Women's History Month Reads
A fun and feisty tour of famous girl BFFs from history who stuck together and changed the world.
This paperback 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.
A Publishers Weekly Top 10 History Title for the season
Booklist's Top 10 Diverse Nonfiction titles for the year
BookRiot's "50 Must-Read Poetry Collections"
Most Anticipated Books of the Year--The Rumpus, Nylon
A national bestseller, this gorgeously illustrated letterpress-inspired book combines feminist history with a vision for a better future. Dead Feminists is a lushly illustrated and inclusive celebration of inspiring women who transformed the world and created social change.
It’s a scientific fact: Women rock!
A new history of school desegregation in America, revealing how girls and women led the fight for interracial education$17.99ISBN: 9781541697225Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Basic Books - November 7th, 2017
"Sarah Gristwood has written a masterpiece that effortlessly and enthrallingly interweaves the amazing stories of women who ruled in Europe during the Renaissance period."--Alison Weir
$22.99ISBN: 9781492662921Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Sourcebooks - March 6th, 2018
Meet the bold women history has tried to forget...until now
Women's stories are often written as if they spent their entire time on Earth casting woeful but beautiful glances towards the horizon and sighing into the bitter wind at the thought of any conflict.$17.99ISBN: 9781492650959Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Sourcebooks - March 6th, 2018
A New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller
"the glowing ghosts of the radium girls haunt us still."--NPR Books
The incredible true story of the women who fought America's Undark danger$19.95ISBN: 9781452153933Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Chronicle Books - September 6th, 2016
Looking for coffee table books that do more than look great on your table? Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World, delivers on both counts. Featuring 100 women who made history, it's a book you can be proud to display in your home.$28.00ISBN: 9781426219771Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: National Geographic - October 30th, 2018
This riveting narrative explores the lives of six remarkable female pharaohs, from Hatshepsut to Cleopatra--women who ruled with real power--and shines a piercing light on our own perceptions of women in power today.$19.99ISBN: 9781419729256Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Abrams Image - February 27th, 2018Based on Mackenzi Lee’s popular weekly Twitter series of the same name, Bygone Badass Broads features 52 remarkable and forgotten trailblazing women from all over the world. With tales of heroism and cunning, in-depth bios and witty storytelling, Bygone Badass Broads gives new life to these historic female pioneers.$16.00ISBN: 9781400075324Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Vintage - February 14th, 2006
The American Revolution was a home-front war that brought scarcity, bloodshed, and danger into the life of every American. In this groundbreaking history, Carol Berkin shows us how women played a vital role throughout the conflict.$16.00ISBN: 9781400052189Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Broadway Books - March 8th, 2011
Now an HBO® Film starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER$35.00ISBN: 9781400040483Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Knopf - October 16th, 2018
The first full life—private, public, legal, philosophical—of the 107th Supreme Court Justice, one of the most profound and profoundly transformative legal minds of our time; a book fifteen years in work, written with the cooperation of Ruth Bader Ginsburg herself and based on many interviews with the justice, her husband, her children, her friends, and her associates.$28.00ISBN: 9781328876645Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - August 7th, 2018A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
“Exhilarating.” —New York Times Book Review
“Keith O’Brien has brought these women—mostly long-hidden and forgotten—back into the light where they belong.$17.99ISBN: 9781250136015Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: St. Martin's Griffin - September 26th, 2017
“Anne Sebba has the nearly miraculous gift of combining the vivid intimacy of the lives of women during The Occupation with the history of the time. This is a remarkable book.” —Edmund de Waal, New York Times bestselling author of The Hare with the Amber Eyes$16.00ISBN: 9781101985212Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Dutton - November 27th, 2018
“Cherished Reader, Should you come upon Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini . . . consider yourself quite fortunate indeed. . . . Chiaverini makes a convincing case that Ada Byron King is a woman worth celebrating.”—USA Today$20.00ISBN: 9781101966686Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Ballantine Books - September 4th, 2018
In the first volume of an exciting new series, bestselling author Alison Weir brings the dramatic reigns of England’s medieval queens to life.$27.95ISBN: 9780807064320Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Beacon Press - February 26th, 2019
Who says women don’t go to war? From Vikings and African queens to cross-dressing military doctors and WWII Russian fighter pilots, these are the stories of women for whom battle was not a metaphor.$15.00ISBN: 9780609806951Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Broadway Books - April 10th, 2001
Who Cooked the Last Supper? overturns the phallusy of history and gives voice to the untold history of the world: the contributions of millions of unsung women.
Men dominate history because men write history. There have been many heroes, but no heroines. Here, in Who Cooked the Last Supper?, is the history you never learned--but should have!$8.95ISBN: 9780525434801Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Anchor - May 2018
A powerful statement about feminism today from “one of the world’s great contemporary writers” (Barack Obama), the author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists.$28.00ISBN: 9780525429722Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Viking - March 6th, 2018
"Both a page-turning drama and an inspiration for every reader"--Hillary Rodham Clinton
Soon to Be a Major Television Event
The nail-biting climax of one of the greatest political battles in American history: the ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote.$18.00ISBN: 9780399592744Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Random House - March 6th, 2018
This beautifully illustrated collection honoring one hundred exceptional “feminist saints” throughout history is sure to inspire women and men alike.
“A new set of role models and heroes—‘matron saints’—for the feminist future.”—The New York Times Book Review$16.95ISBN: 9780393352788Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: W. W. Norton & Company - May 17th, 2016
In 1871, five young girls were sent by the Japanese government to the United States. Their mission: learn Western ways and return to help nurture a new generation of enlightened men to lead Japan.$26.95ISBN: 9780393254631Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: W. W. Norton & Company - February 13th, 2018
Forty years ago, China enacted the one-child policy, only recently relaxed. Among many other unintended consequences, it resulted in both an enormous gender imbalance--with a predicted twenty million more men than women of marriage age by 2020--and China's first generations of only-daughters.$17.00ISBN: 9780385476270Availability: Hard to FindPublished: Anchor - October 20th, 1998
Twenty-six years before the #metoo movement, Anita Hill sparked a national conversation about sexual harassment in the workplace.$18.99ISBN: 9780316524001Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Back Bay Books - September 25th, 2018
The riveting history of a beautiful queen, a shocking murder, a papal trial -- and a reign as triumphant as any in the Middle Ages.$16.99ISBN: 9780316515566Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Hachette Books - May 2018
A GROUNDBREAKING, DEFINITIVE WORK ON HOW TO BUILD WOMEN'S POWER
"A perfect primer for women everywhere who want to take action-whether their heading to their first town hall meeting or running for office."
-Cecile Richards, New York Times bestselling author of Make Trouble and President of Planned Parenthood
$18.99ISBN: 9780316387897Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Back Bay Books - January 22nd, 2019
The thrilling family saga of five unforgettable women who remade Europe
From the great courts, glittering palaces, and war-ravaged battlefields of the seventeenth century comes the story of four spirited sisters and their glamorous mother, Elizabeth Stuart, granddaughter of the martyred Mary, Queen of Scots.$14.95ISBN: 9780262037112Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Mit Press - August 25th, 2017
An engaging illustrated history of feminism from antiquity through third-wave feminism, featuring Sappho, Mary Magdalene, Mary Wollstonecraft, Sojourner Truth, Simone de Beauvoir, and many others.$13.99ISBN: 9780156787338Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Mariner Books - December 27th, 1989
Virginia Woolf's landmark inquiry into women's role in society
In A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf imagines that Shakespeare had a sister—a sister equal to Shakespeare in talent, and equal in genius, but whose legacy is radically different. This imaginary woman never writes a word and dies by her own hand, her genius unexpressed.$18.00ISBN: 9780143111344Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Penguin Books - October 31st, 2017
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Dava Sobel, the "inspiring" (People), little-known true story of women's landmark contributions to astronomy
A New York Times Book Review Notable Book$23.00ISBN: 9780143105992Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Penguin Classics - July 25th, 2017
A landmark collection documenting the social, political, and artistic lives of African American women throughout the tumultuous nineteenth century. Named one of NPR's Best Books of 2017.
$13.00ISBN: 9780141441252Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Penguin Classics - September 28th, 2004
Writing in an age when the call for the rights of man had brought revolution to America and France, Mary Wollstonecraft produced her own declaration of female independence in 1792.$26.99ISBN: 9780062405371Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Dey Street Books - October 25th, 2016
Blending the iconoclastic feminism of The Notorious RBG and the confident irreverence of Go the F**ck to Sleep, a brazen and empowering illustrated collection that celebrates inspirational badass women throughout history, based on the popular Tumblr blog.
Well-behaved women seldom make history. Good thing these women are far from well behaved . . .$15.99ISBN: 9780062363602Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: William Morrow Paperbacks - December 6th, 2016
The #1 New York Times bestseller
The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner.$16.99ISBN: 9780062092908Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Harper Perennial - September 8th, 2015
Karen Abbott, the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City and “pioneer of sizzle history” (USA Today), tells the spellbinding true story of four women who risked everything to become spies during the Civil War.$16.99ISBN: 9780060090265Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Harper Perennial - February 15th, 2005
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Cokie Roberts comes New York Times bestseller Founding Mothers, an intimate and illuminating look at the fervently patriotic and passionate women whose tireless pursuits on behalf of their families–and their country–proved just as crucial to the forging of a new nation as the rebellion that established it.