Saturday, October 15, 2022
Joshua Prager’s Pulitzer Prize finalist book, The Family Roe, looks at “Jane Roe,” the pseudonym for Norma McCorvey (1947–2017), whose unwanted pregnancy in 1969 opened a great fracture in American life. Propelled by the crosscurrents of sex and religion, gender and class, it is a life that tells the story of abortion in America.
Sunday, October 16, 2022
Ann Leary’s The Foundling is a compelling record of a too-hidden piece of history when eugenics was commonly applauded as progressive social science.
This novel, based in part on Leary’s family history, looks at the outrageous ways our society has sought to control women.
Fast forward to present day: Jennifer Haigh’s Mercy Street centers on an abortion clinic in downtown Boston, describing the day-to-day realities of the people who go there and exploring the precarious status of safe, legal abortion in this country.