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Bitten at the Flea Market
By: Pamela Ross


One Sunday a few months ago I was happily flouncing around lower Manhattan (as I am known to do on a Sunday when it's warmish and the sun is shining and the flea markets are in full bloom), when out of the corner of my left eye, I caught sight of a glaringly lopsided sign placed dead center in a parking lot flea market, advertising "CLASSICAL CD's, ONE DOLLAR EACH." 


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Failing at Fairness
How Our Schools Cheat Girls
By: Myra and David Sadker
Review)By: Sue Reichard


Girls are the majority of our nation's school children, but they are second-class educational citizens. The problems they face -- loss of self esteem, decline in achievement, and elimination of career options -- are at the heart of the educational process. Until educational sexism is eradicated, more than half our children will be shortchanged and their gifts lost to society.


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In the Name of Help
By: Diane Klein
(Review)By: Anitra Freeman


Shirley Allen was being besieged in her own home by state troopers in Roby, Illinois because a family member had complained to the courts that she was "acting strangely." Shirley was finally taken into custody and spent over a month in a psychiatric hospital -- a month that she will be billed for, even though she was there against her will -- before a judge finally released her, saying that she had never been a danger to herself or to anyone else in the first place. 


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The Death of Innocents
By: Richard Firstman and James Talan
(Review)By: Pat Fish


None of us more normal humans like to live by another's agenda. But to read this gripping story is to realize that our entire country, to include our National Institute of Health, major teaching hospitals, parents of babies who died of the mysterious malady "crib death," and crime investigators, have lived the better part of the last 20 years under the agenda of one Dr.Al Steinschneider. 


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Traveling Women
By: Vera Marie Badertscher


The stories from my family past are stories of travel. Great events may fade from the mind, but memory fragments snag on a hardship of the road, a child's remark, a new view of the world. My mother, my grandmother, my great and great-great grandmothers were restless, curious, bold. From England to New England. From Keene, New Hampshire to Keene, Ohio. From east to west and back again. 


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My Mother was Right
By: Barbara McFarland and Virginia Watson-Rouslin
(Review)By: Sue Reichard


It is the most fundamental, yet complicated relationship. The mother-daughter relationship is as complex as the women involved in it.
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