This book lives up to its subtitle. While our literary traditions have emphasized European origins and writers who are predominantly white and male, these stories offer a more complete rendering of human experience. Written by women of African, Asian, Native American, Hispanic, and Jewish background, they explore terrain not treated before with depth, detail, complexity, and intimacy. Thus, Margaret Atwood's ``Giving Birth'' is a masterful telling of both process and miracle. Leslie Silko's ``Yellow Woman'' utilizes the legends of the Pueblo Indians in New Mexico to remind us of a distant cultural past. Alice Walker's ``The Abortion'' shows how the aftermath of an abortion brings a troubled marriage to an end and reveals telling differences in character. Alice Munro's ``Royal Beatings'' offers a horrifying glimpse into the sadistic pleasures of child abuse. This book belongs on the shelves of every library that houses the best in the humanities.-- Addie Lee Bracy, Beaver Coll. Lib., Glenside, Pa.