A Mother, A Child, and the Shadow History of Adoption
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Powerful...Tells a singular story to illuminate a universal truth...In [Margaret and David’s] intimate tale are the seeds of today’s adoption practices and parenting norms, as our past continually redefines our present...That Margaret and David find each other is not a spoiler….The hows of the search, and what happens next, read like a novel, one likely to bring tears.
— New York Times Book Review
A fascinating indictment of adoption’s early history that’s as gripping as a novel.
— People Magazine Book of the Week
In American Baby, journalist Gabrielle Glaser sets Margaret and David’s poignant, painful, and powerful story in the context of adoption practices at the height of the Baby Boom, which left so many feeling lost and unloved. As she reviews what has – and has not – changed, Glaser also raises important questions about the ethical, legal, and civil rights and obligations of adopted children, adoptive parents, and birth mothers
— Psychology Today
Gabrielle Glaser tells the heartbreaking story of Margaret Erle, an unwed teen coerced into surrendering her infant son to an adoption agency in 1961. The empathetic account alternates between Margaret and her son David, up through their poignant reunion, while also illuminating the disturbing history of adoption in postwar America
— Christian Science Monitor
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.
The Washington PostFor a mother forced to give up her child, decades of guilt, shame, and secrets
Christian Science Monitor‘American Baby’ focuses light on the dark history of US adoption
The New York Times Book ReviewAdoption Used to Be Hush-Hush. This Book Amplifies the Human Toll
Psychology TodayAdoption in the Baby Scoop Era: The sordid history of adoption in America.
The Minneapolis Star TribuneReview: ‘American Baby,’ by Gabrielle Glaser
WNYC“A Disturbing History of Closed Adoptions in America” on All Of It with Alison Stewart
Powell's BooksGabrielle Glaser presents American Baby in conversation with Anna Griffin
NPR Here & Now‘American Baby’ Takes Critical Look At Adoption Through Eyes Of A Mother And Her Biological Son
The New York Times Book Review PodcastThe Ethics of Adoption in America : Gabrielle Glaser talks about “American Baby”
Politics & Prose Live !Gabrielle Glaser on American Baby
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