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Inside This Place, Not Of It

Narratives from Women's Prisons Compiled and edited by Robin Levi and Ayelet Waldman, with Rebecca Silbert Foreword by Michelle Alexander

** PASS (Prevention for a Safer Society) Award for Literature from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency

** Honorable Mention 2012 Oral History Association Book Award

Part of the Voice of Witness book series, Inside this Place, Not of It: Narratives From Women's Prisons is a collection of oral histories from imprisoned and formerly imprisoned women across the U.S. who have suffered violations of their basic human rights. These narrators have experienced everything from medical abuses to sexual crimes, and their stories are heartbreaking, their lives remarkable, and their strength inspirational.



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Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys

True Tales of Love, Lust, and Friendship Between Straight Women and Gay Men Edited by Melissa de la Cruz and Tom Dolby

A literary celebration of one of the most important relationships in a straight girl’s life—her gay best friend.

This collection of original essays goes beyond the banter to get to the essence of an intimate relationship like no other. In addition to stories of gays and gals bonding over brunch, these essays chronicle love and lust, infatuation and heartbreak, growing up and coming out, and family and children. With genuine warmth, this definitive anthology proves that more durable than diamonds, straight women and gay men are each other’s true best friends.


2006 Plume 336 PAGES

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The Modern Jewish Girl's Guide to Guilt

Edited by Ruth Andrew Ellenson

Twenty-eight of today’s top Jewish women writers tell the truth about all the things their rabbis warned them never to discuss in public in this hilarious and provocative collection.


2006 Riverhead 320 PAGES

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I Married My Mother-in-Law

And Other Tales of In-Laws We Can't Live With—And Can't Live Without Edited by Ilena Silverman

By turns blunt and poignant, horrifying and touching, these essays are small mirrors that reflect some of the myriad aspects of this bewildering and complex relationship. Remarkable for both the quality of its prose and the scope of its emotional insight, I Married My Mother-in-law is an unforgettable anthology about an inescapable family relationship.


2005 Harper Collins 312 PAGES

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Because I Said So

33 Mothers Write About Children, Sex, Men, Aging, Faith, Race, and Themselves Edited by Kate Moses and Camille Peri

The challenges facing mothers in the twenty-first century go well beyond tantrum control and potty training. Camille Peri and Kate Moses, the founding editors of's "Mothers Who Think" column and the subsequent anthology of the same name, have once again compiled a selection of intimate and fiercely honest essays on the profound issues that affect women and their children.

Because I Said So offers thirty-three unique perspectives on motherhood from such writers as Janet Fitch, Mariane Pearl, Ayelet Waldman, Mary Roach, Rosellen Brown, Mary Morris, and Ana Castillo. Witty and wise, their stories range from the anguish of giving up child custody to the guilt of having sex in an era of sexless marriages; from learning to love the full-speed testosterone chaos of boys to raising girls in a pervasively sexualized culture; from facing racial and religious intolerance to surviving cancer and rap simultaneously. This is the collective voice of real mothers in all their humor, anger, vulnerability, grace, and glory.


2004 Vintage 532 PAGES

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McSweeney's Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories

33 Mothers Write About Children, Sex, Men, Aging, Faith, Race, and Themselves Edited by Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon is back with a brand-new collection that reinvigorates the stay-up-all-night, edge-of-the seat, fingernail-biting, page-turning tradition of literary short stories, featuring Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, Peter Straub, David Mitchell, Jonathan Lethem, Heidi Julavits, Roddy Doyle, Ayelet Waldman and more!