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Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine
In the wake of Sassy and as an alternative to the more staid reporting of Ms., Bitch was launched in the mid-nineties as a Xerox-and-staple zine covering the landscape of popular culture from a feminist perspective. Both unabashed in its love for the...
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The Second Sex
Simone de Beauvoir
Newly translated and unabridged in English for the first time, Simone de Beauvoir's masterwork is a powerful analysis of the Western notion of "woman," and a groundbreaking exploration of inequality and otherness.  This long-awaited new edition...
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So Many Ways to Sleep Badly
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
"Sycamore kicks mainstream literature in the teeth." —San Francisco Bay Guardian
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The Female Brain
Louann Brizendine, MD
Men and women. What are we even doing on the same planet? Everything you've suspected is true. Though our bodies function a little bit differently, the real gulf between the sexes is in the place where we really exist: the brain. Neurophysiological....
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Advice for Lovers
City Lights Spotlight No. 7
Julian Talamantez Brolaski
Inspired by Ovid and renaissance sonnet cycles, Advice for Lovers is a queer re-imaginging of the art of courtly love.
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American Romances
Rebecca Brown
New England Puritanism meets West Coast hedonism in an inventive remix of America's cultural history.
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Selected Poems
Marilyn Buck
The first-ever collection of Marilyn Buck's poetry, searing, soaring, a living tribute to her indomitable spirit, revolutionary intelligence, and poet's vision.
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The Meaning of Freedom
And Other Difficult Dialogues
Angela Y. Davis
Angela Davis' first book in nearly a decade, and her only book of speeches on racism, community, freedom, and politics in the United States.
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Body Outlaws
Rewriting the Rules of Beauty and Body Image
Ophira Edut
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 in all their...
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The Essential Feminist Reader
Estelle Freedman
Including: Susan B. Anthony Simone de Beauvoir W.E.B. Du Bois Hélène Cixous Betty Friedan Charlotte Perkins Gilman Emma Goldman Guerrilla Girls Ding Ling • Audre Lorde John Stuart Mill Christine de Pizan Adrienne Rich Margaret Sanger Huda...
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Bad Feminist
Roxane Gay
I compulsively read Roxane Gay's Bad Feminist whenever I could get a spare moment. My commute (my life!) was vastly improved as it felt like my coolest, smartest, pop-culture literate, and humane friend was sharing the ride, offering the low down on--and a considered critique of--the too numerous troublesome aspects of American life and culture.
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All About Love
New Visions
bell hooks
It really is all about love. - Recommended by Tân, City Lights Books. "The word "love" is most often defined as a noun, yet...we would all love to better if we used it as a verb," writes bell hooks as she comes out fighting and on fire in All About...
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The Secret History of Wonder Woman
Jill Lepore
Wonder Woman, created in 1941, on the brink of World War II, is the most popular female superhero of all time. Aside from Superman and Batman, she has lasted the longest and commanded the most vast and wildly passionate following. Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity. Unlike others, she also has a secret history.
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Six Women of a Dangerous Generation
Judith Mackrell
By the 1920s, women were on the verge of something huge. Jazz, racy fashions, eyebrowraising new attitudes about art and sex--all of this pointed to a sleek, modern world, one that could shake off the grimness of the Great War and stride into the future in one deft, stylized gesture. The women who defined this the Jazz Age--Josephine Baker, Tallula

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