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The Woman's Doctor, Anonymous [Sol Allen, aka Barney Allen]
1 Anonymous [Sol Allen, aka Barney Allen] The Woman's Doctor
New York The Macaulay Company 1933 2nd printing Hardcover Good in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Gretta 
[ex-rental library book (Vierstahler Bros., on Walnut St., city unknown), marked by only a single stamp on the ffep, some soiling to fore-edge and bottom page edges, binding a little weak (but no cracks or splits), light shelfwear; jacket is edgeworn, with small tears and a teensy bit of paper loss at several corners, a bit of smudging/creasing in front panel, moderate soiling to rear panel]. According to the jacket blurb of this book -- "so startling, so new, that is is certain to make literary history" -- both men AND women would find out more about the mysteries of the female body than they ever imagined. "The secret side of womanhood, most of it dark even to the women themselves, is revealed under the searching kindly inquiry of the consultation-chamber and the relentless probing insistence of the operating-room." Despite the singular title, the book is actually structured around the experiences of two doctors, who eventually come into conflict when one is accused of having facilitated an abortion. The setting is specified as Toronto, which is a tipoff to the identity of the author: one Sol Allen, a Canadian writer whose 1929 novel "They Have Bodies" (published in the U.S. under the name "Barney Allen") has been cited as an almost unique early example of modernist Canadian fiction. (And, interestingly, he also published two novels later, as "Sol Barney Allen" -- apparently his true, full name -- that would appear to cover the same ground: "Toronto Doctor" (1949) and "The Gynecologist" (1965).) There's an extensive glossary of medical terms at the end of the book, which permits the author to avoid the use of "repellent terms." And speaking of relentless probing, by the way: could anything be much scarier than that jacket illustration? 
Price: 200.00 USD
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We Cannot Live Without Our Lives, Deming, Barbara
2 Deming, Barbara We Cannot Live Without Our Lives
New York Grossman/Viking 1974 0-670-75335-1 / 9780670753352 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good- dj Illustrated by (dj design) Jacqueline Schuman 
[mild shelfwear; fragile, brown-paper jacket has long tears at top rear hinge and top rear foldover, with some associated wrinkling/creasing to top section of rear panel, but is still clean with minimal paper loss]. A collection of poems, essays, letters and eulogies, in which the author "reveals her deeply personal struggles as she confronts today's problems -- the Vietnam war, racial inequality, the never-ending battle of women against oppression, and her special experience as a lesbian." Especially notable is her "vivid account of three days in 'concentration camp' with the Mayday Tribe," during a 1971 antiwar demonstration in Washington, D.C. Deming, a feminist, journalist, and activist for non-violent social change, died in 1984. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Linoleum, Better Babies, and the Modern Farm Woman, 1890-1930, Holt, Marilyn Irvin
3 Holt, Marilyn Irvin Linoleum, Better Babies, and the Modern Farm Woman, 1890-1930
Albuquerque University of New Mexico Press (c.1995) 0-8263-1635-2 / 9780826316356 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[book is tight/clean, with no discernible wear; jacket shows the tiniest bit of surface rubbing]. (B&W photographs) 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Portrait of a Con Man: A Game Some People Play, Mendoza, Fay
4 Mendoza, Fay Portrait of a Con Man: A Game Some People Play
New York Vantage Press (c.1975) 0-533-01869-2 / 9780533018697 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[nice tight clean book; jacket shows a little rubbing/scuffing along bottom edge of front panel, one small tear there as well, spine a bit faded]. "Portrait of a Conned Woman" might be a better title for this "chronicle of one woman's experience--of an unsuspecting woman who was 'taken,' heart and pocketbook, by a con man working, albeit just barely, within the law--and how her programming in a rigidly defined sex role made her the perfect victim, a pushover just waiting to be fleeced." Most of the book takes the form of a long letter from the author to her lawyer, in a diary-like format, giving a detailed account of her victimization at the hands of "C.B." Despite the declaration on the jacket that the author "is not a part of the Women's Lib movement," the book fairly bubbles over with her rage at women's oppression by men. As well it should! 
Price: 35.00 USD
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When Love Comes to Woman, Morton, Leah
5 Morton, Leah When Love Comes to Woman
New York J.H. Sears & Company 1929 NO 2nd printing Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [solid copy, light dust-soiling to top edge, bumping and slight exposure of board at bottom front corner, spine cloth a little darkened]. Per a contemporary ad for this "new and somewhat disturbing" book, it deals with "the problem of the unmarried mother as seen through the eyes of a social worker," and poses the following questions: "What shall the present day woman have for her standards, since the old standards have been swept away? Shall she go out in search of happiness and adventure, or stay at home in cotton wool? Shall she live the same life as a man; can she handle herself in this new order?" The narrator on page 1 acknowledges that she is "a woman of fifty-one," and that when she writes in her book of "young people," she speaks "not of the sons and daughters of strangers, but of those who are dearest to me -- my own." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Women Over Forty, Trent, Sarah
6 Trent, Sarah Women Over Forty
New York The Macaulay Company (c.1934) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [solid square copy, minor shelfwear, spine cloth sunned, one tiny dark stain on spine, small bookseller's label (McClelland & Co., Columbus, Ohio) on front pastedown; minor pencil lining in text, a couple of turned-down page corners]. From the Foreword by Dr. Charles Francis Potter, founder of The First Humanist Society of New York: "If ever a book was sorely needed, this one is. My experience as a preacher has revealed to me the appalling number of unhappy women over forty. Some are simply at a loss what to do with themselves when their children need them no longer. Others are distraught, panicky, morbid and even desperate. To all such women, in fact to all women, [the author], from her own experience and her store of common sense, offers confidential advice of a valuable type. She understands women." (My favorite chapter title: "Modern Nerves.") 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Diary of a Divorced Mother [*SIGNED*], Willison, Marilyn Murray
7 Willison, Marilyn Murray Diary of a Divorced Mother [*SIGNED*]
(n.p.) Wyden Books (c.1980) 0-87223-577-7 / 9780872235779 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Appelbaum & Curtis Signed by Author
[minor wear to spine ends, otherwise a tight clean book; jacket very slightly faded at spine, with a trace of soiling to the rear panel, some insignificant wrinkling along top edge]. INSCRIBED "To ________ - / who has been my / mentor, friend, confidant and / safe port in my many storms. This book / is for you with affection and admiration," and SIGNED by the author on the reverse of the ffep (facing the half-title page). The author at age 27 "had two bouncy sons but no job and no money when her husband decided to marry her best friend," but went on to establish "a new, healthily sunny outlook and a busy, satisfying life." Seems like she was pretty well-connected, too, with the book boasting jacket blurbs from Judy Blume, Eleanor Perry and Adela Rogers St. Johns. Signed by Author 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Reading Between the Lines: The Diaries of Women, Wylie, Betty Jane
8 Wylie, Betty Jane Reading Between the Lines: The Diaries of Women
Toronto Key Porter Books (c.1995) 1-55013-637-2 / 9781550136371 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Gary Alphonso 
[nice clean copy, faint shelfwear, NO remainder or other marks; light rubbing and minor abrasions to jacket, short diagonal crease at top corner of front flap]. The author "traces the evolution of women's diaries over the centuries, looking at them in a wise and wonderful new light. It is a fascinating a journey through the private lives of unknown and famous women as revealed in the pages of their journals." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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