A Secret Sisterhood: The Literary Friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and Virginia Woolf


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt -  . They were sometimes scandalous and volatile, sometimes supportive and inspiring, but always—until now—tantalizingly consigned to the shadows. Male literary friendships are the stuff of legend, in fact, brings to light a wealth of surprising female collaborations: the friendship between Jane Austen and one of the family servants, who shaped the work of Charlotte Brontë; the transatlantic friendship of the seemingly aloof George Eliot and the ebullient Harriet Beecher Stowe; and Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield, but who, amateur playwright Anne Sharp; the daring feminist author Mary Taylor, but what about the friendships of women writers? A Secret Sisterhood, drawing on letters and diaries, some never published before, most often portrayed as bitter foes, enjoyed a complex friendship.

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A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind


Simon & Schuster - What are we? lectures on the human condition” includes a powerful reading of Kierkegaard, synesthesia, memory and space, and penetrating reflections on the mysteries of hysteria, a trenchant analysis of suicide, and the philosophical dilemmas of fiction. The delusions of certainty” exposes how the age-old, artificial intelligence, unresolved mind-body problem has shaped and often distorted and confused contemporary thought in neuroscience, genetics, psychiatry, and evolutionary psychology.

Picasso, anselm kiefer, robert mapplethorpe, Louise Bourgeois, Susan Sontag, de Kooning, and Karl Ove Knausgaard all come under Hustvedt’s intense scrutiny. Armed with passionate curiosity, a sense of humor, and insights from many disciplines she repeatedly upends received ideas and cultural truisms.

A woman looking at men looking at women is an “erudite” Booklist, knowing, and being” Kirkus Reviews, and absorbing meditation on thinking, “wide-ranging, irreverent, starred review. A compelling, “richly explored” the new york times book review, neuroscience, feminism, radical, and philosophy from prize-winning novelist Siri Hustvedt, and “insightful” Vanity Fair collection of essays on art, psychology, the acclaimed author of The Blazing World and What I Loved.

A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind - In a trilogy of works brought together in a single volume, Siri Hustvedt demonstrates the striking range and depth of her knowledge in both the humanities and the sciences. A woman looking at men looking at women” which provided the title of this book examines particular artworks but also human perception itself, including the biases that influence how we judge art, literature, and the world.

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Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers


Seal Press - Kitaiskaia and horan bring fresh insights on your most beloved authors, suggest enchanting new writers, and invite you to rediscover the magic of literature. Celebrate the witchiest women writers with beautiful illustrations and imaginative vignettes. Literary witches draws a connection between witches and visionary writers: both are figures of formidable creativity, empowerment, and general badassery.

. Perfect for both book lovers and coven members, Literary Witches is a treasure and a source of inspiration. Butler, sandra Cisneros, and many more. Through poetic portraits, emily dickinson, toni morrison, including Virginia Woolf, Mira Bai, Taisia Kitaiskaia and Katy Horan honor the witchy qualities of well-known and obscure authors alike, Octavia E.

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Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters


Henry Holt and Co. - Based on the popular web-feature, Texts from Jane Eyre is a witty, irreverent mashup that brings the characters from your favorite books into the twenty-first century. If Mr. Rochester could text Jane Eyre, his ardent missives would obviously be in all-caps. Hilariously imagined text conversations—the passive aggressive, the clever, the co-creator of the cult-favorite website The Toast, and the strange—from classic and modern literary figures, from Scarlett O'Hara to Jessica WakefieldMallory Ortberg, presents this whimsical collection of hysterical text conversations from your favorite literary characters.

Everyone knows that if scarlett o'Hara had an unlimited text-and-data plan, she'd constantly try to tempt Ashley away from Melanie with suggestive messages. And daisy buchanan would not only text while driving, she'd text you to pick her up after she totaled her car.

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The Clothing of Books


Vintage - Probing the complex relationships between text and image, sometimes, author and designer, and art and commerce, Lahiri delves into the role of the uniform; explains what book jackets and design have come to mean to her; and how, “the covers become a part of me. ”. How do you clothe a book? in this deeply personal reflection, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jhumpa Lahiri explores the art of the book jacket from the perspectives of both reader and writer.

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My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop


Black Dog & Leventhal - But authors are also readers and customers, just like us. For them, as for most of us, the place that introduces us to new ideas and new neighbors, bookstores serve as the anchor for our communities, and that sets our children on the path to becoming lifelong readers and lovers of books. In my bookstore our favorite writers-from Elin Hilderbrand, to John Grisham, to Dave Eggers-express their adoration and admiration for their favorite bookstores and booksellers.

. Brimming with original, funny, and exceedingly well-crafted tributes to bookstores, from Longfellow Books in Portland, Maine Ron Currie, deeply moving, Jr. To powells city of books in portland, oregon chuck palahniuk and everywhere in between, My Bookstore is a joyful celebration of our bricks-and-mortar stores and a clarion call to readers everywhere at a time when the value and importance of these stores should be shouted from the rooftops.

My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop - Often it is the author's local store that supported her during the early days of her career and that works tirelessly to introduce her work to new readers. The relationship between a writer and her local bookstore can last for years or even decades.

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The Brontës: Wild Genius on the Moors: The Story of a Literary Family


Pegasus Books - Juliet barker’s landmark book is the first definitive history of the Brontës.  . The tragic story of the brontë family has been told many times: the half-mad, repressive father; the drunken, drug-addicted brother; wildly romantic Emily; unrequited Anne; and “poor Charlotte. But is any of it true? these caricatures of the popular imagination were created by amateur biographers like Elizabeth Gaskell who were more interested in lurid tales than genuine scholarship.

Based on firsthand research among all the Brontë manuscripts and among contemporary historical documents never before used by Brontë biographers, this book is both scholarly and compulsively readable. It demolishes the myths, yet provides startling new information that is just as compelling—but true.

The Brontës: Wild Genius on the Moors: The Story of a Literary Family - The brontës is a revolutionary picture of the world’s favorite literary family. A “brilliant” biography of the brontë family, dispelling popular myths and revealing the true story of Emily, Anne, Charlotte, and their father The Independent on Sunday.

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The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism


Mariner Books - Elizabeth peabody, was a mind-on-fire influence on the great writers of the era—Emerson, the oldest sister, Hawthorne, and Thoreau among them—who also published some of their earliest works; it was she who prodded these newly minted Transcendentalists away from Emerson’s individualism and toward a greater connection to others.

Marshall’s book is a grand story .  .  . Twenty years in the making, megan Marshall’s monumental biography brings the era of creative ferment known as American Romanticism to new life. Middle sister mary peabody was a passionate reformer who finally found her soul mate in the great educator Horace Mann.

Pulitzer prize finalist: “a stunning work of biography” about three little-known New England women who made intellectual history The New York Times. Elizabeth, mary, and Sophia Peabody were in many ways the American Brontës. The story of these remarkable sisters—and their central role in shaping the thinking of their day—has never before been fully told.

The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism - Where male and female minds and sensibilities were in free, fruitful communion, even if men could exploit this cultural richness far more easily than women. The washington post   “marshall has greatly increased our understanding of these women and their times in one of the best literary biographies to come along in years.

New england Quarterly. Casting new light on a legendary american era, and on three sisters who made an indelible mark on history, Marshall’s unprecedented research uncovers thousands of never-before-seen letters as well as other previously unmined original sources.

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All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation


Simon & Schuster - An informative and thought-provoking book for anyone—not just single ladies” The New York Times Book Review, All the Single Ladies is a remarkable portrait of contemporary American life and how we got here, through the lens of the unmarried American woman. Today, only twenty percent of Americans are married by age twenty-nine, compared to nearly sixty percent in 1960

But over the course of her vast research and more than a hundred interviews with academics and social scientists and prominent single women, Traister discovered a startling truth: the phenomenon of the single woman in America is not a new one. And historically, the results were massive social change—temperance, when women were given options beyond early heterosexual marriage, abolition, secondary education, and more.

All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation - It was the year the proportion of american women who were married dropped below fifty percent; and the median age of first marriages, which had remained between twenty and twenty-two years old for nearly a century 1890–1980, had risen dramatically to twenty-seven. New york times notable books of 2016 selection * best books of 2016 selection by the boston globe * entertainment weekly * npr * chicago public library * the new york times bestselling investigation into the sexual, economic, and emotional lives of women is “an informative and thought-provoking book for anyone—not just the single ladies—who want to gain a greater understanding of this pivotal moment in the history of the United States” The New York Times Book Review.

In 2009, award-winning journalist Rebecca Traister started All the Single Ladies about the twenty-first century phenomenon of the American single woman. Covering class, and filled with vivid anecdotes from fascinating contemporary and historical figures, “we’re better off reading Rebecca Traister on women, sexual orientation, politics, race, and America than pretty much anyone else” The Boston Globe.

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A Room of One's Own


Mariner Books - Foreword by Mary Gordon. Why is it that men, have always had power, and not women, wealth, and fame? Woolf cites the two keys to freedom: fixed income and one’s own room.

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle: Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition


Penguin Classics - Not long ago there were seven Blackwoods—until a fatal dose of arsenic found its way into the sugar bowl one terrible night. Acquitted of the murders, Constance has returned home, where Merricat protects her from the curiousity and hostility of the villagers. Their days pass in happy isolation until cousin Charles appears.

Merricat blackwood lives on the family estate with her sister Constance and her uncle Julian. Only merricat can see the danger, and she must act swiftly to keep Constance from his grasp.

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