Articles tagged "Katha Pollitt"

Celebrating Women’s Voices: An Edelweiss Collection

This catalog is a collection of the best fiction and nonfiction from women whose voices are a collective call for urgent resistance. Given the current political climate we hope that this catalog will be a helpful tool for identifying books that are culturally relevant and on the pulse of the public conversation.

Happy International Womens Day!

March is Women’s History Month and today happens to be International Womens Day! Ladies, we salute you, and we recommend these titles:

DIVIDED WE STAND: The Battle Over Women’s Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics by Marjorie J. Spruill
THIS FIGHT IS OUR FIGHT: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class by Elizabeth Warren
MY LIFE, MY LOVE, MY LEGACY by Coretta Scott King & Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds
A HOPE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE SEA by Melissa Fleming
THE MEANING OF MICHELLE: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own by Veronica Chambers
IN THE COUNTRY WE LOVE: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero
LES PARISIENNES: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved, and Died Under Nazi Occupation by Anne Sebba
EVERYDAY SEXISM by Laura Bates
THE GEEK FEMINIST REVOLUTION by Kameron Hurley
PRO: Reclaiming Abortion Rights by Katha Pollitt

There are more recommendations in our Women’s History Month Edelweiss collection.

Plus, C.E. Morgan’s THE SPORT OF KINGS and Yewande Omotoso’s THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR have been longlisted for the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction!

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Stars for PRO

Our #FridayReads pick is Katha Pollitt’s highly acclaimed PRO: Reclaiming Abortion Rights.

In PRO, Politt reframes abortion as a common part of a woman’s reproductive life, one that should be accepted as a moral right with positive social implications. In clear, concise arguments, Pollitt takes on the “personhood” argument, reaffirms the priority of a woman’s life and health, and discusses why terminating a pregnancy can be a force for social good.

Naturally, PRO is stirring up discussion—and getting tremendous praise! It’s one of Flavorwire’s Fall 25 Must-Reads, one of Publishers Weekly‘s Top 10 Social Science Books of Fall, is on Lena Dunham’s bookshelf, and has received two starred reviews:

“An impassioned, persuasive case for understanding [abortion] in its proper context… With wit and logic, Pollitt debunks the many myths surrounding abortion, and analyzes what abortion opponents really oppose: namely, women’s growing sexual freedom and power…. With arguments that are both lucid and sensible, Pollitt successfully reframes the abortion debate to show that, ‘in the end, abortion is an issue of fundamental human rights.’” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“In this powerful pro-choice treatise, Pollitt, the well-known feminist, poet, and award-winning columnist for the Nation, expertly lays out why she supports a woman’s right to decide whether to end a pregnancy.” Booklist, starred review

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