Feminism/Women's Studies

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WisCon Guest of Honor Reading and Reception

A Room of One's Own welcomes WisCon, the world's foremost feminist science fiction convention, for its 34th year by hosting a reception. This year's Guests of Honor, Nnedi Okorafor and Mary Anne Mohanraj, will give a reading in the store. Come by and mingle, enjoy the snacks and refreshments provided by A Room of One's Own, and help us kick off the convention in style!

Secret Feminist Cabal by Helen Merrick

This book is a refreshingly community-centric look at sites of feminist struggle in SF fandom, as opposed to a feminist literary criticism approach which has been more popular, and which has been the focus of most of the work I've read on feminist science fiction.

The Secret Feminist Cabal: A Cultural History of Science Fiction Feminisms Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781933500331
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Published: Aqueduct Press - December 1st, 2009

WisCon: The World's Leading Feminist Science Fiction Convention

Who Fears Death Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780756406172
Availability: Backordered
Published: Daw Books - June 1st, 2010

Zahrah the Windseeker Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780547020280
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Published: Graphia Books - February 18th, 2008

Bodies in Motion: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060781194
Availability: Special Order
Published: Harper Perennial - June 13th, 2006

Shameless Hussies Book Club

Join the Shameless Hussies Book Club for their discussion of Fingersmith by Sarah Waters! Get 10% off the cover price of the book when you buy it at A Room of One's Own.

In Victorian England, an orphan girl is sent to a country estate to work for-and ultimately woo-its young heiress, on behalf of a mysterious benefactor known as "Gentleman".

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$17.00
ISBN: 9781573229722
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 1st, 2002

Sarah White, Author of Write Your Travel Memoirs

Sarah White is an author and personal historian who believes writing a travel memoir is a spectacular opportunity to practice the craft of creative nonfiction writing. Her book offers five lessons packed with useful information, perfect for a writing workshop or self-study program.

Write Your Travel Memoirs: 5 Steps to Transform Your Travel Experiences Into Compelling Essays Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9780984441303
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Published: First Person Productions - March 4th, 2010

Ooku by Fumi Yoshinaga

An alternate history of Japan in which women rule the country during the Edo period. Court intrigue, realities of a devastating plague, and a lot of subversion of traditional gender roles!

Volumes 1 and 2 recently won the 2009 Tiptree Award, which recognizes science fiction and fantasy works that explore and expand one's understanding of gender.

Ooku: The Inner Chambers, Vol. 1 Cover Image
By Fumi Yoshinaga, Fumi Yoshinaga (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781421527475
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Published: Viz Media - August 18th, 2009

The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue

The Sealed Letter is about the friendship between a pioneer of the British women's movement and an unhappily married woman. The story turns into the trial of the century.

This book shows how few choices women in the 19th century had, and how one small mistake could mean ruin forever.

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$14.95
ISBN: 9780547247762
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Published: Mariner Books - September 24th, 2009

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

My most recent Can't Put It Down novel. I finished it in three sittings.

The book includes one horrible event that's hard to read by necessary. We get two experiences of that event told from the perspective of two very different characters in their own voices.

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$15.99
ISBN: 9781416589648
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 16th, 2010

Room of One's Own Foundation (R.O.O.F.)

R.O.O.F. is the non-profit educational wing of A Room of One's Own Bookstore. The foundation was established in 2006 as a public charity for the educational benefit of women and girls. Programs are supported by a gift from a local feminist and from donations from you!

Ash by Malinda Lo

I recently read Ash by Malinda Lo, a queer YA retelling of Cinderella. If you think that sounds like your kind of book, you will love this one. It is so gorgeously written! It reminded me of Deerskin by Robin McKinley in a lot of ways (though it isn't nearly so dark and difficult in theme), especially in terms of how Lo balances the language of fairy tales with the language of modern fiction, and the quality of the writing overall.

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$10.99
ISBN: 9780316040105
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 5th, 2010

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