Reproductive Freedom Book Club
About the book: “Difficult Women (a book of short stories) tells of hardscrabble lives, passionate loves, and quirky and vexed human connection. The women in these stories live lives of privilege and of poverty, are in marriages both loving and haunted by past crimes or emotional blackmail. A woman married to a twin pretends not to realize when her husband and his brother impersonatte each other. A stripper putting herself through college fends off the advances of an overzealous black customer. A black engineer moves to Upper Michigan for a job and faces the malign curiosity of her colleagues and the difficulty of leaving her past behind. From a girls’ fight club to a wealthy subdivision in Florida where neighbors conform, compete, and spy on each other, Gay gives voice to a chorus of unforgettable women in a scintillating collection reminiscent of Merritt Tierce, Anne Enright, and Amanda July. ”
- Wednesday, February 3rd, 6:00-7:00pm, Stories covered will be: “I Will Follow You”, “Water, All Its Weight”, “The Mark of Cain”, “Difficult Women”, “FLORIDA”, “Le Negra Blanca”, and “Baby Arm”, pages 1-82
- Wednesday, February 17th, 6:00-7:00pm, Stories covered will be: “North Country”, “How”, “Requiem for a Glass Heart”, “In the Event of My Father’s Death”, “Break All the Way Down”, “Bad Priest”, “Open Marriage”, “A Pat”, and “Best Features”, pages 83-168
- Wednesday, March 3rd, 6:00-7:00pm, Stories covered will be: “Bone Density”, “I Am a Knife”, “The Sacrifice of Darkness”, “Noble Things”, and “Strange Gods”, pages 169-256
Upcoming Volunteer Clinic Escort Trainings
Our monthly Volunteer Clinic Escort Trainings are back – with a virtual twist! Fill out our interest survey using this link below and we’ll provide call in information closer to the event.
For more than a decade, NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota has trained clinic escort volunteers who help women safely into their local abortion provider. Clinic escorts are a friendly face and a safe barrier between patients and the anti-choice protesters who harass women outside of clinics. NARAL has trained hundreds of volunteers for our Minneapolis and Robbinsdale clinics – and we’re inviting you to become one of them.
Join us on February 8th, March 10th, or April 13th, 2021 via Zoom for a clinic escort training. Here, you can learn the history of clinic escorting, the logistics of working with Minneapolis providers, and how to handle clinic protesters.
After the training, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up for specific escorting dates.