To the curious conservative, Jennifer Baumgardner’s body of work might look like a feminist freak show: Single motherhood! Breast-feeding other women’s babies! A fling with an Indigo Girl! In her latest book, Baumgardner pulls back the curtain to reveal the women’s movement’s most mystified phenomenon: abortion. In Abortion & Life, Baumgardner traces the taboo that distorts both pro-choice and pro-life discussion of the procedure. A companion piece to her 2005 documentary film, I Had an Abortion, the book records the abortion stories of women from Gloria Steinem to Ani DiFranco, photographed wearing T-shirts that read, simply, i had an abortion. Baumgardner, who doesn’t don the shirt—that’s her, pregnant, on the cover—is at her best when presenting abortion as a complicated personal experience. The book’s overt political stance is less inclusive—when it comes to joining the feminist movement, writes Baumgardner, most pro-lifers won’t be admitted to the show. BAUMGARDNER DISCUSSES AND SIGNS COPIES OF HER WORK AT 6:30 P.M. AT BUSBOYS & POETS, 2021 14TH ST. NW. FREE. (202) 387-7638.