"Peggy Sue Got Pregnant" begins in the late fifties, in a time when moms were more like Marion Cunningham than Murphy Brown. Peggy Sue’s story is the"Peggy Sue Got Pregnant" begins in the late fifties, in a time when moms were more like Marion Cunningham than Murphy Brown. Peggy Sue’s story is the story of thousands upon thousands of young women who grew up in an era when sex wasn’t discussed, but even “good girls” were beginning to have sex before marriage. It was also an era when birth control wasn’t discussed or readily available to women, especially young, unmarried women. When Peggy Sue got pregnant, her fate – and the fate of her baby -- were determined for her. She went away, gave her baby to a married couple, and carried her secret with her as she tried to move forward.
The rich history of the birth of Rock and Roll in Cleveland is ideal for this novel. It provides the perfect backdrop to add depth to a story that is set in a time and place where society had not yet caught up with a changing culture. Here is an example that illustrates 50’s and 60’s society so well: Peggy Sue is concerned that negative publicity would hurt the career of her boyfriend’s budding rock and roll career.
Another theme in Peggy Sue’s story is the price of secrecy. Promises of secrecy were another hallmark of a time when young, unmarried, pregnant women simply did not raise their babies. Peggy Sue, along with everyone she loved (including her daughter), paid a steep price for a promise to keep a secret forever. The way this novel depicts the aftermath of a promise to keep a baby a secret rings very true to life.
Deanna Adams has written a story that reeled me in from the beginning. I enjoy books that defy categorization in a single genre -- and Peggy Sue Got Pregnant fits the bill. The characters were well developed, the story interesting, and the story included a number of unexpected twists and turns to the story line that helped me feel connected to a number of the characters. I also loved the way historical events from Cleveland’s Rock and Roll history were seamlessly included throughout the novel. It’s a story of a young girl, a family forever changed, and of a unique time in American culture. I highly recommend this book especially for anyone interested in women’s issues, Baby Scoop Era adoption practices, or Rock and Roll history. Scoundrels and Misfits is the sequel to Peggy Sue Got Pregnant....more
I struggled to finish this book. I found the writing style difficult to navigate. The "research" sections that interrupted the narrative in numerous pI struggled to finish this book. I found the writing style difficult to navigate. The "research" sections that interrupted the narrative in numerous places were odd and really added a disjointed feel to the narrative. Also, this book is categorized as a memoir. As the book ended, I still didn't feel like I knew much at all about the author. There were sections I did enjoy reading -- for instance, her quest for a Birkin bag. Her portrayal of the other Upper East Side mommies felt way over the top. I have no doubt that these women live a life so completely different than mine that I can't really fathom their lifestyle. The root of why I couldn't get in to this book, I think, was that the portrayal of the women in the book seemed very stereotypical. None of the characters felt real, and certainly weren't characters I could connect with. ...more
Worthy to Be Found, by Deanna Doss Shrodes, is a beautifully written memoir of an engaging Pastor and adopted adult. She relates her path to learningWorthy to Be Found, by Deanna Doss Shrodes, is a beautifully written memoir of an engaging Pastor and adopted adult. She relates her path to learning about, searching for, and reuniting with her natural mother. Her writing style is insightful and engaging, delivered with a healthy sense of humor, even on such a personal and sometimes painful topic. Her writing style, her compassion, and her love for God give her the tools to tell her story in a way that is entertaining, thought provoking and educational.
In her memoir, Shrodes tells her story as a baby born to a single mother in 1966 and placed for adoption. Her journey to learning her identity and developing relationships with her natural family is fascinating, but this book is about more than Shrodes’ personal experience. She includes details of the history of adoption in the Baby Scoop Era. She also educates about the rights adoptees should have to access information about their original identity. She is clear about the cold, hard truths of the American adoption system, and she articulates the struggle, the joys and the pain of living adopted. She also gives readers a first hand look at what living a life without secrets looks like, including the personal cost of living a secret-free life.
Another aspect of Worthy to Be Found that I appreciate is that the author’s faith is a central piece of her story. Many times, because of the role the church played in adoption and secrecy, adoptees and birthparents felt betrayed by Christianity and have turned away from their faith. Shrodes makes a strong case for the role of faith and God in an adoptee’s journey.
I first “met” Deanna Shrodes through her blog, Adoptee Restoration. She states that the comments she received by readers of her popular blog led her to put her story in memoir form. It has been a joy to read her experiences in book form. I highly recommend this memoir for birthparents, adoptees, adoptive parents and adoptive professionals....more