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Jean H. Baker Margaret Sanger

A Life of Passion

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Farrar Straus & Giroux









Women social reformers; United States; Biography.


Margaret Sanger became one of the most vocal advocates for birth control at a time when the mere mention of such things was considered not only taboo but also a felony. She pioneered the first family-planning clinic - the forerunner to Planned Parenthood - and became a lightning rod for the cause. In recent years, though, Sanger has been largely cast aside by the movement she spawned. In this lively new biography, the historian Jean H. Baker argues convincingly that Sanger deserves the vaunted place in feminist history she once held. o take no for an answer, propelled by a passion for his subject, and already deep into his research, Shields wrote again and this time, to his delight, the answer came back: "O.K." For the next year - a year that ended up being Vonnegut's last - Shields had access to Vonnegut and his letters "And So It Goes" is the culmination of five years of research and writing - the first-ever biography of the life of Kurt Vonnegut. Vonnegut resonates with readers of all generations from the baby boomers who grew up with him to high school and college students who are discovering his work for the first time. Vonnegut's concise collection of personal essays, "Man Without a Country", published in 2006, spent fifteen weeks on the "New York Times" bestseller list and has sold more than 300,000 copies to date. The twenty-first century has seen interest in and scholarship about Vonnegut's works grow even stronger, and this is the first book to examine in full the life of one of the most influential iconoclasts of his time.

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