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A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie
by Kathryn Harkup

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

September 10, 2015

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<b>Shortlisted for the BMA Book Awards and Macavity Awards 2016</b><br /><b><br />Fourteen novels. Fourteen poisons. Just because it's fiction doesn't mean it's all made-up ...</b><br /><br />Agatha Christie revelled in the use of poison to kill off unfortunate victims in her books; indeed, she employed it more than any other murder method, with the poison itself often being a central part of the novel. Her choice of deadly substances was far from random – the characteristics of each often provide vital clues to the discovery of the murderer. With gunshots or stabbings the cause of death is obvious, but this is not the case with poisons. How is it that some compounds prove so deadly, and in such tiny amounts?<br /><br />Christie's extensive chemical knowledge provides the backdrop for <i>A is for Arsenic</i>, in which Kathryn Harkup investigates the poisons used by the murderer in fourteen classic Agatha Christie mysteries. It looks at why certain chemicals kill, how they interact with the body, the cases that may have inspired Christie, and the feasibility of obtaining, administering and detecting these poisons, both at the time the novel was written and today. <i>A is for Arsenic</i> is a celebration of the use of science by the undisputed Queen of Crime.
The Ethics of Ambiguity
by Simone de Beauvoir

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English

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164

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May 08, 2018

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<DIV><B>From the groundbreaking author of <I>The </I><I>Second Sex </I>comes a radical argument for ethical responsibility and freedom.</B><BR /><BR /> In this classic introduction to existentialist thought, French philosopher Simone de Beauvoir’s <I>The Ethics of Ambiguity</I> simultaneously pays homage to and grapples with her French contemporaries, philosophers Jean-Paul Sartre and Maurice Merleau-Ponty, by arguing that the freedoms in existentialism carry with them certain ethical responsibilities. De Beauvoir outlines a series of “ways of being” (the adventurer, the passionate person, the lover, the artist, and the intellectual), each of which overcomes the former’s deficiencies, and therefore can live up to the responsibilities of freedom. Ultimately, de Beauvoir argues that in order to achieve true freedom, one must battle against the choices and activities of those who suppress it. <BR /><BR /><I>The Ethics of Ambiguity</I> is the book that launched Simone de Beauvoir’s feminist and existential philosophy. It remains a concise yet thorough examination of existence and what it means to be human.</DIV><DIV><BR />  </DIV>
The Widow's Network (Kindle Single)
by Nick McDonell

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English

Pages

35

Publication Date

January 30, 2018

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<p><b>The <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Twelve</i> and <i>The End of Major Combat Operations</i> takes you deep inside an important battle against ISIS and reveals the allied fighters’ most unexpected intelligence assets—which the US government will neither confirm nor deny.</b></p><p>When journalist Nick McDonell returned to Iraq in 2016, he sought to better understand the collateral damage of America’s ongoing wars by meeting face-to-face with its besieged survivors. What he found in the ruins of Tikrit, one of the last barriers between ISIS and Baghdad, was a covert alliance of women, embedded against ISIS and fronted by an Iraqi named Wahida, acting as unofficial spies for the US and coalition forces. With her entire family wiped out by ISIS, Wahida has been waging a war of her own—she recruits from the divorce courts of Iraq to find women willing to pose as wives under ISIS rule. The result: air strikes that have liquidated top ISIS figures—and civilians.</p><p><i>The Widow’s Network</i> reveals a world where battle lines don’t exist, where risks are incalculable, and where everyday women are playing a major role in defeating one of the most depraved and destructive forces of our time.</p>
The Woman's Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects (More Crysta...
by Barbara G. Walker

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English

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576

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May 07, 2013

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<p>This fascinating guide to the history and mythology of woman-related symbols features:</p><p></p><ul> <li> Unique organization by shape of symbol or type of sacred object <p> </p> </li> <li> 21 different sections including Round and Oval Motifs, Sacred Objects, Secular-Sacred Objects, Rituals, Deities' Signs, Supernaturals, Body Parts, Nature, Birds, Plants, Minerals, Stones and Shells, and more <p> </p> </li> <li> Introductory essays for each section <p> </p> </li> <li> 753 entries and 636 illustrations <p> </p> </li> <li> Alphabetical index for easy reference</li></ul><p>Three-Rayed Sun The sun suspended in heaven by three powers, perhaps the Triple Goddess who gave birth to it (see Three-Way Motifs).</p><p>Corn Dolly An embodiment of the harvest to be set in the center of the harvest dance, or fed to the cattle to `make them thrive year round' (see Secular-Sacred Objects).</p><p>Tongue In Asia, the extended tongue was a sign of life-force as the tongue between the lips imitated the sacred lingam-yoni: male within female genital. Sticking out the tongue is still a polite sign of greeting in northern India and Tibet (see Body Parts).</p><p>Cosmic Egg In ancient times the primeval universe-or the Great Mother-took the form of an egg. It carried all numbers and letters within an ellipse, to show that everything is contained within one form at the beginning (see Round and Oval Motifs).</p>
The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Tradi...
by Paula Gunn Allen

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English

Pages

336

Publication Date

March 03, 2015

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<DIV><B>Almost thirty years after its initial publication, Paula Gunn Allen’s celebrated study of women’s roles in Native American culture, history, and traditions continues to influence writers and scholars in Native American studies, women’s studies, queer studies, religion and spirituality, and beyond</B><BR /><BR /> This groundbreaking collection of seventeen essays investigates and celebrates Native American traditions, with special focus on the position of the American Indian woman within those customs. Divided into three sections, the book discusses literature and authors, history and historians, sovereignty and revolution, and social welfare and public policy, especially as those subjects interact with the topic of Native American women.<BR /><BR /> Poet, academic, biographer, critic, activist, and novelist Paula Gunn Allen was a leader and trailblazer in the field of women’s and Native American spirituality. Her work is both universal and deeply personal, examining heritage, anger, racism, homophobia, Eurocentrism, and the enduring spirit of the American Indian. </DIV>
Feminist Fairy Tales
by Barbara G. Walker

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English

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260

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April 16, 2013

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<p>Prominent feminist author Barbara Walker has revamped, retold, and infused with life some of your favorite classic fairy tales. No longer are women submissive, helpless creatures in need of redemption through the princely male! Instead they are vibrantly alive, strong women who take fate into their own hands.</p>
Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions
by Gloria Steinem

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English

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418

Publication Date

May 15, 2012

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<p><p><b>This <i>New York Times</i>–bestselling feminist classic remains as fresh and relevant in our current climate as when it was first published.</b><br /><br /> Covering two decades—from the early sixties to the early eighties—the pieces in Gloria Steinem’s diverse, stimulating, and often-prescient first collection dare to ask how our world might change for the better if we each behaved “as if everyone mattered.” Steinem’s experiences on the front lines of the women’s movement chart her own consciousness-raising and serve as a metaphor for the evolution of feminist politics and social change.<br /><br /> An early assignment as a “girl reporter,” going undercover as a Bunny in the Playboy Club, becomes an eye-opening exposé of appalling work conditions and sexual harassment. In many of the pieces that follow, Steinem challenges the practices and preconceptions that marginalize, exclude, exploit, and victimize women.<br /><br /> Steinem understands that the political is always personal, and vice versa, and so her writings range from the polemical—“Erotica vs. Pornography” and “The Politics of Food”—to the deeply personal—“Ruth’s Song,” a moving tribute to her mentally ill mother—to sharp satire—“If Men Could Menstruate.” One of the first to address topics such as female genital mutilation and transgenderism, Steinem has truly earned the right to be called a feminist pioneer, and this collection is both a testament to her legacy in the fight for equality and an entertaining, thought-provoking journey through the lives of modern women.<br /><br /><i>This ebook features an illustrated biography of Gloria Steinem including rare images from the author’s personal collection.</i></p></p>
The Great Divorce: A Nineteenth-Century Mother's Extraordinary Fi...
by Ilyon Woo

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English

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421

Publication Date

August 10, 2010

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<DIV><B>“Ilyon Woo presents the earliest child custody laws of this country with vivid relevance . . . both legal and feminist details are fascinating” (</B><B><I>St. Louis Post-Dispatch</I></B><B>).</B><BR />  <BR /><I>The Great Divorce </I>is the dramatic, richly textured story of one of nineteenth-century America’s most infamous divorce cases, in which a young mother single-handedly challenged her country’s notions of women’s rights, family, and marriage itself.<BR />  <BR /> In 1814, Eunice Chapman came home to discover that her three children had been carried off by her estranged husband. He had taken them, she learned, to live among a celibate, religious people known as the Shakers. Defying all expectations, this famously petite and lovely woman mounted an epic campaign against her husband, the Shakers, and the law. In its confrontation of some of the nation’s most fundamental debates—religious freedom, feminine virtue, the sanctity of marriage—her case struck a nerve with an uncertain new republic. And its culmination—in a stunning legislative decision and a terrifying mob attack—sent shockwaves through the Shaker community and the nation beyond.<BR />  <BR /> With a novelist’s eye and a historian’s perspective, Woo delivers the first full account of Eunice Chapman’s remarkable struggle. A moving story about the power of a mother’s love, <I>The Great Divorce</I> is also a memorable portrait of a rousing challenge to the values of a young nation.<BR />  <BR /> “Modern Americans, bombarded with stories of celebrity divorces, probably assume that the tabloid breakup is a recent phenomenon. This lively, well-written and engrossing tale proves them wrong.” —<I>The New York Times Book Review</I><BR />  </DIV>
En el Harén de Estambul (Spanish Edition)
by Carla de la Vega

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Spanish

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204

Publication Date

June 05, 2012

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A Zelal la quieren matar. Desde hace días está escondida en Estambul porque si su familia o la de su marido la encuentran acabarán con su vida. Su delito; haberse divorciado. Es uno de tantos otros casos de los llamados crímenes de honor, que se dan con frecuencia en Turquía. <br />Mientras, la veinteañera Sennur se las ingenia para entrar en la Universidad del Bósforo con velo islámico, pese a estar prohibido por ley su uso en los centros docentes de toda Turquía. La muchacha sortea la lesgislación poniendose un estrafalario gorrito playero. Sus amigas utilizan incluso pelucas. Todas quieren cumplir los preceptos religiosos que dicta el Corán, los mismos que hacen que Sennur nunca haya besado a su novio pese a llevar más de dos años saliendo con él.<br />De forma muy diferente piensan las turcas de cabelleras al viento, manicuras impecables, tacones de vértigo y trajes cortísimos que se contonean en las discotecas de Estambul. El atuendo de Ayse, de 26 años, no es tan escaso pero, hace tiempo que dejó de ser virgen.<br />Rashel es una sefardí de 60 años que aún hoy se expresa en la antigua Constantinopla en ese vástago del español que recibe el nombre de ladino. Su vida ha sido tremendamente complicada en este país de mayoría musulmana. <br />A través de las historias reales de estas cuatro turcas, En el Harén de Estambul la periodista Carla de la Vega ahonda en la situación actual de las mujeres en este país que se debate perennemente entre las tradiciones islámicas de Oriente y el laicismo importado de Occidente.
Femininity
by Susan Brownmiller

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English

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272

Publication Date

September 24, 2013

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<DIV><DIV><B>With intelligence and humor, Susan Brownmiller explores the history and unspoken rules of the burden of “feminine perfection”</B></DIV><DIV><BR /> What is femininity? How is it measured? What are its demands? How are women meant to dress, look, think, act, feel, and be, according to the mores of society? </DIV><DIV><BR /> Susan Brownmiller offers a witty and often pointed critique of the concept of femininity in contemporary culture and throughout history. She explores the demands placed upon women to fit an established mold, examines female stereotypes, and celebrates the hard-won advances in women’s lifestyle and attire. At once profound, revolutionary, empowering, and entertaining, <I>Femininity </I>challenges the accepted female norm while appreciating the women throughout history who have courageously broken free of its constraints. </DIV><DIV> </DIV></DIV>

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