Gender Studies
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Gender and Our Brains
How New Neuroscience Explodes the Myths of the Male and Female Minds
Gina Rippon
A breakthrough work in neuroscience--and an incisive corrective to a long history of damaging pseudoscience--that finally debunks the myth that there is a hardwired distinction between male and female brains.
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Men Explain Things To Me
Rebecca Solnit
In her comic, scathing essay, "Men Explain Things to Me," Rebecca Solnit took on what often goes wrong in conversations between men and women. She wrote about men who wrongly assume they know things and wrongly assume women don't, about why this arises, and how this aspect of the gender wars works.
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We Should All Be Feminists
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
In this personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from her much-admired TEDx talk of the same name—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, award-winning author of Americanah, offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness.
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Advice for Lovers
City Lights Spotlight Series 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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Alice
Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute
Alice Smith, Ivy Anderson, Devon Angus
Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute reveals the long lost memoir of Alice Smith, a sex worker from San Francisco in 1913. Discovered and edited by our very own bookseller, Ivy Anderson, and her partner in history, Devon Angus, this memoir uncovers complex intersections between gender, labor, and vice in San Francisco and the greater U.S.
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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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Amateur
A Reckoning with Gender, Identity, and Masculinity
Thomas Page McBee
Recommended by Chris C.

"Thomas Page McBee is this generation's essential and desperately needed voice on masculinity because he understands the crucial connection between power and trauma that constructs (and deconstructs) gender. This book is written with love and vulnerability about what literally makes a man fight."

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American Romances
Essays
Rebecca Brown
New England Puritanism meets West Coast hedonism in an inventive remix of America's cultural history.
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Bad Feminist
Essays
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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Critical Condition
Women on the Edge of Violence
Amy Scholder
While Aileen Wournos, the alleged "female serial killer" who insists she killed in self-defense, sits on death row, Hollywood filmmakers appropriate her story. Meanwhile, in our perverse justice system the sexual assaults and murders of forty-five...
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Era of Ignition
Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution
Amber Tamblyn
A passionate and deeply personal exploration of feminism during divisive times from one of the founders of Time's Up: actor, filmmaker, and activist Amber Tamblyn.
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FASCINATION ' MEMOIRS
the devil is hungry / the devil is sweet / if you are Soft then you will shiver. ---Ryan
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FEMINIST CITY
CLAIMING SPACE IN A MAN-MADE WORLD
Leslie Kern
Feminist City is an ongoing experiment in living differently, living better, and living more justly in an urban world.
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A History of My Brief Body
Essays
Billy-Ray Belcourt
The youngest ever winner of the Griffin Prize mines his personal history in a brilliant new essay collection seeking to reconcile the world he was born into with the world that could be. For readers of Ocean Vuong, Maggie Nelson, and Terese Marie Mailhot.

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