I’m excited to say that I’m this week’s feature!
Q: Describe the plots of four favorite books in seven words
- Harry Potter series: You’re a wizard Harry, destroy Voldermort
- Pride & Prejudice: The basis of every chick-flick + Mr. Darcy
- Gone with the Wind: Epic southern Civil War Saga
- Lord of the Rings: Hobbits go on quest and destroy jewelry
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Q: What other interests do you have besides reading and blogging?
I love to watch movies (as long as it doesn’t include Will Ferrell) I also enjoy exercising/walking and scrapbooking.
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Once, on a train going God knows where, to give still another speech, I awakened in the middle of the night nauseated. Oh no, I thought, pregnant again. It didn’t seem fair. I’d been so careful.
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For the next month I sat beside dozing patients and taught a thirteen-year-old Paggy about menstruation, a seventeen-year-old Peggy about love, a twenty-four-year-old Peggy about childbirth, a twenty- and thirty- and even forty-year-old Peggy about how to avoid it.
Terrible Virtue by Ellen Feldman
In the spirit of The Paris Wife and Loving Frank, the provocative and compelling story of one of the most fascinating and influential figures of the twentieth century: Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood—an indomitable woman who, more than any other, and at great personal cost, shaped the sexual landscape we inhabit today.
The daughter of a hard-drinking, smooth-tongued free thinker and a mother worn down by thirteen children, Margaret Sanger vowed her life would be different. Trained as a nurse, she fought for social justice beside labor organizers, anarchists, socialists, and other progressives, eventually channeling her energy to one singular cause: legalizing contraception. It was a battle that would pit her against puritanical, patriarchal lawmakers, send her to prison again and again, force her to flee to England, and ultimately change the lives of women across the country and around the world.
This complex enigmatic revolutionary was at once vain and charismatic, generous and ruthless, sexually impulsive and coolly calculating—a competitive, self-centered woman who championed all women, a conflicted mother who suffered the worst tragedy a parent can experience. From opening the first illegal birth control clinic in America in 1916 through the founding of Planned Parenthood to the arrival of the Pill in the 1960s, Margaret Sanger sacrificed two husbands, three children, and scores of lovers in her fight for sexual equality and freedom.
With cameos by such legendary figures as Emma Goldman, John Reed, Big Bill Haywood, H. G. Wells, and the love of Margaret’s life, Havelock Ellis, this richly imagined portrait of a larger-than-life woman is at once sympathetic to her suffering and unsparing of her faults. Deeply insightful, Terrible Virtue is Margaret Sanger’s story as she herself might have told it.