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Orbach, S. (1978). Fat is a Feminist Issue: A Self-Help Guide for Compulsive Eaters.

Abstract: Fat is not about food. Fat is about protection, sex, mothering, strength, assertion and love. You can change that response by learning the difference between 'mouth hunger' and 'stomach hunger,' by seeing weight loss as a good thing rather than a punishment, and by realizing that food is not your enemy.

Overeaters Anonymous (1982) For Today.

Abstract: …offers inspiring and thought-provoking affirmations and readings for each day of the year, written especially for OA members.

Overeaters Anonymous. (1985). Lifeline Sampler.

Abstract: A selection of articles from Lifeline magazine. Read about abstinent living, spiritual insights, Steps and Traditions, food and weight, slips and relapse, relationships in recovery and more.

Peele, Stanton. (1985). The Meaning of Addiction: Compulsive Experience and its Interpretation.

Abstract: Addiction, Stanton Peele argues, while real, is not a biological phenomenon. Addictive behavior, like all human behavior, is best understood as an adaptation, however poor, to one's environment.

Rice Drews, Toby. (1980). Getting Them Sober: A Guide for Those Who Live with an Alcoholic.

Abstract: This is a totally new approach to problems surrounding alcoholism. There is no other book that offers such practical insights.

Sandmaier, M. (1980). The Invisible Alcoholics: Women and Alcohol Abuse in America.

Abstract: The Invisible Alcoholics focuses exclusively for the first time on the growing problem of women's alcohol abuse. Sandmaier reveals why women drink; why treatments designed for men won't work for women- and what does work; why women alcoholics experience more depression, polydrug addiction, and suicide than men alcoholics.


Anderson, O. (1982). Ohoyo One Thousand: A Resource Guide of American Indian/Alaska Native Women 1982.

Abstract: The volume is intended… to offer a sampling of resource skills possessed by a small percentage of our growing but basically invisible population.

Grima, B. (1992). The Performance of Emotion Among Paxtun Women.

Abstract: Sharing tales of misfortune is a common practice among many cultures. Among the Paxtun, an Islamic, Paxto-speaking group living in both Afghanistan and Pakistan, these stories of grief or sadness (gham) are a vital medium of exchange, through which relationships are formed and maintained.

Jordan, T. G., & Rowntree, L. (1990). The Human Mosaic: A Thematic Introduction to Cultural Geography.

Abstract: The Human Mosaic is intended as the basic text for a college-level, introductory course in cultural or human geography.

Lavie, S. (1990). The Poetics of Military Occupation.

Abstract: More than an anthropological study, the book describes in moving and often humorous detail the ways in which the Bedouin coexist with expressions of modern culture.

Morgan, S. (1989). Gender and Anthropology: Critical Reviews for Research and Teaching.

Abstract: This book is about both women and gender, and about the particular historical relationship between scholarship on women (i.e., the anthropology of women) and theories about gender.

O'Kelly, C. G. (1980). Women and Men in Society.

Abstract: The central theme of this book is that, although the roles of women and men vary widely from society to society, gender roles can be explained by social variables.

Pomeroy, S. B. (1975). Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity.

Abstract: A fascinating catalog of classical reverence and hostility towards women.

Reed, E. (1975). Woman's Evolution: From Matriarchal Clan to Patriarchal Family.

Abstract: Reed takes us on a million-year expedition through prehistory from cannibalism to culture - and uncovers the world of ancient matriarchy.

Terrell, J. U. & Terrell, D. (1974). Indian Women of the Western Morning: Their Life In Early America.

Abstract: …comprehensive study of the North American Indian woman at the time of the white man's arrival on the continent.


Cusack, H. (1985). I'm Not A Feminist…But…

Abstract: A collection of cartoons by Helen Cusack.

Ferguson, M. A. (1981). Images of Women in Literature.

Abstract: The third edition of this anthology consists of sixty-three complete works…that illustrate traditional images of women and also reflect the changes in those images brought about by the current women's movement and current serious scholarship about women.

Gill, E. (1973). Mountain Moving Day: Poems by Women.

Abstract: …Mountain Moving Day is truly upon us- women are beginning to speak out with their own voices.

Machlis, M. (1963). The Enjoyment of Music: An Introduction to Perceptive Listening.

Abstract: …the presentation of an introductory course which will arouse the student's interest in music and teach him to respond intelligently to the great works that constitute our musical heritage.

McCarthy, M. (1964). The Humanist in the Bathtub.

Abstract: Only Mary McCarthy…could talk so wickedly about Vassar, or about the tyranny of the orgasm…or hone her wits so mercilessly on Americans, Communists, and Arthur Miller.

Nettl, R. (1973). Folk and Traditional Music of the Western Continents.

Abstract: Students and informed amateurs of the history of music have long needed a series of books that are comprehensive, authoritative, and engagingly written…The Prentice-Hall History of Music Series aims at filling these needs.

Pagilla, C. (1990). Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence From Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson.

Abstract: …making a persuasive case for all art as a pagan battleground between male and female, form and chaos, civilization and daemonic nature.

Piercy, M. (1987). Early Ripening: American Women's Poetry Now.

Abstract: This is a rich and exciting collection of contemporary women's poetry for the 1980s.

Playwrights' Press. (1987). Female Voices.

Abstract: A collection of the following plays: "The Clean-up", by Juliet Aykroyd; "The Ungrateful Dead", by Anne Caulfield; "Casino", by Elizabeth Gowans; "Corryvrecken", by Claire Schrader; and "Alarms", by Susan Yankowitz.

Quillin, V. (1984). The Pick-Up Book.

Abstract: The handbook of unsurpassed lechery. From the sweaty anticipation of the 'phone call to the glib repartee when it comes, Viv Quillin touches the pulse of those moments we have writhed over.

Willis, D. (1992). Early Black Photographs: 1840-1940/ 23 Postcards.

Abstract: These 23 rare photographs… offer a fascinating introduction to the work of pioneering black photographers in America.


Bell, M. (1930). Margaret Fuller.

Abstract: Her book, Woman in the Nineteenth Century, was an epoch-making book and her power to impress her personality and her greatness of soul on those around her did more than anything else to bring the acknowledgment and the recognition that women had an intellectual and spiritual contribution to make, as great as that of men.

Bradford, G. (1916). Portraits of Women.

Abstract: Discussions of the following women: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Lady Holland, Miss Austen, Madame D'Arblay, Mrs. Pepys, Madame De Sevigne, Madame Du Deffand, Madame De Choiseul, and Eugenie De Guerin.

Cochran, J. (1987). Jackie Cochran: The Autobiography of the Greatest Woman Pilot in Aviation History.

Abstract: Jackie was tough, not hard, tough. She was a woman who would never be stopped by the notion, This is not something a woman ought to do.

Cooper, K. (1946). Anna Zinged: Mother of Freedom.

Abstract: Had she labored in the religious world, she would have received ecclesiastic homage by the church of her faith. Having worked for the temporal welfare of people, her successful efforts never were recognized in her lifetime.

Gluck, S. (1976). From Parlor to Prison: Five American Suffragists Talk About Their Lives.

Abstract: In this vivid and unique recreation of the American suffrage struggle, five unknown women from various economic, regional, and social background reveal, in their own voices, what it was like to be a suffragist six decades ago. Includes the stories of Sylvie Thygesesn, Jessie Butler, Miriam Allen deFord, Laura Seiler,and Ernestine Ketter.

Gould, J. (1996). Season of Adventure: Traveling Tales and Outdoor Journeys of Women Over 50.

Abstract: Grabbing their backpacks, passports and a lifetime of experience, the women in this inspirational collection prove once and for all that the spirit of adventure does not wane with age.

Hellman, L. (1976). Scoundrel Time.

Abstract: In 1952, Lillian Hellman refused to name other people - although she offered to talk about herself - before the Un-American Activities Committee. For this singular act of moral courage she paid dearly…Now Lillian Hellman names names as she writes her most intimate, painful and moving memoir - her personal history of an unfortunate era.

Josephson, H. (1974). Jeannette Rankin.

Abstract: Jeannette Rankin was our first congresswoman, elected to that office even before women had the right to vote.

Lash, J. (1972). Eleanor: The Years Alone.

Abstract: …we see Eleanor, standing alone, free to say whatever she wished, earning from both president and the man in the street the title of First Lady of the World.

Lawrence-Lightfoot, S. (1994). I've Known Rivers: Lives of Loss and Liberation.

Abstract: Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot reveals the complex, nuanced lives of six African-American achievers,including Katie Cannon, Charles Ogletree, Toni Schiesler, Tony Earls, Cheryle Wills, and Orlando Bagwell.

Lerner, G. (1967). The Grimke Sisters from South Carolina: Pioneers for Woman's Rights and Abolition.

Abstract: In their anti-slavery work Sarah and Angelina Grimke had to overcome the prejudices of society in regard to women. The first American-born women to take to the public platform, they were also the first to assert woman's rights.

Merriam, E. (1971). Growing Up Female in America: Ten Lives.

Abstract: The women who speak for themselves: Eliza Southgate, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Maria Mitchell, Mary Ann Loughborough, Arvazine Angeline Cooper, Anna Howard Shaw, Susie King Taylor, "Mother" Mary Jones, Elizabeth Gertrude Stern, and Mountain Wolf Woman.

Nagel, P. (1987). The Adams Women: Abigail & Louisa Adams, Their Sisters and Daughters.

Abstract: Nagel recaptures the thought and acts of these privileged women as they suffered and supported a great American dynasty.

National Institutes of Health. (unknown). Women in Science.

Abstract: This brochure provides examples of women in science at the National Institutes of Health.

Riegel, R. (1963). American Feminists.

Abstract: A new evaluation of the American feminist movement emerges from this biographical assessment of its leaders: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Lucy Stone, and Carrie Chapman Catt, among others.

Sanders, M. K. (1973). Dorothy Thompson: A Legend in Her Time.

Abstract: As a foreign correspondent in the '20s, Dorothy Thompson was at the center of a brilliant, glamorous group of correspondents in Vienna, Berlin, Moscow, Budapest, and London. In the '30s she became an international celebrity and a respected columnist and radio commentator.

Showalter, E. (1978). These Modern Women: Autobiographical Essays from the Twenties.

Abstract: In 1926-27, The Nation published these seventeen anonymous essays by women active in professional and public life.

Simon, K. (1986). A Wider World: Portraits in Adolescence.

Abstract: …Kate Simon's honest, moving, and vivid portrayal of her coming of age in the Depression-ridden but vital New York of the 1920s.

Taylor, D. (1971). Generations of Denial: 75 Short Biographies of Women in History.

Abstract: Short biographies of women, including the stories of: suffragists, feminists, political leaders, military leaders, queens, martyrs, heroines, lesbians, witches, reformers, revolutionaries, educators, scientists, inventors, writers, journalists, printers, entertainers, explorers, and artists.

Thane, E. (1954). Washington's Lady: The Life of Martha Washington.

Abstract: The product of imaginative research and a well-seasoned knowledge of Colonial and Federal America, Washington's Lady abounds in revealing anecdotes of both the Washingtons.


Bend, C. (1976). Enterprising Women.

Abstract: …author Caroline Bird tells the story of the extraordinary women who sought and found ways to succeed in an economic world made by and for men.

Brownlee, W. E., & Brownlee, M. M. (1976). Women in the American Economy.

Abstract: …selection of source readings explores the varied experience of American women in the marketplace before the impact of the Great Depression and World War II.

Cherry, R. (1989). Discrimination: It's Economic Impact on Blacks, Women, and Jews

Abstract: Cherry examines contrasting theories of discrimination and applies them to contemporary issues that affect blacks, women and Jews.

Chesler, R., & Goodman, E. J. (1976). Women, Money & Power.

Abstract: Why is the median income of men almost twice that of women? Who really controls the purse strings? Why have women been kept from understanding and participating in economics and power in the United States?Chesler, R., & Goodman, E. J. (1976). Women, Money & Power.

Gilman, C. P. (1898). Women & Economics.

Abstract: Charlotte Gilman became the leading intellectual in the women's movement in the United States during the first two decades of the twentieth century. The Nation went to far as to pronounce Women and Economics the most significant utterance on the subject of women since Mill's Subjection of Woman…

Glazer, N., & Waehrer, H. Y. (1977). Woman in a Man-Made World: A Socioeconomic Handbook.

Abstract: A comprehensive introduction to gender roles in a sociological context, this book offers a solid basis for understanding concepts such as gender, culture, socialization, social control, and stratification.

Limerick, P. N. (1987). The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West.

Abstract: …the American West has a history grounded in primary economic reality - in hardheaded questions of profit, loss, competition, and consolidation.

Pecora, P. J., et al. (1992). The Child Welfare Challenge.

Abstract: It details and critically analyzes what is known at present about social services for children and families, e.g., adoption services, foster care, services to the abused and neglected, and family support programs.

Sheenan, S. (1975). A Welfare Mother.

Abstract: Carmen Santana: a sexy, gutsy woman…her four husbands…her nine children and their husbands, wives, and offspring: they grope their way through the world of poverty, ignorance, and good times on the slum streets of New York

Milwaukee County Welfare Rights Organization. (1972). Welfare Mothers Speak Out.

Abstract: …the welfare mothers of America tell what poverty is really like: how it feels to be subjected to the indignities and dehumanization of the welfare system… how billions of 'war on poverty' dollars never reach the poor at all…


Bernard, J. (1964). Academic Women.

Abstract: A renowned sociologist presents the real facts about women in academic life - their productivity, creativity, incentives, and drive - and shows how they hate being held back.

Davis, B. H., Watts-Penny, K. M., & Aguirre de Tolnay, E. (1983). The Linking Women's Resources Handbook.

Abstract: This Handbook is a guide to development of projects whose goals are to meet the information needs of a community agency and to give students an experience of the practical utility of academic research skills

Ernst, J. (1976). Mathematics and Sex.

Abstract: Abstract: "…we began by tying to put aside our preconceptions and prejudices and to impartially examine these sex differences in in mathematics.

Fennema, E., & Ayer, M. J. (1984). Women and Education: Equity or Equality?

Abstract: The chapters in this book represent an evolving generation of scholarship on the goals for education for women as well as the role and position of women in education.

Harding, S. (1987). Feminism & Methodology.

Abstract: In this collection, Sandra Harding interrogates some of the classic essays from the last fifteen years in order to explore the basic and troubling questions about science and social experience, gender, and politics.

Howe, F., Howard, S., & Boehm Strauss, M. J. (1982). Everywoman's Guide to Colleges and Universities.

Abstract: Rates institutions in these categories: women in leadership positions (students, faculty, and administrators), women and the curriculum, and women in athletics.

Knox, B. S. (1975). Trends in the Counseling of Women in Higher Education 1957-1973.

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to trace the sequence of events in the United States since 1957 that has led to the emergence of several trends which have culminated in the present greater emphasis and new focus on the counseling of girls and women.

MPIRG. (1981). Minnesota Women's Legal Rights Handbook.

Abstract: This handbook concerns the legal rights of Minnesota women…reflects the law as it existed in June, 1981.

Oliker, S., Walker, S., & Seavers, S. (1987). How to be Successful Single Parent at the University of Utah.

Abstract: A handbook that talks primarily about being a single parent at the University of Utah, but also includes information about government social services, child care, and strategies.

Smith, J. K., & Smith, L. G. (1994). Education Today: The Foundations of a Profession.

Abstract: Education Today introduces students to the teaching profession and examines the diverse forces, events, and ideas that influence and shape education.

Sturtevant, S. M., & Strang, R. (1928). A Personnel Study of Deans of Women in Teachers Colleges and Normal Schools.

Abstract: Previous studies of the work of dean of women in teachers colleges and normal schools, valuable as they are, have been inadequate in scope, both in respect to facts obtained and institutions surveyed. This study aims to find a more comprehensive view of the field as it is at the present time and to furnish a basis for future studies


Bernard, J. (1972). The Future of Marriage.

Abstract: One of America's leading sociologists tackles one of America's most sacred institutions with startling facts and provocative new insights on marriage - the way it really is, was, and will be.

Cox, F. D. (1967). Youth, Marriage, and the Seductive Society.

Abstract: This book has been written to serve as a short and provocative guide to any individual or group seeking to understand the problems of modern day youth as they seek fulfillment in the institution of marriage.

Cromwell, R. E, & Olson, D. H. (1975). Power in Families.

Abstract: The work is multi-disciplinary in focus - creating a sociopsychological portrait of dominance and influence in family groups.

Delora, J. R., & Delora, J. S. (1975). Intimate Life Styles.

Abstract: The selection herein analyze traditional forms of courtship and marriage in the United States along with emerging patterns of interaction involving intimacy and sex.

Gordon, M. (1973). The American Family in Social-Historical Perspective.

Abstract: Includes five sections… The Family: Aspects of Domestic Life, Growing Up: Childhood and Youth, Women: Role and Relationships, Sex: Behavior and Ideology, and Demographic Trends: Marriage, Birth, and Death.

Friedensohn, D. (1984). Generations of Women: In Search of Female Forebears.

Abstract: Includes a photohistory, mothers and daughters talking across generations, and portraits of mothers and foremothers.

Friday, N. (1977). My Mother My Self.

Abstract: Through candid self-disclosure and hundreds of interviews, Friday investigates a generational legacy and reveals the conflicting feelings of anger, hate, and love that daughters hold for their mothers - and why they so often 'become' that mother themselves.

Harrentsian, D. (1978). Instructor's Manual to Accompany "The Intimate Environment: Exploring Marriage & The Family", by Arlene Skolnick.

Abstract: Includes chapter overviews and outlines, terms and persons, readings, student projects, audio-visual materials, and test questions.

Kantor, D., & Lehr, W. (1975). Inside the Family: Toward a Theory of Family Process.

Abstract: David Kantor and William Lehr go inside the family, probing and analyzing everything from the locks on the doors to the way members deal with crisis.

Lazarre, J. (1976). The Mother Knot.

Abstract: The Mother Knot, reissued with a new introduction, is Jane Lazarre's intimate and honest exploration of her won experiences with motherhood - the shock and pain of giving birth, the total exhaustion of caring for a demanding newborn, the transformation of her identity, and her ambivalent feelings of fear, joy, helplessness, resentment, guilt, and love.

Mcbride, A. B. (1973). The Growth and Development of Mothers.

Abstract: Here is a book that describes the very essence of motherhood with trenchant but loving honesty.

Peck, E., & Senderowitz, J. (1974). Pronatalism: The Myth of Mom & Apple Pie.

Abstract: What we don't know about parenthood can - and has - hurt us, and we are all subject of the scores of unseen pressures and hidden forces that urge young people to have babies, regardless of personal preference or even competence.

Rapoport, R., & Rapoport, R. (1976). Dual-Career Families Re-Examined: New Integrations of Work and Family.

Abstract: In this volume, the stories of five families are presented in detail. In addition to providing a fascinating picture of the everyday operations that keep these families going, the interviewers attempt to elicit from the families themselves analyses of the costs and benefits of this form of family structure.

Riera, M. (1995). Uncommon Sense for Parents with Teenagers.

Abstract: In this remarkable tribute to the parent-teenager relationship, Michael Rierra offers a fresh translation of adolescence, asserting that this period of a child's growth is too often misunderstood as a phase to be dreaded instead of enjoyed.

Risman, B. J., & Schwartz, P. (1989). Gender in Intimate Relationships.

Abstract: How do our parents, friends, work relationships, and intimate relationships create and re-create our gender roles? How can we change social environments to better promote gender equality and flexibility?

Shur, E. M. (1964). The Family and the Sexual Revolution.

Abstract: In this volume attention is focused on three of the most important areas of social change affecting the family; sex standards (with special reference to the question of premarital intercourse), the social roles of women, and birth control.

Skolnick, A., & Skolnick, J. H. (1971). Family in Transition.

Abstract: Rethinking marriage, sexuality, child rearing, and family organization.

Skolnick, A., & Skolnick, J. H. (1974). Intimacy, Family and Society.

Abstract: A follow-up to their earlier Family in Transition. …there is a greater emphasis on personal experience and interpersonal relations in the family

Williams, T. T. (1991). Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place.

Abstract: As it interweaves these narratives of dying and accommodation, Refuge transforms tragedy into a document of renewal and spiritual grace, resulting in a work that seems certain to become a classic in the literatures of women, nature and grieving.

Feminist Theory

Bird, C. (1968). Born Female.

Abstract: Thirty million working women in America have been systematically trained to accept inferior status with humility, to receive unequal pay for equal work, and to be penalized for having children.

Cole, B. (1986). All American Women: Lines That Divide, Ties That Bind.

Abstract: …showing the vast range of attitudes, circumstances, hopes, fears, and struggles of a cross-section of women in the United States today.

Dector, M. (1972). The New Chastity and Other Arguments Against Women's Liberation.

Abstract: A scathing criticism of the major tenets of the Movement itself: housewife, male supremacy, wiving and breeding.

Dixon, M. (1980). The Future of Women.

Abstract: Marlene Dixon's unique analysis of the superexploitation of women in modern capitalist society…

Firestone, S. (1970). Notes From the Second Year: Women's Liberation.

Abstract: Major writings of radical feminists.

Fuller, M. (1994). Woman in the Nineteenth Century and Other Writings.

Abstract: Woman in the Nineteenth Century (1845), published to tremendous popular success and scurrilous criticism from the opponents of the nascent women's movement, sold out within a week.

Gray, E. B. (1982). Patriarchy as a Conceptual Trap.

Abstract: We must try to identify and articulate the politics of the present [global] predicament. Perhaps to begin with, it can be reconceptualized in terms more conducive to political analysis

Greer, G. (1970). The Female Eunuch.

Abstract: A manual of self-help for women-kind. How to learn to stop nagging, crabbing and grabbing and make your own life.

Johnson, S. (1989). Wildfire: Igniting the She/volution.

Abstract: Let's call upon the women who preceded us and those who will yet live to hold us safe as we love one another in the midst of unspeakable peril, and command the fierce powers of the earth and ocean, sky and fire, to be with each brave band of us as we become one more flame in the wildfire of woman spirit that is blazing through the universe, reshaping the proud and passionate order of things and reforging the human soul.

Lerner, G. (1993). The Creation of Feminist Consciousness: From the Middle Ages to Eighteen-seventy.

Abstract: A pioneering study of the utmost importance which allows us to experience the tragedy and the triumph of women who attempted over the centuries to understand their situation and their history.

Mitchell, J., & Oakely, A. (1986). What is Feminism? A Reexamination.

Abstract: The eleven contributors to What is Feminism? take a concept whose meaning we assume we know and reexamine it from every possible angle, enlarging the meaning of the word 'feminism in new and original ways.

Nebraska Sociological Feminist Collective. (1988). A Feminist Ethic for Social Science Research.

Abstract: Explores the objectification of wimmin; research by, for and about wimmin; feminism, language and ideas; and gatekeeping in employment, publication and research.

Rosser, S. V. (1992). Biology and Feminism: A Dynamic Interaction.

Abstract: Rosser maintains that the modern scientific method, accepted as objective and factual, may instead be colored by the values and assumptions of the traditional male scientist.

Rossi, A. S. (1973). The Feminist Papers: From Adams to de Beauvoir.

Abstract: The essential works of feminism.

Rowbotham, S. (1973). Woman's Consciousness, Man's World.

Abstract: It seems to me that the cultural and economic liberation of women is inseparable from the creation of a society in which all people no longer have their lives stolen from them, and in which the conditions of their production and reproduction will no longer be distorted or held back by the subordination of sex, race or class.

Tripp, M. (1974). Woman in the Year 2000.

Abstract: …twenty-six writers and thinkers project what they believe will happen for women in the beginning of the 21st century.

Wollstonecraft, M. (1792). Vindication of the Right of Woman.

Abstract: In an age of ferment, following the American and French Revolutions, Mary Wollstonecraft took prevailing egalitarian principles and dared to apply them to women.

Gender and Society

Andersen, M. L. (1983). Thinking About Women: Sociological and Feminist Perspectives.

Abstract: Thinking About Women introduces students to the contemporary research and theoretical perspectives which observe and explain the sociological character of women's lives in American society.

Astin, H. S. (1975). Sex Roles: A Research Bibliography.

Abstract: Please see title.

Bassof, E. S. (1994). Between Mothers and Sons: The Making of Vital and Loving Men.

Abstract: A son's physical, emotional, and psychological development differs vastly from that of a daughter's- and raising a son can pose unique challenges for a mother…explains how mothers can remain nurturing presences in their sons' lives throughout their many transitions.

Beard, M. R. (1946). Woman as a Force in History.

Abstract: Classic social history that destroys the myth that women have done and are suited for little else than bearing and rearing children.

Bernard, J. (1968). The Sex Game: Communication Between the Sexes.

Abstract: As long as the work of the world was organized in a way that fostered a parallel kind of relationship between the sexes…a minimum amount of communication between [the sexes] was called for…Despite the remnants of this pattern…it appears to be on the way out. The conditions of modern life do not support it and the kind of women our times create do not like it.

Clarenbach, K. R., & Thompson, M. L. (1974). Handbook For Commissions on the Status of Women.

Abstract: Because both government and citizen groups are increasingly aware of the problems women face and are addressing them with new seriousness, the information contained in this Handbook will have use and value to many other groups and individuals who join Commissions of the Status of Women in creating a more equitable, just society.

Friedan, B. (1963). The Feminine Mystique.

Abstract: …I came to realize that something is very wrong with the way American women are trying to live their lives today…There was a strange discrepancy between the reality of our lives as women and the image to which we were trying to conform, the image that I came to call the feminine mystique.

Janeway, E. (1971). Man's World Woman's Place.

Abstract: …Janeway leads the reader from careful examination of the cliché 'woman's place is in the home' to sympathetic understanding of what happens when some part of a mythological pattern is transformed and social organization is affected painfully and frighteningly.

Kramer, L. (1991). The Sociology of Gender.

Abstract: Contents include gender and society, social institutions, and the future.

MacKinnon, C. A. (1987). Feminism Unmodified.

Abstract: Catharine A. MacKinnon, noted feminist and legal scholar, explores and develops her original theories and practical proposals on sexual politics and law.

Mackoff, B. (1996). Growing a Girl.

Abstract: Seven strategies for raising a strong, spirited daughter.

Mead, M. (1949). Male and Female: A Study of the Sexes in a Changing World.

Abstract: She…employs knowledge gained on her many field trips to the South Pacific…to show what very different roles have been played by men and women in other cultures.

McHugh, M. C., et. al. (1981). Instructor's Manual for Women and Sex Roles: A Social Psychological Perspective.

Abstract: Teacher's manual for those using Women and Sex Roles as a text in their classroom.

Montagu, A. (1968). The Natural Superiority of Women.

Abstract: …Ashley Montagu's classic challenge to male chauvinism that has made woman into a nonperson in a sex-caste society.

Oakley, A. (1972). Sex, Gender & Society.

Abstract: …Ann Oakley accepts the basic biological difference, but sees an upbringing that prepares young women exclusively for the role of wife and mother as a crippling process, hindering a girl's development as an individual of varied powers and inclinations.

Roszak, B., & Roszak, T. (1969). Masculine/Feminine.

Abstract: Readings in sexual mythology and the liberation of women.

Safilios-Rothschild, C. (1972). Toward a Sociology of Women.

Abstract: A cross-cultural analysis of women's options and their effects on the lives of women and men.

Sargent, A. G. (1984). Beyond Sex Roles. Second Edition.

Abstract: …invites you to see yourself among your roles, obligations, expectations, rules, masks, and stereotypes, and to start to free yourself from inhibiting behaviors.

Shaw, E., & Darling, J. (1985). Female Strategies.

Abstract: Two scientist investigate the varieties of sexual behavior in the animal world and revolutionize the concept of femininity.

Tannen, D. (1993). Gender and Conversational Interaction.

Abstract: Deborah Tannen, author of the best-selling You Just Don't Understand, has collected key papers about gender-related patterns in conversational interaction.

Tanner, L. B. (1970). Voices from Women's Liberation.

Abstract: Women speak their minds in a collection of vivd writings from the past and bold new statements of today.

Tavris, C, & Offir, C. (1977). The Longest War: Sex Differences in Perspective.

Abstract: …a major evaluative work on sex roles. Although the authors have avoided excessive technical language, they offer to established scholars as well as students an important work which challenges many incorrect and stereotypical views help by physical and social scientists.

Walker, N. A. (1988). A Very Serious Thing: Women's Humor and American Culture.

Abstract: …the first book-length study of a part of American literature that has been consistently neglected by scholars and underrepresented in anthologies - American women's humorous writing.

Yates, G. G. (1975). What Women Want.

Abstract: The women's movement is perhaps the most baffling of the recent social reforms to sweep the United States. It is composed of numerous distinct groups. What are their philosophies? Who are their leaders and how have their ideas evolved?

Health and Psychology

Baker Miller, J. (1976). Toward a New Psychology of Women.

Abstract: Toward a New Psychology of Women will help women see that authenticity and subordination are incompatible, and that humanity without authenticity is a contradiction in terms.

Barwick, J. M. (unknown). Readings on the Psychology of Women.

Abstract: "Readings by psychologists, sociologists, and anthropologists treat the development of sex differences.

Bass, E., & Davis, L. (1992). Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse.

Abstract: The Courage to Heal is an inspiring, comprehensive guide that offers hope and encouragement to every woman who was sexually abused as a child- and those who care about her

Bradshaw, J. (1988). Healing the Shame that Binds You.

Abstract: In an emotionally revealing way Bradshaw shows us how toxic shame is the core problem in our compulsions, co-dependencies, addictions and the drive to superachieve, resulting in the breakdown in the family system and our inability to go forward with our lives.

Brammer, L. (1993). The Helping Relationship: Process and Skills.

Abstract: People want to help one another, and helpers need to be needed…The basic purposes of this book are to describe this helping process and to provide a road map for interested people helpers to suggest relevant principles, skills, and research.

Caplan, P. J. (1981). Between Women: Lowering the Barriers.

Abstract: Caplan describes the four pervasive myths that were the origin of the barrier between women.

Chalker, R. (1987). The Complete Cervical Cap Guide

Abstract: Everything you want to know about this safe, effective, no-mess, time-tested birth control option.

Chesler, P. (1972). Women and Madness.

Abstract: …I describe the relationship between the female condition and what we call madness…

deMause, L. (1974). The History of Childhood.

Abstract: …it seems clear that the history of childhood must be of major importance to any study of human society, for if, as it is said, the child is father to the man, it should be possible, with an understanding of any individual's or any group's past, to form a more intelligent judgment of their performance as adults.

Doress, P. B., & Laskin Siegal, D. (1987). Ourselves, Growing Older: Women Aging with Knowledge and Power.

Abstract: Following in the ground-breaking tradition of Our Bodies, Ourselves, Paul B. Doress-Worters and Diana Laskin Siegal address the needs of the growing number of women over the age of forty.

Dowling, C. (1981). The Cinderella Complex: Women's Hidden Fear of Independence.

Abstract: Collette Dowling and her controversial, powerful book have caused a shockwave of response across America…

Egan, G. (1990). The Skilled Helper: A Systematic Approach to Effective Helping.

Abstract: …although this book focuses specifically on those for whom helping is a formal part of their role- counselors, social workers, ministers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and the like- it is assumed that it will be useful for informal helpers, too.

Friday, N. (1977). My Mother My Self: The Daughter's Search for Identity.

Abstract: hrough candid self-disclosure and hundreds of interviews, Friday investigates a generational legacy and reveals the conflicting feelings of anger, hate, and love that daughters hold for their mothers- and why they so often 'become' that mother themselves.

Himmelstein, D. U., & Woolhandler, S. (1994). The National Health Program Book.

Abstract: Most American's would prefer a national health program like Canada's that costs less than ours and insures everyone. Why, in a democracy, isn't this an option?

Goleman, D. (1995). Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ.

Abstract: At last, a psychology that gives equal time to the intelligence of emotions.

Goode, E. (1994). Drugs, Society, and Behavior.

Abstract: Within the pages of this volume are interesting, well-illustrated articles by scientists, educators, researchers, and writers providing effective and useful perspectives on today's important topics in the study of drugs, society, and behavior.

Goodman, E. (1979). Turning Points: How and Why Do We Change?

Abstract: The past ten years have been a decade of change unlike any other. Anyone going through personal crises must deal with them in a vastly different world.

Hahn, E. (1974). Once Upon a Pedestal

Abstract: An essential history of the remarkable women who led the feminist struggle in America from colonial times to the present.

Hollis, J. (1994). Fat and Furious: Women and Food Obsession.

Abstract: In Fat and Furious, Dr. Hollis traces the rage back to the "mother/daughter wound" where, at the root of all disordered eating, is one painful truth- our mothers passed on lies about their own pain, making healthy separation for their daughters impossible.

Kane, E. (1985). Recovering from Incest: Imagination and the Healing Process.

Abstract: Incest, according to Dr. Kane, comprises more than physical abuse: it includes a pathological denial of freedom, feeling and imagination, which constitutes psychic as well as physical abuse of the victim.

Nash, G. B. (1975). The Private Side of American History: Readings in Everyday Life.

Abstract: The Private Side of American History, Volume I, is designed to supplement traditional textbooks that emphasize the political and intellectual aspects of history.

Patton, C, & Kelly, J. (1987). Making It: A Woman's Guide to Sex in the Age of AIDS.

Abstract: Long-term AIDS journalists and activists Cindy Patton and Janis Kelly have addressed one of the critical questions: How can women- heterosexual, lesbian, bisexual- enjoy full sexual lives and protect themselves from this deadly disease?

Physicians of Our Community. (1987). AIDS: A Guide for Survival.

Abstract: There is no reason why one cannot live a happy and productive life, free from worry, if one becomes informed and avoids the clearly identified risk behaviors that spread this deadly disease.

Ray, O., & Ksir, C. (1990). Drugs, Society, & Human Behavior.

Abstract: It is our hope that this updated and expanded text will continue to serve the needs of both teachers and students by providing a basis for understanding drugs and drug use from pharmacological, psychological, and social perspectives.

Rogers, A. (1949). Women Are Here to Stay: The Durable Sex in its Infinite Variety Through Half a Century of American Life.

Abstract: A fascinating book containing 502 pictures; 38,000 words of text; innumerable women, a number of men, and endless entertainment.

Roth, G. (1992). When Food is Love: Exploring the Relationship Between Eating and Intimacy.

Abstract: …shows how dieting and compulsive eating often become a substitute for intimacy.

Roth, G. (1993). Feeding the Hungry Heart: The Experience of Compulsive Eating.

Abstract: The inside of a food binge is deep and dark… a descent into a world in which every restriction is cut loose, nothing matters…

Schulder, D., & Kenddedy, F. (1971). Abortion Rap.

Abstract: Testimony by women who have suffered the consequences of restrictive abortion laws.

Shibley Hyde, J., & Rosenberg, B. G. (1980). Half the Human Experience: The Psychology of Women.

Abstract: Half the human experience explores the psychology of women and assumes little or no prior knowledge of psychology.

Taylor, D, & Coverdale Sumrall, A. (1991). Women of the 14th Moon: Writings on Menopause.

Abstract: …for any woman who has experienced menopause or who know she one day will and doesn't quite know what to expect.

Troll, L. E. (1977). Looking Ahead: Woman's Guide to the Problems and Joys of Growing Older.

Abstract: …the editors provide articles that explore every aspect of life for women approaching their middle years and after, ranging from the effects and meaning of menopause to their contrasting roles in such ethnic groups as blacks and Jewish-Americans.

Williams, J. H. (1983). Psychology of Women: Behavior in a Biosocial Context.

Abstract: As an expansive and unified treatment of the central issues in feminine psychology, Psychology of Women will remain the first choice among texts for courses in psychology of women, women's studies, and sociology of women.

Wilson Schaef, A. (1981). Women's Reality: An Emerging Female System in the White Male Society.

Abstract: This book…points out ways of changing our perceptions of reality and gives us ways to validate our own.


American Family Insurance (1995). Famous American Women: An Educational Activity Book.

Abstract: Today women are in almost every field, achieving great things and serving as role models for youngsters in school. You will meet some of these inspiring women in this book.

Armitage, S., & Jameson, E. (1987). The Women's West.

Abstract: This collection of twenty-one articles creates a multidimensional portrait of western women.

Ashby, R., & Gore Ohrn, D. (1995). Herstory: Women Who Changed the World.

Abstract: The stories of women of the world, including Queen Elizabeth, Billie Jean King, Fannie Farmer, Betty Friedan, and more than a hundred reformers, revolutionaries, saints and hell-raisers, scientists, sovereigns, and sisters.

Banner, L. W. (1974). Women in Modern America: A Brief History.

Abstract: This book examines the history of women in American from 1890 to the present.

Bridenthal, R., Grossmann, A., & Kaplan, M. (1984). When Biology Became Destiny: Women in Weimar and Nazi Germany.

Abstract: This collection of essays analyzes the experience of women in Weimar and Nazi Germany.

Bunch, C. (1983). Passionate Politics: Feminist Theory in Action.

Abstract: This book of essays traces the contemporary history of women's struggles in the work of one of the most thoughtful founders and organizers of the Women's Movement.

Duniway, A. S. (1971). Path Breaking.

Abstract: An autobiographical history of the equal suffrage movement in pacific coast states.

Ehrenreich, B., & English, D. (1973). Complaints and Disorders: The Sexual Politics of Sickness.

Abstract: In writing this, we have tried to see beyond our own experiences (and anger) and to understand medical sexism as a social force shaping the options and social roles of all women.

George, C. V. R. (1975). "Remember the Ladies": New Perspectives on Women in American History.

Abstract: Essays in honor of Nelson Manfred Blake.

Green, R. (1992). Women in American Indian Society.

Abstract: …presents accurate portrayals of the history and culture of North American Indian peoples…

Hahn, E. (1974). Once Upon A Pedestal.

Abstract: Publishers Weekly says the book is an essential history of the remarkable women who led the feminist struggle in American from Colonial times to the Present.

Holtby, W. (1978). Women and a Changing Civilization.

Abstract: Written during the Great Depression, this book describes women's struggles throughout history against social, legal and economic barriers.

Jensen, O. (1971). The Revolt of American Women.

Abstract: A pictorial history - with more than 450 photographs and other illustrations.

Kraditor, A. S. (1968). Up From the Pedestal.

Abstract: Most of the selections in this book were written by feminists who discussed the proper "sphere" of women in society, the reasons for male superiority, and the tactics women should use to enter professions, get the vote, and achieve equality in other ways.

eon, V. (1997). Uppity Women of Medieval Times.

Abstract: 200 daring damsels who dazzled the Dark Ages and rocked the Renaissance!

Marlow, H. D., & Davis, H. M. (1976). The American Search for Woman.

Abstract: Professors Marlow and Davis argue that all four views - innatism, environmental feminism, superior feminism, and differential equality, still clash in the on-going search for the true nature of woman.

Martin, W. (1972). The American Sisterhood.

Abstract: Writings of the feminist movement from Colonial time to the Present.

Mellor, A. K. (1988). Mary Shelley: Her Life, Her Fiction, Her Monsters.

Abstract: The Virginia Quarterly Review says Mellor has produced the best comprehensive study of Mary Shelley's life and career…

Miedzian, M., & Malinovich, A. (1997). Generations: A Century of Women Speak about Their Lives.

Abstract: Betsy Israel said If asked to pick the book describing life for the twentieth-century woman, I'd without question choose Generations.

North Dakota Humanities Council (1982). Women in Action: North Dakota Photographs.

Abstract: Photographs of North Dakota women in the 20th century.

Nyala, H. (1997). Point Last Seen: A Woman Tracker's Story.

Abstract: The meaning of survival - from a stalked woman who becomes a tracker.

Papachristou, J. (1976). Women Together.

Abstract: A history in documents of the Women's Movement in the United States.

Papachristou, J. (1976). Women Together.

Abstract: A history in documents of the Women's Movement in the United States.

Rosenthal, M. M., & Brend, R. M. (1992). Ninety Years with the Women's Research Club University of Michigan: A Retrospective.

Abstract: This volume is designed to be a tribute to our founders and predecessors in the Women's Research Club of the University of Michigan… Its continuance to this date and its history, as documented herein, is a tribute to the women who have contributed to its success over the years.

The San Francisco Womens' History Group (1975). What Have Women Done?

Abstract: A photo essay on working women in the United States.





Covina, G, & Galana, L. (1975). The Lesbian Reader.

Abstract: …the richest and most subtle reflection of contemporary women's culture.

Lynch, L. (1986). Home in Your Hands.

Abstract: Home in Your Hands is a many-faceted, all Lesbian-themed collection, with stories about first love in old age…

Rafkin, L. (1987). Different Daughters: A Book by Mothers of Lesbians.

Abstract: Twenty-five mothers of lesbians come together to trace the growth of their relationships with their daughters.

Stein, E. (1990). Forms of Desire: Sexual Orientation and the Social Constructionist Controversy.

Abstract: Forms of Desire brings together important essays by social constructionists and their critics representing several disciplines and several different approaches to this debate about the history and science of sexuality…

Thompson, K., & Andrzejewski, J. (1986). Why Can't Sharon Kowalsi Come Home?

Abstract: In 1983, Sharon Kowalsi was seriously injured when her car was struck by a drunk driver, leaving her unable to move or to communicate in traditional ways. Karen, her lover of four years, was by Sharon's side constantly, helping her in the arduous fight to regain basic life-skills. In 1985, the court awarded Sharon's father sole guardianship, and within 24 hours, he denied Karen visitation rights.




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