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America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Hero...
by Gail Collins

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English

Pages

596

Publication Date

October 13, 2009

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<p><em>America's Women</em> tells the story of more than four centuries of history. It features a stunning array of personalities, from the women peering worriedly over the side of the Mayflower to feminists having a grand old time protesting beauty pageants and bridal fairs. Courageous, silly, funny, and heartbreaking, these women shaped the nation and our vision of what it means to be female in America.</p><p>By culling the most fascinating characters -- the average as well as the celebrated -- Gail Collins, the editorial page editor at the <em>New York Times,</em> charts a journey that shows how women lived, what they cared about, and how they felt about marriage, sex, and work. She begins with the lost colony of Roanoke and the early southern "tobacco brides" who came looking for a husband and sometimes -- thanks to the stupendously high mortality rate -- wound up marrying their way through three or four. Spanning wars, the pioneering days, the fight for suffrage, the Depression, the era of Rosie the Riveter, the civil rights movement, and the feminist rebellion of the 1970s, <em>America's Women</em> describes the way women's lives were altered by dress fashions, medical advances, rules of hygiene, social theories about sex and courtship, and the ever-changing attitudes toward education, work, and politics. While keeping her eye on the big picture, Collins still notes that corsets and uncomfortable shoes mattered a lot, too.</p><p>"The history of American women is about the fight for freedom," Collins writes in her introduction, "but it's less a war against oppressive men than a struggle to straighten out the perpetually mixed message about women's roles that was accepted by almost everybody of both genders."</p><p>Told chronologically through the compelling stories of individual lives that, linked together, provide a complete picture of the American woman's experience, <em>America's Women</em> is both a great read and a landmark work of history.</p>
Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
by Andrew Solomon

Language

English

Pages

976

Publication Date

November 13, 2012

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<B>From the National Book Award–winning author of <I>The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression </I>comes a monumental new work, a decade in the writing, about family. In <I>Far from the Tree, </I>Andrew Solomon tells the stories of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional children but also find profound meaning in doing so.</B> <BR><BR>Solomon’s startling proposition is that diversity is what unites us all. He writes about families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, multiple severe disabilities, with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender. While each of these characteristics is potentially isolating, the experience of difference within families is universal, as are the triumphs of love Solomon documents in every chapter. <BR><BR>All parenting turns on a crucial question: to what extent parents should accept their children for who they are, and to what extent they should help them become their best selves. Drawing on forty thousand pages of interview transcripts with more than three hundred families, Solomon mines the eloquence of ordinary people facing extreme challenges. Whether considering prenatal screening for genetic disorders, cochlear implants for the deaf, or gender reassignment surgery for transgender people, Solomon narrates a universal struggle toward compassion. Many families grow closer through caring for a challenging child; most discover supportive communities of others similarly affected; some are inspired to become advocates and activists, celebrating the very conditions they once feared. Woven into their courageous and affirming stories is Solomon’s journey to accepting his own identity, which culminated in his midlife decision, influenced by this research, to become a parent. <BR><BR>Elegantly reported by a spectacularly original thinker, <I>Far from the Tree </I>explores themes of generosity, acceptance, and tolerance—all rooted in the insight that love can transcend every prejudice. This crucial and revelatory book expands our definition of what it is to be human.
No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America
by Darnell L Moore

Language

English

Pages

257

Publication Date

May 29, 2018

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<div><b>From a leading journalist and activist comes a brave, beautifully wrought memoir.</b></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div>When Darnell Moore was fourteen, three boys from his neighborhood tried to set him on fire. They cornered him while he was walking home from school, harassed him because they thought he was gay, and poured a jug of gasoline on him. He escaped, but just barely. It wasn't the last time he would face death.</div><div><br /></div><div>Three decades later, Moore is an award-winning writer, a leading Black Lives Matter activist, and an advocate for justice and liberation. In <i>No Ashes in the Fire</i>, he shares the journey taken by that scared, bullied teenager who not only survived, but found his calling. Moore's transcendence over the myriad forces of repression that faced him is a testament to the grace and care of the people who loved him, and to his hometown, Camden, NJ, scarred and ignored but brimming with life. Moore reminds us that liberation is possible if we commit ourselves to fighting for it, and if we dream and create futures where those who survive on society's edges can thrive.</div><div><i><br /></i></div><div><i>No Ashes in the Fire</i> is a story of beauty and hope-and an honest reckoning with family, with place, and with what it means to be free.</div>
Bad Feminist: Essays
by Roxane Gay

Language

English

Pages

339

Publication Date

August 05, 2014

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<p><strong><em>New York Times</em></strong><strong> Bestseller</strong></p><p>A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay.</p><p><strong>“</strong>Pink is my favorite color. I used to say my favorite color was black to be <em>cool</em>, but it is pink—all shades of pink. If I have an accessory, it is probably pink. I read <em>Vogue</em>, and I’m not doing it ironically, though it might seem that way. I once live-tweeted the September issue.”</p><p>In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (<em>Sweet Valley High</em>) of color (<em>The Help</em>) while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years (<em>Girls, Django in Chains</em>) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture.</p><p><em>Bad Feminist</em> is a sharp, funny, and spot-on look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are, and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we still need to do better.</p>
The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir
by Ariel Levy

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English

Pages

225

Publication Date

March 14, 2017

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER •  <b>“This Year’s Must-Read Memoir” (<i>W</i> magazine) about the choices a young woman makes in her search for adventure, meaning, and love</b><br /></b><br /> <b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY</b><br /> <b><i>Vogue</i> • <i>Time</i> • <i>Esquire</i> • <i>Entertainment Weekly</i> • <i>The Guardian</i> • <i>Harper’s Bazaar</i> • <i>Library Journal</i> • NPR </b><br /><br /> All her life, Ariel Levy was told that she was too fervent, too forceful, too much. As a young woman, she decided that becoming a writer would perfectly channel her strength and desire. She would be a professional explorer—“the kind of woman who is free to do whatever she chooses.” Levy moved to Manhattan to pursue her dream, and spent years of adventure, traveling all over the world writing stories about unconventional heroines, following their fearless examples in her own life.<br /><br /> But when she experiences unthinkable heartbreak, Levy is forced to surrender her illusion of control. In telling her story, Levy has captured a portrait of our time, of the shifting forces in American culture, of what has changed and what has remained. And of how to begin again.<br /><br /> <b>Praise for <i>The Rules Do Not Apply</i></b><br /><br />“Unflinching and intimate, wrenching and revelatory, Ariel Levy’s powerful memoir about love, loss, and finding one’s way shimmers with truth and heart on every page.”<b>—Cheryl Strayed</b><br /><br />“Every deep feeling a human is capable of will be shaken loose by this profound book. Ariel Levy has taken grief and made art out of it.”<b>—David Sedaris</b><br /><br /> “Beautifully crafted . . . This book is haunting; it is smart and engaging. It was so engrossing that I read it in a day.”<b>—<i>The New York Times Book Review<br /><br /> </i></b>“Levy’s wise and poignant memoir is the voice of a new generation of women, full of grit, pathos, truth, and inspiration. Being in her presence is energizing and ennobling. Reading her deep little book is inspiring.”<b><i><b>—<i>San Francisco Book Review</i></b><br /></i></b><br />“Levy has the rare gift of seeing herself with fierce, unforgiving clarity. And she deploys prose to match, raw and agile. She plumbs the commotion deep within and takes the measure of her have-it-all generation.”<b>—<i>The Atlantic</i></b><br /><br />“Cheryl Strayed meets a Nora Ephron movie. You’ll laugh, ugly cry, and finish it before the weekend’s over.”<b>—<i>theSkimm</i></b>
Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family
by Amy Ellis Nutt

Language

English

Pages

313

Publication Date

October 20, 2015

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER • The inspiring true story of transgender actor and activist Nicole Maines, whose identical twin brother, Jonas, and ordinary American family join her on an extraordinary journey to understand, nurture, and celebrate the uniqueness in us all—from the Pulitzer Prize–winning science reporter for <i>The Washington Post</i>.</b><br /><br /><b>Don’t miss Nicole as TV’s first transgender superhero on season four of <i>Supergirl</i>!</b><br /><br />When Wayne and Kelly Maines adopted identical twin boys, they thought their lives were complete. But by the time Jonas and Wyatt were toddlers, confusion over Wyatt’s insistence that he was female began to tear the family apart. In the years that followed, the Maineses came to question their long-held views on gender and identity, to accept Wyatt’s transition to Nicole, and to undergo a wrenching transformation of their own, the effects of which would reverberate through their entire community. Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Amy Ellis Nutt spent almost four years reporting this story and tells it with unflinching honesty, intimacy, and empathy. In her hands, <i>Becoming Nicole </i>is more than an account of a courageous girl and her extraordinary family. It’s a powerful portrait of a slowly but surely changing nation, and one that will inspire all of us to see the world with a little more humanity and understanding.<br /><br /><b>Named One of the Ten Best Books of the Year by <i>People </i>• One of the Best Books of the Year by <i>The New York Times Book Review </i>and <i>Men’s Journal</i> • A Stonewall Honor Book in Nonfiction • Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction</b><br /><br />“Fascinating and enlightening.”<b>—Cheryl Strayed</b><br /><br />“If you aren’t moved by <i>Becoming Nicole,</i> I’d suggest there’s a lump of dark matter where your heart should be.”<b>—<i>The New York Times</i></b><br /><br />“Exceptional . . . ‘Stories move the walls that need to be moved,’ Nicole told her father last year. In telling Nicole’s story and those of her brother and parents luminously, and with great compassion and intelligence, that is exactly what Amy Ellis Nutt has done here.”<b>—<i>The Washington Post</i></b><br /><br />“A profoundly moving true story about one remarkable family’s evolution.”<b>—<i>People</i></b><br /><br />“<i>Becoming Nicole</i> is a miracle. It’s the story of a family struggling with—and embracing—a transgender child. But more than that, it’s about accepting one another, and ourselves, in all our messy, contradictory glory.”<b>—Jennifer Finney Boylan, co-chair of GLAAD and author of <i>She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders</i></b>
Railroaded: The Homophobic Prosecution of Brandon Woodruff for Hi...
by Phillip Crawford Jr.

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English

Pages

166

Publication Date

May 11, 2018

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In October 2005 19-year-old Brandon Woodruff was charged with murdering his parents in a rural northeast Texas town in the heart of the Bible belt. There was no direct evidence tying him to the gruesome crime -- no eyewitnesses, no murder weapons, no bloody prints -- but investigators were convinced the teen boy was living a double life who killed when his two worlds supposedly collided. Brandon was a horse wrangler and attending Abilene Christian University, and he also was a porn actor and dancing at Dallas gay clubs. There was no double life; just a boy coming out. At trial in March 2009 the prosecution took a coming out story, and turned Brandon into The Talented Mr. Ripley. Eight of the jurors believed "that being homosexual or gay is morally wrong," and the jury convicted him after deliberating only five hours. Brandon Woodruff was railroaded with a homophobic narrative, and is serving a life sentence without parole.
The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Strai...
by Alan Downs

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English

Pages

274

Publication Date

June 05, 2012

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<b>A groundbreaking examination of the psychology of homosexuality, why it leads to shame over one's identity, and how to overcome it<br /><br /></b>In <i>The Velvet Rage</i>, psychologist Alan Downs draws on his own struggle with shame and anger, contemporary research, and stories from his patients to passionately describe the stages of a gay man's journey out of shame and offers practical and inspired strategies to stop the cycle of avoidance and self-defeating behavior. <i>The Velvet Rage</i> is an empowering book that has already changed the public discourse on gay culture and helped shape the identity of an entire generation of gay men.<b><br /></b>
Game Night: Gay First Time Sports Romance
by Van Cole

Language

English

Pages

117

Publication Date

August 10, 2018

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<H2>His Secret Is About To Come Out </H2><br /><br />Danny is an emerging hockey star who is finally setting the world alight after years of toiling in the second string. But with this new role comes more attention, and it will be harder for him to hide his secret from the world, the fact that he is gay. <br /><br />It's a secret he's kept from all of his teammates and he hates the thought of them finding out the truth. It wouldn't be an issue, if his best friend hadn't returned home and found him again. Danny hasn't seen Matty ever since he left town after graduation. Now he's back, looking for a place to live and Danny is all too happy to offer him a room. <br /><br />But Danny has always harbored a crush on Matty. Seeing him again makes it clear that this wasn't just a teenage dream. Can Danny keep a hold on his feelings? And what will he do when a rival finds out the truth and threatens to end his career?<br />
One Hundred Years of Homosexuality: And Other Essays on Greek Lov...
by David M Halperin

Language

English

Pages

239

Publication Date

July 26, 2012

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Halperin's subject is the erotics of male culture in ancient Greece. Arguing that the modern concept of "homosexuality" is an inadequate tool for the interpretation of these features of sexual life in antiquity, Halperin offers an alternative account that accords greater prominence to the indigenous terms in which sexual experiences were constituted in the ancient Mediterranean world. Wittily and provocatively written, Halperin's meticulously drawn windows onto ancient sexuality give us a new meaning to the concept of "Greek love."

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