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BOOK TALK | The Family Roe: An American Story

Presented by Boston Athenæum at Boston Athenæum, Boston MA

Oct 13 2021
BOOK TALK | The Family Roe: An American Story

A masterpiece of reporting on the Supreme Court’s most divisive case, Roe v. Wade, and the unknown lives at its heart.

Despite her famous pseudonym, “Jane Roe,” no one knows the truth about Norma McCorvey (1947–2017), whose unwanted pregnancy in 1969 opened a great fracture in American life. Journalist Joshua Prager spent hundreds of hours with Norma, discovered her personal papers—a previously unseen trove—and witnessed her final moments. The Family Roe presents her life in full. Propelled by the crosscurrents of sex and religion, gender and class, it is a life that tells the story of abortion in

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Contact: 617-720-7600


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Book signing to follow.


Boston Athenæum

10 1/2 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108


    • Assisted Listening System
    • Wheelchair Access

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Info regarding how this event is being affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.:

PANDEMIC SAFETY PRACTICES To protect all who come through our doors, everyone must follow current state and city guidelines at all times. Per the City of Boston's public health order, all people over age two must wear a mask or face covering inside the building. The guidance allows for speakers and performers to unmask while six feet away from audiences. Our in-person events will continue as scheduled. Monitor your health and stay home if you feel unwell. If you’ve been in contact with anyone who’s tested positive or been exposed to COVID-19, please visit another time. In-person event attendees are asked to confirm that they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Most of our events are designed as mixed-presence, with in-person and virtual options. If you’re unvaccinated, we strongly urge you to join us virtually. A changing environment demands flexibility. We thank everyone in the broader BA community for your understanding if events and access need to change at any point. We send our most timely public updates via email; everyone is welcome to join our email list.

COVID-19 Phased Reopening Details

Face Masks Required: Yes
Limited Capacity: Yes
Reservations Required: Yes
Proof of Vaccination Required: No