasons. We run for health, we run to ease the tension of our daily lives, we run for strength, we run to challenge ourselves, we run to be social with friends, we run because ...

  • Pissed Off

    Often accused of being overly emotional and mad, Spike Gillespie offers up a lifetime’s worth of anger that all women can relate to. Two parts anger and one part forgiveness, Pissed Off is a book about Gillespie’s lifetime of anger ...

  • Planet Widow

    One of the most stressful and traumatic events a person can face is the death of a spouse. It happened to Gloria Lenhart suddenly one morning when her husband Nick, only forty-four years old, dropped dead while jogging. Planet Widow ...

  • Another Morning

    “To raise a child while living with cancer is to have your heart break. We have to learn how to live with broken hearts.” So says one of the mothers interviewed in this powerful, inspirational, and deeply moving book, a ...

  • You Can Be Free

    If you are a woman being hurt by someone you love, this book is for you. It can help you understand your situation and find ways to change it. This indispensable guide offers straightforward, sensible information on how to establish ...

  • Helping Her Get Free

    Seal Press originally published Helping Her Get Free with the title To Be an Anchor in the Storm. The survivor of an abusive relationship herself, and a licensed counselor of abused women for more than a decade, Susan Brewster teaches ...

  • Better Than I Ever Expected

    Better Than I Ever Expected is a warm, witty, and honest book that contends with the challenges and celebrates the delights of older-life sexuality. It asserts that women over sixty are at the top of their game when it comes ...

  • Inconsolable

    Marrit Ingman became a mother on February 27, 2002. She went crazy—also on February 27, 2002. Her journey began with a plate of carne guisada and led to an emergency cesarian, ankyloglossia, colic, gastroesphageal reflux, eczema, Zoloft, Paxil, peanut allergy, ...

  • Real Girl Real World

    Teen girls receive mixed messages about who they should be—and what they should look like—from all facets of society. It’s no wonder they have difficulty finding out who they really are. This snappy, straight-talking guide—a veritable Our Bodies, Ourselves for ...

  • Getting Free

    Since its first publication, Getting Free has provided a lifeline for thousands of women seeking to free themselves from abusive relationships. With uncomplicated yet motivational language, this book contains all the tools and advice you need to help yourself recognize, ...

  • Body Outlaws

    Pick up a magazine, turn on the TV, and you’ll find few women who haven’t been fried, dyed, plucked, or tucked. In short, you’ll see no body outlaws. The writers in this groundbreaking anthology reveal a world where bodies come ...

  • I Will Survive

    In I Will Survive, Lori Robinson has created a valuable resource for African-American survivors of sexual assault (as well as their families, friends, and communities), incorporating personal stories, civil rights history, and a call for community activism. An award-winning journalist ...

  • The Obsidian Mirror

    Affirming and inspiring, The Obsidian Mirror explores the vivid and personal journey of an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Drawing on the power of creativity, Louise M. Wisechild listens to and learns from her inner voices—the critical judge, the ...


Memoir

The Other Side of Paradise book cover featuring a multi-story cuban building

  • The Other Side of Paradise

    Over a period of five years, beginning when Fidel Castro stepped down from his presidency after almost a half-century of reign, journalist Julia Cooke embedded herself in Cuba, gaining access to a dynamic Havana—one that she found populated with twenty-five-year-old Marxist philosophy students, baby-faced anarchists, children of the whiskey-drinking elite, Santería trainees, pregnant prostitutes, and more. Combining intimate storytelling with in-depth reportage, The Other Side of Paradise weaves together stories of the Cubans whom Cooke encountered, providing a vivid and unprecedented look into the daily lives and future prospects of young people in Cuba today. From ambitious Lucía—a recent university graduate with an acerbic sense of humor and plans to leave Cuba for the first country to give her a visa, ...

  • Breathless

    In the early 1960s, most middle-class American women in their twenties had their lives laid out for them: marriage, children, and life in the suburbs. Most, but not all. Breathless is the story of a girl who represents those who rebelled against conventional expectations. Paris was a magnet for those eager to resist domesticity, and like many young women of the decade, Nancy K. Miller was enamored of everything French—from perfume and Hermès scarves to the writing of Simone de Beauvoir and the New Wave films of Jeanne Moreau. After graduating from Barnard College in 1961, Miller set out for a year in Paris, with a plan to take classes at the Sorbonne and live out a great romantic life ...

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  • The Other Side of Paradise

    Over a period of five years, beginning when Fidel Castro stepped down from his presidency after almost a half-century of reign, journalist Julia Cooke embedded herself in Cuba, gaining access to a dynamic Havana—one that she found populated with twenty-five-year-old ...

  • Breathless

    In the early 1960s, most middle-class American women in their twenties had their lives laid out for them: marriage, children, and life in the suburbs. Most, but not all. Breathless is the story of a girl who represents those who ...

  • Bringing in Finn

    In February 2011, 61-year-old Kristine Casey delivered the greatest gift of all to her daughter, Sara Connell: Sara’s son, Finnean. At that moment, Kristine—the gestational carrier of Sara and her husband Bill’s child—became the oldest woman ever to give birth ...

  • Prude

    In a culture obsessed with sex, the era of Dad’s Playboy (or even the raunchier Penthouse) is long gone. Today, endless free porn is merely a click away and full-frontal photos appear on sites as accessible as Twitter, yet many ...

  • Gawky

    Some tall girls grow up to have perfect posture and are later seen gracing the pages of magazines. Some are natural athletes who excel at basketball and volleyball, with toned and tanned legs that mask their overlarge feet. Then there ...

  • Screw Everyone

    Screw Everyone is comedian Ophira Eisenberg’s wisecracking account of how she spent most of her life saying “yes” to everything—and everyone—and how that attitude ultimately helped her overcome her phobia of commitment. Skeptical about long-term relationships, Eisenberg approached dating as ...

  • Fast Times in Palestine

    For much of her life—like many Westerners—most of what Pamela Olson knew of the Middle East was informed by headlines and stereotypes. But when she traveled to Palestine in 2003, she found herself thrown with dizzying speed into the realities ...

  • Replacement Child

    Judy L. Mandel was born into a family crippled by grief. But it would be years before she would discover the shocking circumstances of their loss. Replacement Child tells the true story of a horrifying accident: A plane crashes into a ...

  • Stranger Here

    Jen Larsen always thought that if she could only lose some weight, she would be unstoppable. She was convinced that once she found a way to not be fat any more, she would have the perfect existence she’d always dreamed ...

  • Licking the Spoon

    Recipes and cookbooks, meals and mouthfuls have framed the way Candace Walsh sees the world for as long as she can remember, from her frosting-spackled childhood to her meat-eschewing college years to her post-college phase as a devoted Martha Stewart’s ...

  • We Hope You Like This Song

    From fourth grade onward, shy, nervous Bree Housley and fearless, outgoing Shelly were an inseparable, albeit unlikely, pair. Their friendship survived everything from the awkward years of junior high to the transformative upheavals of early adulthood—until, at the young age ...

  • Pale Girl Speaks

    Hillary Fogelson led a charmed life: as the young wife of a successful Hollywood executive, her only major concerns were her acting auditions, interior decorating, and unexpected visits from her high-maintenance parents. Then, one day, her doctor told her she ...

  • Beyond Good Intentions

    Young and idealistic, Tori Hogan travels to Kenya as an intern for Save the Children, intent upon doing her part to improve the lives of refugees. But the cynicism of a young African boy changes Tori’s life and sets her ...

  • Seeing Ezra

    Seeing Ezra is the soulful, beautifully written memoir of a mother’s fierce love for her autistic son, and a poignant examination of what it means to be “normal.” When Kerry Cohen’s son Ezra turns one, a babysitter suggests he may ...

  • Kissing Outside the Lines

    Diane Farr—Numb3rs star, Loveline veteran, and FunnyorDie.com contributor—always took for granted that she could love anybody she chose. But when she, a white woman, fell in love with a Korean American man, she quickly learned a tough lesson: When it ...

  • Fast Girl

    Life in Ingrid Steffensen’s New Jersey suburb was safe, comfortable, and predictable. A college professor, wife, and mother of a preadolescent daughter, her carefully cultivated world was comprised of the usual suspects: family, work, book clubs, yoga classes, and date ...

  • Something Spectacular

    Greta Gleissner, a longtime professional dancer, dreamed her whole life of becoming a Rockette. Then she became one—and she fell into the grips of a powerful eating disorder that began poison her life from the inside out. Something Spectacular is Gleissner’s ...

  • Big Sex Little Death

    Ever wondered why there’s no female voice as bold, erotic, unflinching, and revealing as Norman Mailer, Henry Miller, or Philip Roth? There is. It belongs to Susie Bright. In this stunning and courageous coming-of-age story, Susie Bright opens her heart ...

  • Found

    Found is Jennifer Lauck’s sequel to her New York Times bestseller Blackbird: A Childhood Lost and Found. More than one woman’s search for her biological parents, Found is a story of loss, adjustment, and survival. Lauck’s investigation into her own ...

  • Riding Fury Home

    In 1958, when Chana Wilson was seven, her mother held a rifle to her own head and pulled the trigger. The gun jammed and she was taken away to a mental hospital—but it was only the first of many suicide ...

  • Lessons from the Monk I Married

    Lessons from the Monk I Married offers up ten of the most powerful lessons about life, love, and spirituality that Katherine Jenkins has gathered during her marriage to former Buddhist monk Seong Yoon Lee. A seeker in the truest sense ...

  • Rocking the Pink

    In 2008, just as Laura Roppé was poised to burst onto the music scene, her doctor called her with news that left her spinning—she had been diagnosed with an extremely aggressive form of breast cancer. Just a few days earlier, ...

  • The Secret Sex Life of a Single Mom

    For seven years, Delaine Moore devoted herself to being the perfect wife and stay-at-home mom. She prided herself on putting her family’s needs before her own, including keeping her husband happy with plenty of sex—even though her own sex drive ...

  • How to Die in Paris

    How to Die in Paris is an edgy, poetic, often darkly comic, memoir of a young middle-class black woman who escapes a tortured past in New York to pursue a new life in Europe—only to find herself broke, desperate, and ...

  • A Year Straight

    After having spent nearly her entire adult life dating women (and liking it), Elena Azzoni felt pretty secure in her sexual orientation: she’d even just been crowned Miss Lez 2007. Not only was she out of the closet, she was ...

  • 1,000 Mitzvahs

    When her father passed away in 2006, Linda Cohen’s busy life as a mother, wife, and entrepreneur came to a screeching halt. She took a spiritual sabbatical to work through her grief, and she came out of it resolved to ...

  • 31 Dates in 31 Days

    On the eve of her thirty-first birthday, after yet another painful breakup, Tamara Duricka Johnson decides it’s time to overhaul her dating habits. When a friend jokingly suggests that she embark on a “dating project,” inspiration strikes: In honor of ...

  • A Cluttered Life

    A Cluttered Life chronicles Pesi Dinnerstein’s touching, quirky, and often comic search for order and simplicity amid an onslaught of relentless interruptions. When a chance encounter with an old acquaintance opens her eyes to the extent to which disorder has ...

  • Follow My Lead

    Follow My Lead is the story of how two rambunctious dogs and a tough Eastern European dog trainer named Irina taught Carol Quinn everything she needed to know about life, love, and happiness. It all begins when the author decides—somewhat ...

  • Wanderlust

    Spanning fifteen years of travel, beginning when she is a sophomore in college, Wanderlust documents Elisabeth Eaves’s insatiable hunger for the rush of the unfamiliar and the experience of encountering new people and cultures. Young and independent, she crisscrosses ...

  • The Quarter-Acre Farm

    When Spring Warren told her husband and two teenage boys that she wanted to grow 75 percent of all the food they consumed for one year—and that she wanted to do it in their yard—they told her she was crazy. She ...

  • A Thousand Sisters

    Lisa Shannon had what some would call a good life—her own business, a successful fiancé, a secure home. Then one day in 2005, shortly after her father’s death, an episode of Oprah changed everything. The show about women in the ...

  • Mamalita

    This gripping memoir details an ordinary American woman’s quest to adopt a baby girl from Guatemala in the face of overwhelming adversity. At only thirty-two years old, Jessica O’Dwyer experiences early menopause, which seems to seal the deal on whether ...

  • Second Wind

    Second Wind is the story of an unlikely athlete and an unlikely heroine: Cami Ostman, a woman edging toward midlife who decides to take on a challenge that stretches her way outside of her comfort zone. That challenge presents itself ...

  • Strange Trade

    Strange Trade tells the compelling stories of Mary, a Liberian drug courier with a college education, and Pauline, a Ugandan wife, mother, and drug cartel boss. A leading expert on women and organized crime, Asale Angel-Ajani spent years interviewing these ...

  • Affection

    Krissy Kneen loves sex… and she’s not afraid to talk about it. In this sometimes hilarious, sometimes poignant, and sometimes terrifying memoir, she traces the arc of her sexual life—from her childhood in a sexless household to the myriad sexual ...

  • Girl in Need of a Tourniquet

    An honest and compelling memoir, Girl in Need of a Tourniquet is Merri Lisa Johnson’s account of her borderline personality disorder and how it has affected her life and relationships. Johnson describes the feeling of “bleeding out”—unable to tell where ...

  • Why We Ride

    Women and their horses—a symbiotic relationship based on trust, camaraderie, friendship, and love. In Why We Ride, Verna Dreisbach collects the stories of women who ride, sharing their personal emotions and accounts of the most important animals in their lives. ...

  • She Bets Her Life

    What sets She Bets Her Life apart is Mary Sojourner’s ability to take both an objective and a deeply personal look at the psychological and physiological impact of gambling addiction on women. Having lived it, Sojourner is brutally forthcoming, and ...

  • Free Fall

    At 58, Rae Padilla Francoeur had no idea that the most deeply fulfilling sexual relationship she’d ever encounter was still to come. In her memoir, Free Fall, Francoeur discloses her discovery of a new love after nearly two decades in a ...

  • Just Don’t Call Me Ma’am

    Anna Mitchael is like a lot of the women you know. In fact, she may even be a lot like you. In her fast-moving world, she might be called on as a friend, coworker, daughter, girlfriend, confidante, brat, cynic, or ...

  • Offbeat Bride

    Unenthused by a white wedding gown and bored by the hoopla of the Hollywood-style reception, Ariel Meadow Stallings found herself absolutely exhausted with the nuances of traditional nuptials . . . so she chose to take a walk off the ...

  • Gringa

    Torn between the high socioeconomic status of her father and the bohemian lifestyle of her mother, Melissa Hart tells a compelling story of contradiction in this coming-of-age memoir. Set in 1970s Southern California, Gringa is the story of a young ...

  • Marrying George Clooney

    While wide awake in the middle of the night (welcome to menopause!), Amy Ferris began chronicling every one of her funny, sad, hysterical, down and dirty, and raw to the bones stories. Along with fantasizing about marrying George Clooney, Ferris ...

  • Labor of Love

    Thomas Beatie electrified the world in April 2008 with his announcement that he was seven months pregnant. He recounted his amazing story on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and was later featured in a Barbara Walters Exclusive, where he announced that ...

  • Addicted Like Me

    Told through the voices of a mother-daughter writing team, Addicted Like Me offers a detailed personal account of addiction and how it affects the entire family. Karen Franklin recounts her own past as a young addict, her struggle with the ...

  • When the Piano Stops

    Catherine McCall appeared to have all an American girl could want: well-to-do cosmopolitan parents, a private education, a strong faith foundation—even two baby grand pianos at her fingertips. But beneath this perfect façade, her family hid a horrific secret. No ...

  • Purge

    Purge is a beautifully crafted memoir that has a Girl, Interrupted feel. In this raw and engaging account of her months in rehab, Nicole Johns documents her stay in a residential treatment facility for eating disorders. Her prose is lucid ...

  • Sweet Charlotte’s Seventh Mistake

    In Sweet Charlotte’s Seventh Mistake Cori Crooks records her search for identity among the things left behind by her delinquent family, her deceased, drug-addicted con-artist mother, and her missing biological father. Told through old photographs, diary entries, letters, and the ...

  • How to Cook a Dragon

    When Linda Furiya decided to move to China with her boyfriend at the age of thirty, she hoped to find romance and ethnic kinship. Expecting common ground with locals as an Asian American, Furiya struggled with her ambition as a ...

  • Tango

    Overwhelmed with the pain of a failed fifteen-year relationship, Camille Cusumano wanted badly to escape her life and heal her emotional wounds. After a violent encounter with her ex’s new girlfriend, Camille decided she had some serious soul-searching to do. ...

  • Half-Assed

    After undergoing gall bladder surgery at age twenty-three, Jennette Fulda decided it was time to lose some weight. Actually, more like half her weight. At the time, Jennette weighed 372 pounds. Jennette was not born fat. But, by fifth grade, her ...

  • Choosing You

    All her adult life, Alexandra Soiseth has wanted a husband, children, dogs and cats—a busy, loving, home. But at thirty-nine, with no husband on the horizon, she decides to take matters into her own hands. She googles for sperm. Choosing You is ...

  • Valencia

    Valencia is the fast-paced account of one girl’s search for love and high times in the drama-filled dyke world of San Francisco’s Mission District. Through a string of narrative moments, Tea records a year lived in a world of girls: ...

  • Rockabye

    Rockabye is the lively memoir of a spontaneous young city-girl who becomes unexpectedly pregnant. That city-girl is Rebecca Woolf, who at 23, after the “holy shit, I’m pregnant” realization, decides to keep the baby, marry the boyfriend (in Vegas no ...

  • The Chelsea Whistle

    In this gritty, confessional memoir, Michelle Tea takes the reader back to the city of her childhood: Chelsea, Massachusetts—a place where time and hope are spent on things not getting any worse. Tea’s girlhood is shaped by the rough fabric ...

  • Loaded

    Having an addiction can follow the path of a great relationship that goes sour: there’s the first blush of romance, the seduction (“you know you want to”), and the downward spiral into either obsession or breaking free. Jill Talbot is no ...

  • Only as Good as Your Word

    In this funny, moving, and revealing book, Susan Shapiro recounts her obsessive quest for success as a professional writer and the beloved mentors who saved her life—and career—along the way. Growing up in the Midwest, Susan Shapiro knew at a young ...

  • She’s Not the Man I Married

    Helen Boyd’s husband, who had long been open about being a cross-dresser, was considering living as a woman full time. Suddenly, Boyd was confronted with the reality of what it would mean if her husband were actually to become a ...

  • Chick Flick Road Kill

    Movie and television culture has become so widely celebrated among young women that it has begun to blur with our own reality. When images of the Bahamas become inextricable from Tom Cruise spinning cocktails, or hearing the word “hospital” conjures ...

  • Zaatar Days, Henna Nights

    When twenty-eight-year-old Maliha Masood, a burned-out dot-commer from Seattle, bought a one-way ticket to adventure and rejuvenation, she found it in the most unlikely of places: the Middle East. With an infectious love of adventure, a zany sense of humor, ...

  • Bento Box in the Heartland

    While growing up in Versailles, an Indiana farm community, Linda Furiya tried to balance the outside world of Midwestern America with the Japanese traditions of her home life. As the only Asian family in a tiny township, Furiya’s life revolved ...

  • Single Mom Seeking

    When she hit 30, single mom and romance columnist Rachel Sarah realized that she had been in domestic overdrive too long. Years of dishing up macaroni and cheese, picking Barbie accessories up off the rug, playing peek-a-boo, mopping the kitchen ...

  • Incognito Street

    Barbara Sjoholm arrived in London in the winter of 1970 at the age of twenty. Like countless young Americans in that tumultuous time, she wanted to leave a country at war and explore Europe; a small inheritance from her grandmother ...

  • Intimate Politics

    At eight years old, Bettina Aptheker watched her family’s politics play out in countless living rooms across the country when her father, historian and U.S. Communist Party leader Herbert Aptheker, testified on television in front of the House Un-American Activities ...

  • Indecent

    Indecent is not your average I-stripped-my-way-through-college memoir. Sarah Katherine Lewis is a veteran of the sex industry who started small—doing lingerie modeling and striptease shows—but for reasons including the desire to earn more money and curiosity about other types of ...

  • The Testosterone Files

    Max Wolf Valerio crafts a raw, gripping, and poetic account of life before, during, and after injecting testosterone. Valerio’s detailed observations about a lesbian transitioning from female to a heterosexual male highlights the physical and emotional differences between women and ...

  • Woman’s Best Friend

    They may be known as man’s best friend, but as the writers in this poignant, funny, and dramatic collection know, there’s no gender divide when it comes to canines. Whether walking down the street, gathering at the dog park, hitting ...

  • Planet Widow

    One of the most stressful and traumatic events a person can face is the death of a spouse. It happened to Gloria Lenhart suddenly one morning when her husband Nick, only forty-four years old, dropped dead while jogging. Planet Widow ...

  • Tales from the Expat Harem

    As the Western world struggles to comprehend the paradoxes of modern Turkey, a country both European and Asian, forward-looking yet rooted in ancient empire, Tales from the Expat Harem reveals its most personal nuances. This illuminating anthology provides a window ...

  • Confessions of a Naughty Mommy

    Sex. After. Baby. These three words are whispered by mothers everywhere who find themselves stumped and shocked by the state of their sex lives. Naughty Mommy Heidi Raykeil has been down that road and chronicles her experiences in her online column ...

  • Es Cuba

    Lea Aschkenas goes to Cuba to satisfy a curious nature and lack of knowledge about the country. What she finds is complexity —a sense of optimism mixed with the futility of working for change. “Es Cuba” is the response she ...

  • Inconsolable

    Marrit Ingman became a mother on February 27, 2002. She went crazy—also on February 27, 2002. Her journey began with a plate of carne guisada and led to an emergency cesarian, ankyloglossia, colic, gastroesphageal reflux, eczema, Zoloft, Paxil, peanut allergy, ...

  • Bare

    Her curiosity began as a teenager, with an awareness of her body and the reaction other people had to it. It continued with the realization that women’s bodies often gave them a strange power over men. As an adult, it ...

  • My Husband Betty

    My Husband Betty is the first book to explore the relationships of crossdressing men and their female partners. Known traditionally as transvestites, men like Helen Boyd’s husband are starting to come out and win the respect of friends, family, ...

  • Unreliable Truth

    Beginning with the idea that memory is nothing more than “an angle of perception,” Murdock explores the recurrent question asked by writers and readers of memoir alike: what actually happened? Prompted by the loss of identity that accompanied her mother’s ...

  • Atlas of the Human Heart

    Like Jack Kerouac’s intrepid little sister, Ariel Gore spins the spirited story of a vulnerable drifter who takes refuge in the recesses of the human heart. With just a few pennies and her I Ching, a change of clothes and ...

  • Give Me the World

    At the age of twenty-five, Leila Hadley, bored with her New York PR job, buys two tickets aboard a cargo ship headed for Hong Kong: one for herself, and one for her six-year-old son Kippy. This decision sets her life ...

  • The Obsidian Mirror

    Affirming and inspiring, The Obsidian Mirror explores the vivid and personal journey of an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Drawing on the power of creativity, Louise M. Wisechild listens to and learns from her inner voices—the critical judge, the ...

  • The Big Rumpus

    Twenty years ago, a woman named Erma Bombeck brought the suburban family out of the closet—dust bunnies and all. Her honest, hilarious accounts of family life, where the “grass is always greener over the septic tank,” became more than mere ...


Travel Literature

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  • The Other Side of Paradise

    Over a period of five years, beginning when Fidel Castro stepped down from his presidency after almost a half-century of reign, journalist Julia Cooke embedded herself in Cuba, gaining access to a dynamic Havana—one that she found populated with twenty-five-year-old Marxist philosophy students, baby-faced anarchists, children of the whiskey-drinking elite, Santería trainees, pregnant prostitutes, and more. Combining intimate storytelling with in-depth reportage, The Other Side of Paradise weaves together stories of the Cubans whom Cooke encountered, providing a vivid and unprecedented look into the daily lives and future prospects of young people in Cuba today. From ambitious Lucía—a recent university graduate with an acerbic sense of humor and plans to leave Cuba for the first country to give her a visa, ...

  • Breathless

    In the early 1960s, most middle-class American women in their twenties had their lives laid out for them: marriage, children, and life in the suburbs. Most, but not all. Breathless is the story of a girl who represents those who rebelled against conventional expectations. Paris was a magnet for those eager to resist domesticity, and like many young women of the decade, Nancy K. Miller was enamored of everything French—from perfume and Hermès scarves to the writing of Simone de Beauvoir and the New Wave films of Jeanne Moreau. After graduating from Barnard College in 1961, Miller set out for a year in Paris, with a plan to take classes at the Sorbonne and live out a great romantic life ...

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  • The Other Side of Paradise

    Over a period of five years, beginning when Fidel Castro stepped down from his presidency after almost a half-century of reign, journalist Julia Cooke embedded herself in Cuba, gaining access to a dynamic Havana—one that she found populated with twenty-five-year-old ...

  • Breathless

    In the early 1960s, most middle-class American women in their twenties had their lives laid out for them: marriage, children, and life in the suburbs. Most, but not all. Breathless is the story of a girl who represents those who ...

  • Goodbye to All That

    In 1967, Joan Didion wrote an essay called Goodbye to All That, a work of such candid and penetrating prose that it soon became the gold standard for personal essays. Like no other story before it, Didion’s tale of loving ...

  • Fast Times in Palestine

    For much of her life—like many Westerners—most of what Pamela Olson knew of the Middle East was informed by headlines and stereotypes. But when she traveled to Palestine in 2003, she found herself thrown with dizzying speed into the realities ...

  • Wanderlust

    Spanning fifteen years of travel, beginning when she is a sophomore in college, Wanderlust documents Elisabeth Eaves’s insatiable hunger for the rush of the unfamiliar and the experience of encountering new people and cultures. Young and independent, she crisscrosses ...

  • Second Wind

    Second Wind is the story of an unlikely athlete and an unlikely heroine: Cami Ostman, a woman edging toward midlife who decides to take on a challenge that stretches her way outside of her comfort zone. That challenge presents itself ...

  • Travel Therapy

    For some, the only way to get over a break-up is to keep moving; for others, the only solace is a spa vacation. Tired of the same old routine, one woman might opt for a trip where the sole focus ...

  • Tango

    Overwhelmed with the pain of a failed fifteen-year relationship, Camille Cusumano wanted badly to escape her life and heal her emotional wounds. After a violent encounter with her ex’s new girlfriend, Camille decided she had some serious soul-searching to do. ...

  • How to Fit a Car Seat on a Camel

    Have you ever struggled to dislodge a nostril-bound Cheerio while navigating the interstate at 70 miles an hour? Discovered exactly how many renditions of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” it takes for you to pull the car to the side ...

  • Go Your Own Way

    There is nothing quite like hitting the road by yourself to awaken your senses, sharpen your mind, and build your confidence. In twenty-three beautifully crafted essays, women recount the thrills of traveling solo. Despite threat-assessment levels and airport-security hassles, women of ...

  • Greece, A Love Story

    Greece, it has been said, is where art became inseparable from life. The country evokes a richly embroidered tapestry of images, from old monuments rife with history to idyllic isles of glass-blue sea and blinding white stucco dwellings. Greece enchants ...

  • Chick Flick Road Kill

    Movie and television culture has become so widely celebrated among young women that it has begun to blur with our own reality. When images of the Bahamas become inextricable from Tom Cruise spinning cocktails, or hearing the word “hospital” conjures ...

  • Zaatar Days, Henna Nights

    When twenty-eight-year-old Maliha Masood, a burned-out dot-commer from Seattle, bought a one-way ticket to adventure and rejuvenation, she found it in the most unlikely of places: the Middle East. With an infectious love of adventure, a zany sense of humor, ...

  • Homelands

    In Homelands, writers investigate the complexities of how women experience, remember, and imagine journeys to their homelands. Approaching the topic from varying perspectives: exile, longing, belonging, diaspora, idealization, they show that “homeland” isn’t just a physical place. It can also ...

  • Incognito Street

    Barbara Sjoholm arrived in London in the winter of 1970 at the age of twenty. Like countless young Americans in that tumultuous time, she wanted to leave a country at war and explore Europe; a small inheritance from her grandmother ...

  • Tales from the Expat Harem

    As the Western world struggles to comprehend the paradoxes of modern Turkey, a country both European and Asian, forward-looking yet rooted in ancient empire, Tales from the Expat Harem reveals its most personal nuances. This illuminating anthology provides a window ...

  • Es Cuba

    Lea Aschkenas goes to Cuba to satisfy a curious nature and lack of knowledge about the country. What she finds is complexity —a sense of optimism mixed with the futility of working for change. “Es Cuba” is the response she ...

  • Stories from Blue Latitudes

    Stories from Blue Latitudes gathers the major and emerging women fiction writers from the Caribbean, including Dionne Brand, Michelle Cliff, Merle Collins, Edwidge Danticat, Jamaica Kincaid, Paule Marshall, and Pauline Melville. Similar themes grace their stories of life at home ...

  • The Unsavvy Traveler

    Women travel for myriad reasons: They venture out to escape the routine of daily existence; to encounter fascinating new people and places; to enrich their lives; to embrace new cultures; to explore. . . . But sometimes none of this ...

  • Italy, A Love Story

    Legendary for fabulous food, persistent men, and a lyrical language, Italy has inspired many great love affairs—with the country itself. From the notorious occupants and cuisine of Sicily, to the ancient marvels of Rome, to the couture of Milan, women ...

  • The Risks of Sunbathing Topless

    If they could do it all over again, they might not… so it’s a good thing none of the women in this hilarious collection had the foresight to make good decisions during these travel experiences. If they had, we wouldn’t ...

  • France, A Love Story

    France has long captured the imagination of Americans. For some women, a love of France and all things French started when they were schoolgirls tackling one of the most seductive tongues. For others the attraction came later when, drawn to ...

  • No Touch Monkey!

    Ayun Halliday may not make for the most sensible travel companion, but she is certainly one of the most outrageous, with a knack for inserting herself (and her unwitting cohorts) into bizarre situations around the globe. Curator of kitsch and ...

  • Steady as She Goes

    Veteran seafarers and anyone who has dreamed of running away to sea in their very own boat or simply savored the smell of the salty air on the water’s edge will be inspired by this well-crafted and varied collection. Steady ...

  • Atlas of the Human Heart

    Like Jack Kerouac’s intrepid little sister, Ariel Gore spins the spirited story of a vulnerable drifter who takes refuge in the recesses of the human heart. With just a few pennies and her I Ching, a change of clothes and ...

  • Give Me the World

    At the age of twenty-five, Leila Hadley, bored with her New York PR job, buys two tickets aboard a cargo ship headed for Hong Kong: one for herself, and one for her six-year-old son Kippy. This decision sets her life ...

  • Expat

    For generations, literary figures from Ernest Hemingway to Frances Mayes have fueled our fantasies about the romance of expatriate life. But it’s one thing to dream about living abroad and quite another to actually do it. In Expat, a diverse ...

  • Another Wilderness

    This anthology of true outdoor stories by famous and new women writers brims with the spirit of adventure. Barbara Wilson tells of a mesmerizing summer of glaciering in Norway; Gabrielle Daniels explores her complex feelings about the forest; Alice Evans ...


Sports and Fitness

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  • Yogalosophy

    Jennifer Aniston. Kate Beckinsale. Helen Hunt. Brooke Shields. In addition to their fame, these actresses share something else in common: they owe their enviable silhouettes to fitness expert and celebrity yoga instructor Mandy Ingber. In Yogalosophy®, Ingber—one of the most sought-after fitness and wellness advisors in Los Angeles—offers up a unique 28-day plan to help readers achieve healthier bodies and happier minds. Building on the concepts offered in Ingber’s popular Yogalosophy® DVD, this handbook provides an accessible program of proven workouts and eating guidelines designed to tone and strengthen the entire body, inside and out. In addition to recipes and detailed body-sculpting workouts (which combine yoga postures with a wide range of other effective exercises), Ingber also offers up wise insights ...

  • Run Like a Girl

    Run Like A Girl is about the impact that participating in sports has on women—how the confidence and strength that it helps to build spills over into all of our experiences, making us stronger and better prepared for life’s many challenges. In this inspiring book, Mina Samuels uses the varied personal stories of women and girls of all ages and backgrounds—as well as her own—to take a broad look at the power that sports have to help us face, and to overcome, obstacles in all arenas of life. Myriad voices fill the pages of Run Like A Girl: a US-ranked amateur triathlete who’s raising an autistic son; a thirteen-year-old girl who discovers and falls in love with cross-country running; a woman ...

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  • Yogalosophy

    Jennifer Aniston. Kate Beckinsale. Helen Hunt. Brooke Shields. In addition to their fame, these actresses share something else in common: they owe their enviable silhouettes to fitness expert and celebrity yoga instructor Mandy Ingber. In Yogalosophy®, Ingber—one of the most sought-after ...

  • Run Like a Girl

    Run Like A Girl is about the impact that participating in sports has on women—how the confidence and strength that it helps to build spills over into all of our experiences, making us stronger and better prepared for life’s many ...

  • Second Wind

    Second Wind is the story of an unlikely athlete and an unlikely heroine: Cami Ostman, a woman edging toward midlife who decides to take on a challenge that stretches her way outside of her comfort zone. That challenge presents itself ...

  • Why We Ride

    Women and their horses—a symbiotic relationship based on trust, camaraderie, friendship, and love. In Why We Ride, Verna Dreisbach collects the stories of women who ride, sharing their personal emotions and accounts of the most important animals in their lives. ...

  • Women Who Win

    Whether it’s surfer Jamilah Star riding an unprecedented fifty-foot wave, Olympic marathoner Deena Kastor winning the bronze in 2004, or top-ranked climber Lynn Hill facing down a tough climb at Joshua Tree, one thing is certain: These women have game. What’s ...

  • The Nonrunner’s Marathon Guide for Women

    Dawn Dais hated running. And it didn’t like her much, either. Her fitness routine consisted of avoiding the stairs in her own house, because who really has the energy to climb stairs? It was with this exercise philosophy firmly in ...

  • Women Who Run

    Women run for all kinds of reasons. We run for health, we run to ease the tension of our daily lives, we run for strength, we run to challenge ourselves, we run to be social with friends, we run because ...

  • Steady as She Goes

    Veteran seafarers and anyone who has dreamed of running away to sea in their very own boat or simply savored the smell of the salty air on the water’s edge will be inspired by this well-crafted and varied collection. Steady ...

  • Another Wilderness

    This anthology of true outdoor stories by famous and new women writers brims with the spirit of adventure. Barbara Wilson tells of a mesmerizing summer of glaciering in Norway; Gabrielle Daniels explores her complex feelings about the forest; Alice Evans ...


Parenting

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  • The Good Mother Myth

    In an era of mommy blogs, Pinterest, and Facebook, The Good Mother Myth dismantles the social media–fed notion of what it means to be a “good mother.” This collection of essays takes a realistic look at motherhood and provides a platform for real voices and raw stories, each adding to the narrative of motherhood we don’t tend to see in the headlines or on the news. From tales of mind-bending, panic-inducing overwhelm to a reflection on using weed instead of wine to deal with the terrible twos, the honesty of the essays creates a community of mothers who refuse to feel like they’re in competition with others, or with the notion of the ideal mom—they’re just trying to find a ...

  • Got Teens?

    “We’ve been there. And as parents, we are right there with you.” —Health and sexuality experts Logan Levkoff, PhD and Jennifer Wider, MD In Got Teens?, the Doctor Moms combine their medical and psychological knowledge with their own personal experiences to address the most cringeworthy and difficult questions that kids often ask their parents. From “How old were you when you first had sex?” to “What’s wrong with sharing my password with a friend I trust?” and beyond, Levkoff and Wider will help you decode your teens’ questions to figure out what they really want to know. Topics include body development, emotional changes, bullying, social media, substance abuse, and more—giving parents the confidence to tackle these subjects with authority and compassion.

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  • The Good Mother Myth

    In an era of mommy blogs, Pinterest, and Facebook, The Good Mother Myth dismantles the social media–fed notion of what it means to be a “good mother.” This collection of essays takes a realistic look at motherhood and provides a ...

  • Got Teens?

    “We’ve been there. And as parents, we are right there with you.” —Health and sexuality experts Logan Levkoff, PhD and Jennifer Wider, MD In Got Teens?, the Doctor Moms combine their medical and psychological knowledge with their own personal experiences to address ...

  • The Pregnancy Puzzle Book

    As every expecting mother knows, the hormones of pregnancy have a tendency to decompose brain cells at an alarming rate. Feeling like a space cadet? Forgot where you put your keys or parked your car? To help keep your gray ...

  • The Goodbye Year

    For many mothers, a child’s senior year brings about a serious look back on the past eighteen. Every event—from Halloween to Mother’s Day—becomes The Last Time. Toni Piccinini knows exactly what that’s like, and in The Goodbye Year, she offers the ...

  • The Sh!t No One Tells You

    There comes a time in every new mother’s life when she finds herself staring at her screaming, smelly “bundle of joy” and wishing someone had told her that her house would reek of vomit, or that she shouldn’t buy the ...

  • I Love Mondays

    A growing number of women today are fortunate enough to enjoy both parenting and having a meaningful career. These moms look forward to going back to work on Mondays (even if they don’t admit it aloud), and many consider their ...

  • Seeing Ezra

    Seeing Ezra is the soulful, beautifully written memoir of a mother’s fierce love for her autistic son, and a poignant examination of what it means to be “normal.” When Kerry Cohen’s son Ezra turns one, a babysitter suggests he may ...

  • The Quarter-Acre Farm

    When Spring Warren told her husband and two teenage boys that she wanted to grow 75 percent of all the food they consumed for one year—and that she wanted to do it in their yard—they told her she was crazy. She ...

  • Mamalita

    This gripping memoir details an ordinary American woman’s quest to adopt a baby girl from Guatemala in the face of overwhelming adversity. At only thirty-two years old, Jessica O’Dwyer experiences early menopause, which seems to seal the deal on whether ...

  • Let’s Get This Straight

    Let’s Get This Straight reaches out to young people with one or more gay, lesbian, bi, or trans parents to provide them with the tools to combat homophobia, take pride in their alternative family structures, and speak out against injustice. ...

  • Motherhood and Feminism

    How does feminism relate to motherhood, how has it changed over time, and what does the future of motherhood and feminism look like? These are just some of the questions Amber E. Kinser, PhD, tackles in Motherhood and Feminism. The latest ...

  • Two is Enough

    Fall in love. Get married. Have children. For most couples, marriage and children go hand in hand. And yet, the number of people choosing childlessness is on the rise. These are the childless by choice—people who have actively decided not ...

  • Book by Book

    Mothers and daughters share a special bond… why not further this bond through reading together? Book clubs have been growing in popularity over the past ten years, started by a variety of people with various interests and goals. Mother-daughter ...

  • Laid

    In this hard-hitting anthology, journalist Shannon T. Boodram collects the compelling and personal firsthand accounts of young people dealing with sex in today’s world. Laid covers a range of important topics, from teens’ first times to STIs, abstinence to unplanned ...

  • Navigating the Land of If

    Author of the extremely successful blog Stirrup Queens and Sperm Palace Jesters, Melissa Ford presents readers with a guide for navigating the complex world of infertility. The Land of If got its name not only because “IF” is the abbreviation ...

  • Dirt

    This is a collection everyone can relate to: a multidimensional look at the universal challenge of keeping our stuff, our dwellings, and our personal space clean and uncluttered. How we feel about keeping house speaks volumes about who we are, ...

  • The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide

    Melissa Stanton’s The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide is an all-encompassing, truth-telling how-to book that addresses the many practical and psychological issues facing stay-at-home moms today. How do you create time for yourself? Is there really time to do it all (feed the ...

  • The Maternal is Political

    Exploring the vital connection between motherhood and social change, The Maternal Is Political features thirty powerful, hard-hitting literary essays by women who are striving to make the world a better place for children and families—both their own and other women’s—in ...

  • How to Fit a Car Seat on a Camel

    Have you ever struggled to dislodge a nostril-bound Cheerio while navigating the interstate at 70 miles an hour? Discovered exactly how many renditions of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” it takes for you to pull the car to the side ...

  • Choosing You

    All her adult life, Alexandra Soiseth has wanted a husband, children, dogs and cats—a busy, loving, home. But at thirty-nine, with no husband on the horizon, she decides to take matters into her own hands. She googles for sperm. Choosing You is ...

  • Rockabye

    Rockabye is the lively memoir of a spontaneous young city-girl who becomes unexpectedly pregnant. That city-girl is Rebecca Woolf, who at 23, after the “holy shit, I’m pregnant” realization, decides to keep the baby, marry the boyfriend (in Vegas no ...

  • Reclaiming Our Daughters (Previously Published as My Girl)

    Reclaiming Our Daughters offers a fresh and long-needed perspective on pre-teen and teen girls, one that finally brings a message of hope and optimism about girls today. Part memoir, part sociological examination, Karen Stabiner observes her daughter, Sarah, as she navigates ...

  • Single Mom Seeking

    When she hit 30, single mom and romance columnist Rachel Sarah realized that she had been in domestic overdrive too long. Years of dishing up macaroni and cheese, picking Barbie accessories up off the rug, playing peek-a-boo, mopping the kitchen ...

  • In Love and In Danger

    With one out of eleven high school students* in the past year experiencing some form of physical abuse—being hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend—young adults need to know where they can turn to for ...

  • It’s a Girl

    The most popular question any pregnant woman is asked—aside from ”When are you due?”—has got to be “Are you having a girl or a boy? When author Andrea Buchanan was pregnant with her daughter, she was thrilled to be expecting ...

  • Another Morning

    “To raise a child while living with cancer is to have your heart break. We have to learn how to live with broken hearts.” So says one of the mothers interviewed in this powerful, inspirational, and deeply moving book, a ...

  • Literary Mama

    Becoming a mother takes more than the physical act of giving birth or completing an adoption: it takes birthing oneself as a mother through psychological, intellectual, and spiritual work that continues throughout life. Yet most women’s stories of personal growth ...

  • Confessions of a Naughty Mommy

    Sex. After. Baby. These three words are whispered by mothers everywhere who find themselves stumped and shocked by the state of their sex lives. Naughty Mommy Heidi Raykeil has been down that road and chronicles her experiences in her online column ...

  • It’s a Boy

    The most popular question any pregnant woman is asked—aside from “When are you due?’’—has got to be “Are you having a girl or a boy?” When author Andrea Buchanan, already a mom to a little girl, was pregnant with her ...

  • Inconsolable

    Marrit Ingman became a mother on February 27, 2002. She went crazy—also on February 27, 2002. Her journey began with a plate of carne guisada and led to an emergency cesarian, ankyloglossia, colic, gastroesphageal reflux, eczema, Zoloft, Paxil, peanut allergy, ...

  • Real Girl Real World

    Teen girls receive mixed messages about who they should be—and what they should look like—from all facets of society. It’s no wonder they have difficulty finding out who they really are. This snappy, straight-talking guide—a veritable Our Bodies, Ourselves for ...

  • The Truth Behind the “Mommy Wars”

    The media, from Dr. Phil to the New York Times Magazine, is adamant that there is no love lost between working parents and those who stay home with their children, each fighting an ideological and economic war based on what ...

  • The Essential Hip Mama

    It’s been over a decade since Ariel Gore, in a caffeine-induced brainstorm, invented Hip Mama as her senior project in college. The zine that’s been called “fun and irreverent” by USA Today, “delightful” by Glamour, and “cutting-edge” by the Chicago ...

  • Beyond One

    Though it may seem at the outset that life can’t change much more after your first child, many parents are in for a shock when they realize having another does not merely mean ordering two Happy Meals instead of one. ...

  • Toddler

    These clever, succinct, and poignant tales capture all the hilarity, magic, and chaos of raising the complex little people we call toddlers. Poised between the baby’s and the child’s world, toddlers teach us to take joy in the texture of ...

  • The Lesbian Parenting Book

    Written by two experienced lesbian therapists and parents, this second edition of The Lesbian Parenting Book has been updated to reflect the contemporary cultural and political landscape, as well as current trends in parenting. Drawing on the real-life experiences of ...

  • Mother Shock

    “Mother shock” is the state in which many new parents exist during those first confusing, chaotic and often comical years of parenting. It is the clash between expectation and result, theory and reality. It is the twilight zone of 24-hour-a-day ...

  • The Big Rumpus

    Twenty years ago, a woman named Erma Bombeck brought the suburban family out of the closet—dust bunnies and all. Her honest, hilarious accounts of family life, where the “grass is always greener over the septic tank,” became more than mere ...


Gender and Social Issues

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  • The Good Mother Myth

    In an era of mommy blogs, Pinterest, and Facebook, The Good Mother Myth dismantles the social media–fed notion of what it means to be a “good mother.” This collection of essays takes a realistic look at motherhood and provides a platform for real voices and raw stories, each adding to the narrative of motherhood we don’t tend to see in the headlines or on the news. From tales of mind-bending, panic-inducing overwhelm to a reflection on using weed instead of wine to deal with the terrible twos, the honesty of the essays creates a community of mothers who refuse to feel like they’re in competition with others, or with the notion of the ideal mom—they’re just trying to find a ...

  • Otherhood

    More American women are childless than ever before—nearly half those of childbearing age don’t have children. While our society often assumes these women are “childfree by choice,” that’s not always true. In reality, many of them expected to marry and have children, but it simply hasn’t happened. Wrongly judged as picky or career-obsessed, they make up the “Otherhood,” a growing demographic that has gone without definition or visibility until now. In Otherhood, author Melanie Notkin reveals her own story as well as the honest, poignant, humorous, and occasionally heartbreaking stories of women in her generation—women who expected love, marriage, and parenthood, but instead found themselves facing a different reality. She addresses the reasons for this shift, the social and ...

All Gender and Social Issues

  • The Good Mother Myth

    In an era of mommy blogs, Pinterest, and Facebook, The Good Mother Myth dismantles the social media–fed notion of what it means to be a “good mother.” This collection of essays takes a realistic look at motherhood and provides a ...

  • Otherhood

    More American women are childless than ever before—nearly half those of childbearing age don’t have children. While our society often assumes these women are “childfree by choice,” that’s not always true. In reality, many of them expected to marry and ...

  • What Will It Take to Make A Woman President?

    Prompted by a question from her eight-year-old daughter during the 2008 election of Barack Obama—“Why haven’t we ever had a woman president?”—Marianne Schnall set out on a journey to find the answer. A widely published writer, author, and interviewer, and ...

  • Excluded

    While many feminist and queer movements are designed to challenge sexism, they often simultaneously police gender and sexuality—sometimes just as fiercely as the straight, male-centric mainstream does. Some feminists vocally condemn other feminists because of how they dress, for their ...

  • Maxed Out

    Katrina Alcorn was a 37-year-old mother with a happy marriage and a thriving career when one day, on the way to Target to buy diapers, she had a breakdown. Her carefully built career shuddered to a halt, and her journey ...

  • Bi

    Depicted as duplicitous, traitorous, and promiscuous, bisexuality has long been suspected, marginalized, and rejected by both straight and gay communities alike. Bi takes a long overdue, comprehensive look at bisexual politics—from the issues surrounding biphobia/monosexism, feminism, and transgenderism to the practice ...

  • No Kidding

    In No Kidding, comedy writer Henriette Mantel tackles the topic of actually not having kids. This fascinating collection features a star-studded group of contributors—including Margaret Cho, Wendy Liebman, Laurie Graff, and other accomplished, funny women—writing about why they opted out ...

  • Beyond Belief

    Beyond Belief addresses what happens when women of extreme religions decide to walk away. Editors Susan Tive (a former Orthodox Jew) and Cami Ostman (a de-converted fundamentalist born-again Christian) have compiled a collection of powerful personal stories written by women ...

  • Airbrushed Nation

    Glamour. Cosmo. SELF. Ladies’ Home Journal. Vogue. In an industry that has been in a downward spiral for years, these magazines—and other women-focused magazines like them—have not only retained their readership, they’ve increased it. Every month, five million-plus women peel ...

  • Hot & Heavy

    In this fun, fresh, fat-positive anthology, fat activist and sex educator Virgie Tovar brings together voices from an often-marginalized community to talk about and celebrate their lives. Hot & Heavy rejects the idea that being thin is best, instead embracing ...

  • Drinking Diaries

    Whether you drink it or not, alcohol is likely a potent part of your life: our culture is saturated in it. Ask any woman you know to tell you a drinking story, and she’ll come up with one—in fact, she ...

  • Dancing at the Shame Prom

    Shame is a powerful thing. It can weigh on your heart and mind, diminish your sense of self-worth, and impact the way you live in the world. But what happens when you share that secret burden? Amy Ferris, Hollye Dexter, ...

  • A Little F’d Up

    Young women today have a bad reputation, and for good reason: They’re sexting their classmates, they spend more time on Facebook than they do in class, and their appetite for material possessions and reality TV is matched only by their ...

  • Here Come the Brides!

    Marriage today isn’t what it used to be: for better, not for worse. As same-sex weddings are becoming more common, we’re being ushered into a brave new world—one in which the classic love-story happy ending has taken on a decidedly ...

  • No Excuses

    Feminist icon Gloria Feldt pulls no punches in this new book, which argues that the most confounding problem facing women today isn’t that doors of opportunity aren’t open, but that not enough women are walking through them. From the boardroom ...

  • What You Really Really Want

    In this empowering, accessible guide, Jaclyn Friedman—co-editor of Yes Means Yes—gives young women the tools to decipher the modern world’s confusing, hypersexualized, sometimes dangerous landscape so they can define their own sexual identity. Friedman decries the hypocrisy and mixed messages ...

  • The Guy’s Guide to Feminism

    In just one generation, age-old ideas about women have been swept aside . . . but what does that have to do with men? Authors Michael Kaufman and Michael Kimmel, two of the world’s leading male advocates of gender equality, ...

  • F’em!

    From Jennifer Baumgardner, one of the leading voices of Third Wave feminism, comes this provocative, thoughtful, often funny collection of essays and interviews that offers a state of the union on contemporary feminist issues. F ‘em! is a mix of ...

  • Outdated

    Romance and love are in a state of crisis: Statistically speaking, young women today are living romantic lives of all kinds—but they’re still feeling bogged down by social, cultural, economic, and familial pressures to love in a certain way. Young ...

  • The New Latina’s Bible

    For nearly a decade, The Latina’s Bible has been the go-to guide for Latinas everywhere. In this updated and expanded edition, author Sandra Guzmán continues to use her trademark warmth, humor, and wisdom to explore a wide range of topics, ...

  • Undecided

    In a world of unprecedented opportunity—and pressure—women are struggling more than ever to make career decisions and move forward without second-guessing themselves. Young women graduate from college and believe they have to find the perfect path and then can’t decide ...

  • He Said What?

    I love you. The meeting ran late. I want a divorce. One little word, one casual lie, one devastating announcement—and our lives are turned upside down forever. In He Said What?, twenty-six gifted women writers share profoundly personal moments in ...

  • Dear John, I Love Jane

    The new buzzword in female sexuality is “sexual fluidity”—the idea that for many women, sexual identity can shift over time, often in the direction of same-sex relationships. Examples abound in popular culture, from actress Cynthia Nixon, who left her male ...

  • Reality Bites Back

    Nearly every night on every major network, “unscripted” (but carefully crafted) “reality” TV shows routinely glorify retrograde stereotypes that most people would assume got left behind thirty-five years ago. Enamored of reality TV’s high ratings, low production costs, and lucrative ...

  • Let’s Get This Straight

    Let’s Get This Straight reaches out to young people with one or more gay, lesbian, bi, or trans parents to provide them with the tools to combat homophobia, take pride in their alternative family structures, and speak out against injustice. ...

  • Gender Outlaws

    In the fifteen years since the release of Gender Outlaw, Kate Bornstein’s groundbreaking challenge to gender ideology, transgender narratives have made their way from the margins to the mainstream. Today’s transpeople, genderqueers, and other sex/gender radicals are writing a drastically ...

  • Good Porn

    Porn. Do you think of it as a dirty word, a taboo topic, something you associate with cheesy films with bad plots? Filmmaker and author Erika Lust is here to change all that. With the goal of making porn more ...

  • Motherhood and Feminism

    How does feminism relate to motherhood, how has it changed over time, and what does the future of motherhood and feminism look like? These are just some of the questions Amber E. Kinser, PhD, tackles in Motherhood and Feminism. The latest ...

  • Click

    When did you know you were a feminist? Whether it happened at school, at work, while watching TV, or reading a book, many of us can point to a particular moment when we knew we were feminists. In Click, editors ...

  • Get Opinionated

    For those who like their politics blunt, raw, and uncompromising comes Get Opinionated—a guide to the issues you care about: environmentalism, reproductive rights and access, taxes and public wealth, GLBTQ rights, health care, the War on Terror, the War on ...

  • The Purity Myth

    The United States is obsessed with virginity—from the media to schools to government agencies. This panic is ensuring that young women’s ability to be moral agents is absolutely dependent on their sexuality. Jessica Valenti, author of Full Frontal Feminism and ...

  • Women of Color and Feminism

    In this Seal Studies title, author and professor Maythee Rojas offers a look at the intricate crossroads of being a woman of color. Women of Color and Feminism tackles the question of how women of color experience feminism, and how ...

  • Girls’ Studies

    Professors and students alike are taking interest in Girls’ Studies—the socialization of girls versus boys—and beginning to analyze the impact of media, pop culture, messaging, and more on America’s girls. Girls’ Studies tackles socialization and gender expectations, body image, and ...

  • Girldrive

    What do young women care about? What are their hopes, worries, and ambitions? Have they heard of feminism, and do they relate to it? These are just a few of the questions journalist Nona Willis Aronowitz and photographer Emma Bee ...

  • Two is Enough

    Fall in love. Get married. Have children. For most couples, marriage and children go hand in hand. And yet, the number of people choosing childlessness is on the rise. These are the childless by choice—people who have actively decided not ...

  • Laid

    In this hard-hitting anthology, journalist Shannon T. Boodram collects the compelling and personal firsthand accounts of young people dealing with sex in today’s world. Laid covers a range of important topics, from teens’ first times to STIs, abstinence to unplanned ...

  • Invisible Girls

    The statistics are staggering. One in four girls will experience sexual abuse by the time she is sixteen, and 48 percent of all rapes involve a young woman under the age of eighteen. It’s not surprising then, that in a society ...

  • Labor of Love

    Thomas Beatie electrified the world in April 2008 with his announcement that he was seven months pregnant. He recounted his amazing story on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and was later featured in a Barbara Walters Exclusive, where he announced that ...

  • Men and Feminism

    There’s no denying that men’s involvement and interest in feminism is the key to its continuing relevance and importance. Addressing the question of why men should care about feminism in the first place, Men and Feminism lays the foundation for ...

  • Purge

    Purge is a beautifully crafted memoir that has a Girl, Interrupted feel. In this raw and engaging account of her months in rehab, Nicole Johns documents her stay in a residential treatment facility for eating disorders. Her prose is lucid ...

  • Open

    Finally, a book about open marriage that grapples with the problems surrounding monogamy and fidelity in an honest, heartfelt, and non-fringe manner. Jenny Block is your average girl next door, a suburban wife and mother for whom married life never ...

  • Yes Means Yes!

    In this groundbreaking new look at rape edited by writer and activist Jaclyn Freidman and Full Frontal Feminism and He’s A Stud, She’s A Slut author Jessica Valenti, the way we view rape in our culture is finally dismantled and ...

  • How to Cook a Dragon

    When Linda Furiya decided to move to China with her boyfriend at the age of thirty, she hoped to find romance and ethnic kinship. Expecting common ground with locals as an Asian American, Furiya struggled with her ambition as a ...

  • Women and Violence

    When women decide what to wear, where to go, how to get there, what time of day to be outdoors, and what affects their sense of security and safety, are they aware that they’re afraid of being sexually assaulted? Violence ...

  • Feminism and Pop Culture

    Whether or not we like to admit it, pop culture is a lens through which we alternately view and shape the world around us. When it comes to feminism, pop culture aids us in translating feminist philosophies, issues, and concepts ...

  • Conquering Eating Disorders

    Tracey desperately wanted to look like the models and celebrities in the fashion magazines. She would do anything to have their thin, flawless bodies. Every girl in her school would die for a body like that. Soon meat began to ...

  • The Maternal is Political

    Exploring the vital connection between motherhood and social change, The Maternal Is Political features thirty powerful, hard-hitting literary essays by women who are striving to make the world a better place for children and families—both their own and other women’s—in ...

  • About Face

    What do you see when you look in the mirror? Those under-eye circles that have plagued you since the kids came along? A strand of wayward hair that needs to be tucked into place? Or do you find yourself lingering ...

  • Transgender History

    Transgender History covers American transgender history from the mid-twentieth century to today. Transgender History takes a chronological approach to the subject of transgender history, with each chapter covering major movements, writings, and events. Chapter 1 covers the transsexual and ...

  • A History of U.S. Feminisms

    A History of U.S. Feminisms is an introductory text that will be used as supplementary material for first-year women’s studies students or as a brush-up text for more advanced students. Covering the first, second, and third waves of feminism, A ...

  • He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut, and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know

    Double standards are nothing new. Women deal with them every day. Take the common truism that women who sleep around are sluts while men are studs. Why is it that men grow distinguished and sexily gray as they age while ...

  • Choosing You

    All her adult life, Alexandra Soiseth has wanted a husband, children, dogs and cats—a busy, loving, home. But at thirty-nine, with no husband on the horizon, she decides to take matters into her own hands. She googles for sperm. Choosing You is ...

  • The Boss of You

    Female entrepreneurs are a growing force to be reckoned with. Each year, more and more women take the initiative and start their own business ventures—at twice the rate of men. Women continue to reshape the business world with innovative models, ...

  • It’s a Jungle Out There

    For all of you humming “I Will Survive” while watching the political debacles gracing the evening news, when getting an earful from your Limbaugh-loving brother-in-law, or as you’re ducking into the bathroom to avoid the date espousing the wisdom of ...

  • Working Sex

    Being a sex worker isn’t something to write home about for most women (and men) in the $12 billion-a-year sex industry. Prostitutes, strippers, and adult film stars put themselves, and what they do for a living, out on the street, stage, ...

  • Shout Out

    Shout Out was born of the hope that exists when women reach out to one another. Included are critical examinations, creative nonfiction, and poetry that explore a range of responses to the injustices that women worldwide sustain in their daily ...

  • For Keeps

    Nearly every aging woman has a complicated relationship with her body. For Keeps, an inspirational collection of personal essays from writers on their ever-changing bodies, will resonate with every maturing woman. Editor Victoria Zackheim brings together women with unique voices who ...

  • Women Behind Bars

    More and more women—mothers, grandmothers, wives, daughters, and sisters—are doing hard prison time all across the United States. Many of them are facing the prospect of years, decades, even lifetimes behind bars. Oddly, there’s been little public discussion about the ...

  • Kill the Princess

    What does it truly mean to be a modern woman? Do women still hunger for that fairytale life? In Kill the Princess author Stephanie Vermeulen tackles a wide range of issues facing women today, from body image to popular notions of ...

  • It’s So You

    It’s So You explores the intersection between personal style and personal expression through lively personal essays by thirty-five top women writers—including two artists. In a culture that uses oppressive beauty standards to influence and determine what’s hot, how do women ...

  • Different Daughters

    Nearly fifteen years before the Stonewall Rebellion and the birth of gay liberation came the Daughters of Bilitis (DOB). Like its predominantly gay male counterparts, the Mattachine Society and ONE, Inc., DOB was launched in response to the oppressive antihomosexual ...

  • The Bigger the Better, the Tighter the Sweater

    Getting undressed for the dreaded seventh-grade gym class. Feeling fascinated with, yet disgusted by, the fashion magazines full of perfect, unattainable bodies. Enduring the pain of a bikini wax or suffering the ramifications of overplucked brows. Like all women, the contributors ...

  • Whipping Girl

    A provocative manifesto, Whipping Girl tells the powerful story of Julia Serano, a transsexual woman whose supremely intelligent writing reflects her diverse background as a lesbian transgender activist and professional biologist. Serano shares her experiences and observations—both pre- and post-transition—to ...

  • Hijas Americanas

    In Hijas Americanas, author Rosie Molinary sheds new light on what it means to grow up Latina. Drawing upon her own experiences, as well as interviews and surveys collected from more than 500 Latina women, Molinary provides a powerful understanding ...

  • Women Who Win

    Whether it’s surfer Jamilah Star riding an unprecedented fifty-foot wave, Olympic marathoner Deena Kastor winning the bronze in 2004, or top-ranked climber Lynn Hill facing down a tough climb at Joshua Tree, one thing is certain: These women have game. What’s ...

  • Full Frontal Feminism

    Feminism isn’t dead. It just isn’t very cool anymore. Enter Full Frontal Feminism, a book that embodies the forward-looking messages that author Jessica Valenti propagated as founder of the popular website, Feministing.com. This revised edition includes a new foreword by ...

  • She’s Not the Man I Married

    Helen Boyd’s husband, who had long been open about being a cross-dresser, was considering living as a woman full time. Suddenly, Boyd was confronted with the reality of what it would mean if her husband were actually to become a ...

  • One of the Guys

    Debate about women and torture has, until recently, focused on women as victims of violence. But when photographs were released from the Abu Ghraib prisoner-abuse scandal, one featured Lynndie England holding a prisoner by a dog leash. Overnight, she became ...

  • Homelands

    In Homelands, writers investigate the complexities of how women experience, remember, and imagine journeys to their homelands. Approaching the topic from varying perspectives: exile, longing, belonging, diaspora, idealization, they show that “homeland” isn’t just a physical place. It can also ...

  • Nobody Passes

    Nobody Passes is a collection of essays that confronts and challenges the very notion of belonging. By examining the perilous intersections of identity, categorization, and community, contributors challenge societal mores and countercultural norms. Nobody Passes explores and critiques the various ...

  • She’s Such a Geek

    Geeks may be outcasts in mainstream society, mocked for their lack of social graces, but they’re still taking over the world. The geeks we hear about are men like Bill Gates, a notorious computer geek who runs one of the ...

  • We Don’t Need Another Wave

    We Don’t Need Another Wave is the next generation of feminists’ response to the question of whether or not they self-define as third-wave feminists. Today’s young feminists are wary of being labeled. They are media-savvy, hyper-aware of being categorized and ...

  • Intimate Politics

    At eight years old, Bettina Aptheker watched her family’s politics play out in countless living rooms across the country when her father, historian and U.S. Communist Party leader Herbert Aptheker, testified on television in front of the House Un-American Activities ...

  • Indecent

    Indecent is not your average I-stripped-my-way-through-college memoir. Sarah Katherine Lewis is a veteran of the sex industry who started small—doing lingerie modeling and striptease shows—but for reasons including the desire to earn more money and curiosity about other types of ...

  • Women in the Line of Fire

    In 2004, Erin Solaro went to Iraq to study American servicewomen—what they were doing, how well they were doing it, how they were faring in combat. In 2005, she went to Afghanistan on the same mission. Having spent time embedded ...

  • Voices of Resistance

    Voices of Resistance is a diverse collection of personal narratives and prose by Muslim women whose experiences and observations are particularly poignant in today’s politically and religiously charged environment. The women collected in this anthology hail from Yemen, Iran, Palestine, ...

  • The Testosterone Files

    Max Wolf Valerio crafts a raw, gripping, and poetic account of life before, during, and after injecting testosterone. Valerio’s detailed observations about a lesbian transitioning from female to a heterosexual male highlights the physical and emotional differences between women and ...

  • It’s a Girl

    The most popular question any pregnant woman is asked—aside from ”When are you due?”—has got to be “Are you having a girl or a boy? When author Andrea Buchanan was pregnant with her daughter, she was thrilled to be expecting ...

  • Drag King Dreams

    Drag King Dreams is the story of Max Rabinowitz, a butch lesbian bartender at an East Village club where drag kings, dykes dressed as men, perform. A veteran of the women’s and gay movement of the past 30 years, Max’s ...

  • Flesh for Fantasy

    With a recent burst of feature films, documentaries, and books on strippers, the business of exotic dancing is hotter than ever. Over the last decade there has been a steadily expanding interest in exotic dance, from its role as an ...

  • Stories from Blue Latitudes

    Stories from Blue Latitudes gathers the major and emerging women fiction writers from the Caribbean, including Dionne Brand, Michelle Cliff, Merle Collins, Edwidge Danticat, Jamaica Kincaid, Paule Marshall, and Pauline Melville. Similar themes grace their stories of life at home ...

  • It’s a Boy

    The most popular question any pregnant woman is asked—aside from “When are you due?’’—has got to be “Are you having a girl or a boy?” When author Andrea Buchanan, already a mom to a little girl, was pregnant with her ...

  • Waking Up American

    Waking Up American includes original work by women who are either American-born of at least one foreign-born parent or who immigrated to the United States during childhood. The writers explore what it means to feel caught between two worlds—neither wholly ...

  • The Truth Behind the “Mommy Wars”

    The media, from Dr. Phil to the New York Times Magazine, is adamant that there is no love lost between working parents and those who stay home with their children, each fighting an ideological and economic war based on what ...

  • Lesbian Couples

    Written by two experienced lesbian therapists, Lesbian Couples covers a range of topics—commitment ceremonies and marriage, living arrangements, work, money, togetherness and separate identities, coming out to family and friends, resolving conflict and understanding each other—and uses a variety of ...

  • Egalia’s Daughters

    Welcome to the land of Egalia, where the rules of society are very different. In this hilly seaside town, gender roles are topsy-turvy—“wim” wield the power while “menwim” mind the household chores. It has been this stringent for as long ...

  • Under Her Skin

    Not since Scout relayed her innocent, yet stark, fictional awakening to racial injustice in To Kill a Mockingbird has the influence of race on the world of children been painted with such delicate clarity as in this collection. Including the ...

  • Secrets and Confidences

    Relationships between women are often cast in binary terms, either as backstabbing competition behind the scenes or soft-filter best-friend-forever moments. Yet the simple truth about friendship is that it’s never simple: not for eight-year-olds acting out adulthood through rich Barbie ...

  • Bare

    Her curiosity began as a teenager, with an awareness of her body and the reaction other people had to it. It continued with the realization that women’s bodies often gave them a strange power over men. As an adult, it ...

  • The F-Word

    It took 144 years for women to gain the right to vote; today women only have to turn 18. Yet, in the 2000 presidential election, nearly 19 million young women declined to vote. Today’s young women avoid both the word ...

  • The Pirate Queen

    The Pirate Queen begins in Ireland with the infamous Grace O’Malley, a ruthless pirate and scourge to the most powerful fleets of sixteenth-century Europe. This Irish clan chieftain, sea captain, and pirate queen was a contemporary of Elizabeth I, a ...

  • Without a Net

    While many recent books have thoughtfully examined the plight of the working poor in America, none of the authors of these books is able to claim a working-class background, and there are associated methodological and ethical concerns raised when most ...

  • Body Outlaws

    Pick up a magazine, turn on the TV, and you’ll find few women who haven’t been fried, dyed, plucked, or tucked. In short, you’ll see no body outlaws. The writers in this groundbreaking anthology reveal a world where bodies come ...

  • Sometimes Rhythm, Sometimes Blues

    Today’s women expect it all: a successful career, an understanding and equally successful mate, and children—all wrapped up in a white picket fence. But recent studies show that while black women have ascended to form a new middle class and ...

  • My Husband Betty

    My Husband Betty is the first book to explore the relationships of crossdressing men and their female partners. Known traditionally as transvestites, men like Helen Boyd’s husband are starting to come out and win the respect of friends, family, ...

  • The Flying Camel

    Many of us have stereotypes of what “Jewish” looks like—and for many of us that image is white and European. Yet with the blossoming Jewish multiculturalism movement, led by the dynamic Loolwa Khazzoom, the myth of a “monolithic Jewish community” ...

  • Cunt

    An ancient title of respect for women, the word “cunt” long ago veered off this noble path. Inga Muscio traces the road from honor to expletive, giving women the motivation and tools to claim “cunt” as a positive and powerful ...

  • Colonize This!

    It has been decades since women of color first turned feminism upside down, exposing the ‘70s feminist movement as exclusive, white, and unaware of the concerns and issues of women of color from around the globe. Now a new generation ...


History, Politics, and Current Affairs

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  • The Other Side of Paradise

    Over a period of five years, beginning when Fidel Castro stepped down from his presidency after almost a half-century of reign, journalist Julia Cooke embedded herself in Cuba, gaining access to a dynamic Havana—one that she found populated with twenty-five-year-old Marxist philosophy students, baby-faced anarchists, children of the whiskey-drinking elite, Santería trainees, pregnant prostitutes, and more. Combining intimate storytelling with in-depth reportage, The Other Side of Paradise weaves together stories of the Cubans whom Cooke encountered, providing a vivid and unprecedented look into the daily lives and future prospects of young people in Cuba today. From ambitious Lucía—a recent university graduate with an acerbic sense of humor and plans to leave Cuba for the first country to give her a visa, ...

  • Hillary Clinton in Her Own Words

    Lisa Rogak, author of the New York Times bestseller Barack Obama in His Own Words, now brings readers Hillary Clinton in Her Own Words—quotations from the former First Lady, Senator from New York, and Secretary of State that go beyond politics. Topics range from leadership to life in the White House, and include her opinions on family, aging, public scrutiny, religion, motherhood, and marriage: “If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle.” —June 4, 1995 “I have a million ideas. The country can’t afford them all.” —October 11, 2007 “We will never build enough prisons to end our crime problem.” —February 7, 1996 “Being gay is not a western invention. It is a human reality.” —December 6, 2011 Spanning more than ...

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  • The Other Side of Paradise

    Over a period of five years, beginning when Fidel Castro stepped down from his presidency after almost a half-century of reign, journalist Julia Cooke embedded herself in Cuba, gaining access to a dynamic Havana—one that she found populated with twenty-five-year-old ...

  • Hillary Clinton in Her Own Words

    Lisa Rogak, author of the New York Times bestseller Barack Obama in His Own Words, now brings readers Hillary Clinton in Her Own Words—quotations from the former First Lady, Senator from New York, and Secretary of State that go beyond ...

  • What Will It Take to Make A Woman President?

    Prompted by a question from her eight-year-old daughter during the 2008 election of Barack Obama—“Why haven’t we ever had a woman president?”—Marianne Schnall set out on a journey to find the answer. A widely published writer, author, and interviewer, and ...

  • Maxed Out

    Katrina Alcorn was a 37-year-old mother with a happy marriage and a thriving career when one day, on the way to Target to buy diapers, she had a breakdown. Her carefully built career shuddered to a halt, and her journey ...

  • Bi

    Depicted as duplicitous, traitorous, and promiscuous, bisexuality has long been suspected, marginalized, and rejected by both straight and gay communities alike. Bi takes a long overdue, comprehensive look at bisexual politics—from the issues surrounding biphobia/monosexism, feminism, and transgenderism to the practice ...

  • Fast Times in Palestine

    For much of her life—like many Westerners—most of what Pamela Olson knew of the Middle East was informed by headlines and stereotypes. But when she traveled to Palestine in 2003, she found herself thrown with dizzying speed into the realities ...

  • Beyond Good Intentions

    Young and idealistic, Tori Hogan travels to Kenya as an intern for Save the Children, intent upon doing her part to improve the lives of refugees. But the cynicism of a young African boy changes Tori’s life and sets her ...

  • A Thousand Sisters

    Lisa Shannon had what some would call a good life—her own business, a successful fiancé, a secure home. Then one day in 2005, shortly after her father’s death, an episode of Oprah changed everything. The show about women in the ...

  • Mamalita

    This gripping memoir details an ordinary American woman’s quest to adopt a baby girl from Guatemala in the face of overwhelming adversity. At only thirty-two years old, Jessica O’Dwyer experiences early menopause, which seems to seal the deal on whether ...

  • Strange Trade

    Strange Trade tells the compelling stories of Mary, a Liberian drug courier with a college education, and Pauline, a Ugandan wife, mother, and drug cartel boss. A leading expert on women and organized crime, Asale Angel-Ajani spent years interviewing these ...

  • Get Opinionated

    For those who like their politics blunt, raw, and uncompromising comes Get Opinionated—a guide to the issues you care about: environmentalism, reproductive rights and access, taxes and public wealth, GLBTQ rights, health care, the War on Terror, the War on ...

  • Feminism and Pop Culture

    Whether or not we like to admit it, pop culture is a lens through which we alternately view and shape the world around us. When it comes to feminism, pop culture aids us in translating feminist philosophies, issues, and concepts ...

  • The Maternal is Political

    Exploring the vital connection between motherhood and social change, The Maternal Is Political features thirty powerful, hard-hitting literary essays by women who are striving to make the world a better place for children and families—both their own and other women’s—in ...

  • Transgender History

    Transgender History covers American transgender history from the mid-twentieth century to today. Transgender History takes a chronological approach to the subject of transgender history, with each chapter covering major movements, writings, and events. Chapter 1 covers the transsexual and ...

  • A History of U.S. Feminisms

    A History of U.S. Feminisms is an introductory text that will be used as supplementary material for first-year women’s studies students or as a brush-up text for more advanced students. Covering the first, second, and third waves of feminism, A ...

  • It’s a Jungle Out There

    For all of you humming “I Will Survive” while watching the political debacles gracing the evening news, when getting an earful from your Limbaugh-loving brother-in-law, or as you’re ducking into the bathroom to avoid the date espousing the wisdom of ...

  • Shout Out

    Shout Out was born of the hope that exists when women reach out to one another. Included are critical examinations, creative nonfiction, and poetry that explore a range of responses to the injustices that women worldwide sustain in their daily ...

  • Women Behind Bars

    More and more women—mothers, grandmothers, wives, daughters, and sisters—are doing hard prison time all across the United States. Many of them are facing the prospect of years, decades, even lifetimes behind bars. Oddly, there’s been little public discussion about the ...

  • Loaded

    Having an addiction can follow the path of a great relationship that goes sour: there’s the first blush of romance, the seduction (“you know you want to”), and the downward spiral into either obsession or breaking free. Jill Talbot is no ...

  • Different Daughters

    Nearly fifteen years before the Stonewall Rebellion and the birth of gay liberation came the Daughters of Bilitis (DOB). Like its predominantly gay male counterparts, the Mattachine Society and ONE, Inc., DOB was launched in response to the oppressive antihomosexual ...

  • One of the Guys

    Debate about women and torture has, until recently, focused on women as victims of violence. But when photographs were released from the Abu Ghraib prisoner-abuse scandal, one featured Lynndie England holding a prisoner by a dog leash. Overnight, she became ...

  • She’s Such a Geek

    Geeks may be outcasts in mainstream society, mocked for their lack of social graces, but they’re still taking over the world. The geeks we hear about are men like Bill Gates, a notorious computer geek who runs one of the ...

  • Intimate Politics

    At eight years old, Bettina Aptheker watched her family’s politics play out in countless living rooms across the country when her father, historian and U.S. Communist Party leader Herbert Aptheker, testified on television in front of the House Un-American Activities ...

  • Women in the Line of Fire

    In 2004, Erin Solaro went to Iraq to study American servicewomen—what they were doing, how well they were doing it, how they were faring in combat. In 2005, she went to Afghanistan on the same mission. Having spent time embedded ...

  • Voices of Resistance

    Voices of Resistance is a diverse collection of personal narratives and prose by Muslim women whose experiences and observations are particularly poignant in today’s politically and religiously charged environment. The women collected in this anthology hail from Yemen, Iran, Palestine, ...

  • Journalistas

    Collections of journalism consistently fail to represent the contribution made by female journalists to newspapers and magazines, as if political analysis and tales of flak-jacketed derring-do are the only truly valid forms of the discipline. And yet women make up ...

  • The F-Word

    It took 144 years for women to gain the right to vote; today women only have to turn 18. Yet, in the 2000 presidential election, nearly 19 million young women declined to vote. Today’s young women avoid both the word ...

  • The Pirate Queen

    The Pirate Queen begins in Ireland with the infamous Grace O’Malley, a ruthless pirate and scourge to the most powerful fleets of sixteenth-century Europe. This Irish clan chieftain, sea captain, and pirate queen was a contemporary of Elizabeth I, a ...

  • Without a Net

    While many recent books have thoughtfully examined the plight of the working poor in America, none of the authors of these books is able to claim a working-class background, and there are associated methodological and ethical concerns raised when most ...

  • The Flying Camel

    Many of us have stereotypes of what “Jewish” looks like—and for many of us that image is white and European. Yet with the blossoming Jewish multiculturalism movement, led by the dynamic Loolwa Khazzoom, the myth of a “monolithic Jewish community” ...

  • Veiled Threat

    The women of Afghanistan lived a five-year nightmare under the Taliban regime. In Veiled Threat, Sally Armstrong introduces several of these women—including the deputy prime minister of Afghanistan, Dr. Sima Samar—who describe the living hell they experienced as well as ...

  • Bare Your Soul

    Whether raised within a specific belief system or warned against all things religious, young women today have been left with questions that dating guides and pop feminist theory cannot answer. This collection answers the call—a handbook for the soul that ...


Erotica and Fiction

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  • Book Lovers

    Forget poorly written prose and clichéd love scenes: Book Lovers answers the call for sexy literature with substance. This collection of toe-curling tales written by and for word-worshippers offers well-crafted fiction and creative nonfiction that connects literature to libido. From a Vonnegut-inspired tryst to an imaginary ménage à trois with Henry Miller and Anaïs Nin, the book encompasses a veritable buffet of literary fantasies. Whether they’re conjuring Junot Díaz between the sheets or dreaming of a modern-day enactment of Wuthering Heights—this time refusing Edgar in favor of lusty, bodice-ripping nights with Heathcliff—the stories in Book Lovers are designed for readers’ brains and bodies. Includes contributions from Izabella St. James, Slash Coleman, Trina Calderón, Cara Bruce, and Stephanie Auteri.

  • Ageless Erotica

    Ageless Erotica is a steamy anthology of erotic stories and memoir essays written for a mature audience by writers over the age of 50. Edited by senior sex expert and advocate Joan Price, this collection is full of erotica seniors can relate to—embracing the agelessness of sexuality while still encompassing the changes that accompany aging. Some selections are tender and loving, while others are edgy and kinky. But whether characters are going solo, having spicy sex with partners they love and have loved for decades, or engaging in casual encounters, every story included in these pages aims to arouse and to rejoice in the sensual side of aging. A groundbreaking collection of erotica for seniors, Ageless Erotica is a stimulating ...

All Erotica and Fiction

  • Book Lovers

    Forget poorly written prose and clichéd love scenes: Book Lovers answers the call for sexy literature with substance. This collection of toe-curling tales written by and for word-worshippers offers well-crafted fiction and creative nonfiction that connects literature to libido. From ...

  • Ageless Erotica

    Ageless Erotica is a steamy anthology of erotic stories and memoir essays written for a mature audience by writers over the age of 50. Edited by senior sex expert and advocate Joan Price, this collection is full of erotica seniors ...

  • Curvy Girls

    From the editor of Dirty Girls comes a new anthology of steamy stories for women who don’t fit into a size zero—or two, or four—and the men and women who love them. In this voluptuously erotic collection, editor and best-selling author ...

  • Nice Girls, Naughty Sex

    Jordan LaRousse and Samantha Sade, founders of the erotica website Oysters & Chocolate, have compiled this anthology of erotic literature that ranges from sweet to spicy. Divided into four distinct “flavors”—Vanilla, Dirty Martini, Licorice Whips, and Oysters—Nice Girls, Naughty Sex ...

  • Affection

    Krissy Kneen loves sex… and she’s not afraid to talk about it. In this sometimes hilarious, sometimes poignant, and sometimes terrifying memoir, she traces the arc of her sexual life—from her childhood in a sexless household to the myriad sexual ...

  • Free Fall

    At 58, Rae Padilla Francoeur had no idea that the most deeply fulfilling sexual relationship she’d ever encounter was still to come. In her memoir, Free Fall, Francoeur discloses her discovery of a new love after nearly two decades in a ...

  • Fucking Daphne

    When Daphne Gottlieb first found herself the character in someone else’s story she was intrigued; over time, as she appeared in more and more stories, she started to wonder about the implications of what was real and what wasn’t. Did ...

  • Sex and Bacon

    It’s said that how we eat is reflective of our appetite in bed. Food and sex: two universal experiences that can easily become addictive and all-consuming. You don’t need to look far—The Food Network, billboards, TV spots to name just ...

  • Dirty Girls

    What do women really want? To be sensually seduced or pressed up against the wall for a quickie? To be tantalized by a peep show or the chance to join the mile high club? Acclaimed erotica writer and editor Rachel Kramer ...

  • Drag King Dreams

    Drag King Dreams is the story of Max Rabinowitz, a butch lesbian bartender at an East Village club where drag kings, dykes dressed as men, perform. A veteran of the women’s and gay movement of the past 30 years, Max’s ...

  • Literary Mama

    Becoming a mother takes more than the physical act of giving birth or completing an adoption: it takes birthing oneself as a mother through psychological, intellectual, and spiritual work that continues throughout life. Yet most women’s stories of personal growth ...

  • Diary of a Mad Housewife

    Made into a major motion picture that garnered an Oscar nomination, Diary of a Mad Housewife is a classic of women’s fiction that gave a wry voice to the nascent feminist stirrings of the 1960s and helped incite a revolution ...

  • Egalia’s Daughters

    Welcome to the land of Egalia, where the rules of society are very different. In this hilly seaside town, gender roles are topsy-turvy—“wim” wield the power while “menwim” mind the household chores. It has been this stringent for as long ...

  • Trace Elements of Random Tea Parties

    “Buckle up, doll,” urges the narrator of Trace Elements, “I promise I’ll try not to tangle your quinceañera dress.” So begins the adventure of Leticia Marisol Estrella Torez, who moves north to Los Angeles in an attempt to break from her ...

  • Unruly Appetites

    Editor of several successful erotica anthologies, Hanne Blank knows good sex, and this—her first book-length solo offering—demonstrates her considerable talents as a creator of erotic fiction. Marked by Blank’s fantastic imagination, each deftly written story flaunts a bold, sensual lyricism ...


Relationships

The Good Miother Myth book cover featuring a messy and cluttered chest of drawers, full of clothing and toys.

  • How to Woo a Jew

    Have you been single longer than the Jews wandered the desert? Or are you newly single and hoping to hook up with a hot MOT*? Either way, Tamar Caspi is on a mission to help you find your Chosen One… and who better to do that than the advice columnist from the massively popular dating site JDate.com? In How to Woo a Jew, your very own Jewish Carrie Bradshaw takes you through each facet of the dating world—from traditional Jewish matchmaking and mixers to modern online dating portals, from honing your Jewdar to kosher sex. Whatever mishegas you’ve made of your love life, Caspi has words of wisdom—and a few enlightening quizzes, charts, and illustrations—to help you find your Jewish soul mate. *Member ...

  • The Good Mother Myth

    In an era of mommy blogs, Pinterest, and Facebook, The Good Mother Myth dismantles the social media–fed notion of what it means to be a “good mother.” This collection of essays takes a realistic look at motherhood and provides a platform for real voices and raw stories, each adding to the narrative of motherhood we don’t tend to see in the headlines or on the news. From tales of mind-bending, panic-inducing overwhelm to a reflection on using weed instead of wine to deal with the terrible twos, the honesty of the essays creates a community of mothers who refuse to feel like they’re in competition with others, or with the notion of the ideal mom—they’re just trying to find a ...

All Relationships

  • How to Woo a Jew

    Have you been single longer than the Jews wandered the desert? Or are you newly single and hoping to hook up with a hot MOT*? Either way, Tamar Caspi is on a mission to help you find your Chosen One… and ...

  • The Good Mother Myth

    In an era of mommy blogs, Pinterest, and Facebook, The Good Mother Myth dismantles the social media–fed notion of what it means to be a “good mother.” This collection of essays takes a realistic look at motherhood and provides a ...

  • Otherhood

    More American women are childless than ever before—nearly half those of childbearing age don’t have children. While our society often assumes these women are “childfree by choice,” that’s not always true. In reality, many of them expected to marry and ...

  • Screw Everyone

    Screw Everyone is comedian Ophira Eisenberg’s wisecracking account of how she spent most of her life saying “yes” to everything—and everyone—and how that attitude ultimately helped her overcome her phobia of commitment. Skeptical about long-term relationships, Eisenberg approached dating as ...

  • We Hope You Like This Song

    From fourth grade onward, shy, nervous Bree Housley and fearless, outgoing Shelly were an inseparable, albeit unlikely, pair. Their friendship survived everything from the awkward years of junior high to the transformative upheavals of early adulthood—until, at the young age ...

  • Seeing Ezra

    Seeing Ezra is the soulful, beautifully written memoir of a mother’s fierce love for her autistic son, and a poignant examination of what it means to be “normal.” When Kerry Cohen’s son Ezra turns one, a babysitter suggests he may ...

  • Kissing Outside the Lines

    Diane Farr—Numb3rs star, Loveline veteran, and FunnyorDie.com contributor—always took for granted that she could love anybody she chose. But when she, a white woman, fell in love with a Korean American man, she quickly learned a tough lesson: When it ...

  • Stop Signs

    Most abusers display warning signs that intelligent women miss—partly because these red flags are not always obvious, but mostly because the majority of women have not been trained to recognize them. In this groundbreaking book, Lynn Fairweather—an expert in the ...

  • Lessons from the Monk I Married

    Lessons from the Monk I Married offers up ten of the most powerful lessons about life, love, and spirituality that Katherine Jenkins has gathered during her marriage to former Buddhist monk Seong Yoon Lee. A seeker in the truest sense ...

  • Here Come the Brides!

    Marriage today isn’t what it used to be: for better, not for worse. As same-sex weddings are becoming more common, we’re being ushered into a brave new world—one in which the classic love-story happy ending has taken on a decidedly ...

  • Healing Painful Sex

    Healing Painful Sex covers the following symptoms and conditions: Pelvic floor dysfunction Vulvodynia, pudendal nerve pain, and clitorodynia Pelvic organ problems, endometriosis, painful bladder, and irritable bowel Skin disorders, such as lichen sclerosis Hormonal, surgical, and post-cancer causes of sexual pain Millions of women suffer from ...

  • A Year Straight

    After having spent nearly her entire adult life dating women (and liking it), Elena Azzoni felt pretty secure in her sexual orientation: she’d even just been crowned Miss Lez 2007. Not only was she out of the closet, she was ...

  • What You Really Really Want

    In this empowering, accessible guide, Jaclyn Friedman—co-editor of Yes Means Yes—gives young women the tools to decipher the modern world’s confusing, hypersexualized, sometimes dangerous landscape so they can define their own sexual identity. Friedman decries the hypocrisy and mixed messages ...

  • 31 Dates in 31 Days

    On the eve of her thirty-first birthday, after yet another painful breakup, Tamara Duricka Johnson decides it’s time to overhaul her dating habits. When a friend jokingly suggests that she embark on a “dating project,” inspiration strikes: In honor of ...

  • Outdated

    Romance and love are in a state of crisis: Statistically speaking, young women today are living romantic lives of all kinds—but they’re still feeling bogged down by social, cultural, economic, and familial pressures to love in a certain way. Young ...

  • Wanderlust

    Spanning fifteen years of travel, beginning when she is a sophomore in college, Wanderlust documents Elisabeth Eaves’s insatiable hunger for the rush of the unfamiliar and the experience of encountering new people and cultures. Young and independent, she crisscrosses ...

  • Naked at Our Age

    Joan Price is talking out loud about a subject that is often ignored or ridiculed in our society: later-life sexuality. Naked at Our Age is a candid, straight-talking book addressing senior sexuality in all its colors—the challenges, the disappointments, and ...

  • The New Latina’s Bible

    For nearly a decade, The Latina’s Bible has been the go-to guide for Latinas everywhere. In this updated and expanded edition, author Sandra Guzmán continues to use her trademark warmth, humor, and wisdom to explore a wide range of topics, ...

  • He Said What?

    I love you. The meeting ran late. I want a divorce. One little word, one casual lie, one devastating announcement—and our lives are turned upside down forever. In He Said What?, twenty-six gifted women writers share profoundly personal moments in ...

  • Bridesmaid on a Budget

    Bridesmaids today face an average expense of more than $3,000 when they accept the invitation to be in a bridal party. Add in the cost of travel and lodging—which is increasingly becoming necessary, with the growing popularity of destination weddings—and ...

  • Dear John, I Love Jane

    The new buzzword in female sexuality is “sexual fluidity”—the idea that for many women, sexual identity can shift over time, often in the direction of same-sex relationships. Examples abound in popular culture, from actress Cynthia Nixon, who left her male ...

  • Second Wind

    Second Wind is the story of an unlikely athlete and an unlikely heroine: Cami Ostman, a woman edging toward midlife who decides to take on a challenge that stretches her way outside of her comfort zone. That challenge presents itself ...

  • Sexual Intimacy for Women

    Sexual Intimacy for Women helps female couples examine the emotional, physical, and psychological aspects of their relationships, with the goal of creating more intimacy. Exercises and client-based anecdotes from Dr. Corwin’s years of experience with same-sex couples help women overcome ...

  • The Choice Effect

    Love choices but hate choosing? Welcome to the club. The Choice Effect is for young women who have all the opportunities in the world and no idea how to decide among them. It’s one thing to have lots of options when ...

  • Why We Ride

    Women and their horses—a symbiotic relationship based on trust, camaraderie, friendship, and love. In Why We Ride, Verna Dreisbach collects the stories of women who ride, sharing their personal emotions and accounts of the most important animals in their lives. ...

  • Offbeat Bride

    Unenthused by a white wedding gown and bored by the hoopla of the Hollywood-style reception, Ariel Meadow Stallings found herself absolutely exhausted with the nuances of traditional nuptials . . . so she chose to take a walk off the ...

  • Two is Enough

    Fall in love. Get married. Have children. For most couples, marriage and children go hand in hand. And yet, the number of people choosing childlessness is on the rise. These are the childless by choice—people who have actively decided not ...

  • Book by Book

    Mothers and daughters share a special bond… why not further this bond through reading together? Book clubs have been growing in popularity over the past ten years, started by a variety of people with various interests and goals. Mother-daughter ...

  • Laid

    In this hard-hitting anthology, journalist Shannon T. Boodram collects the compelling and personal firsthand accounts of young people dealing with sex in today’s world. Laid covers a range of important topics, from teens’ first times to STIs, abstinence to unplanned ...

  • P.S.

    Have you ever had something you wanted to say to a friend, but couldn’t? Ever wished you could go back in time to say something you didn’t? Female friendships are some of the most powerful and beautiful relationships in our ...

  • Marrying George Clooney

    While wide awake in the middle of the night (welcome to menopause!), Amy Ferris began chronicling every one of her funny, sad, hysterical, down and dirty, and raw to the bones stories. Along with fantasizing about marrying George Clooney, Ferris ...

  • Labor of Love

    Thomas Beatie electrified the world in April 2008 with his announcement that he was seven months pregnant. He recounted his amazing story on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and was later featured in a Barbara Walters Exclusive, where he announced that ...

  • Ask Me About My Divorce

    It’s time to get past the idea that divorce equals failure. Sure, it may not be what you had in mind when you walked down the aisle, but if it’s the escape hatch into a better life, it should be ...

  • Dirt

    This is a collection everyone can relate to: a multidimensional look at the universal challenge of keeping our stuff, our dwellings, and our personal space clean and uncluttered. How we feel about keeping house speaks volumes about who we are, ...

  • Open

    Finally, a book about open marriage that grapples with the problems surrounding monogamy and fidelity in an honest, heartfelt, and non-fringe manner. Jenny Block is your average girl next door, a suburban wife and mother for whom married life never ...

  • Sexier Sex

    Sexier Sex is the handbook for every woman who has ever wanted to try things that she wouldn’t reveal to her best friend, who has wanted to push the limits of her sexuality, or who has suspected there might be ...

  • Cat Women

    Part diva, part purring furball, cats always keep you wondering. Are they happy to see you? Mad at the world? Cats are subtle little comics, rubbing against your legs when you’d forgotten they were in the room, purring in your ...

  • Reclaiming Our Daughters (Previously Published as My Girl)

    Reclaiming Our Daughters offers a fresh and long-needed perspective on pre-teen and teen girls, one that finally brings a message of hope and optimism about girls today. Part memoir, part sociological examination, Karen Stabiner observes her daughter, Sarah, as she navigates ...

  • Single State of the Union

    Are single women happy individualists? Neurotic man-hunters? Crazed cat ladies? Are they confused, or content? Bitter, or better off? No one seems to know. The popular media gives us shoe shopaholics, ditzy desperados, wannabe brides forever making cow eyes at The ...

  • She’s Not the Man I Married

    Helen Boyd’s husband, who had long been open about being a cross-dresser, was considering living as a woman full time. Suddenly, Boyd was confronted with the reality of what it would mean if her husband were actually to become a ...

  • Always Too Soon

    While the death of a parent is always painful, losing both is life-altering. When author Allison Gilbert lost both parents at age 32, she could not find any books that spoke to her with the same level of compassion and ...

  • Single Mom Seeking

    When she hit 30, single mom and romance columnist Rachel Sarah realized that she had been in domestic overdrive too long. Years of dishing up macaroni and cheese, picking Barbie accessories up off the rug, playing peek-a-boo, mopping the kitchen ...

  • In Love and In Danger

    With one out of eleven high school students* in the past year experiencing some form of physical abuse—being hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend—young adults need to know where they can turn to for ...

  • Woman’s Best Friend

    They may be known as man’s best friend, but as the writers in this poignant, funny, and dramatic collection know, there’s no gender divide when it comes to canines. Whether walking down the street, gathering at the dog park, hitting ...

  • Planet Widow

    One of the most stressful and traumatic events a person can face is the death of a spouse. It happened to Gloria Lenhart suddenly one morning when her husband Nick, only forty-four years old, dropped dead while jogging. Planet Widow ...

  • You Can Be Free

    If you are a woman being hurt by someone you love, this book is for you. It can help you understand your situation and find ways to change it. This indispensable guide offers straightforward, sensible information on how to establish ...

  • Helping Her Get Free

    Seal Press originally published Helping Her Get Free with the title To Be an Anchor in the Storm. The survivor of an abusive relationship herself, and a licensed counselor of abused women for more than a decade, Susan Brewster teaches ...

  • Confessions of a Naughty Mommy

    Sex. After. Baby. These three words are whispered by mothers everywhere who find themselves stumped and shocked by the state of their sex lives. Naughty Mommy Heidi Raykeil has been down that road and chronicles her experiences in her online column ...

  • Better Than I Ever Expected

    Better Than I Ever Expected is a warm, witty, and honest book that contends with the challenges and celebrates the delights of older-life sexuality. It asserts that women over sixty are at the top of their game when it comes ...

  • Lesbian Couples

    Written by two experienced lesbian therapists, Lesbian Couples covers a range of topics—commitment ceremonies and marriage, living arrangements, work, money, togetherness and separate identities, coming out to family and friends, resolving conflict and understanding each other—and uses a variety of ...

  • Getting Free

    Since its first publication, Getting Free has provided a lifeline for thousands of women seeking to free themselves from abusive relationships. With uncomplicated yet motivational language, this book contains all the tools and advice you need to help yourself recognize, ...

  • Secrets and Confidences

    Relationships between women are often cast in binary terms, either as backstabbing competition behind the scenes or soft-filter best-friend-forever moments. Yet the simple truth about friendship is that it’s never simple: not for eight-year-olds acting out adulthood through rich Barbie ...


Food and Home

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  • The 3-Day Reset

    Eating healthy can be a struggle. It’s hard to choose broccoli and brown rice instead of hot, cheesy pizza. And diets often ask you to cut out different foods all at once, leaving you feeling deprived. In The 3-Day Reset, Pooja Mottl outlines 10 simple ways you can change your cravings and start eating whole, healthy, delicious foods—three days at a time. Each reset takes only 72 hours to complete, which means you’ll be able to stay focused on healthy eating from start to finish. Resets include: sugar, wheat, salt, chocolate, yogurt, chicken, beverages, breakfast, salad, and takeout. Packed with delicious recipes and nutritional information to support why you should eat whole foods like quinoa instead of processed, frozen, or packaged foods, The ...

  • The Goodbye Year

    For many mothers, a child’s senior year brings about a serious look back on the past eighteen. Every event—from Halloween to Mother’s Day—becomes The Last Time. Toni Piccinini knows exactly what that’s like, and in The Goodbye Year, she offers the loving support every soon-to-be Empty Nester needs. Think of Toni as your bossy-but-loving Italian auntie, with modern sensibilities and a packed pantry. With the wisdom she’s acquired from saying goodbye three times to her own children, she reassuringly holds your hand while encouraging you through the insanity of the college application process, the rejections and the acceptances, and the teary dorm drop-offs. Even better, she reminds every mother that the best is yet to come—freedom, creativity, flexibility, and the Me ...

All Food and Home

  • The 3-Day Reset

    Eating healthy can be a struggle. It’s hard to choose broccoli and brown rice instead of hot, cheesy pizza. And diets often ask you to cut out different foods all at once, leaving you feeling deprived. In The 3-Day Reset, Pooja ...

  • The Goodbye Year

    For many mothers, a child’s senior year brings about a serious look back on the past eighteen. Every event—from Halloween to Mother’s Day—becomes The Last Time. Toni Piccinini knows exactly what that’s like, and in The Goodbye Year, she offers the ...

  • Essential Car Care for Women

    Despite the many advances women have made since the internal combustion engine was invented, there is still one widely held belief that won’t seem to go away: when it comes to cars, women should just leave it to the men. ...

  • Licking the Spoon

    Recipes and cookbooks, meals and mouthfuls have framed the way Candace Walsh sees the world for as long as she can remember, from her frosting-spackled childhood to her meat-eschewing college years to her post-college phase as a devoted Martha Stewart’s ...

  • A Cluttered Life

    A Cluttered Life chronicles Pesi Dinnerstein’s touching, quirky, and often comic search for order and simplicity amid an onslaught of relentless interruptions. When a chance encounter with an old acquaintance opens her eyes to the extent to which disorder has ...

  • The Quarter-Acre Farm

    When Spring Warren told her husband and two teenage boys that she wanted to grow 75 percent of all the food they consumed for one year—and that she wanted to do it in their yard—they told her she was crazy. She ...

  • Pretty Neat

    Negative self-image. Fantasy-induced overspending. Marital tension. A new kind of airbrushed concoction is wreaking havoc on homes and psyches, and Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore have a name for it: org porn. It’s in magazines, coffee table books, advertisements, ...

  • Marie’s Home Improvement Guide

    Tired of paying the painter to create a mess on your floors? Can’t be held up another day waiting for a plumber between 9 and 5? Feeling threatened by the growing pile of fix-it projects in your basement? Marie’s ...

  • Book by Book

    Mothers and daughters share a special bond… why not further this bond through reading together? Book clubs have been growing in popularity over the past ten years, started by a variety of people with various interests and goals. Mother-daughter ...

  • She-Smoke

    She-Smoke: A Backyard Barbecue Book, by Julie Reinhardt, empowers women to take their place back at the fire. In She-Smoke, Reinhardt gives step-by-step instructions on a variety of barbecue topics, from buying local, sustainable meats, to building the perfect slow ...

  • Own it!

    Do you dream of owning a home but don’t think you can buy one alone? These days more and more single women are buying homes on their own, whether they’re are purchasing a home because it’s a good investment, buying a ...

  • Sex and Bacon

    It’s said that how we eat is reflective of our appetite in bed. Food and sex: two universal experiences that can easily become addictive and all-consuming. You don’t need to look far—The Food Network, billboards, TV spots to name just ...

  • Bento Box in the Heartland

    While growing up in Versailles, an Indiana farm community, Linda Furiya tried to balance the outside world of Midwestern America with the Japanese traditions of her home life. As the only Asian family in a tiny township, Furiya’s life revolved ...

  • Women Who Eat

    More than just great food writing, this long-overdue rebuttal to the notion that all women are on a diet celebrates food with grace, wit, and gusto. Women are reclaiming their pots and pans, but it’s a new era in the ...

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