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

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English

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596

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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>
Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History
by Kurt Andersen

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English

Pages

429

Publication Date

September 05, 2017

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER • “The single most important explanation, and the fullest explanation, of how Donald Trump became president of the United States . . . nothing less than the most important book that I have read this year.”—Lawrence O’Donnell</b><br /><br /> How did we get here?<br /><br /> In this sweeping, eloquent history of America, Kurt Andersen shows that what’s happening in our country today—this post-factual, “fake news” moment we’re all living through—is not something new, but rather the ultimate expression of our national character. America was founded by wishful dreamers, magical thinkers, and true believers, by hucksters and their suckers. Fantasy is deeply embedded in our DNA.<br /><br /> Over the course of five centuries—from the Salem witch trials to Scientology to the Satanic Panic of the 1980s, from P. T. Barnum to Hollywood and the anything-goes, wild-and-crazy sixties, from conspiracy theories to our fetish for guns and obsession with extraterrestrials—our love of the fantastic<b> </b>has made America exceptional in a way that we've never fully acknowledged. From the start, our ultra-individualism was attached to epic dreams and epic fantasies—every citizen was free to believe absolutely anything, or to pretend to be absolutely anybody. With the gleeful erudition and tell-it-like-it-is ferocity of a Christopher Hitchens, Andersen explores whether the great American experiment in liberty has gone off the rails.<br /><br /> <i>Fantasyland</i> could not appear at a more perfect moment. If you want to understand Donald Trump and the culture of twenty-first-century America, if you want to know how the lines between reality and illusion have become dangerously blurred, you must read this book.<br /><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE <i>SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE</i></b><br /><br />“This is a blockbuster of a book. Take a deep breath and dive in.”<b>—Tom Brokaw</b><br /><br /> “[An] absorbing, must-read polemic . . . a provocative new study of America’s cultural history.”<b>—<i>Newsday</i></b><br /><br /> “Compelling and totally unnerving.”<b>—<i>The Village Voice<br /></i></b><br />“A frighteningly convincing and sometimes uproarious picture of a country in steep, perhaps terminal decline that would have the founding fathers weeping into their beards.”<b>—<i>The Guardian</i></b><br /><br /> “This is an important book—the indispensable book—for understanding America in the age of Trump.”<b>—Walter Isaacson, #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Leonardo da Vinci</i></b>
The Button (Missing collection)
by Wednesday Martin

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English

Pages

46

Publication Date

July 31, 2018

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<p>Press here for pleasure. Only Wednesday Martin, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Primates of Park Avenue</i>, could combine anthropology, anecdote, and adventure to hilariously right an anatomic wrong.</p><p>For millennia, the woman’s most sensitive part has been maligned, misrepresented, and cut out entirely from medical texts, our culture, and our general understanding of female sexuality. Not anymore. Join Martin in the “cliteracy” movement—a stimulating quest from ancient Greece to medieval Europe to the Costa Rican rain forest to rediscover the significance, the symbolic power, the cultural history, the intimidation, the scandal, the vast terrain, and the pleasure of “the button.”</p><p><i>Wednesday Martin’s</i> The Button<i> is part of </i>Missing<i>, a collection of six true stories about finding, restoring, or accepting the losses that define our lives—from the mysterious to the inspiring. Each story can be read—or listened to—in a single sitting.</i></p>
Inside Studio 54
by Mark Fleischman

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English

Pages

368

Publication Date

October 03, 2017

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<div>In <i>Inside Studio 54</i>, the former owner takes you behind the scenes of the most famous nightclub in the world, through the crowd, to a place where celebrities, friends, and the beautiful people sip champagne and share lines of cocaine using rolled-up hundred-dollar bills. In the early eighties, Mark Fleischman reopened Studio 54, the world's most glamorous and notorious nightclub, after it was closed down by the State of New York. Ten thousand people showed up that night, ready to restart the party that abruptly ended after the raid in 1978 landed its former owners in jail.<BR><BR><i>Inside Studio 54</i> invites you to revisit the happening scenes of the 1960s, '70s, and '80s, the post-Pill, pre-AIDS era of free love, consequence-free sex, and seemingly endless partying. Following Fleischman as he built<br /><br />connections as a hotel, restaurant, and club owner that lead him to Studio 54. <i>Inside Studio 54</i> takes the reader from Brazil to the heights of debauchery in the Virgin Islands and finally to New York City. A star-studded thrill ride through decadent and drug-fueled parties at the legendary Studio 54.<BR></div>
Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her
by Melanie Rehak

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English

Pages

387

Publication Date

September 05, 2006

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<DIV><B>The true story behind the iconic fictional detective is “a fascinating chapter in the history of publishing” (<I>The Seattle Times</I>).</B><BR />  <BR /> An Edgar Award Winner for Best Biography and a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year<BR />  <BR /> The plucky “titian-haired” sleuth solved her first mystery in 1930—and eighty million books later, Nancy Drew has survived the Depression, World War II, and the sixties (when she was taken up with a vengeance by women’s libbers) to enter the pantheon of American culture. As beloved by girls today as she was by their grandmothers, Nancy Drew has both inspired and reflected the changes in her readers’ lives. Here, in a narrative with all the page-turning pace of Nancy’s adventures, Melanie Rehak solves an enduring literary mystery: Who created Nancy Drew? And how did she go from pulp heroine to icon?<BR />  <BR /> The brainchild of children’s book mogul Edward Stratemeyer, Nancy was brought to life by two women: Mildred Wirt Benson, a pioneering journalist from Iowa, and Harriet Stratemeyer Adams, a well-bred wife and mother who took over her father’s business empire as CEO. In this century-spanning, “absorbing and delightful” story, the author traces their roles—and Nancy’s—in forging the modern American woman (<I>The Wall Street Journal</I>).<BR />  <BR /> “It’s truly fun to see behind the scenes of the girl sleuth’s creation.” —<I>Publishers Weekly</I><BR />  <BR /> “As much a social history of the times as a book about the popular series . . . Those who followed the many adventures of Nancy Drew and her friends will be fascinated with the behind-the-scenes stories of just who Carolyn Keene really was.” —<I>School Library Journal</I><BR />  <BR /> “Sheds light on perhaps the most successful writing franchise of all time and also the cultural and historic changes through which it passed. Grab your flashlights, girls. The mystery of Carolyn Keene is about to begin.” —Karen Joy Fowler</DIV>
The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures
by Aaron Mahnke

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English

Pages

300

Publication Date

October 10, 2017

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<b>A fascinating, beautifully illustrated guide to the monsters that are part of our collective psyche, featuring stories from the Lore podcast—now a streaming television series—including “They Made a Tonic,” “Passed Notes,” and “Unboxed,” as well as rare material.</b><br /><br />They live in shadows—deep in the forest, late in the night, in the dark recesses of our minds. They’re spoken of in stories and superstitions, relics of an unenlightened age, old wives’ tales, passed down through generations. Yet no matter how wary and jaded we have become, as individuals or as a society, a part of us remains vulnerable to them: werewolves and wendigos, poltergeists and vampires, angry elves and vengeful spirits. <br /><br />In this beautifully illustrated volume, the host of the hit podcast Lore serves as a guide on a fascinating  journey through the history of these terrifying creatures, exploring not only the legends but what they tell us about ourselves. Aaron Mahnke invites us to the desolate Pine Barrens of New Jersey, where the notorious winged, red-eyed Jersey Devil dwells. He delves into harrowing accounts of cannibalism—some officially documented, others the stuff of speculation . . . perhaps. He visits the dimly lit rooms where séances take place, the European villages where gremlins make mischief, even Key West, Florida, home of a haunted doll named Robert.<br /><br />In a world of “emotional vampires” and “zombie malls,” the monsters of folklore have become both a part of our language and a part of our collective psyche. Whether these beasts and bogeymen are real or just a reflection of our primal fears, we know, on some level, that not every mystery has been explained and that the unknown still holds the power to strike fear deep in our hearts and souls. As Aaron Mahnke reminds us, sometimes the truth is even scarier than the lore.
Jerusalem, Drawn and Quartered: One Woman’s Year in the Heart o...
by Sarah Tuttle-Singer

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May 22, 2018

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<DIV>On a night in 1999 when Sarah Tuttle-Singer was barely 18, she was stoned by Palestinian kids just outside one of the gates to the Old City of Jerusalem. In the years that followed, she was terrified to explore the ancient city she so loved.<br /><br /><br /><br /><DIV><BR>But, sick of living in fear, she has now chosen to live within the Old City's walls, living in each of the four quarters: Christian, Muslim, Armenian, and Jewish. <br /><br /><br /><br /><DIV><BR>Jerusalem’s Old City is the hottest piece of spiritual real estate in the world. For millennia empires have clashed and crumbled over this place. Today, the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians plays out daily in her streets, and the ancient stones run with blood. But it’s also an ordinary city, where people buy vegetables, and sooth colicky babies, where pipes break, where the pious get high, and young couples sneak away to kiss in the shadows.<br /><br /><br /><br /><DIV><BR>Sarah has thrown herself into the maelstrom of living in each quarter—where time is measured in Sabbath sunsets and morning bells and calls to prayer, in stabbing attacks and check points—keeping the holidays in each quarter, buying bread from the same bread seller, making friends with people who were once her enemies, and learning some of the secrets and sharing the stories that make Jerusalem so special, and so exquisitely ordinary.<br /><br /><br /><br /><DIV><BR><i>Jerusalem, Drawn and Quartered</i> is a book for anyone who’s wondered who really lives in Israel, and how they coexist. It’s a book that skillfully weaves the personal and political, the heartwarming and the heart-stopping. It’s a book that only Sarah Tuttle-Singer can write. The Old City of Jerusalem may be set in stone, but it’s always changing—and these pages capture that.
Cocoa at Midnight: The real life story of my time as a housekeepe...
by Tom Quinn

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English

Pages

272

Publication Date

April 11, 2013

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<p>Kathleen Clifford was born in 1909. Her family lived in a tiny flat near Paddington Station and her earliest memories were of the smell of horses and the shrill whistle of steam trains. For a girl from the slums there was only really one option once school was over - a life in service. She started work on 1925 as a lowly kitchen maid in the London home of Lady Diana Spencer's family. Here she heard tales of the Earl's propensity for setting fire to himself, as well as enjoying the servant's gossip about who was sleeping with whom. The Spencers were just the first in a line of eccentric families for whom she worked during a career that lasted more than thirty earrs and took her from a London palace to remote medieval estates. But despite long hours, amorous butlers and mad employers, Kathleen always kept her sense of humour and knew how to have fun. On one occasion she was almost caught in bed with her boyfriend who had to jump out of the window and run down the drive in his underwear to escape the local bobby.</p>
Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Chan...
by Sam Maggs

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English

Pages

241

Publication Date

October 04, 2016

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<b>A fun and feminist look at forgotten women in science, technology, and beyond, from the bestselling author of THE FANGIRL'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY</b><br />  <br /> You may think you know women’s history pretty well. But have you ever heard of. . .<br />  <br /> ·  Alice Ball, the chemist who developed an effective treatment for leprosy—only to have the credit taken by a man?<br /> ·  Mary Sherman Morgan, the rocket scientist whose liquid fuel compounds blasted the first U.S. satellite into orbit?<br /> ·  Huang Daopo, the inventor whose weaving technology revolutionized textile production in China—centuries before the cotton gin?<br />  <br /> Smart women have always been able to achieve amazing things, even when the odds were stacked against them. In <i>Wonder Women</i>, author Sam Maggs tells the stories of the brilliant, brainy, and totally rad women in history who broke barriers as scientists, engineers, mathematicians, adventurers, and inventors. Plus, interviews with real-life women in STEM careers, an extensive bibliography, and a guide to women-centric science and technology organizations—all to show the many ways the geeky girls of today can help to build the future.<br />  <br /> Table of Contents:<br /> Women of Science<br /> Women of Medicine<br /> Women of Espionage<br /> Women of Innovation<br /> Women of Adventure
Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History Without the ...
by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

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English

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301

Publication Date

November 19, 2013

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<b>This new edition offers true tales of these take-charge princesses plus dozens more in a fascinating read that’s perfect for history buffs, feminists, and anyone seeking a different kind of bedtime story. </b><br /><br />You think you know her story. You’ve read the Brothers Grimm, you’ve watched the Disney cartoons, and you cheered as these virtuous women lived happily ever after. But real princesses didn’t always get happy endings. Sure, plenty were graceful and benevolent leaders, but just as many were ruthless in their quest for power, and all of them had skeletons rattling in their majestic closets. <b>Princess Stephanie von Hohenlohe</b> was a Nazi spy. <b>Empress Elisabeth</b> of the Austro-Hungarian Empire slept wearing a mask of raw veal. <b>Princess Olga</b> of Kiev slaughtered her way to sainthood. And <b>Princess Lakshmibai</b> waged war on the battlefield with her toddler strapped to her back.

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