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America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Hero...
by Gail Collins

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English

Pages

596

Publication Date

October 13, 2009

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<p><em>America's Women</em> tells the story of more than four centuries of history. It features a stunning array of personalities, from the women peering worriedly over the side of the Mayflower to feminists having a grand old time protesting beauty pageants and bridal fairs. Courageous, silly, funny, and heartbreaking, these women shaped the nation and our vision of what it means to be female in America.</p><p>By culling the most fascinating characters -- the average as well as the celebrated -- Gail Collins, the editorial page editor at the <em>New York Times,</em> charts a journey that shows how women lived, what they cared about, and how they felt about marriage, sex, and work. She begins with the lost colony of Roanoke and the early southern "tobacco brides" who came looking for a husband and sometimes -- thanks to the stupendously high mortality rate -- wound up marrying their way through three or four. Spanning wars, the pioneering days, the fight for suffrage, the Depression, the era of Rosie the Riveter, the civil rights movement, and the feminist rebellion of the 1970s, <em>America's Women</em> describes the way women's lives were altered by dress fashions, medical advances, rules of hygiene, social theories about sex and courtship, and the ever-changing attitudes toward education, work, and politics. While keeping her eye on the big picture, Collins still notes that corsets and uncomfortable shoes mattered a lot, too.</p><p>"The history of American women is about the fight for freedom," Collins writes in her introduction, "but it's less a war against oppressive men than a struggle to straighten out the perpetually mixed message about women's roles that was accepted by almost everybody of both genders."</p><p>Told chronologically through the compelling stories of individual lives that, linked together, provide a complete picture of the American woman's experience, <em>America's Women</em> is both a great read and a landmark work of history.</p>
A Wild and Precious Life: A Memoir
by , Joshua Lyon

Language

English

Pages

281

Publication Date

October 08, 2019

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<p><b>A lively, intimate memoir from an icon of the gay rights movement, describing gay life in 1950s and 60s New York City and her longtime activism which opened the door for marriage equality. </b> </p><br /><p>鈥淎 captivating and inspiring story of a queer woman who believed in her right to take up space and be seen.鈥濃€?lt;b><i>BuzzFeed</i></b> </p><p>Edie Windsor became internationally famous when she sued the US government, seeking federal recognition for her marriage to Thea Spyer, her partner of more than four decades. The Supreme Court ruled in Edie鈥檚 favor, a landmark victory that set the stage for full marriage equality in the US. Beloved by the LGBTQ community, Edie embraced her new role as an icon; she had already been living an extraordinary and groundbreaking life for decades. </p><p>In this memoir, which she began before passing away in 2017 and completed by her co-writer, Edie recounts her childhood in Philadelphia, her realization that she was a lesbian, and her active social life in Greenwich Village's electrifying underground gay scene during the 1950s. Edie was also one of a select group of trailblazing women in computing, working her way up the ladder at IBM and achieving their highest technical ranking while developing software. In the early 1960s Edie met Thea, an expat from a Dutch Jewish family that fled the Nazis, and a widely respected clinical psychologist. Their partnership lasted forty-four years, until Thea died in 2009. Edie found love again, marrying Judith Kasen-Windsor in 2016. </p><p> <i>A Wild and Precious Life </i>is remarkable portrait of an iconic woman, gay life in New York in the second half of the twentieth century, and the rise of LGBT activism.</p>
Bad Feminist: Essays
by Roxane Gay

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English

Pages

339

Publication Date

August 05, 2014

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<p><strong><em>New York Times</em></strong><strong> Bestseller</strong></p><p>A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay.</p><p><strong>鈥?lt;/strong>Pink is my favorite color. I used to say my favorite color was black to be <em>cool</em>, but it is pink鈥攁ll shades of pink. If I have an accessory, it is probably pink. I read <em>Vogue</em>, and I鈥檓 not doing it ironically, though it might seem that way. I once live-tweeted the September issue.鈥?lt;/p><p>In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (<em>Sweet Valley High</em>) of color (<em>The Help</em>) while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years (<em>Girls, Django in Chains</em>) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture.</p><p><em>Bad Feminist</em> is a sharp, funny, and spot-on look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are, and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we still need to do better.</p>
Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family
by Amy Ellis Nutt

Language

English

Pages

281

Publication Date

October 20, 2015

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i>聽BESTSELLER 鈥?The inspiring true story of聽transgender actor and activist聽Nicole Maines, whose聽identical twin brother, Jonas, and聽ordinary American family join her聽on an extraordinary journey to understand, nurture, and celebrate the uniqueness in us all.</b><br /><b><br />Nicole appears as TV鈥檚 first transgender superhero on CW鈥檚聽<i>Supergirl</i></b><br /><br />When Wayne and Kelly Maines adopted identical twin boys, they thought their lives were complete. But by the time Jonas and Wyatt were toddlers, confusion over Wyatt鈥檚 insistence that he was female began to tear the family apart. In the years that followed, the Maineses came to question their long-held views on gender and identity, to accept Wyatt鈥檚 transition to Nicole, and to undergo a wrenching transformation of their own, the effects of which would reverberate through their entire community. Pulitzer Prize鈥搘inning journalist Amy Ellis Nutt spent almost four years reporting this story and tells it with unflinching honesty, intimacy, and empathy. In her hands,聽<i>Becoming Nicole聽</i>is more than an account of a courageous girl and her extraordinary family. It鈥檚 a powerful portrait of a slowly but surely changing nation, and one that will inspire all of us to see the world with a little more humanity and understanding.<br /><br /><b>Named One of the Ten Best Books of the Year by聽<i>People聽</i>鈥⒙燨ne of the Best Books of the Year by聽<i>The New York Times Book Review聽</i>and聽<i>Men鈥檚 Journal</i>聽鈥?A Stonewall Honor Book in Nonfiction 鈥?Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction</b><br /><br />鈥淔ascinating and enlightening.鈥?lt;b>鈥擟heryl Strayed</b><br /><br />鈥淚f you aren鈥檛 moved by聽<i>Becoming Nicole,</i>聽I鈥檇 suggest there鈥檚 a lump of dark matter where your heart should be.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The New York Times</i></b><br /><br />鈥淓xceptional . . . 鈥楽tories move the walls that need to be moved,鈥?Nicole told her father last year. In telling Nicole鈥檚 story and those of her brother and parents luminously, and with great compassion and intelligence, that is exactly what Amy Ellis Nutt has done here.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The Washington Post</i></b><br /><br />鈥淎 profoundly moving true story about one remarkable family鈥檚 evolution.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>People</i></b><br /><br />鈥?lt;i>Becoming Nicole</i>聽is a miracle. It鈥檚 the story of a family struggling with鈥攁nd embracing鈥攁 transgender child. But more than that, it鈥檚 about accepting one another, and ourselves, in all our messy, contradictory glory.鈥?lt;b>鈥擩ennifer Finney Boylan, former co-chair of GLAAD and author of聽<i>She鈥檚 Not There: A Life in Two Genders</i></b>
My Life on the Line: How the NFL Damn Near Killed Me and Ended Up...
by Ryan O'Callaghan

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English

Pages

232

Publication Date

September 03, 2019

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<p>"Football gave Ryan O'Callaghan a scholarship to Cal and the chance to earn millions in the NFL, but it also afforded him something far more important: a place to hide. As a closeted gay man, his helmet and pads became tools of deception...O'Callaghan, who retired in 2011 after four seasons, eventually found the courage to live his truth in retirement. His memoir offers an unsparing look at the nexus of sexuality and football."<br />--<i><b>Sports Illustrated</b></i></p><p>"O'Callaghan came out as gay in 2017 after retiring from the league in 2011. Fearing condemnation while hiding his sexual orientation during a football career that spanned six seasons, O'Callaghan said he had regular suicidal thoughts while growing addicted to painkillers and he had elaborately planned his own death for retirement. In <i>My Life On the Line</i>, co-authored by <i>Outsports</i> co-founder Cyd Zeigler, O'Callaghan...credits then-Kansas City Chiefs executive Scott Pioli and Dr. Susan Wilson for saving his life once he came out to them."<br />--<i><b>USA Today</b></i></p><p>"In a new book due out in September, O'Callaghan discusses his life story, including the treatment he received from former teammates after coming out."<br />--<i><b>Boston Globe</b></i></p><p>"Former Patriots lineman Ryan O'Callaghan spent his entire career hiding his sexuality from his teammates, his friends and his family. He is now sharing that battle in his new book, <i>My Life On The Line</i>."<br />--<i><b>CBS Boston</b></i> (WBZ TV)</p><p>"O'Callaghan is one of only a few openly gay former NFL players...In his upcoming memoir, <i>My Life on the Line: How the NFL Damn Near Killed Me and Ended Up Saving My Life</i>, O'Callaghan candidly discusses his addictions, mental health and struggles with his sexuality."<br />--<i><b>Washington Blade</b></i></p><p>"As one of the few openly gay former U.S. players, O'Callaghan's goal became making it easier for future athletes to be open about their sexuality and gender identity well before they enter professional sports."<br />--<i><b>Reuters</b></i></p><p>"The former Patriots and Chiefs offensive tackle lays it all out in his powerful new memoir, <i>My Life on the Line</i>, co-written with <i>Outsports</i> editor Cyd Zeigler."<br />--<i><b>The Advocate</b></i></p><p>Ryan O'Callaghan's plan was always to play football and then, when his career was over, kill himself. Growing up in a politically conservative corner of California, the not-so-subtle messages he heard as a young man from his family and from TV and film routinely equated being gay with disease and death. Letting people in on the darkest secret he kept buried inside was not an option: better death with a secret than life as a gay man. As a kid, Ryan never envisioned just how far his football career would take him. He was recruited by the University of California, Berkeley, where he spent five seasons, playing alongside his friend Aaron Rodgers. Then it was on to the NFL for stints with the almost-undefeated New England Patriots and the often-defeated Kansas City Chiefs.</p><p>Bubbling under the surface of Ryan's entire NFL career was a collision course between his secret sexuality and his hidden drug use. When the league caught him smoking pot, he turned to NFL-sanctioned prescription painkillers that quickly sent his life into a tailspin. As injuries mounted and his daily intake of opioids reached a near-lethal level, he wrote his suicide note to his parents and plotted his death.</p><p>Yet someone had been watching. A member of the Chiefs organization stepped in, recognizing the signs of drug addiction. Ryan reluctantly sought psychological help, and it was there that he revealed his lifelong secret for the very first time. Nearing the twilight of his career, Ryan faced the ultimate decision: end it all, or find out if his family and football friends could ever accept a gay man in their lives.</p>
When Brooklyn Was Queer: A History
by Hugh Ryan

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English

Pages

311

Publication Date

March 05, 2019

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<p><b>The never-before-told story of Brooklyn鈥檚 vibrant and forgotten queer history, from the mid-1850s up to the present day.</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>***NAMED ONE OF THE BEST LGBTQ BOOKS OF 2019 by Harper's Bazaar***</b> </p><p>"A romantic, exquisite history of gay culture." 鈥?lt;i>Kirkus Reviews</i>, starred</p><p>鈥淸A] boisterous, motley new history...entertaining and insightful.鈥?鈥?lt;i>The New York Times Book Review</i></p><p>Hugh Ryan鈥檚 <i>When Brooklyn Was Queer </i>is a groundbreaking exploration of the LGBT history of Brooklyn, from the early days of Walt Whitman in the 1850s up through the queer women who worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II, and beyond. No other book, movie, or exhibition has ever told this sweeping story. Not only has Brooklyn always lived in the shadow of queer Manhattan neighborhoods like Greenwich Village and Harlem, but there has also been a systematic erasure of its queer history鈥攁 great forgetting.</p><p>Ryan is here to unearth that history for the first time. In intimate, evocative, moving prose he discusses in new light the fundamental questions of what history is, who tells it, and how we can only make sense of ourselves through its retelling; and shows how the formation of the Brooklyn we know today is inextricably linked to the stories of the incredible people who created its diverse neighborhoods and cultures. Through them,<i> When Brooklyn Was Queer</i> brings Brooklyn鈥檚 queer past to life, and claims its place as a modern classic.</p>
Dating Nashville: A sweet M/M romance. (Discovering Me Book 1)
by , Michelle MacQueen

Language

English

Pages

249

Publication Date

September 22, 2019

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<h3><em><strong>Becks:</strong></em><br /></h3><p>How does a straight guy accidentally come out as gay to the entire country music world?聽<br />I鈥檒l get back to you when I know the answer.聽<br />It all happened so fast. One moment, my best friend鈥檚 little brother is standing in a sea of people as his boyfriend breaks his heart. Again.聽<br />The next, I鈥檓 jumping off stage mid-concert to give him the kiss of his life鈥攐r maybe the kiss of my life.聽<br />I鈥檓 Beckett Anderson. Yes, that Beckett. The one who never does the smart thing, messes up daily, and somehow ended up with millions of screaming fans.聽<br />Fans who now think I鈥檓 dating Nicky St. Germaine.聽<br />The label says I can鈥檛 come out as straight (<em>Is that even a thing?</em>), that I can鈥檛 tell the world I lied.聽<br />But this lie of mine鈥?it doesn鈥檛 hold a candle to the one I tell myself.</p><h3><em><strong>Nicky:</strong></em><br /></h3><p>How does the quiet gay guy end up kissing the straight country music star in front of thousands of his screaming fans?<br />I still can鈥檛 fathom what he was thinking when he jumped off that stage, but that kiss鈥?None of it was real, but it felt like it. At least to me.聽<br />I鈥檓 Nicky St. Germaine, son of a football Hall of Famer, best friends with rock star, Nari Won Song鈥攁nd whatever I am to country music sensation, Beckett Anderson. The jury鈥檚 still out on that one. What does a small town kid do when so many of his friends and family are famous? He hides. Frequently.聽<br />Now the spotlight is on me, and there is nowhere left to hide. I鈥檓 supposed to pretend to be Beckett鈥檚 adoring boyfriend for a few weeks, but that鈥檚 not so easy when I鈥檇 give almost anything for it to be true.</p><p><br /></p><p><em>Book one in the Discovering Me series, Dating Nashville is a sweet M/M romance with a cocky country star, a shy small-town boy, and enough sparks between them to make you swoon.聽</em></p>
The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias
by Dolly Chugh

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English

Pages

325

Publication Date

September 04, 2018

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<p><strong>"Favorite Books of 2018"<em> The Greater Good Magazine</em></strong></p><p><strong>Foreword by Laszlo Bock, the bestselling author of Work Rules! and former Senior Vice President of People Operations at Google</strong></p><p>An inspiring guide from Dolly Chugh, an聽award-winning social psychologist at the New York University Stern School of Business, on how to confront difficult issues including sexism, racism, inequality, and injustice so that you can make the world (and yourself) better.</p><p>Many of us believe in equality, diversity, and inclusion. But how do we stand up for those values in our turbulent world? <em>The Person You Mean to Be</em> is the smart, "semi-bold" person鈥檚 guide to fighting for what you believe in.</p><p>Dolly聽reveals the surprising causes of inequality, grounded in the "psychology of good people". Using her research findings in unconscious bias as well as work across psychology, sociology, economics, political science, and other disciplines, she offers practical tools to respectfully and effectively talk politics with family, to be a better colleague to people who don鈥檛 look like you, and to avoid being a well-intentioned barrier to equality. Being the person we mean to be starts with a look at ourselves.</p><p>She聽argues that the only way to be on the right side of history is to be a good-ish鈥?rather than good鈥攑erson. Good-ish people are always growing. Second, she helps you find your "ordinary privilege"鈥攖he part of your everyday identity you take for granted, such as race for a white person, sexual orientation for a straight person, gender for a man, or education for a college graduate. This part of your identity may bring blind spots, but it is your best tool for influencing change. Third, Dolly introduces the psychological reasons that make it hard for us to see the bias in and around us. She leads you from willful ignorance to willful awareness. Finally, she guides you on how, when, and whom, to engage (and not engage) in your workplaces, homes, and communities. Her science-based approach is a method any of us can put to use in all parts of our life.</p><p>Whether you are a long-time activist or new to the fight, you can start from where you are. Through the compelling stories Dolly shares and the surprising science she reports, Dolly guides each of us closer to being the person we mean to be.</p>
The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Strai...
by Alan Downs

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English

Pages

274

Publication Date

June 05, 2012

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<b>A groundbreaking examination of the psychology of homosexuality, why it leads to shame over one's identity, and how to overcome it<br /><br /></b>In <i>The Velvet Rage</i>, psychologist Alan Downs draws on his own struggle with shame and anger, contemporary research, and stories from his patients to passionately describe the stages of a gay man's journey out of shame and offers practical and inspired strategies to stop the cycle of avoidance and self-defeating behavior. <i>The Velvet Rage</i> is an empowering book that has already changed the public discourse on gay culture and helped shape the identity of an entire generation of gay men.<b><br /></b>
The Ethics of Ambiguity
by Simone de Beauvoir

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English

Pages

164

Publication Date

May 08, 2018

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<b>From the groundbreaking author of <i>The聽</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鈥檚聽<i>The Ethics of Ambiguity</i>聽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 鈥渨ays of being鈥?(the adventurer, the passionate person, the lover, the artist, and the intellectual), each of which overcomes the former鈥檚 deficiencies,聽and therefore聽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.聽<br /><br /><i>The Ethics of Ambiguity</i> is the book that launched Simone de Beauvoir鈥檚 feminist and existential philosophy. It remains a concise yet thorough examination of existence and what it means to be human.<br /> 聽

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