#CrackingTheCode: Non Fiction

General Non Fiction

Updated February 26, 2023
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A room of one's own
Woolf, Virginia
"I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman." In A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf imagines that Shakespeare had a sister--a sister equal to Shakespeare in talent, and equal in genius, but...
A secret sisterhood : the hidden friendships of Austen, Bront©±, Eliot and Woolf
Midorikawa, Emily
Male literary friendships are the stuff of legend; think Byron and Shelley, Fitzgerald and Hemingway. But the world's best-loved female authors are usually mythologized as solitary eccentrics or isolated geniuses. Coauthors and real-life friends Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney prove...
A thousand ships
Haynes, Natalie
NATIONAL BESTSELLER An NPR Best Book of the Year "Gorgeous.... With her trademark passion, wit, and fierce feminism, Natalie Haynes gives much-needed voice to the silenced women of the Trojan War."--Madeline Miller, author of Circe Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for...
A woman looking at men looking at women : essays on art, sex, and the mind
Hustvedt, Siri
A compelling and radical collection of essays on art, feminism, neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy from prize-winning novelist Siri Hustvedt, the acclaimed author of The Blazing World and What I Loved. Siri Hustvedt has always been fascinated by biology and how human...
Bad feminist : essays
Gay, Roxane
"Roxane Gay is so great at weaving the intimate and personal with what is most bewildering and upsetting at this moment in culture. She is always looking, always thinking, always passionate, always careful, always right there."  -- Sheila Heti, author of How Should a Person Be...
Catch and kill : lies, spies, and a conspiracy to protect predators
Farrow, Ronan
Now an HBO documentary series streaming on HBO Max.  In this instant New York Times bestselling account of violence and espionage, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Ronan Farrow exposes serial abusers and a cabal of powerful interests...
Breaking through bias : communication techniques for women to succeed at work
Kramer, Andrea S.
More than fifty years after the beginning of the Women's Movement and forty years after passage of Title IX, women are still not "making it" in traditionally male careers. Women start their careers on parity with men but generally end them far earlier, having achieved less status, lower compensation...
Dear Ijeawele : a feminist manifesto in fifteen suggestions
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
NATIONAL BESTSELLER * The award-winning author of We Should All Be Feminists and Americanah gives us this powerful statement about feminism today--written as a letter to a friend. A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a childhood friend, a...
Eleanor and Hick : the love affair that shaped a First Lady
Quinn, Susan
In 1932, as her husband assumed the presidency, Eleanor Roosevelt entered the claustrophobic, duty-bound existence of the First Lady with dread. A lifeline came to her in the form of a feisty campaign reporter for the Associated Press: Lorena Hickok. Over the next 30 years, until Eleanor's death,...
Entitled : how male privilege hurts women
Manne, Kate
An urgent exploration of men's entitlement and how it serves to police and punish women, from the acclaimed author of Down Girl "Kate Manne is a thrilling and provocative feminist thinker. Her work is indispensable."--Rebecca Traister  NAMED ONE OF THE...
Everything's trash, but it's okay
Robinson, Phoebe
2 Dope Queens star Phoebe Robinson is ready to share everything she's experienced in the hope that, if you can laugh at her topsy-turvy life, you can laugh at your own. Written in her trademark unfiltered, witty style, Robinson's latest essay collection is a call to arms. She tackles a wide range of...
Fed up : emotional labor, women, and the way forward
Hartley, Gemma
From Gemma Hartley, the journalist who ignited a national conversation on emotional labor, comes Fed Up, a bold dive into the unpaid, invisible work women have shouldered for too long--and an impassioned vision for creating a better future for us all. Day in, day out, women anticipate and...
Feminism is...
Black, Alexandra
"This book is something I wish I could have read when I was younger." --Roxane Gay, from the foreword of Feminism Is... It didn't just start with #MeToo. Today's feminism is more diverse than ever before and asks all kinds of questions. Combining insightful text...
Fight like a girl : 50 feminists who changed the world
Barcella, Laura
Nearly every day there's another news story, think piece, or pop cultural anecdote related to feminism and women's rights. Conversations around consent, equal pay, access to contraception, and a host of other issues are foremost topics of conversation in American media.
Gender trouble : feminism and the subversion of identity
Butler, Judith
One of the most talked-about scholarly works of the past fifty years, Judith Butler's Gender Trouble is as celebrated as it is controversial.Arguing that traditional feminism is wrong to look to a natural, "essential" notion of the female, or indeed of sex or gender, Butler starts by questioning the...
Girl Decoded
el Kaliouby, Rana
In a captivating memoir, an Egyptian American visionary and scientist provides an intimate view of her personal transformation as she follows her calling--to humanize our technology and how we connect with one another. LONGLISTED FOR THE PORCHLIGHT BUSINESS BOOK AWARD * ...
Harriet Tubman
S©?nchez Vegara, Ma Isabel
New in the Little People, Big Dreams series, discover the incredible life of Harriet Tubman, the Underground Railroad conductor who 'never lost a single passenger' in this true story of her life.
History vs women : the defiant lives that they don't want you to know
Sarkeesian, Anita
Rebels, rulers, scientists, artists, warriors and villains Women are, and have always been, all these things and more. Looking through the ages and across the globe, Anita Sarkeesian, founder of Feminist Frequency, along with Ebony Adams PHD, have reclaimed the stories...
Her again : becoming Meryl Streep
Schulman, Michael
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A portrait of a woman, an era, and a profession: the first thoroughly researched biography of Meryl Streep--the "Iron Lady" of acting, nominated for nineteen Oscars and winner of three--that explores her beginnings as a young woman of the 1970s grappling with...
I am Malala : the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban
Yousafzai, Malala
A MEMOIR BY THE YOUNGEST RECIPIENT OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE As seen on Netflix with David Letterman "I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday." When the Taliban took control of the Swat...
I know why the caged bird sings
Angelou, Maya.
Maya Angelou's debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide. Her life story is told in the documentary film And Still I Rise, as seen on PBS's American Masters. Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself....
Lean in : women, work, and the will to lead
Sandberg, Sheryl.
#1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER * "A landmark manifesto" (The New York Times) that's a revelatory, inspiring call to action and a blueprint for individual growth that will empower women around the world to achieve their full potential.  In her famed TED...
Malala's magic pencil
Yousafzai, Malala
Nobel Peace Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author Malala Yousafzai's first picture book, inspired by her own childhood. Malala's first picture book will inspire young readers everywhere to find the magic all around them. As a child in Pakistan, Malala...
I should have honor : a memoir of hope and pride in Pakistan
Brohi, Khalida
A fearless memoir about tribal life in Pakistan--and the act of violence that inspired one ambitious young woman to pursue a life of activism and female empowerment "Khalida Brohi understands the true nature of honor. She is fearless in her pursuit of justice and...
My body
Ratajkowski, Emily
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "My Body offers a lucid examination of the mirrors in which its author has seen herself, and her indoctrination into the cult of beauty as defined by powerful men. In its more transcendent passages . . . the author steps...
My life in full
Nooyi, Indra
A New York Times Bestseller   An intimate and powerful memoir by the trailblazing former CEO of PepsiCo For a dozen years as one of the world's most admired CEOs, Indra Nooyi redefined what it means to be an exceptional leader. The first woman of color and...
Mother Teresa
S©?nchez Vegara, Ma Isabel
My own words
Ginsburg, Ruth Bader
The New York Times bestselling book from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg--"a comprehensive look inside her brilliantly analytical, entertainingly wry mind, revealing the fascinating life of one of our generation's most influential voices in both law and public opinion" (Harper...
Our stories, our voices : 21 YA authors get real about injustice, empowerment, and growing up female in America
Reed, Amy Lynn
From Amy Reed, Ellen Hopkins, Amber Smith, Sandhya Menon, and more of your favorite YA authors comes an anthology of essays that explore the diverse experiences of injustice, empowerment, and growing up female in America. This collection of twenty-one essays from major YA authors...
Ruth Bader Ginsburg : a life
De Hart, Jane Sherron
The first full life--private, public, legal, philosophical--of the 107th Supreme Court Justice, one of the most profound and profoundly transformative legal minds of our time; a book fifteen years in work, written with the cooperation of Ruth Bader Ginsburg herself and based on many interviews...
Sontag : her life
Moser, Benjamin
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award Finalist for the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography Named one of the Best Books of the Year by: O Magazine, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Seattle Times The definitive portrait of one of...
The Amazons : lives and legends of warrior women across the ancient world
Mayor, Adrienne
The real history of the Amazons in war and love Amazons--fierce warrior women dwelling on the fringes of the known world--were the mythic archenemies of the ancient Greeks. Heracles and Achilles displayed their valor in duels with Amazon queens, and the Athenians reveled in...

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