Watchung Booksellers will host bestselling author Gabrielle Glaser upon the release of her new book American Baby: A Mother, A Child, and the Shadow History of Adoption. She’ll be in conversation with author and musician Zara Phillips, who chronicled her own story of adoption in Somebody’s Daughter. The virtual event will be held on Wednesday, January 27, at 7:30 pm as part of their ongoing “Evening with the Authors” series.
Glaser is the author of Her Best Kept Secret: Why Women Drink and How They Can Regain Control, a New York Times bestseller that examined women’s drinking habits and the American rehab industry. In American Baby, Glaser turns her research toward the shocking and dark history of adoption in the United States.
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. Claiming to be acting in the best interests of all, the adoption business was founded on secrecy and lies–and became a lucrative and exploitative industry. Children were removed from their birth mothers and placed with hopeful families, while stories of their origins were fabricated and any opportunity for information or reconnection was firmly shut down.
Told through the framework of one mother and child, 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.
To register for the free event, visit: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/american-baby