The author tells her story of being caught between two worlds as the American-born dutiful daughter of Persian-Jewish immigrants who hungers for more self-determination than tradition allows.
Sixteen-year-old Suzette returns home to Los Angeles after a year away at boarding school to find a lot has changed—she feels the repercussions of a year away at a school where she was the only Black, Jewish student, discovering her sexuality.
In 2020, this graphic novel documenting the dramatic life and death of German revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg celebrates its fifth anniversary of publication.
An unforgettable memoir about a mixed-race Jewish woman who, after fifteen years of estrangement from her racist great-aunt, helps bring her home when Alzheimer's strikes.
This nonfiction book explores the sometimes fraught genre of leftist Yiddish poetry that depicts the suffering of people all over the world—Palestinian Arabs, Black Americans, Spanish Republicans—to speak to collective struggle in the 1930s.
In her memoir, Heumann explores her work as a disability rights activist, recounting the largely erased history of the Disability Rights Movement in the United States.
In this nearly wordless graphic novel, the author explores her ancestral home of Baghdad, which, in the 1940s, was a hub of Jewish life.
Through archived voicemail messages, emails, and an impressive feat of ventriloquism, Kalb shares her grandmother's life story in the voice of her late grandmother herself.
Journalist Janice Kaplan sets out to determine why the extraordinary work of so many women has been brushed aside, and celebrates the women geniuses, past and present, who have triumphed anyway.
A high-risk pregancy doctor's account of her work and the complexity of reproductive life—and everything that's lost when we don’t speak honestly about women’s health.
This book rethinks early Jewish American women's lives by examining five objects owned by five different Jewish women who lived in New York between 1750 and 1850.
What We Will Become is a mother’s memoir of her transgender child’s journey, and her own exploration of the world outside the boundaries of the Ultra-Orthodox faith and culture that shaped her.
In the newest book by the beloved author of Ella Enchanted, a young Jewish girl survives the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492 and crafts her own destiny.
This collection of essays explores Lippman's experience as an older mom and her relationships with her parents, friends, and writing.
In this anticipated debut novel, Masad powerfully explores the complexity of familial relationships, sexuality, and grief, as main character Maggie processes her mother's death and embarks on a journey to hand-deliver letters to five mysterious men.
A young bride shuts herself up in a bedroom on her wedding day, refusing to get married.
A story inspired by the lived experiences of Jewish children hidden during World War II, Rosner's debut novel captures the unbreakable bond between a mother and a daughter.
Pretty Bitches: On Being Called Crazy, Angry, Bossy, Frumpy, Feisty, and All the Other Words That Are Used to Undermine WomenEdited by Lizzie Skurnick
These empowering essays from leading women writers examine the power of the gendered language that is used to diminish women—and imagine a more liberated world.
Solnit reflects on her formation as a writer and as a feminist in San Francisco during the 1980s, exploring how she found her voice in a society that prefers women to be silent.
Solomon weaves a retelling of the biblical story of Esther with the overlapping and colliding stories of a senator's wife and a Brooklyn mom, illuminating how women’s lives have and have not changed over thousands of years.
This gorgeous new edition of Gertrude Stein's most well-known work bursts with the bright, sophisticated, and fanciful images of artist Maira Kalman.
Sharing the Work: What My Family and Career Taught Me about Breaking Through (and Holding the Door Open for Others)By Myra Strober
In her memoir, economist Myra Strober shares her life's work: the study of and fight against gender bias in the workplace, in academia, and at home.
The first novel written and published in English by an American Jewish woman and the first coming-of-age novel to depict Jews in the US, this book was published serially in 1860 and then forgotten until the 21st century.
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