Thursday, February 2, 2023

Book Review - Madame Restell: The Life, Death, and Resurrection by Jennifer Wright


Madame Restell was an ambitious immigrant who built her business from scratch. She was a self taught surgeon that had profitable boarding house business. Restell provided a safe haven to women who were seeking abortions and medical refuge to women of all backgrounds. As her business grew, her notoriety grew in the tabloids. Instead of avoiding the media attention, Restell was outspoken about her business and flaunted her wealth and power.

The book describes in detail, Restell's meteoric raise to fame and her downfall. I thought the book was an interesting read about the lengths women had to go to for basic reproductive care. However, there was a lot in the book that was filler and I felt that some details about Restell's life and her family was still shrouded in mystery. I usually don't read non-fiction books but, I found this one to be interesting and still unfortunately, relevant in today's times. 

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