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Ashley's War
The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield 
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

In 2010, the Army created Cultural Support Teams, a secret pilot program to insert women alongside Special Operations soldiers battling in Afghanistan to assist on raids and gather crucial information from Afghani women. In Ashley’s War, reporter Gayle Tzemach Lemmon tells the tale of one of these secret units and the remarkable hero at its heart: Ashley White, a beloved and effective soldier who gave her life serving her country in a role for which she will never officially receive credit. Ashley’s War is a gripping combat narrative and a moving story of friendship—a book that will change the way students think about war and the meaning of service.

“An unforgettable story of female soldiers breaking the brass ceiling. The women who answered America’s call to serve show that our military is stronger when it engages both halves of the population. This book will inspire you and remind you of the power that comes with defying limits.”—Sheryl Sandberg

Harper: 336 pp.
2016: 978-0-06-233382-7 • pb • $15.99 ($19.99/CAN)
Available in an e-book edition.

See the Ashley's War book trailer here.

And you can find Lemmon's TED Talk on women soldiers here

About the Author

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a Fellow and Deputy Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2004 she left ABC News to earn her MBA at Harvard, where she began writing about women entrepreneurs in conflict and post-conflict zones, including Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Rwanda. Her reporting on entrepreneurs in these countries has been published by the New York Times, theFinancial Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Christian Science Monitor, CNN.com, and the Daily Beast.

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Aspen Matis
After being raped on her second night at college, Aspen Matis dropped out of school to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Trekking off into the wilderness with no experience, Aspen left her once sheltered life behind in hopes of finding a way to heal. She has published much-lauded essays in There & Back Magazine and The New York Times’ Modern Love column. She now lives in Greenwich Village, where she continues to tell her story.

Girl in the Woods
A Memoir
Aspen Matis

On her second night of college, amidst the excitement of new friends, new classes, and a new campus, Aspen Matis was raped by a fellow freshman. She stumbled through her first semester until she finally decided to run. The only road in sight: the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail leading from Mexico to Canada. 

Now, in this grippingly honest and inspiring memoir of adventure, Aspen recounts her journey from shattered girl to self-reliant woman, as she discovered herself in the wilderness of the American West. Along the way, she learns to trust others again, but more importantly she learns to trust herself. A poignant testament to the transformative power of self-reliance, Girl In The Woods is a story of survival, self-discovery, and liberation, but most of all, it is a story of finding hope and healing in nature. 

William Morrow: 400 pp.
2016: 978-0-06-229107-3 • pb • $15.99 ($19.99/CAN)
Available in an e-book edition.

DRINK: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol by Ann Dowsett Johnston

Bad Feminist
Essays
Roxane Gay

Bad Feminist is a sharp, funny, and spot-on look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are, and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we still need to do better.

Roxane Gay—one of the most-watched and original young cultural observers of her generation—takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of color (The Help) while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years (Girls, Django in Chains) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture.

“Pre-order it, put it on the library hold list, whatever. Just get ready to read it and quote it and share it and be challenged by it.”—Book Riot

Freshman Common Read: UCLA, Virginia Wesleyan College, Salem State University

Harper Perennial: 256 pp.
2014 • 978-0-06-228271-2 • pb • $15.99 ($19.99/CAN)
Available in an e-book edition. 

Roxane Gay
Roxane Gay is the author of the novel An Untamed State and the story collection Ayiti. Her work has also appeared in GlamourBest American Short Stories, and the New York Times Book Review.


The Prince of Los Cocuyos
A Miami Childhood
Richard Blanco

A powerful and inspiring memoir from Richard Blanco, the first Latino and openly gay inaugural poet, which explores his coming-of-age as the child of Cuban immigrants, and his attempts to understand his place in America while grappling with his burgeoning artistic and sexual identities.Blanco’s poignant, often hilarious memoir brilliantly illuminates the experience of “becoming” in America—a singular and yet universal story that all your students will relate to in some way.

The Prince of Los Cucuyos had me laughing time and again with its warm, sweetly self-deprecating portrait of an immigrant family attempting to straddle Cuban traditions and American trends.  Richard Blanco describes episodes of cultural mistranslation as funny as "I Love Lucy" reruns.  He has sustained a child’s bullseye ability to recognize people's underlying nature, a kind of innocence that most of us lose as we grow up—except those who, like Blanco, grow up to become poets.”—Andrew Solomon, author of Far From the Tree

Freshman Common Read: Florida International University, Quinsigamond Community College

Ecco: 272 pp.

2015: 978-0-06-231377-5 

• $14.99 ($18.50/CAN)

Available in an e-book edition.



Richard Blanco
Richard Blanco immigrated to the United States as an infant with his Cuban-exile family. He is the author of City of a Hundred Fires, Directions to the Beach of the Dead, Looking for the Gulf Motel, One Today, Boston Strong, and For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s JourneyIn 2013, Blanco was chosen to serve as the fifth inaugural poet of the United States.

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DRINK: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol by Ann Dowsett Johnston
DRINK: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol by Ann Dowsett Johnston
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Hidden Figures
The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
Margot Lee Shetterly

Set against the backdrop of the Jim Crow South and the civil rights movement, Hidden Figures is the never-before-told story of NASA’s African-American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in America’s space program—and whose contributions have been unheralded, until now.

Before John Glenn orbited the Earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of professionals worked as “Human Computers,” calculating the flight paths that would enable these historic achievements. Among these were a coterie of bright, talented African-American women. Segregated from their white counterparts by Jim Crow laws, these “colored computers,” as they were known, used slide rules, adding machines, and pencil and paper to support America’s fledgling aeronautics industry, and helped write the equations that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

Freshman Common Read: University of Mary Washington, MIT, Cedar Crest College, University of Houston, SUNY Oneonta, University of West Virginia

William Morrow: 384 pp.
2016 • 978-0-06-236359-6 • hc • $27.99 ($34.99/CAN)

Paperback available in December 2016:
978-0-06-236360-2 • pb • $15.99 ($19.99/CAN)

Available in e-book and digital audio editions.

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Margot Lee Shetterly
Margot Lee Shetterly is an independent scholar and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation award recipient, currently at work on The Human Computer Project, a digital archive of the stories of NASA’s female Human Computers.

Darling Days
A Memoir
iO Tillett Wright

When a group of boys refuse to let six-year-old iO play ball, she instantly adopts a new persona, becoming a boy named Ricky, a choice her parents support and celebrate. It is the start of a profound exploration of gender and identity and the beginning of a life invented and reinvented at every step. Alternating between the harrowing and the hilarious, Darling Days is the candid, tough, and stirring memoir of a young person in search of an authentic self as her family and home life devolve into chaos. 

Now an actress and artist, iO is currently finishing a project to photograph people across the LGBTQ spectrum in every state.

“It’s already a rare and wonderful thing to have a great story—but a unique and compelling voice to tell it with is even rarer. With Darling Days, iO Tillett Wright takes us right to where great storytelling lives. A terrific, terrific book.”—Anthony Bourdain

Ecco: 400 pp.
2016: 978-0-06-236820-1 • hc • $26.99 ($33.50/CAN)

Paperback available in September 2017:
978-0-06-236821-8 • pb • $15.99 ($19.99/CAN)

Available in e-book and digital audio editions.

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iO Tillett Wright
iO Tillett Wright is an artist, activist, actor, speaker, TV host and writer. iO's work deals with identity, be it through photography and the Self Evident Truths Project/We Are You campaign or on television as the co-host of MTV's Suspect. iO has exhibited artwork in New York and Tokyo, was a featured contributor on Underground Culture to T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and has had photography featured in GQ, Elle, New York Magazine, and The New York Times Magazine. iO is a regular speaker at universities, discussing expanding one's circle of normalcy and embracing those that are different than you. A native New Yorker, iO is now based in Los Angeles.

Love Wins
The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality 
Debbie Cenziper and Jim Obergefell

In June 2015, the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage the law in all fifty states in a decision as groundbreaking as Roe v Wade and Brown v Board of Education. Through insider accounts and access to key players, Love Wins reveals the dramatic and previously unreported events behind Obergefell v Hodges and the lives at its center. This is a story of law and love—and a promise made to a dying man who wanted to know how he would be remembered.

“A tender story, inspiring, and ultimately a huge celebration. . . . You will never forget Jim Obergefell and his lawyer Al Gerhardstein, two men who fought with every ounce of will they could muster. This book will become a classic.”—Erin Brockovich

William Morrow: 304 pp.
2016 • 978-0-06-245608-3 • hc • $27.99 ($34.99/CAN)

Paperback available in June 2017:
978-0-06-245610-6 • pb • $15.99 ($19.99/CAN)

Available in e-book and digital audio editions.

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Debbie Cenziper
Debbie Cenziper, an investigative reporter for the Washington Post, has won major prizes in American journalism including the Pulitzer Prize, the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Journalism, and the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. She has held reporting positions at the Miami Herald and the Charlotte Observer, grew up in Philadelphia, and graduated from the University of Florida. She lives in Washington, DC.

Jim Obergefell
Jim Obergefell has held a variety of corporate jobs in training and technology, and is the first recipient of the Ohio Democratic Party’s Obergefell-Arthur Progressive Hero Award. He was just named by Politico as one of the 50 top visionaries of 2015. He lives in Washington, DC.

Guyland
The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men
Michael Kimmel

Sociologist Michael Kimmel tackles the world of late adolescent boys and young men: the “guys” of America, aged 16 to 26. Although these young men may appear to be growing up too fast, they are in fact becoming adults quite slowly. From the mundane—video games, movies and television, sports, and music—to the extreme—violent fraternity initiations, sexual predation, and school shootings—Kimmel reveals the culture that every boy must navigate on his way to adulthood, whether he is a participant or a bystander. Kimmel asserts that what happens to boys in this period often determines the type of men they will be for the rest of their lives.

Kimmel is our seasoned guide into a world that, unless we are guys, we barely know exists. As he walks with us through dark territories, he points out the significant and reflects on its meaning. Just as Reviving Ophelia introduced readers to the culture of teenage girls, Guyland takes us to the land of young men.—Mary Pipher, Ph.D., author of Reviving Ophelia

Freshman Common Read: Winona State University

Harper Perennial: 352 pp.
2009: 978-0-06-083135-6 • pb • $14.99 ($18.50/CAN)
Available in an e-book edition.

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Michael Kimmel
Michael Kimmel is a professor of sociology at SUNY-Stony Brook and a leading scholar on the subject of masculinity. He is the author of MANHOOD IN AMERICA: A Cultural History and National Spokesman for the National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS). He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his family.
Beauty Sick
How the Cultural Obsession with Appearance Hurts Girls and Women
Renee Engeln

Today's young women face a bewildering set of contradictions when it comes to beauty. They don't want to be Barbie dolls, but still feel they must look like Barbie dolls. They're angry about how women are treated by the media, but they readily consume the same media that belittles them. They mock our culture's absurd beauty ideal. They make videos exposing Photoshop tricks. But they can't help wanting to emulate the same images they criticize. They know what they see isn't real, but they still long for it. They know better, but knowing better is not enough-they still download apps on their phones to airbrush their selfies.

But, those same young women are all in when it comes to issues they care about. They are itching for a fight. They are ready to drop their mirrors and create a different world for girls and women. BEAUTY SICK is the book that will help them do so. It will review evidence for the myriad consequences of appearance monitoring, including depression, eating disorders, disruptions in cognitive processing, and lost money and time; and it will provide solutions, because once we have a better understanding of how words, especially fat talk and appearance commentary, affect ourselves and other women, change is in reach.

Harper: 256 pp.
2017 • 978-0-06-246977-9 • hc • $26.99 ($33.50/CAN)

Paperback available in April 2018:
978-0-06-246978-6 • pb • $15.99 ($19.99/CAN)

Available in e-book and digital audio editions.

About the Author
Renee Engeln
Renee Engeln
Dr. Renee Engeln has been a professor for fifteen years, nine of which have been at Northwestern University, where she teaches about psychopathology, the psychology of women and gender, social psychology, and the psychology of human beauty. She is an award-winning professor, having amassed over a dozen teaching awards at both Loyola University and Northwestern University. In addition to publishing numerous empirical journal articles and presenting at academic conferences on body image, fat talk, and the objectification of women, she gives talks on these topics to groups around the country.

Her TedX talk at the University of Connecticut on the topic of Beauty Sickness has received over 180,000 views on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63XsokRPV_Y).
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The Women in the Castle
A Novel
Jessica Shattuck

Amid the ashes of Nazi Germany's defeat, Marianne von Lingenfels returns to the once grand castle of her husband's ancestors, an imposing stone fortress now fallen into ruin following years of war. The widow of a resistor murdered in the failed July, 20, 1944, plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, Marianne plans to uphold the promise she made to her husband's brave conspirators: to find and protect their wives, her fellow resistance widows. 

As Marianne assembles this makeshift family from the ruins of her husband's resistance movement, she is certain their shared pain and circumstances will hold them together. But she quickly discovers that the black-and-white, highly principled world of her privileged past has become infinitely more complicated, filled with secrets and dark passions that threaten to tear them apart. Eventually, all of the women must come to terms with the choices that have defined their lives before, during, and after the war—and each with their own unique share of challenges. 

In this evocative and utterly enthralling novel, Jessica Shattuck offers a fresh perspective on one of the most tumultuous periods in history. Combining piercing social insight and vivid historical atmosphere, The Women in the Castle is a dramatic yet nuanced portrait of war and its repercussions that explores what it means to survive, love, and, ultimately, to forgive in the wake of unimaginable hardship.

William Morrow: 368 pp.
2017 • 978-0-06-256366-8 • hc • $26.99 ($33.50/CAN)

Paperback available in January 2018:
978-0-06-256367-5 • pb • $15.99 ($19.99/CAN)

Available in e-book and digital audio editions.

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About the Author
Jessica Shattuck
Jessica Shattuck
Jessica Shattuck is the award-winning author of The Hazards of Good Breeding, a New York Times Notable Book and finalist for the PEN/Winship Award, and of Perfect Life. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Glamour, Mother Jones, WIRED, and The Believer, among others. A graduate of Harvard University, she received her MFA from Columbia University. Shattuck now lives with her husband and three children in Brookline, MA.
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