We have a ton of new books on a variety of topics. Swing on by the new book shelf to pick one up!

Left to tell: discovering god amidst the Rwandan holocaust
Immaculée Ilibagiza
BX 4705 .I45 L44 2006
Presents the true story of a woman who endures the murder of her family as a result of genocide in Rwanda and turns to prayer for strength, love, and forgiveness.

The sound of poetry, the poetry of sound
Marjorie Perloff
PN 1525 .S68 P47 2009
Ranging from Medieval Latin lyrics to a cyborg opera, sixteenth-century France to twentieth-century Brazil, romantic ballads to the contemporary avant-garde, this book explores such subjects as the translatability of lyric sound, the historical and cultural roles of rhyme, and the role of sound repetition in novelistic prose.

Literature and the environment: a reader on nature and culture
Lorraine Anderson
PS 509 .N3 L58 1999
Exploring our relationship to nature and the role literature can play in shaping a culture responsive to environmental realities, this thematic, multi-genre anthology includes early writers such as John Muir, Henry David Thoreau, and Mary Austin, alongside contemporary voices such a Gary Snyder and Terry Tempest Williams.

Inside Hitler’s Germany: life under the Third Reich
Matthew Hughes
DD 256.6 .H84 I57 2000
Germany under Nazi rule. It was hell for some. It was paradise for others. But for most of its citizens, it was simply where they lived. What was daily life like for the ordinary German during those extraordinary years? That’s the question answered by Inside Hitler’s Germany.

From girl to woman: American women’s coming-of-age narratives
Christy Rishoi
HQ 1186 .U6 R57 2003
“From Girl to Woman examines the coming-of-age narratives of a diverse group of American women writers, including Annie Dillard, Zora Neale Hurston, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Mary McCarthy, and explores the crucial role of such narratives in the development of American feminism. Women have long known that identity is complex and contradictory, but in the twentieth century their coming-of-age narratives finally voice.

Ladies of liberty: the women who shaped our nation
Cokie Roberts
E 176 .R63 L33 2009
Shares the stories of remarkable women who shaped American history between 1796 and 1828, including Dolley Madison, Theodosia Burr, and Sacajawea.

The story of Jane: the legendary underground feminist abortion service
Laura Kaplan
HQ 767.5 .U5 K37 1997
From 1969 until the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling in 1973, a group of Chicago women formed a loose underground organization whose sole purpose was to aid women who needed abortions (then illegal, of course) in getting them as safely and inexpensively as possible. They called their referral service “Jane” and worked out a set of complicated procedures to keep both themselves and their clients out of jail. At first they handled referrals to willing doctors on a very limited basis-only three or four a week-but as word about Jane got around their business increased. Eventually the women were taught by an expert to do the abortions themselves, which enabled them to charge next to nothing to those in financial need. But the operations were not all they did; every one of the 11,000 women who came to Jane also received health education and counseling

The colors of nature: culture, identity, and the natural world
Alison Hawthorne Deming
QH 81 .C65 D46 2011
From African American to Asian American, indigenous to immigrant, “multiracial” to “mixedblood,” the diversity of cultures in today’s world is reflected in our richly various stories–stories of creation and destruction, displacement and heartbreak, hope and mystery. For centuries, this richness has been widely overlooked by readers of environmental literature.

We the media: grassroots journalism by the people, for the people
Dan Gillmor
PN 4784 .O62 G55 2006
Big Media has lost its monopoly on the news, thanks to the Internet. Now that it’s possible to publish in real time to a worldwide audience, a new breed of grassroots journalists are taking the news into their own hands. Armed with laptops, cell phones, and digital cameras, these readers-turned-reporters are transforming the news from a lecture into a conversation. In “We the Media,” nationally acclaimed newspaper columnist and blogger Dan Gillmor tells the story of this emerging phenomenon and sheds light on this deep shift in how we make–and consume–the news.

Class action: the landmark case that changed sexual harassment law
Clara Bingham
KF 228 .J46 B56 2003
Weaving personal stories with legal drama, Class Action shows how these terrifically brave women made history, although not without enormous personal cost. Told at a thriller’s pace, this is the story of how one woman pioneered and won the first sexual harassment class action suit in the United States, a legal milestone that immeasurably improved working conditions for American women.

Red families v. blue families: legal polarization and the creation of culture
Naomi R. Cahn
KF 505 .C34 R43 2010
“[This book] identifies a new family model geared for the post-industrial economy. Rooted in the urban middle class, the coasts and the “blue states” in the last three presidential elections, the Blue Family Paradigm emphasizes the importance of women’s as well as men’s workforce participation, egalitarian gender roles, and the delay of family formation until both parents are emotionally and financially ready. By contrast, the Red Family Paradigm–associated with the Bible Belt, the mountain west, and rural America–rejects these new family norms, viewing the change in moral and sexual values as a crisis. In this world, the prospect of teen childbirth is the necessary deterrent to premarital sex, marriage is a sacred undertaking between a man and a woman, and divorce is society’s greatest moral challenge.

Abortion under attack: women on the challenges facing choice
Krista Jacob
HQ 767.5 .U5 A26 2006
Abortion Under Attack addresses a spectrum of personal and social influences, ranging from dealing with remorse to the impact that economics, race, and culture have on a woman’s right to choose.

The motherhood manifesto: what America’s moms want and what to do about it
Joan Blades
HQ 759 .B53 M68 2006
Examines how the needs of working mothers are not being met in the American workplace, focusing on such issues as child care, health care, fair wages, after-school programs and work schedules, and proposing actions which can be taken to remedy the situation.

Women’s worlds in seventeenth-century England
Patricia Crawford
HQ 1599 .E5 W66 2000
This volume presents a collection of source materials on women’s lives in 16th and 17th century England. In a time when few women could write, the book seeks to reveal the multitude of ways in which their voices and experiences leave traces in the written record.

To be real: telling the truth and changing the face of feminism
Rebecca Walker
HQ 1426 .T63 W35 1995
A compilation of writings which concern the liberation from feminist “ideals” that conflict with reality.

The reformation of the subject: Spenser, Milton, and the English Protestant epic
Linda Gregerson
PR 2358 .G74 R44 2006
The Faerie Queene and Paradise Lost, as defining monuments of English epic in an iconoclastic age

Debating gender in early modern English, 1500-1700
Cristina Malcolmson
PR 428 .F45 D43 2002
The essays in this volume exploring the construction of gender ideology in early modern England, focus attention on the implications of the gender debate for women writers and their literary relations, cultural ideology and the family, and political discourse and ideas of nationhood.

Founding mothers: the women who raised our nation
Cokie Roberts
E 176 .R63 F68 2005
Founding Mothers, an intimate and illuminating look at the fervently patriotic and passionate women whose tireless pursuits on behalf of their families — and their country — proved just as crucial to the forging of a new nation as the rebellion that established it.

Click: when we knew we were feminists
Courtney E. Martin
HQ 1123 .C55 M37 2010
Collects particular moments in the authors’ lives when they realized they were feminists.

The resistance to theory
Paul De Man
PN 85 .D46 R47 1986
The title essay in this book does not engage in a debate with the polemical opponents of literary theory; to Paul de Man, the resistance to theory is inherent in the theoretical enterprise itself, and the real debate is with its own methodological assumptions and possibilities.