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WRJ Book Club – American Baby

March 22 @ 10:00 am 11:30 am

The Temple

5101 US-42
Louisville, KY 40241 United States
502.423.1818

WRJ Book Club
Friday, March 22 at 10:00 am 

Please join the WRJ/Sisterhood Book Club in The Temple Fishman Library for fascinating reading and interesting discussions on the fourth Friday of each month. On Friday March 22, at 10:00 am we will discuss a non-fiction work, American Baby: A Mother, a Child, and the Secret of Adoption by Gabrielle Glaser. Amazon writes: “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, where 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.

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 women into surrendering their children.  The identities of many who were adopted or who surrendered a child in the postwar decades are still locked in sealed files. Gabrielle Glaser dramatically illustrates in Margaret and David’s tale–one they share with millions of Americans—a story of loss, love, and the search for identity.”

We offer the option to attend on Zoom, if you are unable to join us in person. Everyone is welcome to attend our meetings. Please contact Susan Waterman at susan.waterman1@gmail.com with questions, comments, suggestions for future book selections,  or to receive the Zoom link.