A tribute to bold, dangerous and intriguing ladies everywhere, They Went Whistling: Women Wayfarers, Runaways, and Renegades by Barbara Holland (Anchor, $13, 268 pp) puts women on the historical map. Holland's book celebrates the women who broke the rules and offers new insights to their lives.
A piece of women's history all her own, Andrea Dworkin, author of Pornography and Scapegoat, has published Heartbreak: The Political Memoir of a Feminist Militant (Basic Books, $24, 211 pp). Told through a series of vignettes, Dworkin's story is searing and tough; inspiring for aspiring feminists, enlightening for the study of women.
First published in 1970, Germaine Greer's The Female Eunuch (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $15, 371 pp) holds its own spot in women's history. Out of print until Jennifer Baumgardner, co-author of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future, lobbied for a reprint (and wrote an introduction for the new version), The Female Eunuch is once again available to feminists of all ages.
Learn the value of mentors for women with The Counselors by Elizabeth Vrato, with a foreword by Bill Clinton (Running Press, $24.95, 203 pp). The Counselors includes advice and insights from such successful women as Janet Reno, Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Or, if it's a gift you're looking for to celebrate Women's History Month, try Tampa-based Fawn Germer's Hard Won Wisdom (Perigree, $24.95, 315 pp), an inspiring collection of personal stories and advice from nearly 50 bold and successful women, including Jocelyn Elders, Cokie Roberts, actress Frances McDormand and Iditarod champion Susan Butcher or the 40-page, pint-sized books by Marsh Engle: Amazing Women, Amazing World (Jodere, $13) or Amazing Woman: A Celebration of the Love We Share ($10). The latter will require a little work on your part _ it's fill-in-the-blank.
_ Samantha Puckett