Memo from Mary Scotti to Robert Palmer, regarding women's books, September 29, 1971

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Could you send a memo to Bob Plmer, saying we might try the Hole and Levine book, a.nd also suggesting that since the stuff from Pathfinder Press is so cheap we might order it for the Alternatives Library.

You might say that I asked you to write him.

Grazia .

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