• Family & Relationships

The Girls Who Went Away

The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe V. Wade
Author: Ann Fessler
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0143038974
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 362
View: 909
Describes how countless single women were compelled to give up their children for adoption in the years prior to Roe v. Wade, and how their situations were compromised by limited birth control options and the unavailability of safe abortions.

    • Social Science

The Girls Who Went Away

The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade
Author: Ann Fessler
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 110164429X
Category: Social Science
Page: 368
View: 9020
In this deeply moving and myth-shattering work, Ann Fessler brings out into the open for the first time the astonishing untold history of the million and a half women who surrendered children for adoption due to enormous family and social pressure in the decades before Roe v. Wade. An adoptee who was herself surrendered during those years and recently made contact with her mother, Ann Fessler brilliantly brings to life the voices of more than a hundred women, as well as the spirit of those times, allowing the women to tell their stories in gripping and intimate detail.

    • Family & Relationships

The Girls Who Went Away

The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe V. Wade
Author: Ann Fessler
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781439559987
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 362
View: 4506
Describes how countless single women were compelled to give up their children for adoption in the years prior to Roe v. Wade, and how their situations were compromised by limited birth control options and the unavailability of safe abortions.

    • History

Wake Up Little Susie

Single Pregnancy and Race Before Roe v. Wade
Author: Rickie Solinger
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135292167
Category: History
Page: 362
View: 7145
First Published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

    • Family & Relationships

Lost & Found

The Adoption Experience
Author: Betty Jean Lifton
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 047203328X
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 330
View: 5947
Explores the obstacles and issues that adoptees, orphans, and foster children face when they have been separated from a parent or denied the right to know their origins

    • Fiction

Choice

True Stories of Birth, Contraception, Infertility, Adoption, Single Parenthood & Abortion
Author: Karen E. Bender,Nina de Gramont
Publisher: MP Publishing
ISBN: 1596929863
Category: Fiction
Page: 349
View: 3823
A moving collection of personal essays about the real, human experiences behind the highly politicized issue of reproductive choice. At a time when a woman’s most complex decisions have been reduced to political rhetoric and impersonal theory, and political debate has been hijacked by pundits and name-callers, Choice joins the discourse with an assortment of candid voices in an effort to humanize the debate about reproductive rights. In addressing a wide range of women’s choices — from using birth control to taking the morning-after pill, from adopting a child to putting a child up for adoption, from having an abortion to bringing a pregnancy to full term — 'Choice' explores the complexities inherent in every reproductive decision. Including twenty-four honest, heartrending essays from established writers such as Francine Prose, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Pam Houston, Ann Hood, and Sarah Messer and emerging talents such as Kimi Faxon Hemingway, Stephanie Anderson, and Ashley Talley, 'Choice' will allow you to truly understand the meaning of the word “choice” — regardless of what side of the debate you stand on.

    • Family & Relationships

The Adoption Reunion Handbook


Author: Elizabeth Trinder,Julia Feast,David Howe
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470094230
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 174
View: 7355
The book describes the experiences that people have had when tracing their birth parents, as well as offering practical advice on how to go about searching and what to expect emotionally. Each section has an advice box which summarizes key points, notes issues to pay particular attention to, or offers draft letters that readers can adapt for their own needs. The appendix contains useful addresses and weblinks, and includes checklists for searching and for the reunion. Chapters include reunion with birth fathers and birth siblings, as well as with birth mothers, the relationship with the adoptive family and dealing with reunions that break down.


    • Biography & Autobiography

The Baby Thief

The Untold Story of Georgia Tann, the Baby Seller Who Corrupted Adoption
Author: Barbara Bisantz Raymond,Barbara Raymond
Publisher: Da Capo Press
ISBN: 0786733748
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 304
View: 7761
For almost three decades, renowned baby-seller Georgia Tann ran a children's home in Memphis, Tennessee — selling her charges to wealthy clients nationwide, Joan Crawford among them. Part social history, part detective story, part expose, The Baby Thief is a riveting investigative narrative that explores themes that continue to reverberate today.

    • Family & Relationships

Adoption healing

a path to recovery for mothers who lost children to adoption
Author: Joe Soll,Karen Wilson Buterbaugh
Publisher: Joe Soll
ISBN: N.A
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 193
View: 5901
A unique book describing the coersion of pregnant women to surrender their babies to adoption, the personal holocaust suffered by them, and strategies for healing

    • Family & Relationships

Girl Land


Author: Caitlin Flanagan
Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books
ISBN: 0316192643
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 224
View: 512
The physical, emotional, and social milestones of every girl's life: what we've lost and gained in the 21st century. Caitlin Flanagan's essays about marriage, sex, and families have sparked national debates. Now she turns her attention to girls: the biological and cultural milestones for girls today, and how they shape a girl's sense of herself. The transition from girl to woman is an experience that has changed radically over the generations: everything from how a girl learns about her period to how she expects to be treated by boys and men. Girls today observe these passages very differently, and yet the landmarks themselves have remained remarkably constant-proof, Flanagan believes, of their significance. In a world where protections of girls' privacy and personal freedom seem to disappear every day, the ultimate challenge modern parents face is finding a way to defend both.

    • Family & Relationships

The Child Catchers

Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption
Author: Kathryn Joyce
Publisher: PublicAffairs
ISBN: 1586489429
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 332
View: 5059
The award-winning journalist and author of Quiverfull reveals how adoption has become entangled in the conservative Christian agenda as a reflection of pro-life initiatives, explaining how child and family well-being has become a lesser priority in a market increasingly driven by profit and religious ideology.

    • Psychology

Journey Of The Adopted Self

A Quest For Wholeness
Author: Betty Jean Lifton,Betty Lifton
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 9780786723560
Category: Psychology
Page: 336
View: 7138
Betty Jean Lifton, whose Lost and Found has become a bible to adoptees and to those who would understand the adoption experience, explores further the inner world of the adopted person. She breaks new ground as she traces the adopted child’s lifelong struggle to form an authentic sense of self. And she shows how both the symbolic and the literal search for roots becomes a crucial part of the journey toward wholeness.

    • Poetry

AT THE BOOTH MEMORIAL HOME FOR UNWED MOTHERS 1966


Author: Patti Sullivan
Publisher: Evening Street Press
ISBN: 1937347230
Category: Poetry
Page: 27
View: 2319
There was a place for girls like me...That place was the Booth Memorial Home for unwed mothers. From her opening in Post Summer Blues—This was in the mid-sixties/girls didn't keep their out of wedlock babies/my crime was being stupid and trusting, to her stunning afterward—In those first days/weeks months years/ after she found me/I couldn't stop saying /Daughter—Patti Sullivan's work is simply unforgettable. Her poems collectively constitute a portrait of a culture: mid-twentieth century, still-Puritanical, Southern California. Match-strike moments, achingly painful, sometimes darkly humorous, plunge us into a young woman's cultural transgression and punishment. In Booth Memorial, Sullivan transcends era and location, to illuminate a timeless and placeless dilemma: how to say yes to life and dignity in the face of exile and unbearable loss. Long after turning the last page, we are left grateful and larger in spirit. —Maía, author of The SpiritLife of Birds, Adder's Tongue Press ____________________ Patti Sullivan is our guide into the lives of dispossessed girls behind closed doors at the Booth Memorial Home; through her words their elemental loss finds its way into language, both sorrowing and redemptive. Her voice is clear, courageous, and achingly honest—these are poems that open the heart. —Marsha de la O, author of Antidote for Night, BOA Editions ____________________ Patti Sullivan’s poems are arrows, swift and quiet, hitting their mark, sinking deep. Powerful and necessary, these poems make me say when reading, “This is what poetry is for!” In Patti’s passionate, honest voice, I hear generations of silent women who nod their heads, murmur agreement, urge her forward. Why didn’t we ever talk about the truth, she questions the silence imposed upon her as a young unwed mother, would we die or catch fire. —Mary Kay Rummel, Poet Laureate of Ventura County, CA, author of The Lifeline Trembles.

    • Family & Relationships

The Names of My Mothers


Author: Dianne Sanders Riordan
Publisher: FriesenPress
ISBN: 146021871X
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 120
View: 9162
"The Names of My Mothers" is the touching story of the tender and all-too-brief relationship forged late in life between Dianne Riordan (nee Susanne Sanders) and her birth mother. In 1942 Elizabeth Bynam Sanders was a young woman who left home under false pretenses and travelled to Our Lady of Victory, a home for unwed mothers in upstate New York. Shortly after surrendering her daughter for adoption, she returned to her life in Johnston County, North Carolina. She never married and never had another child of her own. This powerful and moving memoir speaks of the profound need for connection. It is a story about identity, the hunger we feel for a sense of belonging and the ineffable significance of blood.

    • Family & Relationships

No Kidding

Women Writers on Bypassing Parenthood
Author: Henriette Mantel
Publisher: Seal Press
ISBN: 1580054595
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 224
View: 3018
In No Kidding, comedy writer Henriette Mantel tackles the topic of actually not having kids. This fascinating collection features a star-studded group of contributors—including Margaret Cho, Wendy Liebman, Laurie Graff, and other accomplished, funny women—writing about why they opted out of motherhood. Whether their reasons have to do with courage, apathy, monetary considerations, health issues, or something else entirely, the essays featured in the pages of No Kidding honestly (and humorously) delve into the minds of women who have chosen what they would call a more sane path. Hilarious, compelling, and inspiring, No Kidding reveals a perspective that has too long been hidden, shamed, and silenced—and celebrates an entire population of women who have decided that kids are just not right for them. Additional contributors include Janette Barber, Cheryl Bricker, Valri Bromfield, Cindy Caponera, Bonnie Datt, Jeanne Dorsey, Nora Dunn, Jane Gennaro, Julie Halston, Debbie Kasper, Sue Kolinsky, Maureen Langan, Beth Lapides, Bernadette Luckett, Merrill Markoe, Andrea Carla Michaels, Vanda Mikoloski, Judy Morgan, Judy Nielsen, Susan Norfleet, Suzanne O’Neil, Jennifer Prediger, Kathryn Rossetter, Betsy Salkind, Patricia Scanlon, Jeanette Schwaba Vigne, Nancy Shayne, Carol Siskind, Ann Slichter, Tracy Smith, Suzy Soro, Amy Stiller, and Nancy Van Iderstine.

    • Social Science

Rainforest Warriors

Human Rights on Trial
Author: Richard Price
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 0812221370
Category: Social Science
Page: 280
View: 2125
Rainforest Warriors is a historical, ethnographic, and documentary account of a people, their threatened rainforest, and their successful attempt to harness international human rights law in their fight to protect their way of life--part of a larger story of tribal and indigenous peoples that is unfolding all over the globe. The Republic of Suriname, in northeastern South America, contains the highest proportion of rainforest within its national territory, and the most forest per person, of any country in the world. During the 1990s, its government began awarding extensive logging and mining concessions to multinational companies from China, Indonesia, Canada, and elsewhere. Saramaka Maroons, the descendants of self-liberated African slaves who had lived in that rainforest for more than 300 years, resisted, bringing their complaints to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. In 2008, when the Inter-American Court of Human Rights delivered its landmark judgment in their favor, their efforts to protect their threatened rainforest were thrust into the international spotlight. Two leaders of the struggle to protect their way of life, Saramaka Headcaptain Wazen Eduards and Saramaka law student Hugo Jabini, were awarded the Goldman Prize for the Environment (often referred to as the environmental Nobel Prize), under the banner of "A New Precedent for Indigenous and Tribal Peoples." Anthropologist Richard Price, who has worked with Saramakas for more than forty years and who participated actively in this struggle, tells the gripping story of how Saramakas harnessed international human rights law to win control of their own piece of the Amazonian forest and guarantee their cultural survival.

    • Adoptees

The Baby Scoop Era

Unwed Mothers, Infant Adoption and Forced Surrender
Author: Karen Wilson-Buterbaugh
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780692345795
Category: Adoptees
Page: 434
View: 3801
An expose of unethical and coercive adoption industry practices during a short period in American history known as the Baby Scoop Era (Post WWII - 1972). By sharing the actual printed words of social caseworkers, maternity home personnel, lawyers, judges, medical and mental health practitioners, the methods used to ensure that "unwed" mothers would surrender their babies to mostly infertile strangers will be revealed. These crimes against nature resulted in more than 1.5 million vulnerable new mothers being permanently separated from newborns that they might have parented had they been informed of their civil, legal, human and Constitutional rights.

    • Biography & Autobiography

Strange Piece of Paradise

A Return to the American West To Investigate My Attempted Murder - and Solve the Riddle of Myself
Author: Terri Jentz
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9781429988070
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 560
View: 1485
In the summer of 1977, Terri Jentz and her Yale roommate, Shayna Weiss, make a cross-country bike trip. They pitch a tent in the desert of central Oregon. As they are sleeping, a man in a pickup truck deliberately runs over the tent. He then attacks them with an ax. The horrific crime is reported in newspapers across the country. No one is ever arrested. Both women survive, but Shayna suffers from amnesia, while Terri is left alone with memories of the attack. Their friendship is shattered. Fifteen years later, Terri returns to the small town where she was nearly murdered, on the first of many visits she will make "to solve the crime that would solve me." And she makes an extraordinary discovery: the violence of that night is as present for the community as it is for her. Slowly, her extensive interviews with the townspeople yield a terrifying revelation: many say they know who did it, and he is living freely in their midst. Terri then sets out to discover the truth about the crime and its aftermath, and to come to terms with the wounds that broke her life into a before and an after. Ultimately she finds herself face-to-face with the alleged axman. Powerful, eloquent, and paced like the most riveting of thrillers, Strange Piece of Paradise is the electrifying account of Terri's investigation into the mystery of her near murder. A startling profile of a psychopath, a sweeping reflection on violence and the myth of American individualism, and a moving record of a brave inner journey from violence to hope, this searing, unforgettable work is certain to be one of the most talked about books of the year.

    • Fiction

The Other Mother

A Woman's Love for the Child She Gave Up for Adoption
Author: Carol Schaefer
Publisher: Soho PressInc
ISBN: 9780939149759
Category: Fiction
Page: 295
View: 961
The courageous story of a mother who surrenders her child for adoption and searches for him 19 years later. "As compelling as any novel, Schaefer's account will have readers turning pages as she tells of her search for the son she didn't raise and of his love for the mother he didn't know".--Booklist.