Terrible Virtue

A Novel
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Product Number: Z100099206
Released: Mar 22, 2016
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ISBN: #9780062445292
Narrator/s: Kate Udall
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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.

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Author(s): Ellen Feldman
Original Publish Date: Mar 22, 2016

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Author(s): Ellen Feldman
Narrator(s): Kate Udall
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Released: Mar 22, 2016
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ISBN: #9781504696531
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Author(s): Ellen Feldman
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Released: Mar 22, 2016
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Professional reviews

"Narrator Kate Udall does a fine job channeling Margaret Sanger's ferocity in this intriguing novel about the pioneering American advocate for birth control. Born in 1879, Sanger grew up during the heyday of the Comstock Act, which criminalized contraceptives in the U.S. One of 11 children, she saw her mother die after 18 pregnancies and became determined to end the potential death sentence of having too many children or turning to back-alley abortions. It's a rousing story that Udall voices well. A bit more inflection and variable pacing might have made Sanger easier to spend time with. However, the American reformer had a take-no-prisoners personality, which Udall articulates beautifully in this interesting and worthwhile reading. A.C.S. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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