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Community Book Discussion: A Wild and Precious Life

The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents our August 2020 Community Book Discussion featuring A Wild and Precious Life: a memoir by Edie Windsor. A Lambda Literary Award Finalist and one of NPR’s “favorite books of 2019”, 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.

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.

Community book discussions at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center are facilitated by Mary Foltz and are sponsored by Lehigh University’s Southside Initiative and Humanities Center.

The book is available in hardcover, paperback, ebook, or audiobook. Purchase your copy here and a percentage of your purchase will automatically be donated to Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. Due to COVID-19 and in an effort to keep the community connected, we are extending the series through the summer months, however, we don’t have funds to provide free copies of the book for participants. If you cannot afford to purchase a book and would like to participate, email

This will likely be a virtual event. Email to sign up in advance so you will receive the information to participate virtually.

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