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#IMomSoHard

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Has it been months since you've read a book with actual adult words that had nothing to do with farm animals or superheros or going potty? It's time to take a break. Pour yourself some wine. Put on your comfy pants. Meet your new best mom friends. All good? Ok, welcome to the party.

Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley, the creators of #IMOMSOHARD, know that you probably didn’t get to shower today and that the last thing you need is more advice on how to be a better parent. Instead, they invite you to join their laugh-out-loud, best friend banter on the eighty bajillion ways moms give their all every day—including:

  • I KEEP IT TOGETHER SO HARD

  • I BODY AFTER BABY SO HARD

  • I HIT THE TOWN (AND AM IN BED BY 9:30 P.M.) SO HARD

  • I BUST MY ASS SO HARD

  • I KEEP FOOLS ALIVE SO HARD

Come for the laughs, stay for the kinship with two friends who are just getting it right, getting it wrong, and leaning on each other for a laugh at the end of the day. They don’t care if your house is a mess and they won’t judge you if you pee a little when you sneeze. So kick back, relax, and enjoy. You deserve it.

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  • Publisher: HarperOne (2020)
  • Paperback: 288 pages

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100 Things Every Homeowner Must Know

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100 Things Every Homeowner Must Know: How to Save Money, Solve Problems and Improve Your Home gives you the knowledge you need to be a better homeowner. You’ll make informed decisions, avoid frustrations and save thousands over the life of your home.

The Family Handyman’s 100 Things Every Homeowner Must Know gives you the knowledge you need to be a better homeowner. You’ll make informed decisions, avoid frustrations and save thousands over the life of your home. Here’s just a small sample of what’s inside:

  • The smartest thing you can do before going on vacation
  • Push a button and save $100
  • Be ready for any natural disaster
  • Make burglars bypass your house
  • The most effective way to cut heating and cooling costs
  • Clever shortcuts for home maintenance—indoors and out
  • Keep mice, ants and other invaders out of your house
  • Boost curb appeal without remodeling
  • What to do when the power goes out
  • The most common—and costly—homeowner mistakes
  • Eliminate noises, odors and other household irritations
  • Grow the best lawn on the block
  • Secret weapons pros use for easy, instant repairs
  • Make appliances last years longer
  • The key to drip-free faucets
  • Make your mower start right up—every time
  • Cures for damp basements
  • Exterminate mold and mildew
  • Pick a paint color you’ll love
  • Get faster downloads and better TV quality
  • Stop peeling paint

Plus, incredibly easy repairs for appliances, plumbing, flooring, walls, furniture and more!

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  • Publisher: Reader's Digest (2015)
  • Paperback: 288 pages

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100 Things Iowa State Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die

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Written by Alex Halsted and Dylan Montz

Most Iowa State fans have a taken in a game at Jack Trice Stadium or Hilton Coliseum and have seen highlights of Troy Davis and Fred Hoiberg. But only real fans know how the team name came to be, the location and story behind the "Honor Before Victory" plaque, or were there when the basketball team made an Elite Eight run in 2000.

100 Things Iowa State Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die is the ultimate resource guide for true fans of Iowa State athletics. Whether they are die-hard boosters from the days of Earle Bruce on the gridiron or new supporters of Iowa State hoops, fans will value these essential pieces of Cyclones football and basketball knowledge and trivia - and all of the must-do activities in their lifetime.

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150 Years of Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University

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Mechanical engineering was one of the first majors offered to students when Iowa State College (as it was then called) first opened its doors in 1869. In addition to providing instruction for students, the department and its associated workshops manufactured tables, chairs and other equipment used on campus during the early years of the university. The ME department played an important role in the war efforts for both the First and Second World Wars by offering its facilities and faculty to train mechanics, machinists and other specialists during the war periods. The department, and university as a whole, saw tremendous enrollment growth during the post war periods, which led to an expansion of the department’s facilities and faculty. The university’s first female ME student completed her studies in 1908, while the department’s first African American alumnus graduated in 1914. Two other ME alums have even gone on to serve Iowa in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the fall of 2016, Iowa State’s ME department surpassed Georgia Tech to become the largest undergraduate ME department in the country. 150 Years of Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University tells the proud history of the ME department, as well as the nuclear engineering department (which was eventually administered by ME), from its beginnings to where it is now in this interesting, visually-engaging book.

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A Culinary History of Iowa By Darcy Dougherty Maulsby

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Iowa’s delectable cuisine is quintessentially midwestern, grounded in its rich farming heritage and spiced with diverse ethnic influences. Classics like fresh sweet corn and breaded pork tenderloins are found on menus and in home kitchens across the state. At the world-famous Iowa State Fair, a dizzying array of food on a stick commands a nationwide cult following. From Maid-Rites to the moveable feast known as RAGBRAI, discover the remarkable stories behind Iowa originals. Find recipes for favorites ranging from classic Iowa ham balls and Steak de Burgo to homemade cinnamon rolls—served with chili, of course! Author Darcy Dougherty Maulsby serves up a bountiful history of tasty tradition.

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A History of Iowa Wine: Vines on the Prairie

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Iowa has a history with grapevines that goes back more than a century. New York lawyer Hiram Barney obtained a tract of land in southeast Iowa as part of the Half-Breed program following the American Indian Wars and created the White Elk Winery. German settlers in Amana tended community vineyards for communal wines. Before Prohibition, the Council Bluffs Grape Growers Association grew grapes and shipped them eastward by the ton. In the early 1900s, the state was among the nation's top producers of grapes. Pesticides, weather and government subsidies ended the time of the vines of the prairie until their recent return. Author John N. Peragine details the rise, fall and resurgence of the industry in the Hawkeye State.

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A History of Wrestling in Iowa: Growing Gold

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The state of Iowa is just as well known for prominent wrestlers as it is acres of corn and beans. That gives the state the mighty distinction of feeding the world and defeating it on the mat. Men like Dan Gable, Tom Brands, Harold Nichols, Jim Miller, Nick Mitchell and Chuck Patten led Iowa colleges to forty-four of an astounding sixty-nine national team championships. In 1954, Simon Roberts of Davenport was the first African American to win a state wrestling title and later the first African American NCAA wrestling champ. Wrestler Norman Borlaug received the Nobel Peace Prize and is credited with preventing more than one billion deaths from starvation. Author Dan McCool details the long history of hard work and dedication from the fields to the mat.

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  • Series: Sports
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (December 2, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1467142980
  • ISBN-13: 978-1467142984
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches

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A is for Astronaut: Blasting Through the Alphabet

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A is for Astronaut: Blasting Through the Alphabet by Clayton Anderson.

Former astronaut Clayton Anderson takes readers on an A to Z flight through the alphabet from astronaut and blastoff to spacewalk and Zulu Time. Topics cover the history of NASA, science, and practical aspects of being an astronaut using fun poems for each letter paired with longer expository text in the sidebars. Perfect for science buffs, budding astronauts, and astronomy lovers of all ages.

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A Promised Land

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In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency—a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.

Obama takes readers on a compelling journey from his earliest political aspirations to the pivotal Iowa caucus victory that demonstrated the power of grassroots activism to the watershed night of November 4, 2008, when he was elected 44th president of the United States, becoming the first African American to hold the nation’s highest office.

Reflecting on the presidency, he offers a unique and thoughtful exploration of both the awesome reach and the limits of presidential power, as well as singular insights into the dynamics of U.S. partisan politics and international diplomacy. Obama brings readers inside the Oval Office and the White House Situation Room, and to Moscow, Cairo, Beijing, and points beyond. We are privy to his thoughts as he assembles his cabinet, wrestles with a global financial crisis, takes the measure of Vladimir Putin, overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds to secure passage of the Affordable Care Act, clashes with generals about U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, tackles Wall Street reform, responds to the devastating Deepwater Horizon blowout, and authorizes Operation Neptune’s Spear, which leads to the death of Osama bin Laden.

A Promised Land is extraordinarily intimate and introspective—the story of one man’s bet with history, the faith of a community organizer tested on the world stage. Obama is candid about the balancing act of running for office as a Black American, bearing the expectations of a generation buoyed by messages of “hope and change,” and meeting the moral challenges of high-stakes decision-making. He is frank about the forces that opposed him at home and abroad, open about how living in the White House affected his wife and daughters, and unafraid to reveal self-doubt and disappointment. Yet he never wavers from his belief that inside the great, ongoing American experiment, progress is always possible.

This beautifully written and powerful book captures Barack Obama’s conviction that democracy is not a gift from on high but something founded on empathy and common understanding and built together, day by day.

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A Wrestling Life: The Inspiring Stories of Dan Gable

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What does it take to be an Olympic gold medalist and to coach a collegiate team to fifteen NCAA titles? In A Wrestling Life: The Inspiring Stories of Dan Gable, famed wrestler and wrestling coach

Dan Gable tells engaging and inspiring stories of his childhood in Waterloo, Iowa; overcoming the murder of his sister as a teenager; his sports career from swimming as a young boy, to his earliest wrestling matches, through the 1972 Olympics; coaching at the University of Iowa from the Banachs to the Brands; life-changing friendships he made along the way; and tales of his family life off the mat. A celebration of determination, teamwork, and the persevering human spirit, A Wrestling Life captures Gable’s methods and philosophies for reaching individual greatness as well as the incredible amount of fulfillment and satisfaction that comes from working as part of a team.

Dan Gable with Scott Schulte.

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Always and Forever, Lara Jean (3) (All the Boys I've Loved)

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Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han.

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 - 9
  • Series: To All the Boys I've Loved Before (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
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    Amazing Iowa Athletes A-Z

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    Amazing Iowa Athletes, an A-Z illustrated guide to some of Iowa's most extraordinary athletes. Iowa State education professor, Katy Swalwell, teamed up with 28 Iowa artists to tell the stories of over 100 amazing Iowa athletes. Text by Katy Swalwell, illustrations by various Iowa artists.

    • Publisher: Raygun
    • Size: 10" x 10"
    • Paperback: 67 pages
    • Printed by Union Labor in Des Moines.
    • Bound in Des Moines.

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    Amazing Iowa Women A-Z

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    Amazing Iowa Women, an A-Z illustrated guide to some of Iowa's most extraordinary women. Iowa State education professor, Katy Swalwell, worked with over 25 Iowa women artists and RAYGUN to create a children’s book that celebrates the incredible accomplishments of a diverse set of women throughout Iowa’s history. Text by Katy Swalwell, illustrations by various Iowa artists. Inspired by 'Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls' and 'Rad Women A to Z.'

    • Publisher: Raygun
    • Size: 10" x 10"
    • Paperback: 67 pages
    • Printed by Union Labor in Des Moines.
    • Bound in Des Moines.

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    Becoming

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    In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

    In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.

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    Between Gravity and What Cheer

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    When Barry Phipps relocated to Iowa City from Chicago in 2012, he knew nothing of Iowa. He began taking day trips across Iowa in the spirit of wonder and discovery. His marked-up road map soon became a work of art in and of itself, covered with spokes, lines, and places both seen and needing to be seen. Along the way he plied his trade, taking photographs.

    Inspired by such seminal work as Robert Frank’s The Americans, this is a unique vision of the Midwest and Iowa. Without condescending or overemphasizing the decline of small town America, Phipps documents rural communities as they are now, noting abstract shapes and colors as he photographs business districts with quirky and/or artful signs, streetscapes and landscapes, buildings with ghosts of paint from previous lives, and the occasional resident.

    In addition to their startling attention to color and geometry, Phipps’s photos delight because they suggest an author who isn’t on intimate terms with his subject matter, but very much wants to be. Though the photographs in this collection frequently maintain a cautious distance from the houses, water towers, and iconography he captures on film, the pictures feel, at once, eager and shy.

    Phipps admires his new home—from afar, by varying degrees—and excitedly introduces himself to it: the first steps of a journey toward claiming Iowa as his.

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    CAMPUSTOWN A Brief History of the First West Ames

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    CAMPUSTOWN - A Brief History of the First West Ames

    By Anthony Capps

    For more than one hundred years, Campustown has served the students and community of Iowa State University. Here is the brief history of Campustown in the early 1900's.

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    Catching Fire (Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2)

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    Suzanne Collins continues the amazing story of Katniss Everdeen in the phenomenal Hunger Games trilogy.

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 - 9
  • Series: Hunger Games (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 400 pages
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    Coronavirus Manual for Parents

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    From the internationally bestselling author of 1-2-3 Magic comes The Coronavirus Manual for Parents, a must-have guide for parenting while social distancing. Dr. Thomas Phelan, renowned clinical psychologist, knows it isn't easy to be stuck at home during these scary times. The kids are restless, anxious, and confused, and frankly, so are you! But Dr. Phelan has broken down the elements of effective parenting during the COVID-19 pandemic into an easy-to-understand program that can bring comfort and joy to any family.

    Full of useful tips and actionable advice, Dr. Phelan teaches parents:

    • How to manage your kids during strange, tough times
    • Teach your children (and yourself!) how to handle scary information
    • How to avoid turning into a monster under stress
    • Maximize your enjoyment of your kids
    • Spark courage and resilience
    • Publisher: Sourcebooks
    • Publication Date: April 9, 2020
    • Paperback: 40 pages

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    Creating the Black Utopia of Buxton, Iowa

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    Some have called Buxton a Black Utopia. In the town of five thousand residents, established in 1900, African Americans and Caucasians lived, worked and attended school together. It was a thriving, one-of-a-kind coal mining town created by the Consolidation Coal Company. This inclusive approach provided opportunity for its residents. Dr. E.A. Carter was the first African American to get a medical degree from the University of Iowa in 1907. He returned to Buxton and was hired by the coal company, where he treated both black and white patients. Attorney George Woodson ran for file clerk in the Iowa Senate for the Republican Party in 1898, losing to a white man by one vote. Author Rachelle Chase details the amazing events that created this unique community and what made it disappear.

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    Deep Midwest

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    A deep dive into the Midwest experience through thought-provoking poems, recollections, essays, and vivid stories. Pondering nature and neighbors, bars and commutes Bob Leonard's perspectives on these quiet aspects of life open up new ways of seeing everyday life. These little nods of Leonard's are at once tiny, but also everything. This is a book to provoke appreciation in the things we take for granted, and spark evenings spent reminiscing with friends and family about what it means to live in the Midwest, or anywhere one calls home.

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    Detour Iowa

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    Iowa history ranges from the natural to what's been made by humans over many centuries. Find and hold the fossilized remains of sea creatures that lived 375 million years ago. Walk through a small-town home where one of the nation's most infamous--and unsolved--murders occurred in 1912. Savor pastries that originated in the Netherlands before the 1840s and watch where wheat is ground into flour in a windmill first built in Denmark and then rebuilt in Elk Horn. Listen to time softly tick away in an elaborately carved clock that auto pioneer Henry Ford tried and failed to buy in 1928 for $1 million. Join writer-photographer Mike Whye on trips to the known, little-known and unknown historic places in Iowa.

    About Mike Whye

    Mike Whye wrote his first magazine travel article in 1985 and has been writing ever since. He has written guidebooks on Iowa and produced photo books on Iowa and Nebraska. He teaches journalism at the University of Nebraska -Omaha and has been with the Midwest Travel Journalists Association since 1989.

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    • Publisher: The History Press (2020)
    • Paperback: 192 pages

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    Disney Frozen 2: Forever Friends

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    An interactive board book with large lift-the-flaps for young Frozen fans! Lift all the interactive flaps in this storybook to reveal which of your favorite Frozen characters are hiding underneath.

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    Disney Frozen 2: Touch and Feel Forest

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    No gloves needed for this fun Frozen touch-and-feel book! The best way for kids to explore the magical world of Disney’s Frozen is with this delightful touch-and-feel board book. Learn and explore with your favorite Arendelle characters Anna, Elsa, Olaf, and more!

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    Disney Frozen Storybook Collection

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    The Frozen Storybook Collection, featuring gilded pages and eighteen stories with over 250 pieces of spot and full-page art, is a must-have for any Frozen fan!

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    Divided We Stand

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    Gloria Steinem was quoted in 2015 (the New Yorker) as saying the National Women's Conference in 1977 "may take the prize as the most important event nobody knows about." After the United Nations established International Women's Year (IWY) in 1975, Congress mandated and funded state conferences to elect delegates to attend the National Women's Conference in Houston in 1977. At that conference, Bella Abzug, Steinem, and other feminists adopted a National Plan of Action, endorsing the hot-button issues of abortion rights, the Equal Rights Amendment, and gay rights--the latter a new issue in national politics. Across town, Phyllis Schlafly, Lottie Beth Hobbs, and the conservative women's movement held a massive rally to protest federally funded feminism and launch a Pro-Family movement.

    Although much has been written about the role that social issues have played in politics, little attention has been given to the historical impact of women activists on both sides. DIVIDED WE STAND reveals how the battle between feminists and their conservative challengers divided the nation as Democrats continued to support women's rights and Republicans cast themselves as the party of family values.

    The women's rights movement and the conservative women's movement have irrevocably affected the course of modern American history. We cannot fully understand the present without appreciating the events leading up to Houston and thereafter.

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