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Around the World in Seventy-Two Days and Other Writings by Nellie Bly

Around the World in Seventy-Two Days and Other Writings by Nellie Bly

Nellie Bly was one of the first and best female journalists in America and quickly became a national phenomenon in the late 1800s, with a board game based on her adventures and merchandise inspired by the clothes she wore. Bly gained fame for being the first “girl stunt reporter,” writing stories that no one at the time thought a woman could or should write, including an exposé of patient treatment at an insane asylum and a travelogue from her record-breaking race around the world without a chaperone. This volume includes her best known works—Ten Days in a Mad-House, Six Months in Mexico, and Around the World in Seventy-Two Days—as well as many lesser known pieces that capture the breadth of her career from her fierce opinion pieces to her remarkable World War I reporting. As 2014 marks the 150th anniversary of Bly’s birth, this collection celebrates her work, spirit, and vital place in history.

Dear Esther by Richard Rashke

Dear Esther by Richard Rashke

Moving letters of love, concern and outrage sent to Nazi death camp survivor Esther Tenner Raab inspired this play that explores the issues of death, belief in God, revenge, hatred, justice, luck, guilt and memory. But, although Dear Esther deals with pain and suffering, it is ultimately about hope and healing -- for Esther and for everyone who confronts the tragedy of man's inhumanity to man.

Euphoria by Lily King

Euphoria by Lily King

Three young, gifted anthropologists of the ‘30’s caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their careers, and, ultimately, their lives. Inspired by events in the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead, her second husband Reo Fortune, and third husband Gregory Bateman.

Escape From Sobibor by Richard Rashke

Escape From Sobibor by Richard Rashke

On October 14, 1943, six hundred Jews imprisoned in Sobibor, a secret Nazi death camp in eastern Poland, revolted. Based on his interviews with eighteen of the survivors, author Richard Rashke Richard vividly describes their courage and a fierce desire to live and to tell the world what truly went on behind those barbed wire fences.

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born and dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in any number of ways. Ursula's world is in turmoil, facing the unspeakable evil of the two greatest wars in history. What power and force can one woman exert over the fate of civilization -- if only she has the chance?

No Place For A Lady by Gill Paul

No Place For A Lady by Gill Paul

A gripping historical read about two sisters caught up in the Crimean War: one a young bride following her soldier husband, the other her sister who signs up as a nurse to try and rescue her sister.

Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and her Daughter Mary Shelley by C

Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and her Daughter Mary Shelley by C

This groundbreaking dual biography brings to life a pioneering English feminist - Mary Wollstonecraft, author of A Vindication of the Rights of Women - and the daughter she never knew - Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein.

Ruined by Lynn Nottage

Ruined by Lynn Nottage

Inspired by interviews conducted in Africa with Congo war refugees, Lynn Nottage has crafted an important, uncompromising and gritty play that gives voice to the women who have survived appalling violations in the civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Change

Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Change

The relationship between Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg—Republican and Democrat, Christian and Jew, western rancher’s daughter and Brooklyn girl—transcends party, religion, region, and culture. Strengthened by each other’s presence, these groundbreaking judges, the first and second to serve on the highest court in the land, have transformed the Constitution and America itself, making it a more equal place for all women.

Wolves at the Door: The True Story Of America's Greatest Female Spy by Judith Pearson

Wolves at the Door: The True Story Of America's Greatest Female Spy by Judith Pearson

Virginia Hall left her Baltimore home in 1931 to enter the Foreign Service and went to work for the British Special Operations Executive (SOE) when Hitler was building toward the peak of his power in Europe. By 1942 she was considered so dangerous to the Gestapo that she had to escape over the Pyrenees mountains―on an artificial leg, no less. Her daring intelligence activities and indomitable spirit defied the expectations of even the Allies until the very end of the war.

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