“Fierce Poise” by Alexander Nemerov
Alexander Nemerov’s brilliant new biography of the pivotal abstract expressionist painter Helen Frankenthaler includes 29 gorgeous illustrations of some of Frankenthaler’s most famous works like Jacob’s Ladder, Eden, and Mountains and Seas as well as personal photos of Frankenthaler in her NYC studio, her social life with fellow artists like Jackson Pollock, and photos of the Frankenthaler family.

Vulture recently said of in their spring preview, “Moody and textured, Fierce Poise celebrates, and mimics, Frankenthaler’s sweetly explosive paintings.” Vogue magazine called Fierce Poise “neither conventional biography nor arm’s-length critical appraisal, Alexander Nemerov’s Fierce Poise shines a light on Helen Frankenthaler’s early artistic breakthrough by blending both forms… A thrillingly alive account of a woman unapologetically pursuing her own vision in an era and a milieu largely defined by men.”

“New Women in the Old West: From Settlers to Suffragists, an Untold American Story” by Winifred Gallagher
Coming Summer 2021
A riveting history of the American West told for the first time through the pioneering women who used the challenges of migration and settlement as opportunities to advocate for their rights and transformed the country in the process.

“Tangled Up in Blue: Policing in the American City” by Rosa Brooks
Journalist and Georgetown University law professor Rosa Brooks goes beyond the “blue wall of silence” in this radical inside examination of American policing during her time as a sworn, armed reserve police officer with the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Police Department.

“The Daughters of Kobani: A Story of Rebellion, Courage, and Justice” by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
The extraordinary story of the Syrian women of the Kurdish militia who took on the Islamic State (ISIS) and won (soon to be a TV series produced by Hillary and Chelsea Clinton!)

Editors’ Picks

  • “American Dirt” by Jeannie Cummins
  • “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett
  • “You are a Badass” by Jen Sincero
  • “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly
  • “I am Malala” by Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai
  • “Becoming” by Michelle Obama

Rachel Lytle
Southern Maryland native and Penn State Alumna, Rachel works full-time in communications and marketing. She is a freelance writer and editor for Southern Maryland Woman Magazine, alongside a variety of women's lifestyle publications. She has a passion for mental health advocacy and enjoys to play tennis, travel, and spend her spare time with family and friends.