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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: 225.00 USD
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2 Chernin, Kim The Obsession: Reflections on the Tyranny of Slenderness
New York Harper & Row (c.1981) 0-06-014884-5 / 9780060148843 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj painting) Jan Steen 
(price-clipped) [solid copy, minor soiling to page edges; jacket shows minor soiling and edgewear]. "A deeply committed and beautifully written analysis of our society's increasing demand that women be thin. It offers a careful and thought-provoking discussion of the reasons men have encouraged this obsession and women have embraced it. It is a book about women's efforts to become thin rather than to accept the natural dimensions of their bodies -- a book about the meaning of food and its rejection." 
Price: 7.00 USD
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Wimples and Crisping-Pins; being studies in the coiffure and ornaments of women, Child, Theodore
3 Child, Theodore Wimples and Crisping-Pins; being studies in the coiffure and ornaments of women
New York Harper and Brothers 1895 (c.1894) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [moderate wear at extremities, slight darkening to spine cloth, tiny nick in cloth at right edge of front cover (full-page plates, line drawings) Historical survey of women's hairdos and bling throughout the ages. Contains chapters on Egypt, Asia, Athens, Rome, the Middle Ages, Florence, Venice, the Spanish Toque, the Eighteenth Century, and the Romantic Period, with a final chapter "On Jewelry and Ornaments." Frontispiece + 54 illustrations, a mixture of small line drawings and full-page plates. From the estate of legendary Hollywood makeup artist William Tuttle, with his stamped ownership signature on the verso of the front free endpaper. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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4 Chodorow, Nancy J. Feminism and Psychoanalytic Theory
New Haven/London Yale University Press 1989 0-300-04417-8 / 9780300044171 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Sonia L. Scanlon 
[nice tight clean copy, faint browning to page edges; jacket shows just a trace of surface wear]. "In this long-awaited work, a leading psychoanalytic and feminist theorist traces the development of her views on the psychodynamics, sociology, and culture of gender. Expanding on her pathbreaking work in 'The Reproduction of Mothering,' [the author] elucidates how the unconscious awareness of self and gender we develop from earliest infancy continues to shape both out experiences and men and women and the patterns of inequality and difference that exist throughout our society and culture." 
Price: 9.50 USD
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5 Davison, Jane The Fall of a Doll's House: Three Generations of American Women and the Houses They Lived In
New York Holt, Rinehart & Winston (c.1980) 0-03-041676-0 / 9780030416767 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[book nice and tight, very slight edge-soiling; jacket has a couple of small closed edge-tears, one tiny chip at bottom of rear panel, a bit of soiling]. "In this provocative mix of social, architectural, and personal history, [the author] takes a sympathetic but skeptical look at a treasured American dream--the single- family suburban house. Drawing upon the examples of her grandmother, her mother, and herself, she shows the changing attitude toward the house as a symbol of the good life and the technological changes in the house itself, over three generations." 
Price: 7.00 USD
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We Cannot Live Without Our Lives, Deming, Barbara
6 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
7 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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8 Joseph, Gloria I., and Jill Lewis Common Differences: Conflicts in Black and White Feminist Perspectives
Garden City NY Anchor Books 1981 0-385-14271-4 / 9780385142717 First Edition Softcover Near Fine Illustrated by (cover) David Barnett 
[nice tight copy, clean inside and out, minor handling wear, very light exterior soiling]. Trade PB "An unprecedented and unparalleled examination and analysis of an alarming schism in the women's movement: the differences between Black and White women's perspectives, attitudes and concerns on key issues. Written from a political perspective that considers sexism, racism, and classism as the major components affecting the attitudes held by Black and White women today, ths book presents an overview of women's status through history and discusses the vital issues where common differences occur: sexuality, men and marriage, mothers and daughters, media images, and the direction of the movement itself." 
Price: 5.00 USD
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Business and Protective Law for Women, Lineman, Mab Copland
9 Lineman, Mab Copland Business and Protective Law for Women
Los Angeles (published by the author) (c.1926) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket, probably as issued) [solid copy, slight dust-darkening to top edge, minor shelfwear, slight fading to spine cloth; one-time (1927) owner's name and address neatly written in ink on second front endpaper]. (B&W photo frontispiece portait of author) From the Preface: "Urged on by the many tragic occurrences coming to the attention of the author in her practice, whereby women, through lack of a little knowledge of ordinary business law, have suffered severe losses, with a sincere desire to contribute something which will help prevent such losses and help women to better protect themselves, this book is respectfully dedicated to the Women of the State of California." (Two words, folks: community property.) The author had received her LLB from USC and was admitted to the California Bar in 1917; she subsequently became the first woman judge pro tem of the Superior Court, and was the founding President of the Woman Lawyers' Association of Southern California. [This book is featured in ReadInk's Catalog #2, "Skirts, in Jackets," available upon request.] 
Price: 65.00 USD
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10 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]. "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: 25.00 USD
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When Love Comes to Woman, Morton, Leah
11 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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12 Muff, Janet, ed. Socialization, Sexism, and Stereotyping: Women's Issues in Nursing
St. Louis The C. V. Mosby Company 1982 0-8016-3581-0 / 9780801635816 1st printing Softcover Very Good 
[moderately worn copy, corners of front cover a little corner-creased/dog-eared, remnants of small label on inside front cover, no markings in text]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) 
Price: 13.50 USD
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Between Ourselves: Letters between Mothers and Daughters 1750-1982, Payne, Karen, ed.
13 Payne, Karen, ed. Between Ourselves: Letters between Mothers and Daughters 1750-1982
London Michael Joseph 1983 0-7181-2221-6 / 9780718122218 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj painting) J. Cardona 
[nice clean copy, very light bumping to top rear corner; jacket shows light handling wear, minor surface-scratching to rear panel]. "In this remarkable anthology, [the editor] has brought together private letters on a wide range of controversial subjects from over a hundred pairs of mothers and daughters, around the world and across two centuries. Some of these women are known from the history books but, in this unusual selection, such famous women as Florence Nightingale, Queen Victoria, George Sand and Vera Brittain rub shoulders with a dramatic cross-section of unknown women whose wit and courage are equally inspiring. Some have violent arguments, others share the ironies of life. All reveal an electrifying strength of character, from the nineteenth-century doctor who pulls her mother's leg about marriage to the twentieth-century mother who prepares her daughter for her death." 
Price: 6.50 USD
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14 Polster, Miriam F. Eve's Daughters: The Forbidden Heroism of Women
San Francisco Jossey-Bass Publishers (c.1992) 1-55542-464-3 / 9781555424640 3rd printing Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[very nice copy, with just a bit of surface wear to the dust jacket]. (Jossey-Bass Social and Behavioral Science series). "Seeking to recast the archaic image of invincible male heroism, [the author] proposes a more healthy and realistic definition that recognizes the heroism of women. She provides a positive approach to the psychology of women, explaining why we must learn to appreciate women heroes who have previously gone unremarked and empower ourselves by recognizing our own heroic acts. By giving heroism a more authentic and human dimension, she presents a vision of courage, cooperation, and fulfillment that is within the reach of everyone." 
Price: 8.00 USD
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The Maimie Papers, Rosen, Ruth, and Sue Davidson, eds.
15 Rosen, Ruth, and Sue Davidson, eds. The Maimie Papers
[n.p.] Feminist Press / Indiana University Press (c.1977) 0-253-23600-2 / 9780253236005 Unstated Softcover Very Good 
[mild edgewear, a bit of rubbing to covers, remainder mark on bottom edge]. Trade PB "These letters, written between 1910 and 1922 by a young Jewish prostitute,Maimi Pinzer, to Boston philanthropist Fanny Quincy Howe, are a unique and moving chronicle of the life of a poor, working woman in early twentieth-century America. At thirteen, Maimi began a struggle for survival that led her into contact with other poor and exploited people whose miseries and hopes she depicted with a writer's gift." (Published in cooperation with The Schlesinger Library of Radcliffe College, which holds the original letters from which the book was compiled.) 
Price: 6.00 USD
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16 Strossen, Nadine Defending Pornography: Free Speech, Sex, and the Fight for Women's rights
New York Scribner (c.1995) 0-684-19749-9 / 9780684197494 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Fine dj 
[rear corners bumped, otherwise a nice tight clean copy; jacket has the tiniest trace of handling wear]. 
Price: 7.50 USD
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Women Over Forty, Trent, Sarah
17 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: 40.00 USD
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Diary of a Divorced Mother [*SIGNED*], Willison, Marilyn Murray
18 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: 25.00 USD
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Reading Between the Lines: The Diaries of Women, Wylie, Betty Jane
19 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: 12.00 USD
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20 Zavella, Patricia Women's Work and Chicano Families: Cannery Workers of the Santa Clara Valley
Ithaca/London Cornell University Press 1987 0-8014-9410-9 / 9780801494109 First Edition Softcover Near Fine 
[tight and clean; a bit of wear at corners, bookstore stamp on bottom edge]. Trade PB (Anthropology of Contemporary Issues series). 
Price: 10.00 USD
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