GladRags Reading List

Sell your books to Powell'sLooking for a new good read?  You’ve come to the right place!  We’ve handpicked our favorite books — plus some on our to-read list — in a variety of categories to share with you.

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Menstruation | Feminism | Women’s Health | Green Living


The Curse: Confronting the Last Unmentionable Taboo: Menstruation by Karen Houppert”Karen Houppert combines an analysis of the “menstrual etiquette” fostered by ads, movies, novels, and magazines with reporting on the safety hazards of sanitary products. She shows us the devastating impact this unwarranted secrecy can have on women’s health and sense of self, and turns an irreverent eye to the “menstrual counterculture” it has spawned.”
Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation by Elissa Stein”In this hip, funny, and irreverent book, menstruation is explored historically and socially. This full-color book not only offers a trove of fascinating information, but presents a pictorial history of this complex, secret, and uniquely female process.”

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My Little Red Book by Rachel Kauder Nalebuff“My Little Red Book is an anthology of stories about first periods, collected from women of all ages from around the world. Contributors include Meg Cabot, Erica Jong, Gloria Steinem, and Cecily von Ziegesar as well as modern teens.”

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Woman: An Intimate Geography by Natalie Angier”Woman is a mesmerizing anatomy and physiology lesson that culminates in a fascinating revelation about the ways in which cultural biases have influenced research in evolutionary psychology (the study of the biological bases of behavior). In lively, elegant prose, Angier shows just how natural selection has been misused as a model for confirming gender stereotypes, such as the idea that women are innately monogamous while men are natural philanderers.”
The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan”First published in 1963, “The Feminine Mystique” ignited a revolution that profoundly changed culture, consciousness, and lives. Today it newly penetrates to the heart of issues determining–and sounds a call to arms against the very real dangers of a new feminine mystique in the economic and political turbulence of the 1990s.”

Women’s Health

Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Womens Health Book Collective”With more than four million copies sold, “Our Bodies, Ourselves” is the classic resource that women of all ages turn to for information about every aspect of their well-being. Completely revised for the first time in a decade, this edition provides all the information women need to make key decisions about their health.”
Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom (Revised Edition): Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing by Christiane Northrup”Christiane Northrup’s vision of mind-body wellness has received an extraordinary response from women all over the world. Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom powerfully demonstrates that when women change the basic conditions of their lives that lead to health problems, they heal faster, more completely, and with far fewer medical interventions.”

Green Living

Sleeping Naked is Green by Vanessa Farquharson”No one likes listening to smug hippies bragging about how they don’t use toilet paper, or worse yet, lecturing about the evils of plastic bags and SUVs. But most of us do want to lessen our ecological footprint. With this in mind, Farquharson takes on the intense personal challenge of making one green change to her lifestyle every single day for a year to ultimately figure out what’s doable and what’s too hardcore.”
No Impact Man by Colin Beaven”A guilty liberal finally snaps, swears off plastic, goes organic, becomes a bicycle nut, turns off his power, and generally becomes a tree-hugging lunatic who tries to save the polar bears and the rest of the planet from environmental catastrophe while dragging his baby daughter and Prada-wearing, Four Seasons-loving wife along for the ride. And that’s just the beginning. Bill McKibben meets Bill Bryson in this seriously engaging look at one man’s decision to put his money where his mouth is and go off the grid for one year–while still living in New York City–to see if it’s possible to make no net impact on the environment..”