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Why We Can't Sleep: Women's New Midlife Crisis
by Ada Calhoun

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English

Pages

288

Publication Date

January 07, 2020

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When Ada Calhoun found herself in the throes of a midlife crisis, she thought that she had no right to complain. She was married with children and a good career. So why did she feel miserable? And why did it seem that other Generation X women were miserable, too?<br /><br />Calhoun decided to find some answers. She looked into housing costs, HR trends, credit card debt averages, and divorce data. At every turn, she saw a pattern: sandwiched between the Boomers and the Millennials, Gen X women were facing new problems as they entered middle age, problems that were being largely overlooked.<br /><br />Speaking with women across America about their experiences as the generation raised to 鈥渉ave it all,鈥?Calhoun found that most were exhausted, terrified about money, under-employed, and overwhelmed. Instead of their issues being heard, they were told instead to lean in, take 鈥渕e-time,鈥?or make a chore chart to get their lives and homes in order.<br /><br />In <i>Why We Can鈥檛 Sleep</i>, Calhoun opens up the cultural and political contexts of Gen X鈥檚 predicament and offers solutions for how to pull oneself out of the abyss鈥攁nd keep the next generation of women from falling in. The result is reassuring, empowering, and essential reading for all middle-aged women, and anyone who hopes to understand them.<br />
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Bl...
by Margot Lee Shetterly

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English

Pages

370

Publication Date

September 06, 2016

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<p><strong><em>The #1 New York Times bestseller</em></strong></p><p><em>The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America鈥檚 greatest achievements in space. Soon to be a major motion picture starring </em><em>Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner. </em></p><p>Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as 鈥渉uman computers鈥?used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. </p><p>Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South鈥檚 segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America鈥檚 aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam鈥檚 call, moving to Hampton, Virginia and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory. </p><p>Even as Virginia鈥檚 Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley鈥檚 all-black 鈥淲est Computing鈥?group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens. </p><p>Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race, <em>Hidden Figures</em> follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA鈥檚 greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges, forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country鈥檚 future.</p><p>聽</p>
Three Women
by Lisa Taddeo

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English

Pages

321

Publication Date

July 09, 2019

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER * #1 <i>SUNDAY TIMES </i>BESTSELLER * #1 INDIE NEXT PICK</b><br /> <br /><b>A Best Book of the Year: <i>The </i><i>Washington Post</i> * NPR * <i>The Atlantic </i>* New York Public Library * <i>Vanity Fair</i> * PBS * <i>Time</i> * <i>Economist </i>* <i>Entertainment Weekly </i>* <i>Financial Times </i>* Shelf Awareness * <i>Guardian </i>* <i>Sunday Times</i> * BBC * <i>Esquire </i>* <i>Good Housekeeping </i>* <i>Elle </i>* <i>Real Simple</i></b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淭HIS IS THE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR. This is it. This is the one...It blew the top of my head off and I haven鈥檛 been able to stop thinking or talking about it since.鈥?鈥擡lizabeth Gilbert</b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淭addeo spent eight years reporting this groundbreaking book...Breathtaking...Staggeringly intimate.鈥?鈥?lt;i>Entertainment Weekly</i></b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淎 breathtaking and important book鈥hat a fine thing it is to be enthralled by another writer鈥檚 sentences. To be stunned by her intellect and heart.鈥?鈥擟heryl Strayed</b><br /> <br /><b>A riveting true story about the sex lives of three real American women, based on nearly a decade of reporting.</b><br /><br />Hailed as 鈥渁 dazzling achievement鈥?(<i>Los Angeles Times</i>) and 鈥渞iveting page-turner that explores desire, heartbreak, and infatuation in all its messy, complicated nuance鈥?(<i>The Washington Post</i>), Lisa Taddeo鈥檚 <i>Three Women </i>has captivated readers, booksellers, and critics鈥攁nd topped bestseller lists鈥攚orldwide.<br /> <br />In suburban Indiana we meet Lina, a homemaker and mother of two whose marriage, after a decade, has lost its passion. Starved for affection, Lina battles daily panic attacks and, after reconnecting with an old flame through social media, embarks on an affair that quickly becomes all-consuming. In North Dakota we meet Maggie, a seventeen-year-old high school student who allegedly has a clandestine physical relationship with her handsome, married English teacher; the ensuing criminal trial will turn their quiet community upside down. Finally, in an exclusive enclave of the Northeast, we meet Sloane鈥攁 gorgeous, successful, and refined restaurant owner鈥攚ho is happily married to a man who likes to watch her have sex with other men and women.<br /> <br />Based on years of immersive reporting and told with astonishing frankness and immediacy, <i>Three Women </i>is both a feat of journalism and a triumph of storytelling, brimming with nuance and empathy. 鈥淎 work of deep observation, long conversations, and a kind of journalistic alchemy鈥?(Kate Tuttle, NPR),<i> Three Women </i>introduces us to three unforgettable women鈥攁nd one remarkable writer鈥攚hose experiences remind us that we are not alone.
Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Y...
by Emily Nagoski

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English

Pages

416

Publication Date

March 03, 2015

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***A <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTELLER***<br /> <br />An essential exploration of why and how women鈥檚 sexuality works鈥攂ased on groundbreaking research and brain science鈥攖hat will radically transform your sex life into one filled with confidence and joy.<br /><br />Researchers have spent the last decade trying to develop a 鈥減ink pill鈥?for women to function like Viagra does for men. So where is it? Well, for reasons this book makes crystal clear, that pill will never be the answer鈥攂ut as a result of the research that鈥檚 gone into it, scientists in the last few years have learned more about how women鈥檚 sexuality works than we ever thought possible, and <i>Come as You Are</i> explains it all.<br /> <br />The first lesson in this essential, transformative book by Dr. Emily Nagoski is that every woman has her own unique sexuality, like a fingerprint, and that women vary more than men in our anatomy, our sexual response mechanisms, and the way our bodies respond to the sexual world. So we never need to judge ourselves based on others鈥?experiences. Because women vary, and that鈥檚 normal.<br /> <br />Second lesson: sex happens in a context. And all the complications of everyday life influence the context surrounding a woman鈥檚 arousal, desire, and orgasm.<br /> <br />Cutting-edge research across multiple disciplines tells us that the most important factor for women in creating and sustaining a fulfilling sex life, is not what you do in bed or how you do it, but <i>how you feel about it</i>. Which means that stress, mood, trust, and body image are not peripheral factors in a woman鈥檚 sexual wellbeing; they are central to it. Once you understand these factors, and how to influence them, you can create for yourself better sex and more profound pleasure than you ever thought possible.<br /> <br />And Emily Nagoski can prove it.
Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times (The Mid...
by Jennifer Worth

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English

Pages

352

Publication Date

August 29, 2012

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<b>The highest-rated drama in BBC history, <i>Call the Midwife</i> will delight fans of <i>Downton Abbey</i></b><br /><br /> Viewers everywhere have fallen in love with this candid look at post-war London. In the 1950s, twenty-two-year-old Jenny Lee leaves her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in London's East End slums. While delivering babies all over the city, Jenny encounters a colorful cast of women鈥攆rom the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lives, to the woman with twenty-four children who can't speak English, to the prostitutes of the city's seedier side.<br /><br />An unfortgettable story of motherhood, the bravery of a community, and the strength of remarkable and inspiring women,聽<i>Call the Midwife</i> is the true story behind the beloved PBS series, which will soon return for its sixth season.
Whistleblower: My Journey to Silicon Valley and Fight for Justice...
by Susan Fowler

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English

Pages

288

Publication Date

February 18, 2020

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<b><b><b><b>鈥淪harp and engrossing . . . A powerful illustration of the obstacles our society continues to throw up in the paths of ambitious young women, and the ways that institutions still protect and enable badly behaving men.鈥澛?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The New York Times Book Review</i>聽</b>聽</b></b></b></b><br /><br /><b><b><b><b><b>鈥?lt;/b>A very important read...frightening but also very empowering.<b>鈥澛?lt;/b>鈥擥ayle King, <i>CBS This Morning</i></b></b></b></b> <b><b><b><b><br /></b></b></b></b> <br /><b><b>The powerful and inspiring story of the young woman who faced down one of the most valuable startups in Silicon Valley history</b></b> <br /><br /><b>Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2020 by聽<i>Vogue</i>,聽<i>Forbes</i>, and聽<i>Cosmopolitan</i> </b><br /><b><b><b><b><b><b><i><br /></i></b></b></b></b></b></b> Susan Fowler was just twenty-five years old when her blog post describing the sexual harassment and retaliation she'd experienced at Uber riveted the nation. Her post would eventually lead to the ousting of Uber's powerful CEO, but its ripples extended far beyond that, as her courageous choice to attach her name to the post inspired other women to speak publicly about their experiences. In the year that followed, an unprecedented number of women came forward, and Fowler was recognized by <i>Time</i> as one of the "Silence Breakers" who ignited the #MeToo movement.<br /><br />Now, she tells her full story for the first time: a story of extraordinary determination and resilience that reveals what it takes--and what it means--to be a whistleblower. Long before she arrived at Uber, Fowler's life had been defined by her refusal to accept her circumstances. She propelled herself from an impoverished childhood with little formal education to the Ivy League, and then to a coveted position at one of the most valuable companies in the history of Silicon Valley. Each time she was mistreated, she fought back or found a way to reinvent herself; all she wanted was the opportunity to define her own dreams and work to achieve them. But when she discovered Uber's pervasive culture of sexism, racism, harassment, and abuse, and that the company would do nothing about it, she knew she had to speak out--no matter what it cost her. <br /><br /><i>Whistleblower</i> takes us deep inside this shockingly toxic workplace and reveals new details about the aftermath of the blog post, in which Fowler was investigated and followed, hacked and threatened, to the point that she feared for her life. But even as it illuminates how the deck is stacked in favor of the status quo, Fowler's story serves as a crucial reminder that we can take our power back. Both moving personal narrative and rallying cry, <i>Whistleblower</i> urges us to be the heroes of our own stories, and to keep fighting for a more just and equitable world.
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women
by Kate Moore

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English

Pages

405

Publication Date

April 18, 2017

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<p><strong>A<em> New York Times</em>, <em>USA Today, </em>and<em> Wall Street Journal</em> Bestseller!</strong><br /><strong>Emma Watson's Our Shared Shelf Bookclub Selection - May/June 2018 </strong></p><p>"<strong>the glowing ghosts of the radium girls haunt us still</strong>."鈥擭PR Books </p><p><em>The incredible true story of the women who fought America's Undark danger</em></p><p>The Curies' newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War.</p><p>Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these "shining girls" are the luckiest alive 鈥?until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.</p><p>But the factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects, and the women's cries of corruption. And as the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America's early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers' rights that will echo for centuries to come. </p><p>Written with a sparkling voice and breakneck pace, <em>The Radium Girls</em> fully illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the "wonder" substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances. Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives...</p>
The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World
by Melinda Gates

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English

Pages

279

Publication Date

April 23, 2019

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<p><b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER</b><br /><b></b><br />鈥淚n her book, Melinda tells the stories of the inspiring people she鈥檚 met through her work all over the world, digs into the data, and powerfully illustrates issues that need our attention鈥攆rom child marriage to gender inequity in the workplace.鈥?鈥?President Barack Obama</p><p><i>鈥淭he Moment of Lift </i>is an urgent call to courage. It changed how I think about myself, my family, my work, and what鈥檚 possible in the world. Melinda weaves together vulnerable, brave storytelling and compelling data to make this one of those rare books that you carry in your heart and mind long after the last page.鈥?lt;/p><p> 鈥?Bren茅 Brown, Ph.D., author of the <i>New York Times</i> #1 bestseller <i>Dare to Lead</i><br /><i> </i><br /> 鈥淢elinda Gates has spent many years working with women around the world. This book is an urgent manifesto for an equal society where women are valued and recognized in all spheres of life. Most of all, it is a call for unity, inclusion and connection. We need this message more than ever.鈥?鈥?Malala Yousafzai</p><p> "Melinda Gates's book is a lesson in listening. A powerful, poignant, and ultimately humble call to arms." 鈥?Tara Westover, author of the <i>New York Times</i> #1 bestseller <i>Educated</i><br /> <b></b><br /><b> A debut from Melinda Gates, a timely and necessary call to action for women's empowerment.</b></p><p> 鈥淗ow can we summon a moment of lift for human beings 鈥?and especially for women? Because when you lift up women, you lift up humanity.鈥?lt;/p><br /><p> For the last twenty years, Melinda Gates has been on a mission to find solutions for people with the most urgent needs, wherever they live. Throughout this journey, one thing has become increasingly clear to her: If you want to lift a society up, you need to stop keeping women down.</p><p> In this moving and compelling book, Melinda shares lessons she鈥檚 learned from the inspiring people she鈥檚 met during her work and travels around the world. As she writes in the introduction, 鈥淭hat is why I had to write this book鈥攖o share the stories of people who have given focus and urgency to my life. I want all of us to see ways we can lift women up where we live.鈥?lt;/p><p> Melinda鈥檚 unforgettable narrative is backed by startling data as she presents the issues that most need our attention鈥攆rom child marriage to lack of access to contraceptives to gender inequity in the workplace. And, for the first time, she writes about her personal life and the road to equality in her own marriage. Throughout, she shows how there has never been more opportunity to change the world鈥攁nd ourselves.</p><p> Writing with emotion, candor, and grace, she introduces us to remarkable women and shows the power of connecting with one another.</p><p> When we lift others up, they lift us up, too.</p>
Quit Like a Woman: The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture O...
by Holly Whitaker

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English

Pages

352

Publication Date

December 31, 2019

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<b><i>USA TODAY </i>BESTSELLER 鈥?The founder of a female-focused recovery program offers a radical new path to sobriety.</b><br /><br /><b>鈥淵ou don鈥檛 know how much you need this book, or maybe you do. Either way, it will save your life.鈥濃€擬elissa Hartwig Urban, Whole30 co-founder and CEO</b><br /><br /> We live in a world obsessed with drinking. We drink at baby showers and work events, brunch and book club, graduations and funerals. Yet no one ever questions alcohol鈥檚 ubiquity鈥攊n fact, the only thing ever questioned is why someone <i>doesn鈥檛</i> drink. It is a qualifier for belonging and if you don鈥檛 imbibe, you are considered an anomaly. As a society, we are obsessed with health and wellness, yet we uphold alcohol as some kind of magic elixir, though it is anything but.<br /><br /> When Holly Whitaker decided to seek help after one too many benders, she embarked on a journey that led not only to her own sobriety, but revealed the insidious role alcohol plays in our society and in the lives of women in particular. What鈥檚 more, she could not ignore the ways that alcohol companies were targeting women, just as the tobacco industry had successfully done generations before. Fueled by her own emerging feminism, she also realized that the predominant systems of recovery are archaic, patriarchal, and ineffective for the unique needs of women and other historically oppressed people鈥攚ho don鈥檛 need to lose their egos and surrender to a male concept of God, as the tenets of Alcoholics Anonymous state, but who need to cultivate a deeper understanding of their own identities and take control of their lives. When Holly found an alternate way out of her own addiction, she felt a calling to create a sober community with resources for anyone questioning their relationship with drinking, so that they might find their way as well. Her resultant feminine-centric recovery program focuses on getting at the root causes that lead people to overindulge and provides the tools necessary to break the cycle of addiction, showing us what is possible when we remove alcohol and destroy our belief system around it.<br /><br /> Written in a relatable voice that is honest and witty, <i>Quit Like a</i> <i>Woman </i>is at once a groundbreaking look at drinking culture and a road map to cutting out alcohol in order to live our best lives without the crutch of intoxication. You will never look at drinking the same way again.
Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men
by Caroline Criado Perez

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English

Pages

436

Publication Date

March 12, 2019

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Data is fundamental to the modern world. From economic development, to healthcare, to education and public policy, we rely on numbers to allocate resources and make crucial decisions. But because so much data fails to take into account gender, because it treats men as the default and women as atypical, bias and discrimination are baked into our systems. And women pay tremendous costs for this bias, in time, money, and often with their lives.<br /><br /> Celebrated feminist advocate Caroline Criado Perez investigates shocking root cause of gender inequality and research in聽<i>Invisible Women鈥犫€?</i> diving into women鈥檚 lives at home, the workplace, the public square, the doctor鈥檚 office, and more. Built on hundreds of studies in the US, the UK, and around the world, and written with energy, wit, and sparkling intelligence, this is a groundbreaking, unforgettable expos茅 that will change the way you look at the world.

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