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The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade
The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade | Ann Fessler
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Heartbreaking read. The facts and statistics recited were infuriating; the quoted stories broke me to bits. Published a dozen years ago and currently especially topical in today's political climate.

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OrangeMooseReads
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1. When it ends 😊
2. The tagged. It still gets me.
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@Eggs #wonderouswednesday

Eggs 😊😊 thanks for playing ❣️ 1mo
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Ellen_C
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This book will break your heart & make you angry. Post WWII, a young woman becoming pregnant out of wedlock was such a source of shame that she was hidden away, sent to a home for unwed mothers, essentially forced to surrender her child for adoption. This is the story of these women. https://cannonballread.com/2019/07/the-girls-who-went-away-the-hidden-history-of...

Megabooks Such a good book!! 7mo
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OrangeMooseReads
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Equal parts heartbreak and anger. What this girls and women went through and continue to go through because of society is awful. These are stories that need to be told and need to be read.
The writing is decent you can tell that Fessler is not a writer writer. The way that the book is structured gives more impact to the stories, we are given some background to the times and societal norms that led to these women being sent away. Highly recommend

Chrissyreadit I think a lot of history from life in tenements and the fight for birth control to girls sent away has been left out of history, but perhaps this should all be part of sex Ed in every high school. It‘s appears easy to overlook women‘s rights and needs in this odd culture. 8mo
OrangeMooseReads @Chrissyreadit I agree. Not only in sex Ed class but history classes as well. More women‘s history needs to be taught in general. 8mo
Chrissyreadit @OrangeMooseReads I completely agree that the loss of history in education has damaged our culture. And in many places it is taught with lies and spin. I‘m blown away by the difference in how some events have been portrayed. Including economics and income disparity. The Great Depression was less than 100 years ago and people forget what led to it. The understanding of feminism has been completely muddied and skewed. 8mo
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mrsmarch
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I can‘t let go of this book. I‘m rationalizing it to myself as the effect that adoption has on genealogical situations, and therefore it is pertinent to my studies. But it‘s also reinforcing to me that it has always been about policing women‘s bodies, and that if anyone tells my daughters what to do with their respective uteruses, I will fillet them alive.

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OrangeMooseReads
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This is a great book so far, but oh my gut wrenching and heartbreaking.

mrsmarch I just started this this morning, not even out of the Foreword and I was crying. 😭 8mo
OrangeMooseReads @mrsmarch this book has made me simultaneously heartbroken and furious 8mo
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1. Getting my #bookfitnesschallenge goals even though it was a rainy yucky week. Also volunteering Wednesday, it‘s office work but I was so happy doing it.
2. Putting real effort into getting my house clean clean and hopefully tackling my craft closet and getting it better organized and cleaned.
I do love short and sweet 😆 #friyayintro @howjessreads

wanderinglynn Yeah you got your #BFC goals this week! 🙌🏻 8mo
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OrangeMooseReads
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This feels like a timely read.

Amiable I just read this last month. Definitely timely. 😳 8mo
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Andrea313
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Oh, look, time to pull this out again because we are back in 1957.

Sorry to be flip. I am furious. I am afraid. This book has been on my mind all day; it's an important read, though heartbreaking. In the wake of the horrible news from Alabama, Georgia, et al, this book and its topics- women blamed, women shamed, women with no choice in what happens to their bodies and in their lives- are haunting me. #currentlyreading

BooknerdsLife I‘m totally shocked by the decision in Alabama too! It‘s like watching humanity & human rights in backward!!! 😱😭🙏🏼 8mo
Andrea313 @BooknerdsLife Exactly! I am having trouble articulating just how deeply disturbing and hypocritical these laws are. 8mo
BooknerdsLife @Andrea313 while there are so many other important issues going on in the country & in the world and they pulled this stunt?! I have no words but there are still hope and knowing people won‘t give up fighting for what‘s right is the best part of it all 🙏🏼💖 8mo
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Amiable
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Completed for the “something written by a woman” category for #nonfiction2019. It‘s a compilation of stories from women who were forced to give their babies up for adoption in the years between WWII and Roe v. Wade. Heartbreaking and sobering —especially at first, although the stories start to sound the same by the end.

@Riveted_Reader_Melissa

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That sounds heartbreaking and important! Stacked!! 9mo
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shmreads
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So much to highlight. I'm an adoptee myself. And more. Reading this book is a painful experience, but oddly, a really good read.

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Samplergal
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#readUsa2019

The author is from Rhode Island, but the stories of these women are from everywhere.

BarbaraBB You have covered so many states yet! 9mo
Librarybelle 👍 9mo
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PrezBookster
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My mother was adopted in 1962. Then almost right after her mother got pregnant and ended up have three biological children of her own. Leaving my mom as the odd one out. My mother was herself sent away at 17 to give birth to her daughter in 1980, and gave her up for adoption. We later found her! And I do not know my father but was adopted by my brothers father! Adoption is deeply woven in my family story! I‘m reading to understand my moms pain.

RaimeyGallant Thanks for sharing! 12mo
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Wow! Probably the best #nonfiction book I‘ve read this year! The author collected oral histories of women who were forced or coerced into giving up their babies in the 50s, 60s, and early 70s. For the most part the book is the women talking, but the author does also add some informative context and research. 5⭐️

Book 1 #deweys24hourreadathon #nonfiction2018

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Reviewsbylola
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Social stigma, lack of education, and the outlaw of abortion necessitated that many girls and young women found themselves in group homes for unwed mothers. This book sheds light on some of the women who found themselves #pregnant decades ago and were eventually forced to give their babies up for adoption.

#septemberdanes

Leftcoastzen It must be a vital but agonizing read 1y
Kalalalatja Stacked! Why didn‘t I know about this book before 😮 1y
mrozzz She was one of my professors in college 😊 I read her book when I took an independent study with her. Loved it. 1y
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Reviewsbylola That is so cool!! @mrozzz 1y
CareBear I loved this book. It has stayed with me for years. 1y
emilyhaldi Sounds depressing 😨 1y
Cinfhen Sounds like a tough read 😪 1y
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Brie
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I have an entire #TBR shelf dedicated to history. World history, colonial history, American history, British history, medical history, art history, war history. #itshistory #anditsaugust

batsy 😍 2y
MayJasper Fabulous 2y
rubyslippersreads Lots of those on my TBR shelf too! 😄 I really enjoyed 2y
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charissharpe Wow that's a lot of history! 2y
RealBooks4ever Nice! 😻 2y
Gezemice Oh so cool! I used to read lots of history and I am trying to get back to it. Lots of great books there! 2y
kspenmoll You have so many great books there! 2y
Brie @kspenmoll Yeah, I've been meaning to read that one for years! I've heard it's great. 2y
erzascarletbookgasm So many interesting great titles! 2y
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Kathrin
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This book is incredible in so many ways. The lack of information given to young women prior to their pregnancies and how the adoption agencies treated them is unbelievable. It's a must read! Most of this book is oral history recounted, I wish I it would have had a little more beef from studies and the legal premises of the time.

(Greetings from 🇦🇹 Austria)

Laura317 Seems the flip side is true now. 😥Forced abortion in China. How horrible for the parents and children either way. 3y
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Yamich49 And thanks again to @BookishMarginalia for organizing another wonderful gift exchange! #cupidgoespostal 3y
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Yamich49 @haileyhugsbooks Yes I love them!! It's been on my TBR forever but I hadn't purchased it yet! Or even read it! And I 💯 support you supporting Ta'Nehosi Coates! He rocks! ❤ 3y
LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
Reviewsbylola The Girls Who Went Away is so good. 3y
Zelma @Reviewsbylola agreed. Very interesting, both sad and infuriating. 3y
Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻🎉🎉💛💛 3y
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As someone whose life is profoundly touched by adoption (though not nearly as much as my sister whom our mother surrendered in 1970) I choose this book as my #memorablememoir Forced by societal/familial pressures to hide their pregnancies, surrender their newborns, then told to go about life as if nothing happened & to forget about the baby they'd carried and loved, these women of the "baby scoop" generation have a powerful story to tell.

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BillKathyWms
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Nonfiction. Wow! Powerful! Between 1950-1973; prior to (Roe v Wade) 1.5 million babies were put up for adoption mainly due to pressure from families & society. Fessler presents commentary on the times as well as oral histories from over 100 birth mothers & their stories. Tragic & heartbreaking...On a personal level it stirred up a lot of emotions in me since I have both a sister & a daughter who are adopted.

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BillKathyWms
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Nonfiction. Wow! Powerful! Between 1950-1973; prior to (Roe v Wade) 1.5 million babies were put up for adoption mainly due to pressure from families & society. Fessler presents commentary on the times as well as oral histories from over 100 birth mothers & their stories. Tragic & heartbreaking...On a personal level it stirred up a lot of emotions in me since I have both a sister & a daughter who are adopted.

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alisahar
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For the #augustphotochallenge on #politicsandbooks I'm highlighting two books that shaped my thoughts on abortion rights. I return to PRO again & again as I think about how to argue for abortion rights. It has stayed with me. The Girls Who Went Away tells the stories of unwed mothers forced to surrender their babies for adoptions before Roe. It's a heart-wrenching and largely untold part of the pre-Roe story. #augustofpages

BookishFeminist These are such great books! Such great work on destigmatizing abortion. 3y
catieohjoy I LOVE The Girls Who Went Away. So powerful. 3y
alisahar @catieohjoy It was profound for me. Adoption is such an important facet of the abortion conversation. 3y
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catieohjoy @alisahar I had the super weird experience of reading it for a class the same month I got into contact with my biological mother (I'm adopted)—so I was reading about the experiences of women pre-Roe, and hearing about her experience a couple decades later. Phew! 3y
BookishMarginalia Thanks for the review. I look forward to reading it 🤓 3y
alisahar @catieohjoy That must have been an emotional read.. 3y
alisahar @BookishMarginalia it's so worth it. Let me know what you think. 3y
BookishMarginalia Will do! 3y
TheSpinecrackersBookClub I would love to read this! 3y
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Fantastic. A must read for anyone who has personal experience with adoption.

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