What is this group like?
We are a good mix of ages and interests engaged in stimulating discussion.
What is the format?
We meet on time. First 30 minutes are for general chat and catching up. 60 - 90 minutes to discuss the book and related topics. Whomever is in attendance at the book club will decide the next book read for the following month.
As a courtesy, if you RSVP and are unable to come, please remember to cancel so we are not waiting for you to start our discussion.
What will we read?
The Group has chosen "The Birth of the Pill" as our read for June meetup. Purchase here on Amazon.
What's it about?
The Birth of the Pill by Jonathan Eig
We know it simply as "the pill," yet its genesis was anything but simple. Jonathan Eig's masterful narrative revolves around four principal characters: the fiery feminist Margaret Sanger, who was a champion of birth control in her campaign for the rights of women but neglected her own children in pursuit of free love; the beautiful Katharine McCormick, who owed her fortune to her wealthy husband, the son of the founder of International Harvester and a schizophrenic; the visionary scientist Gregory Pincus, who was dismissed by Harvard in the 1930s as a result of his experimentation with in vitro fertilization but who, after he was approached by Sanger and McCormick, grew obsessed with the idea of inventing a drug that could stop ovulation; and the telegenic John Rock, a Catholic doctor from Boston who battled his own church to become an enormously effective advocate in the effort to win public approval for the drug that would be marketed by Searle as Enovid.
Spanning the years from Sanger’s heady Greenwich Village days in the early twentieth century to trial tests in Puerto Rico in the 1950s to the cusp of the sexual revolution in the 1960s, this is a grand story of radical feminist politics, scientific ingenuity, establishment opposition, and, ultimately, a sea change in social attitudes. Brilliantly researched and briskly written, The Birth of the Pill is gripping social, cultural, and scientific history.
Join us in the coffee shop upstairs at Whole Foods in the Pearl. If you need to find the group, text Chanel at: 360-977-0292
NW 12th Avenue and West Burnside Street
Portland, OR 97209
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