The Warwick Historical Society will host a reading and discussion group on Thurs., Mar. 1 at 7 p.m. at Baird’s Tavern, located at 105 Main St. in Warwick. The reading and discussion will focus on the novel “Sex Wars: A Novel of Gilded Age New York,” by Marge Piercy. The novel takes place in the last decades of the 20th century, as men and women from many walks of life struggle with the newfound prominence of women in society.
The books publisher, Harper Collins, describes the book thusly, “Post–Civil War New York City is the battleground of the American dream. In this era of free love, emerging rights of women, and brutal sexual repression, Freydeh, a spirited young Jewish immigrant, toils at different jobs to earn passage to America for her family. Learning that her younger sister is adrift somewhere in the city, she begins a determined search that carries her from tenement to brothel to prison—as her story interweaves with those of some of the epoch’s most notorious figures: Elizabeth Cady Stanton; Susan B. Anthony; sexual freedom activist Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president; and Anthony Comstock, founder of the Society for the Suppression of Vice, whose censorship laws are still on the books.”
A limited number of books will be available through the Society. Copies can be purchased at Ye Olde Warwick Book Shoppe, located at 31 Main St. in Warwick. To receive a 15 percent discount, mention the Warwick Historical Society when making the purchase.
To sign up for this event call Lisa-Ann Weisbrod at 986-3236, ext. 106 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.