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Belle Boggs

When: Tue., Nov. 29, 7 p.m. 2016

"We count on literature to prepare us, to console us," Belle Boggs writes, "but I am shocked by how little consolation there is for the infertile, or even for those who are childless by choice and trying to live in a world that is largely fertile and family driven." Boggs's The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood, released earlier this fall, takes stock of this trend via literary memoir, journalism, scientific research, and cultural analysis. The book—Boggs's second—offers the author's own story of childlessness alongside those of others, including same-sex couples considering adoption and survivors of North Carolina's sterilization programs. A central meditation draws these narratives together: reproductive health is more than a medical barometer; it is "the ability to make choices." Access to these choices, Boggs argues, is an urgent ethical concern. This topic takes on greater relevance as we prepare for the uncertainties of the Trump administration's effects on American health care. Michaela Dwyer

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