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Published June 22, 2022

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    6 Novels for Book Clubs That Reflect on Reproductive Rights
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6 Novels for Book Clubs That Reflect on Reproductive Rights

Posted: June 16, 2022 08:21 AM

6 Novels for Book Clubs That Reflect on Reproductive Rights
If your book club arranges conversations and reading materials around current issues, it's likely that you're focusing on reproductive rights, or soon will be.

While the leak of a Supreme Court draft suggesting an intent to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion nationally has thrown the future of abortion rights in the United States into doubt, the broader topic of reproductive rights is one that transcends this particular moment in time. Regardless of legality, reproductive health care is already effectively out of reach for many, and issues of reproductive justice include not just abortion access but access to contraceptives, involuntary sterilization and forced or coerced adoption, all of which are historically intertwined with racism, gender discrimination and eugenics.

Below are six contemporary novels that reflect this reality, dealing substantially with reproductive rights and the social contexts in which they are grounded. Most have reviews, reading guides and/or other accompanying material available on BookBrowse. We've also included some general resources that we hope will be helpful for your book club discussions.


T O Thing W H T F I F I

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Answer to the last Wordplay:

Question: P Up O S U

Answer: Put up or shut up

Meaning: Either take action or stop talking about it

William Safire, writing in the New York Times in 2000, said that the earliest recorded use of this expression is in Fred H. Hart's 1878 collection of stories, The Sazerac Lying Club. In one of the stories, the phrase P.U. or S.U. is explained by a character saying, "P.U. or S.U. means put up or shut up, doesn't it?"

He goes on to say that the expression was locked into the American language by Mark Twain in his 1889 Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court with, "This was a plain case of 'put up, or shut up.' "

Safire adds that the metaphor may come from fighting or from card playing, and appears to put his money on the latter by continuing with an explanation of the expression from a card playing point of view - his rational being that put is also used in the expression put your money where your mouth is, which apparently originates as a card playing term; and that to put up is synonymous with to ante up - another card playing term meaning to put one's stake into the pot.

However, the Oxford English Dictionary disagrees, citing a letter written 20 years earlier in 1858 by boxer John Morrissey about his would be opponent John Heenan, recorded in the Marysville Tribune (Ohio).

"There has always been some objections, however, to every proposition I have made; some little quibble that this man Heenan has raised, with how much courage and manliness I leave your readers to judge. The above proposition is certainly a fair one, and no man can object to it.— Now, if he means business, let him put up, or shut up, for this is the last communication that will come from me in regard to this fellow."

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Where the Crawdads Sing
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(14 Aug 2018)
384 pages
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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