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Wild and Precious Life: A Memoir
Wild and Precious Life: A Memoir | Joshua Lyon, Edie Windsor
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A lively, intimate memoir from an icon of the gay rights movement, describing gay life in 1950s and 60s New York City and her longtime activism which opened the door for marriage equality. Edie Windsor became internationally famous when she sued the US government, seeking federal recognition for her marriage to Thea Spyer, her partner of more than four decades. The Supreme Court ruled in Edie's favor, a landmark victory that set the stage for full marriage equality in the US. Beloved by the LGBTQ community, Edie embraced her new role as an icon; she had already been living an extraordinary and groundbreaking life for decades. In this memoir, which she began before passing away in 2017 and completed by her co-writer, Edie recounts her childhood in Philadelphia, her realization that she was a lesbian, and her active social life in Greenwich Village's electrifying underground gay scene during the 1950s. Edie was also one of a select group of trailblazing women in computing, working her way up the ladder at IBM and achieving their highest technical ranking while developing software. In the early 1960s Edie met Thea, an expat from a Dutch Jewish family that fled the Nazis, and a widely respected clinical psychologist. Their partnership lasted forty-four years, until Thea died in 2009. Edie found love again, marrying Judith Kasen-Windsor in 2016. A Wild and Precious Life is remarkable portrait of an iconic woman, gay life in New York in the second half of the twentieth century, and the rise of LGBT activism.
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WanderingBookaneer
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1. How am I the only one who has posted about this book on Litsy?

2. I find myself crying, thankful that this account exist so that I could bear witness to such a lovely, long-lasting relationship.

I had never heard of Edie Windsor before her landmark Supreme Court case. A case that was being argued on March 27, 2013 as @BookishMarginalia and I were getting married in New York City‘s Carl Schurz Park. ⬇️

WanderingBookaneer Gloria and I—as well as countless other LGBTQ+ couples—owe a debt of gratitude to Edie‘s grit and determination and I wish more people would read this book so that they might not just understand that we are all just humans or that love is love, but also that this brave woman is a pioneer and a hero who deserves acclaim and recognition across the USA. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (edited) 4w
Come-read-with-me @WanderingBookaneer Thank you for posting this amazing review. Consider it stacked! 4w
MicheleinPhilly Stacked! Edie is my hero. She has changed my life immeasurably. 4w
marleed Awesome review - stacked! 4w
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Lindy Stacked! 🏳️‍🌈 4mo
JamieArc This is my life, and I‘ve got no complaints! 😁 4mo
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