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Your BMC Bookshop carries a wide variety of books beyond the curriculum, a curated selection handpicked by store staff.  If you don't see what you're looking for here on on our shelves, we are happy to special order practically anything for you.  Over 100,000 titles are available for fast shipment directly to your address from our partner warehouses.  Enter a title, author or ISBN in the search box at the top of this page to see what's in stock.  If the search doesn't work for you, please email us at bookshop@brynmawr.edu and we will be happy to research your request.  It's no trouble -- we love helping folks find books they're looking for.

Murder Is Academic

Murder Is Academic
$16.00
Vietnam, assassinations and riots. In the spring semester of 1968, a series of brutal attacks draws campus women together to study self-defense and the psychology of rape. Graduate student Mary Beth Nelson struggles to keep the Lords of Death at bay by immersing herself in researching Mayan languages. Her new housemate, Maggie Ryan, has her own secrets. When murder strikes close to home, Maggie investigates with a little help from her friends.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781932325232
Publication Date: 
October 1, 2012
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Thus Was Adonis Murdered

Thus Was Adonis Murdered
$7.99

Not, strictly speaking, a campus crime novel, but it's hard to imagine a more academic investigation: the principle narrator is an Oxford don who is explict about applying the tools of scholarship to crime solving.  This is the first of four thoroughly delightful mysteries by Sarah Caudwell featuring "a decorative little group" of lawyers in London.  Mawrters will find the series irresistable.

- Jim Huang, Bookshop Director


 

When her personal copy of the current Finance Act is found a few metres away from a body, young barrister Julia Larwood finds herself caught up in a complex fight against the Inland Revenue. Set to have a vacation away from her home life and the tax man, Julia takes a trip with her art-loving boyfriend. However, all is not what it seems. Could he in fact be an employee of the establishment she has been trying to escape from? And how did her romantic luxurious holiday end in murder?
ISBN/SKU: 
9780440212317
Publication Date: 
June 1, 1994
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Simulacra

Simulacra
$20.00
New/Used: New

by Airea Dee Matthews

October 20, 2021

Winner of the 2016 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize

A fresh and rebellious poetic voice, Airea D. Matthews debuts in the acclaimed series that showcases the work of exciting and innovative young American poets. Matthews's superb collection explores the topic of want and desire with power, insight, and intense emotion. Her poems cross historical boundaries and speak emphatically from a racialized America, where the trajectories of joy and exploitation, striving and thwarting, violence and celebration are constrained by differentials of privilege and contemporary modes of communication. In his foreword, series judge Carl Phillips calls this book "rollicking, destabilizing, at once intellectually sly and piercing and finally poignant." This is poetry that breaks new literary ground, inspiring readers to think differently about what poems can and should do in a new media society where imaginations are laid bare and there is no thought too provocative to send out into the world.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780300223965
Publication Date: 
March 28, 2017
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Feminist Flashcards

Feminist Flashcards
$14.99
Young readers and budding activists can learn their letter sounds and a fun dose of women's history all at once with fabulously illustrated Feminist Flashcards.

Each colorful card has lots of learning and entertainment value: A single letter represents an important feminist--from Angela Davis to Zadie Smith. A simple, age appropriate description of her accomplishments or significance to the feminist movement is accompanied by an inspiring quote.

In addition to the cards, a 32-page book provides a timeline of women's rights around the world. Famous quotes and astonishing facts about sexist laws and practices contextualize the women featured in the cards, and their causes.

The cards can also be used for a number of fun games: matching, hidden pictures, and more!

ISBN/SKU: 
9781941367858
Publication Date: 
November 5, 2019
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My Broken Language

My Broken Language
$28.00

GOOD MORNING AMERICA BUZZ PICK - The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and co-writer of In the Heights tells her lyrical story of coming of age against the backdrop of an ailing Philadelphia barrio, with her sprawling Puerto Rican family as a collective muse.

 

"Quiara Alegría Hudes is in her own league. Her sentences will take your breath away. How lucky we are to have her telling our stories."--Lin-Manuel Miranda, award-winning creator of Hamilton and In the Heights

 

Quiara Alegría Hudes was the sharp-eyed girl on the stairs while her family danced in her grandmother's tight North Philly kitchen. She was awed by her aunts and uncles and cousins, but haunted by the secrets of the family and the unspoken, untold stories of the barrio--even as she tried to find her own voice in the sea of language around her, written and spoken, English and Spanish, bodies and books, Western art and sacred altars. Her family became her private pantheon, a gathering circle of powerful orisha-like women with tragic real-world wounds, and she vowed to tell their stories--but first she'd have to get off the stairs and join the dance. She'd have to find her language.

 

Weaving together Hudes's love of books with the stories of her family, the lessons of North Philly with those of Yale, this is an inspired exploration of home, memory, and belonging--narrated by an obsessed girl who fought to become an artist so she could capture the world she loved in all its wild and delicate beauty.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780399590047
Publication Date: 
April 6, 2021
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100 Year Starship, The

100 Year Starship, The
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What would we find if we made it all the way to another star's solar system?

So far, our travels into outer space have been limited to the planets and moons surrounding the sun in our own solar system. Today's astronomers are planning a mission to explore further reaches of space than humans have ever reached. Readers (Grades 3-5) will discover how these bold scientists are working to build faster spaceships and overcome the obstacles that make it difficult for humans to survive in outer space.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780531240601
Publication Date: 
March 1, 2013
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All That She Carried

All That She Carried
$28.00
A renowned historian traces the life of a single object handed down through three generations of Black women to craft an extraordinary testament to people who are left out of the archives.

"A history told with brilliance and tenderness and fearlessness."--Jill Lepore, author of These Truths: A History of the United States

In 1850s South Carolina, an enslaved woman named Rose faced a crisis, the imminent sale of her daughter Ashley. Thinking quickly, she packed a cotton bag with a few precious items as a token of love and to try to ensure Ashley's survival. Soon after, the nine-year-old girl was separated from her mother and sold.

Decades later, Ashley's granddaughter Ruth embroidered this family history on the bag in spare yet haunting language-- including Rose's wish that "It be filled with my Love always." Ruth's sewn words, the reason we remember Ashley's sack today, evoke a sweeping family story of loss and of love passed down through generations. Now, in this illuminating, deeply moving new book inspired by Rose's gift to Ashley, historian Tiya Miles carefully unearths these women's faint presence in archival records to follow the paths of their lives--and the lives of so many women like them--to write a singular and revelatory history of the experience of slavery, and the uncertain freedom afterward, in the United States.

The search to uncover this history is part of the story itself. For where the historical record falls short of capturing Rose's, Ashley's, and Ruth's full lives, Miles turns to objects and to art as equally important sources, assembling a chorus of women's and families' stories and critiquing the scant archives that for decades have overlooked so many. The contents of Ashley's sack-- a tattered dress, handfuls of pecans, a braid of hair, "my Love always"--are eloquent evidence of the lives these women lived. As she follows Ashley's journey, Miles metaphorically unpacks the bag, deepening its emotional resonance and exploring the meanings and significance of everything it contained.

All That She Carried
is a poignant story of resilience and of love passed down through generations of women against steep odds. It honors the creativity and fierce resourcefulness of people who preserved family ties even when official systems refused to do so, and it serves as a visionary illustration of how to reconstruct and recount their stories today.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781984854995
Publication Date: 
June 8, 2021
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Baby Feminists

Baby Feminists
$9.99
Before Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mae Jemison, Frida Kahlo, and others were change-making feminists, they were . . . babies!

What do Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mae Jemison, Frida Kahlo, Barack and Michelle Obama, Gloria Steinem, Dorothy Pitman Hughes, Billie Jean King, Yoko Ono, and Malala Yousafzai have in common? They're all feminists-- and they were all once babies! This irresistible and timely 7 x 7 board book invites you to lift the flap and discover what your favorite feminist icons might have looked like as babies and toddlers. With an inspiring message that any baby can grow up to make the world a better place for all genders, Baby Feminists makes the perfect gift for baby showers, baby-naming ceremonies, birthdays, holidays, and more.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780451480101
Publication Date: 
October 2, 2018

Beautiful World Where Are You

Beautiful World Where Are You
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AN INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTELLER

Beautiful World, Where Are You
is a new novel by Sally Rooney, the bestselling author of Normal People and Conversations with Friends.

Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a warehouse, and asks him if he'd like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend, Eileen, is getting over a break-up, and slips back into flirting with Simon, a man she has known since childhood.

Alice, Felix, Eileen, and Simon are still young--but life is catching up with them. They desire each other, they delude each other, they get together, they break apart. They have sex, they worry about sex, they worry about their friendships and the world they live in. Are they standing in the last lighted room before the darkness, bearing witness to something? Will they find a way to believe in a beautiful world?

ISBN/SKU: 
9780374602604
Publication Date: 
September 7, 2021
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Bibliophile Bookshelf Keychain

Bibliophile Bookshelf Keychain
$14.95
ISBN/SKU: 
9781452181837
Publication Date: 
September 3, 2019