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American Baby

Author : Gabrielle Glaser
Publisher : Penguin
Release : 2021-01-26
Category : Family & Relationships
ISBN : 9780735224698

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“Powerful… Tells a singular story to illuminate a universal truth.”--The New York Times Book Review The shocking truth about postwar adoption in America, told through the bittersweet story of one teenager, the son she was forced to relinquish, and their search to find each other During the Baby Boom in 1960s America, women were encouraged to stay home and raise large families, but sex and childbirth were taboo subjects. Premarital sex was common, but birth control was hard to get and abortion was illegal. In 1961, sixteen-year-old Margaret Erle fell in love and became pregnant. Her enraged family sent her to a maternity home, and after she gave birth, she wasn't even allowed her to hold her own son. Social workers threatened her with jail until she signed away her parental rights. Her son vanished, his whereabouts and new identity known only to an adoption agency that would never share the slightest detail about his fate. Claiming to be acting in the best interests of all, the adoption business was founded on secrecy and lies. American Baby lays out how a lucrative and exploitative industry removed children from their birth mothers and placed them with hopeful families, fabricating stories about infants' origins and destinations, then closing the door firmly between the parties forever. Adoption agencies and other organizations that purported to help pregnant women struck unethical deals with doctors and researchers for pseudoscientific "assessments," and shamed millions of young women into surrendering their children. Gabrielle Glaser dramatically demonstrates the power of the expectations and institutions that Margaret faced. Margaret went on to marry and raise a large family with David's father, but she never stopped longing for and worrying about her firstborn. She didn't know he spent the first years of his life living just a few blocks away from her; as he grew, he wondered about where he came from and why he was given up. Their tale--one they share with millions of Americans--is one of loss, love, and the search for identity. Adoption's closed records are being legally challenged in states nationwide. Open adoption is the rule today, but the identities of many who were adopted or who surrendered a child in the postwar decades are locked in sealed files. American Baby illuminates a dark time in our history and shows a path to reunion that can help heal the wounds inflicted by years of shame and secrecy.

American Baby

Author : Gabrielle Glaser
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2021-01-26
Category : Family & Relationships
ISBN : 9780735224681

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The scandalous truth about postwar adoption in America, told through the bittersweet story of one teenager, the son she was forced to relinquish, and their twin searches to find each other In 1960s America, at the height of the Baby Boom, women were encouraged to stay home and raise large families, but sex and childbirth were taboo subjects. Premarital sex was common, but birth control was hard to get and abortion was illegal. In 1961, sixteen-year-old Margaret Erle fell in love and became pregnant. Her unsympathetic family sent her to a maternity home. In the hospital, she wasn't even allowed her to hold her own son. After she was finally badgered into signing away her parental rights, her son vanished into an adoption agency's hold. Claiming to be acting in the best interests of all, the adoption business was founded on secrecy and lies. American Baby lays out how a lucrative and exploitative industry removed children from their birth mothers and placed them with desperate families, fabricating stories about infants' origins and destinations, then closing the door firmly between the parties forever. They struck shady deals with doctors and researchers for pseudoscientific "assessments," and shamed millions of young women into surrendering their children. Gabrielle Glaser dramatically demonstrates the expectations and institutions that Margaret was up against. Though Margaret went on to marry and raise a large family with David's father, she never stopped longing for and worrying about her firstborn. She didn't know he spent the first years of his life living just a few blocks away from her, wondering often about where he came from and why he was given up. Their tale--one they share with millions of Americans--is one of loss, love, and the search for identity. Adoption's closed records are being legally challenged in states nationwide. Open adoption is the rule today, but the identities of many who were adopted or who surrendered a child in the decades this book covers are locked in sealed files. American Baby both illuminates a dark time in our history and shows a path to justice, honesty and reunion that can help heal the wounds inflicted by years of shame and secrecy.

Her Best-Kept Secret

Author : Gabrielle Glaser
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Release : 2013-07-02
Category : Psychology
ISBN : 9781439184387

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Book Her Best-Kept Secret Description/Summary:

Looks at the cultural factors contributing to a rise in alcoholism among today's women and compares today's practices to those of earlier generations while noting the current ineffectiveness of AA and other mainstream treatments.

The Girls Who Went Away

Author : Ann Fessler
Publisher : Penguin
Release : 2007-06-26
Category : Social Science
ISBN : 9781101644294

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Book The Girls Who Went Away Description/Summary:

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.

Second Choice

Author : Robert Andersen
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1993
Category : Family & Relationships
ISBN : 0963264842

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Book Second Choice Description/Summary:

Discusses the struggles, insecurities, and other damaging aspects of being an adoptee, and offers advice to adoptees, adoptive and birth parents, and adoption professionals

The Adoption Machine

Author : Paul Jude Redmond
Publisher : Merrion Press
Release : 2018-03-20
Category : History
ISBN : 9781785371790

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Book The Adoption Machine Description/Summary:

MAY 2014. The Irish public woke to the horrific discovery of a mass grave containing the remains of most 800 babies in the ‘Angels’ Plot’ of Tuam’s Mother and Baby Home. What followed would rock the last vestiges of Catholic Ireland, enrage an increasingly secularised nation, and lead to a Commission of Inquiry. In The Adoption Machine, Paul Jude Redmond, Chairperson of the Coalition of Mother and Baby Homes Survivors, who himself was born in the Castlepollard Home, candidly reveals the shocking history of one of the worst abuses of Church power since the foundation of the Irish State. From Bessboro, Castlepollard, and Sean Ross Abbey to St. Patrick’s and Tuam, a dark shadow was cast by the collusion between Church and State in the systematic repression of women and the wilful neglect of illegitimate babies, resulting in the deaths of thousands. It was Paul’s exhaustive research that widened the global media’s attention to all the homes and revealed Tuam as just the tip of the iceberg of the horrors that lay beneath. He further reveals the vast profits generated by selling babies to wealthy adoptive parents, and details how infants were volunteered to a pharmaceutical company for drug trials without the consent of their natural mothers. Interwoven throughout is Paul’s poignant and deeply personal journey of discovery as he attempts to find his own natural mother. The Adoption Machine exposes this dark history of Ireland’s shameful and secret past, and the efforts to bring it into the light. It is a history from which there is no turning away.

The Child Catchers

Author : Kathryn Joyce
Publisher : PublicAffairs
Release : 2013
Category : Family & Relationships
ISBN : 9781586489427

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Book The Child Catchers Description/Summary:

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.

Wake Up Little Susie

Author : Rickie Solinger
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2013-10-15
Category : History
ISBN : 9781135292164

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Book Wake Up Little Susie Description/Summary:

First Published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Baby Thief

Author : Barbara Bisantz Raymond,Barbara Raymond
Publisher : Da Capo Press
Release : 2009-04-29
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9780786733743

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Book The Baby Thief Description/Summary:

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.

What We Will Become

Author : Mimi Lemay
Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release : 2019-11-12
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9780544965867

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Book What We Will Become Description/Summary:

A mother’s memoir of her transgender child’s odyssey, and her journey outside the boundaries of the faith and culture that shaped her. From the age of two-and-a-half, Jacob, born “Em,” adamantly told his family he was a boy. While his mother Mimi struggled to understand and come to terms with the fact that her child may be transgender, she experienced a sense of déjà vu—the journey to uncover the source of her child’s inner turmoil unearthed ghosts from Mimi’s past and her own struggle to live an authentic life. Mimi was raised in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish family, every aspect of her life dictated by ancient rules and her role as a woman largely preordained from cradle to grave. As a young woman, Mimi wrestled with the demands of her faith and eventually made the painful decision to leave her religious community and the strict gender roles it upheld. Having risen from the ashes of her former life, Mimi was prepared to help her son forge a new one — at a time when there was little consensus on how best to help young transgender children. Dual narratives of faith and motherhood weave together to form a heartfelt portrait of an unforgettable family. Brimming with love and courage, What We Will Become is a powerful testament to how painful events from the past can be redeemed to give us hope for the future.

The Guild of the Infant Saviour

Author : Megan Culhane Galbraith
Publisher : Mad Creek Books
Release : 2021-05-22
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 0814257917

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The Nose

Author : Gabrielle Glaser
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Release : 2003-09-18
Category : History
ISBN : 9780671038649

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Book The Nose Description/Summary:

Charts the significance and impact of the human nose across different cultures throughout history, identifying its place in anthropology, art, health, sex, science, and other fields while considering its role in big business, from plastic surgery to allergies. Reprint.

Among the Hidden

Author : Margaret Peterson Haddix
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Release : 2002-06-12
Category : Juvenile Fiction
ISBN : 9780689848070

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Book Among the Hidden Description/Summary:

In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke, an illegal third child, has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm in this start to the Shadow Children series from Margaret Peterson Haddix. Luke has never been to school. He's never had a birthday party, or gone to a friend's house for an overnight. In fact, Luke has never had a friend. Luke is one of the shadow children, a third child forbidden by the Population Police. He's lived his entire life in hiding, and now, with a new housing development replacing the woods next to his family's farm, he is no longer even allowed to go outside. Then, one day Luke sees a girl's face in the window of a house where he knows two other children already live. Finally, he's met a shadow child like himself. Jen is willing to risk everything to come out of the shadows—does Luke dare to become involved in her dangerous plan? Can he afford not to?

The Lost Daughters of China

Author : Karin Evans
Publisher : Penguin
Release : 2008
Category : Family & Relationships
ISBN : 1585426768

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Book The Lost Daughters of China Description/Summary:

At once a compelling personal narrative and an evocative portrait of contemporary China, this also serves as an invaluable guide for readers as they navigate the process of adopting from China.

The Baby Scoop Era

Author : Karen Wilson-Buterbaugh
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2017-06-30
Category : Adoptees
ISBN : 0692345795

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Book The Baby Scoop Era Description/Summary:

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.

Famous Adopted People

Author : Alice Stephens
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2018-10
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 1944700749

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Book Famous Adopted People Description/Summary:

"Stephens' darkly comic, sharply irreverent, undeniably wise 'Great Adoption Novel' is an unexpectedly timely, not-to-be-missed, epic wild ride." --Booklist, *Starred Review* Lisa Pearl is an American teaching English in Japan and the situation there--thanks mostly to her spontaneous, hard-partying ways--has become problematic. Now she's in Seoul, South Korea, with her childhood best-friend Mindy. The young women share a special bond: they are both Korean-born adoptees into white American families. Mindy is in Seoul to track down her birth mom, and wants Lisa to do the same. Trouble is, Lisa isn't convinced she needs to know about her past, much less meet her biological mother. She'd much rather spend time with Harrison, an almost supernaturally handsome local who works for the MotherFinder's agency. When Lisa wakes up inside a palatial mountain compound, the captive of a glamorous, surgically-enhanced blonde named Honey, she soon realizes she is going to learn about her past whether she likes it or not. What happens next only could in one place: North Korea.

Where the Heart Is

Author : Billie Letts
Publisher : Grand Central Publishing
Release : 2001-04-15
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 075952288X

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Book Where the Heart Is Description/Summary:

Talk about unlucky sevens. An hour ago, seventeen-year-old, seven months pregnant Novalee Nation was heading for California with her boyfriend. Now she finds herself stranded at a Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma, with just $7.77 in change. But Novalee is about to discover hidden treasures in this small Southwest town--a group of down-to-earth, deeply caring people willing to help a homeless, jobless girl living secretly in a Wal-Mart. From Bible-thumping blue-haired Sister Thelma Husband to eccentric librarian Forney Hull who loves Novalee more than she loves herself, they are about to take her--and you, too--on a moving, funny, and unforgettable journey to . . . Where the Heart Is.

The Graveyard Book

Author : Neil Gaiman
Publisher : Harper Collins
Release : 2010-09-28
Category : Juvenile Fiction
ISBN : 9780060530945

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Book The Graveyard Book Description/Summary:

It takes a graveyard to raise a child. Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead. There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy—an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family.

Mansion on a Hill: The Story of the Willows Maternity Sanitarium and the Adoption Hub of America

Author : Kellee Parr
Publisher : Independently Published
Release : 2018-10-09
Category : Family & Relationships
ISBN : 1728612462

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Book Mansion on a Hill: The Story of the Willows Maternity Sanitarium and the Adoption Hub of America Description/Summary:

"What would it have been like to be a sixteen-year-old girl in 1925, unmarried and pregnant? In those days, society was cruel to a young woman in this situation. Family members often turned their backs out of embarrassment. The young woman was disgraced and ostracized. The child born out of wedlock was tarnished for life unless secretly adopted. Options were few. Abortion was illegal, expensive, and extremely risky, ignoring any moral issues. Scared and ashamed, many girls were sent to "visit" family in another city or states until the problem went away. A well-kept secret from society, over 100,000 of these young women were sent to Kansas City, Missouri. They traveled, mostly by train, to facilities like The Willows Maternity Sanitarium to hide their dilemma. The Willows was one of the largest homes in America for unwed, pregnant girls to live in seclusion. Months later they would return home empty handed to carry on as though nothing ever happened. They physical pain and trauma were over but the emotional wounds were never healed or forgotten. This is the incredible, true story of The Willows Maternity Sanitarium, the Haworth family who were savvy business owners yet deeply compassionate to these unfortunate girls, and the voices of several whose lives were touched by The Willows."--back cover.

In the Shadow of the Sun

Author : Anne Sibley O'Brien
Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
Release : 2017-06-27
Category : Juvenile Fiction
ISBN : 9780545905763

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Book In the Shadow of the Sun Description/Summary:

North Korea is known as the most repressive country on Earth, with a dictatorial leader, a starving population, and harsh punishment for rebellion. Not the best place for a family vacation. Yet that's exactly where Mia Andrews finds herself, on a tour with her aid-worker father and fractious older brother, Simon. Mia was adopted from South Korea as a baby, and the trip raises tough questions about where she really belongs. Then her dad is arrested for spying, just as forbidden photographs of North Korean slave-labor camps fall into Mia's hands. The only way to save Dad: get the pictures out of the country. Thus Mia and Simon set off on a harrowing journey to the border, without food, money, or shelter, in a land where anyone who sees them might turn them in, and getting caught could mean prison -- or worse. An exciting adventure that offers a rare glimpse into a compelling, complicated nation, In the Shadow of the Sun is an unforgettable novel of courage and survival.