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The Author’s Bookshelf: Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, political activist and feminist organizer. She travels in this and other countries as an organizer and lecturer, and is a frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality. She is particularly interested in the shared origins of gender and race caste systems, in non-violent conflict resolution, in the cultures of indigenous peoples and in organizing across boundaries for peace and justice. In 2013, President Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, this country's highest civilian honor. Her most recent book is My Life on the Road. She lives in New York City.

Now in performances at the Daryl Roth Theatre, GLORIA: A LIFE weaves together events from Gloria’s 50 years in social and political activism. The first act is her story; the second is our own.

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Gloria Steinem’s Bookshelf:


  • 'Exterminate All the Brutes'

    By Sven Lindqvist

    Our Price: $8.00 - $15.25
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781565843592
    • Publisher: The New Press
    • Published: June 1996
    "Exterminate All the Brutes" is a unique study of Europe's history in Africa, written in the form of a travel diary. Sven Lindqvist takes us on a daring intellectual trip to "the heart of the darkness" of the European mind and its attitude toward the "Dark Continent." Like Edward Said's Orientalism, Lindqvist's book traces the legacy of European explorers, missionaries, politicians, and historians in Africa from the late eighteenth century onward. Lindqvist also examines the roots of European genocide, setting Conrad's Heart of Darkness in context and helping us to understand the most terrifying of Conrad's lines: "Exterminate all the brutes."
  • American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures

    By America Ferrera

    Our Price: $15.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781501180910
    • Publisher: Gallery Books
    • Published: September 2018
  • A history of America's civil rights movement traces the pivotal influence of sexual violence that victimized African American women for centuries, revealing Rosa Parks's contributions as an anti-rape activist years before her heroic bus protest.
  • Bad Feminist: Essays

    By Roxane Gay

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.39
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780062282712
    • Publisher: Harper Perennial
    • Published: August 2014
    A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay.“Pink is my favorite color. I used to say my favorite color was black to be cool, but it is pink—all shades of pink. If I have an accessory, it is probably pink. I read Vogue, and I’m not doing it ironically, though it might seem that way. I once live-tweeted the September issue.”In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay 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.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.
  • An oral biography of the influential Bella Abzug charts her more than fifty-year career as an activist, congresswoman, social leader, and champion of the disenfranchised and powerless, detailing her diverse roles during the Civil Rights and anti-Vietnam War movements of the 1960s, the feminist revolution of the 1970s and 1980s, and the 1990s environmental awareness and economic equality.
  • Dark Matter: New Poems

    By Robin Morgan

    Our Price: $9.00 - $16.15
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781925581430
    • Publisher: Spinifex Press
    • Published: May 2018
  • Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution

    By Shulamith Firestone

    Our Price: $13.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780374527877
    • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    • Published: March 2003
    “No one can understand how feminism has evolved without reading this radical, inflammatory second-wave landmark.” —Naomi Wolf Originally published in 1970, when Shulamith Firestone was just twenty-five years old, and going on to become a bestseller, The Dialectic of Sex was the first book of the women’s liberation movement to put forth a feminist theory of politics. Beginning with a look at the radical and grassroots history of the first wave (with its foundation in the abolition movement of the time), Firestone documents its major victory, the granting of the vote to women in 1920, and the fifty years of ridicule that followed. She goes on to deftly synthesize the work of Freud, Marx, de Beauvoir, and Engels to create a cogent argument for feminist revolution. Identifying women as a caste, she declares that they must seize the means of reproduction—for as long as women (and only women) are required to bear and rear children, they will be singled out as inferior. Ultimately she presents feminism as the key radical ideology, the missing link between Marx and Freud, uniting their visions of the political and the personal. In the wake of recent headlines bemoaning women’s squandered fertility and the ongoing debate over the appropriate role of genetics in the future of humanity, The Dialectic of Sex is revealed as remarkably relevant to today’s society—a testament to Shulamith Firestone’s startlingly prescient vision.
  • How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective

    By Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.35
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781608468553
    • Publisher: Haymarket Books
    • Published: November 2017
    Pre-ordering does not guarantee a signed copy or grant event admission.
  • In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women's Development

    By Carol Gilligan

    Our Price: $21.15
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780674970960
    • Publisher: Harvard University Press
    • Published: August 2016
  • Jane Crow: The Life of Pauli Murray

    By Rosalind Rosenberg

    Our Price: $15.00 - $26.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780190656454
    • Publisher: Oxford University Press
    • Published: April 2017
  • Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty

    By Dorothy Roberts

    Our Price: $15.30
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679758693
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: December 1999
    A powerful, thought-provoking indictment of America's continuing assault on the reproductive rights of black women ranges from the era of slavery to the welfare reform acts of the 1990s that penalize women on welfare for having babies. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
  • Little Women (Signet Classics)

    By Louisa May Alcott

    Our Price: $5.35
    • Format: Mass Market
    • ISBN-13: 9780451532084
    • Publisher: Signet Classics
    • Published: May 2012
  • Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future

    By Jennifer Baumgardner

    Our Price: $16.20
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780374532307
    • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    • Published: March 2010
    In the year 2000, girl culture was clearly ascendant. From Lilith Fair to Buffy the Vampire Slayer to the WNBA, it seemed that female pride was the order of the day. Yet feminism was also at a crossroads; 'girl power' feminists were obsessed with personal empowerment at the expense of politics, while political institutions such as Ms. and NOW had lost their ability to speak to a new generation. In Manifesta, Jennifer Baumgarnder and Amy Richards brilliantly revealed the snags in each feminist cause. The book went on to inspire a new generation of female readers and has become a classic of contemporary feminist literature. In the decade since Manifesta was published, the world has changed in ways both promising and disheartening for the feminist cause. Despite major strides forward, the wage gap remains vast, many feminist publications have died, shame around abortion has lingered, and nineties-style anti-abortion terrorism has reemerged. The original arguments in Manifesta remain urgent, highlighting why it's still critical for today's young women to focus on gender.
  • Moving Beyond Words: Age, Rage, Sex, Power, Money, Muscles: Breaking Boundaries of Gender

    By Gloria Steinem

    Our Price: $21.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780671510527
    • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    • Published: February 1995
    A collection of essays by an influential feminist examines the state of the women's movement today and offers possibilities for the future, focusing on such issues as economic empowerment, women politicians, and life affirmations
  • My Life on the Road

    By Gloria Steinem

    Our Price: $16.20
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780345408167
    • Publisher: Random House
    • Published: August 2016