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Buy The Gate to Women's Country Now The Gate to Women's Country - by Sheri S. Tepper
Bantam, 1988 (ISBN 0-553-28064-3)
This amazing sci-fi novel posits a dichotomous post-apocalyptic society. In Women's Country, walled-in towns preserve what's left of civilization (which has rather a Greco-Roman look and feel); government is run by and for women, who are served by a few non-violent men. Warrior-type men are confined to garrisons outside the towns--garrisons to which all males must be sent when they reach a certain age. Only a select few males ever elect to leave the barracks and return to Women's Country, and they must brave some serious attitudinal obstacles to do so. This is not a bitter-feminist rant on the benefits of social engineering and gender segregation, though; it's full of very interesting and unexpected twists and turns.

Buy Get Your Tongue Out of My Mouth, I'm Kissing You Goodbye Now Get Your Tongue Out of My Mouth, I'm Kissing You Goodbye - by Cynthia Heimel, 1993 (ISBN 0-449-90906-9)
A columnist for Playboy magazine, because "They pay me. They let me write whatever I want.... They let me use swear words to my heart's content. They don't even mind if I offend advertisers. Try that at Vogue.", Cynthia Heimel is funny, mean, and bitingly on-target.

Her books, including "Sex Tips for Girls", "But Enough About You", "If you can't live without me, Why aren't you dead yet?", and "When the phone doesn't ring, It'll be me", are uproariously entertaining, and articulate. Neither gender escapes her sharp tongue. With chapters like "Horribly ever after" (which rails against the revival of belief in fairy-tale romances), and "The Female Animal" (which advises men in the pursuit of women), both sexes can gain insights and a good laugh from her candor and invectives.

Buy Beauty Now Buy Get a Grip Now Buy Obsession Now Buy Real Gorgeous: The Truth about Body and Beauty Now Get a Grip!- by Kaz Cook, Penguin Books, (ISBN: 0 14 026343 8)
From the back cover:
Get a Grip: a book of wit, wisdom, wild flights of fancy and wicked good sense.

Kaz Cooke's observations are timeless, timely reflections on almost everything important, including NASA, interior design pornography, collective nouns, lerv, weirdos and how to find your inner Nanna.

Kaz has a weakness for Scottish accents, an undying hatred of cats, a devastating gift for one-liners and an obsession with the Miss Universe contest ('because, as its name suggests, people from other planets may enter').

Get a Grip is fierce, funny, frank, intelligent and informative; an essential companion to life in the nineties and everything you need to know about thigh boots, political correctness, food fads, foreign policy and the sex life of clams. Kaz has an unerring eye for hypocrisy and fun.

'A writing style somewhere between Jane Austen and a hand grenade' William Fraser - Sydney Morning Herald

By the same author:

Real Gorgeous: the Truth about Body and Beauty
Keep Yourself Nice
The Modern Girl's Guide to Safe Sex
The Modern Girl's Diary (series)
The Crocodile Club
Great Hysterical Figures Calendar
Gorgeous (short animated film)
Totally Gorgeous (CD-ROM)

Buy Getting In Touch With Your Inner Bitch Now Getting In Touch With Your Inner Bitch - by Elisabeth Hilts
Hysteria Publications, 1994 (ISBN 0-9629162-0-X)
This is a great starter book for the budding HB, with a mix of quotes, anecdotes, and cartoons. From the back cover copy: "There is an integral, powerful part of each of us which is going unrecognized. It is the Inner Bitch. Don't even pretend you don't know what I'm talking about. The Inner Bitch is the Bette Davis in each of us, walking around with a cigarette in one hand, a martini in the other, calling a dump a dump. The Inner Bitch calls it as she sees it. This is the end of Toxic Niceness as we know it." Okay, so the above version of the Inner Bitch seems to be just a tad into self-poisoning (I hope it was at least a vodka martini ), but the book itself is a pugnacious little indictment.

Buy Gibbon's Decline and Fall Now Gibbon's Decline and Fall - by Sheri S Tepper
This book details the story of six women from the time they meet at university. It tells of each woman's search for her niche in the world. When society's repression of women begins to escalate they fight to assert their own and a young girl's rights. Through this story Tepper shows how women have been and could further be repressed by a masculine dominated society and how we can fight against this if we unite and teach equality in all things.

Buy Gift of Fear Now The Gift of Fear : Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence by Gavin de Becker, a security expert.
Invaluable advice on dealing with stalkers, would-be rapists, etc., in your life. On that, he basically says you should never be afraid to be seen as an assertive bitch-- being a bitch is not only therapeutic, it can even save your life. He says too many women have died because they were too nice.

Buy Girl of the Sea of Cortez Now Girl of the Sea of Cortez - Peter Benchley
I read this book a long time ago in my teens, and it had an amazing impact on my life. Its about girl, Paloma, growing up in Baja California with a traditional mother and a non-traditional father. Her father raises her to love the ocean after her brother early on embraces the notion that the oceans were to be used and exploited, much to the horror of her mother, who wanted a "normal" girl. Its a good coming of age book for women, and great description of the world below the surface of the ocean. I recommend it to women of all ages.

On a personal note, this book has been instumental in understanding my family, which follows a similar template. My mom wanted a little barbie doll dress well daughter, instead she got an oceanographer geek outdoorsy diving daughter, and a son rather like her! Such as life! Books like this one is an important influence for girls without a primary female role model accepting who they are.

Buy A Girl's Guide Now A Girl's Guide to Taking over the World : Writings from the Girl Zine Revolution - Edited by: Karen Green & Tristan Taormino
This is a book of articles on various subjects taken from zines written by girls and women. These articles deal with everything from family to politics. An empowering read. It inspired me to start my own zine! Includes contributions from Kathleen Hanna and Tammy Rae Carland. From the back of the book: "A Girl's Guide to Taking Over The World exists because these voices have refused to be silenced."

Buy Godmother Night Now Godmother Night And Temporary Agency - by Rachel Pollack
This book is a new-age/feminist/lesbian twist on a relatively known fairy tale by the Grim Brothers. In it, Jaqe is a woman who is introduced to her soulmate by Death incarnate. Death (Mother Night) rides around with her group of redhead HB bikers. In one part, Jaqe is the epitomy of a Heartless Bitch. She is nearby raped, so she asks Mother Night for a favour. Everything the guy touches turns green with rot. He gets so horrified, he tries to masturbate. Unfortunately, his penis turns green then as well. He asks Jaqe for help, and she promptly replies, "Haven't you figured it out yet? I'm not going to make them stop. I told them to do this. They're following my idea." Classic HB.

Buy The God of Small Things Now The God of Small Things - by Arundhati Roy
(Novel) "...conjures a whoosh of wordplay that rises from the pages like a brilliant jazz improvisation. The God of Small Things is nominally the story of young twins Rahel and Estha and the rest of their family. The God of Small Things is at once exotic and familiar to the Western reader, written in an English that's completely new and invigorated by the Asian Indian influences of culture and language." (--Amazon) --HB Bookclub nomininee

Buy Gone With the Wind Now Gone With the Wind - by Margret Mitchell
Everybody knows the plot - southern belle faced with life before, during and after the civil war. While most of her kind (all raised to look pretty and do basically nothing) falter, Scarlett refuses to let times get her down - "With God as her witness!". This woman is truly an inspiration. Even sweet Melanie holds her ground.

This is definitely a classic HB book.

Buy Goodbye Girl Now Goodbye Good Girl : Letting Go of THE RULES and Taking Back Your Self - by Eileen M. Clegg, Susan F. Swartz
An insightful look into the conventions that shape women's lives and the motivational stories of those who questioned the old rules and found new paths to their own growth.

Buy Gossamer Axe Now Gossamer Axe - by Gael Baudino
Story of a celtic harper separated from her lover for 200 hundred years. From the back cover:
"Now, in contemporary Denver, Christa discovers the way to her loved one's freedom -- stunning and powerful electric music that can break down the walls of time. So this Cletic maiden turns rocker, her harp transfigures into an electric guitar and her newly formed band of heavy metal warriors, called Gossamer Axe, becomes her most effective weapon."

Buy The Ground Beneath Her Feet Now The Ground Beneath Her Feet - by Salman Rushdie
This is a love story for the 90's. For once, we have the female character taking control of her life and trying to make it in the music world on her terms. The book is an interesting read, but not exactly light reading. Read this one when you have a few days I think the line that sums up the female character, Vina is...

"You are the only man I will ever love, but do you seriously suppose you're also the only guy I will ever fuck?"

Buy Growing a Girl Now Growing a Girl : Seven Strategies for Raising a Strong, Spirited Daughter - by Barbara MacKoff
From "" - In the post-women's movement period of the 1990s, many parents, even those committed to gender equity, are "amazed" at the seemingly inborn differences between the genders. And most parents committed to raising their children free from gender bias give up when the kids are in preschool. Barbara Mackoff, in Growing a Girl, takes to task these postfeminist ideas. She stresses that, instead of focusing on gender, parents should see children in terms of their individuality, while at the same time wearing "gender glasses" and teaching their daughters to be aware of society's gender biases. Mackoff, a consulting psychologist, suggests the concept of "equalist" parents, who create equal opportunities for their daughters in a loving, supportive way. Mackoff gives readers specific, valuable tools for raising spirited, strong daughters and helps parents teach their daughters to enjoy being girls without limiting the opportunities that lie beyond society's gender bias.

Buy Grunts! Now Grunts! - by Mary Gentle
A comic fantasy book mostly about orcs; sword and sorcery from the bad guys point of view. It features lots of bitchy characters; Marukka and all the Badgurlz, duchess Magda of Graagryk, the Dark Lord Herself, and many more...


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Buy The Handmaid's Tale Now The Handmaid's Tale - by Margaret Atwood
A near-futuristic tale of a right-wing government gone wild with politics based on misogyny, racism, and anti-Semitism. "Offred" is the main character oppressed in the Republic of Gilead who makes a heroic escape. If you think it CAN'T happen here, just look at what is taking place with religious fundamentalists in Afghanistan right now...

Buy Having Our Say Now Having Our Say : The Delaney Sisters' First 100 Years - by Elizabeth Delany, Hill Hearth, Annie eliza Delany, Sarah Louise Delany, Amy Hill Hearth (Contributor), A. Elizabeth Delany
(Non-Fiction) "The inspirational account of centenarians Sadie and Bessie; Their sharp memories show readers the post-Reconstruction South and Booker T. Washington; Harlem's Golden Age and Langston Hughes, W.E.B. DuBois, and Paul Robeson. Bessie breaks barriers to become a dentist; Sadie quietly integrates the New York City system as a school teacher." --HB Bookclub nomininee

Buy Her Way Now!
Her Way: Young Women Remake the Sexual Revolution - by Paula Kamen
So in the midst of all the Katie Roiphes and Wendy Shalits ("Pee-Shy Shalit" as I like to call her) of the world, saying that women must "return to modesty" and get back in the closet with their desires for sexual independence -- here comes Paula Kamen. The author of 1991's admirable "Feminist Fatale" returns with a well-researched, highly readable, and just-in-time look at how young women view their sexuality, sex roles, social mores, family pressures, and a lot more. Doing it "Her Way" is loads of fun. This book gave me hope that the idiotic Surrendered Wives of the world won't be the future.

Buy He She and It Now

He She and It - by Marge Piercy
A futuristic tale where the main character is a woman who learns, little by little, that she doesn't have to depend on men.

Buy Echoes of Honor : Conquer Hell--Or Die Buy Field of Dishonor Buy Flag in Exile Now Buy Honor Among Enemies Now Buy The Honor of the Queen Now Buy In Enemy Hands Now Buy The Short Victorious War Now Buy On Basilisk Station Now

The Honor Harrington series - by David Weber (Sci-Fi)
David Weber's Honor Harrington books are excellent. On one level they're pure space opera -- exciting, action packed, and full of brave acts and noble deeds. Honor Harrington is in command of a series of Naval warships in a space navy. The general flavor of the books is closer to the old naval tradition of iron men in wooden ships than Star Trek.

If anyone meets the criteria of "Being In Total Control, Honey", it's Honor Harrington. The good captain inspires courage, nobility of spirit, and total commitment in her crew and companions by giving it to them without reservation. To say nothing of the fact that if Dame Honor decides somebody's ass needs kicking, it's going to be between their shoulder blades by the time she gets through with them.

I hesitate to say too much in recommending this fine series because I don't want to spoil it for new readers, but I implore you not to make the same mistake I made. A friend recommended these books and I wasted a whole four months before I picked one up. Now that I've found them, I can't put them down. I've devoured the first four in eight days!

Buy Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist Now Buy Hothead Paisan Now

Hothead Paisan, Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist/The Return of Hothead Paisan - by Diane DiMassa
Cleis Press, 1993 (?)/1995 (ISBNs 0-939416-73-5/1-57344-016-7)
Individual issues published by Giant Ass Publishing, P.O. Box 214, New Haven, CT, 06502
WARNING: this stuff is NOT for the faint of heart! It's just like it sounds, and then some; Hothead's a psychotic revenge fantasy with a pulse. Avenging herself and her sisters with wicked, hair-trigger glee and a little help from her wise and puckish cat Chicken, everybody's favorite knife-wielding HB stomps through life with a resounding "fuck you," overdosing on coffee, social injustice, and hypocrisy. If you've ever wanted, even for the briefest moment, to pull out a sawed-off shotgun and blast that idiot who's holding a triumphant press conference after having gotten away with yet another piece of Boys-Will-Be-Boys criminality . . . if you've ever thought about carrying a pair of rusty pinking shears around just so you can make a soprano of the next philistine who propositions you from across a street . . . if you've ever prayed for a speeding cab to put some terminal spritzhead from hell out of your misery . . . then this is the comic for you. Individual back issues (it's up to #20 or so) are available from Giant Ass Publishing (ya GOTTA love da name!); the two compilation TPBs from Cleis Press reprint issues 1 to 9 and 10 to 18.

Buy  Now Houston, Houston, Do You Read - by Alice Sheldon
This is a stunning portrayal of just how foreign the male character in our society would seem to an all-female group from the future as they study these strange creatures, try to discover any redeeming qualities, and manipulate them effortlessly.


How to be a Complete Bitch - Book that came out a few years ago by Commedienne Pamela Stephenson. Good for Beginners that need a little help.

Buy How to Succeed in Business Without a Penis Now How to Succeed in Business Without a Penis : Secrets and Strategies for the Working Woman - by Karen Salmansohn
A humorous blend of self-help and self-affirmation, this book takes a stab at the gender-roles and traps that many women find bar their way up the corporate ladder. Quoting from Sun Tzu to Baltasar Gracian, Salmansohn serves up a plate of practical feminism - much more palatably than Harriet Rubin in "Princessa". --Salmansohn does NOT advocate crying and using sex as a weapon in the workplace.

To quote from the book:
"You must have the courage to take risks, stir up controversy, be talked about behind your back, and talked back to by the opposition. AND until a woman can change her un-evil ways, be tough, bear balls, face controversy, and STOP caring what people think, then others -- both men and women others -- will forever have an edge over her."

Buy The Broken Crown Now Buy Hunter's Death Now Hunter's Oath, Hunter's Death, The Broken Crown - by Michelle West
"Hunter's Oath" and "Hunter's Death" introduce us to an intricate world created by the author Michelle West. In this world, people are born who are just normal people--and then there are the Talent-born, given life with some sort of natural gift, a predisposition towards a certain craft or skill. There are Hunter-born, Seer-born, Mage-born, Bard-born, Seer-born, the list is virtually endless. Evayne e'Nolan has possibly the worst imaginable combination of those two: she is the God-born daughter of Destiny himself, as well as being Seer-born. She knows what's going to happen. She knows that she can't do anything to stop it, for that is the will of Destiny. When she's offered one chance, and one chance only, to save the world and all she loves in it, she grabs it with both hands and, as a result, becomes the premier Heartless Bitch of this ongoing series, the Oracle whose manipulations of time, fate, and chance lead her down some dark paths and into some serious displays of heartless bitchiness, particullarly with regards to her companion, Kallandras, a Bard-born assassin. Following close behind her in the HB emeritus category is Theresa di'Marano, introduced in "The Broken Crown." Theresa di'Marano is Bard-born in the Dominion of Annagar, a kingdom in which no woman is allowed to hold more power than a husband invests in his wife. Her ability to manipulate the minds and emotions of others through her song makes her far more powerful than any woman has a right to be, and leads to her life of miserable isolation, shackled to the service of her brothers--but it makes her strong, and subtle, and powerful, and a supreme heartless bitch. Her niece, Diora di'Marano, is also Bard-born, and a definite heartless bitch in training at her aunt's knee. "The Broken Crown" also contains strong themes of the bonds of love that can grow only between women.


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Buy If I'd Killed Him When I Met Him Now If I'd Killed Him When I Met Him - by Sharyn McCrumb
Elizabeth MacPherson is a crime-solving forensic anthropologist up against solving two sensational murders (did the women kill their husbands?)... A mystery full of hijinks, heroics, hilarity, and Heartless Bitches.

Buy If Tomorrow Comes Now

If Tomorrow Comes - Sidney Sheldon

The heroine is walked all over by everyone she knows & in the course of the book she becomes a HB to envy.

Buy I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings Now

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou's autobiographical journey out of being physically and psychologically abused.

Buy The Improvised Woman Now The Improvised Woman -by Marcelle Clements

We terminally single gals really missed the boat, didn't we?
Well, some of us were too busy living to notice.

"The Improvised Woman" covers the REAL reasons why women don't marry or re-marry, and the myriad consequences of that choice, in the words of REAL women.

Buy In Her Own Image: Women Working in the Arts Now In Her Own Image: Women Working in the Arts - Edited by Elaine Hedges and Ingrid Wendt
This long-overdue collection chronicles all sorts of female artists from quilters to photographers to native American potters. Through photos, interviews, and background history of media and artists the world finally learns about all those brilliantly creative women

Buy The Inner Bitch Guide Now The Inner Bitch Guide to Men, Relationships, Dating Etc : Guide to Men, Relationships, Dating, Etc. - by Elizabeth Hilts
The bestselling author of "Getting in Touch with Your Inner Bitch" heralds the end of Toxic Intimacy as we know it. Using the "Inner Bitch Way to Intimacy" will get you everything you ever wanted out of your love life through being true to yourself. No matter where you are today in terms of relationship, try the "Inner Bitch Way". It works.

Buy In these Girls, Hope Is a Muscle Now In these Girls, Hope Is a Muscle - By Madeleine Blais
This book is a biography, if you will, of the girls high-school basketball team from Amherst, Mass. during the 1992-93 season. Blais follows the girls as they grow up and together to find that part of themselves that allows them to go beyond the nice, ladylike constraints that they grew up with, and to tap into the competitve passion that is needed to win, in life as in basketball. Rather than use words such as moving, poignant, uplifting to describe it, instead I will just say that it's a good read, for the coaches and the athletes in the crowd, a lovely revelation for those who remember when girls weren't supposed to do sports, and for anyone looking for a book with some hope and cheer in it.


Ironhand's Daughter - by David Gemmell
Though Gemmel traditionally writes about strong axe wielding heroes, this one is about a huntress content to lead a solitary existence in her highland home,taking lovers when it suits her, not them. When trouble befalls her, she exacts her revenge in true Heartless Bitch fashion. The book is not only an interesting insight into (some) men's warped morality, it is also a damned good read.

I Wake-Up Beautiful...And Other Fantasies - by Mary Hirsch
This is a collection of cartoons and humor essays by Mary Hirsch, columnist for the Minnesota's Women Press that deal with life, love and liposuction. Mary's essays "Birth of a Notion - What Freud Didn't Tell You," "Hebonics: The Language of Man," and "Back In The Saddle Again" won her the 1998 Vivian Castleberry award from the Association of Women Journalists. It is irreverent, political and provocative. Besides, there isn't a recipe in the whole thing!

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