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The Third Floor Paperback – November 10, 2010

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From central valley in California, successful business woman currently in partnership with my daughter. Married, raised 3 children. Lost first child to adoption, second child died at age 21. Own a hair salon, Satori in a University town in Northern California. Previous L'Oreal educator. Semi retired and an author.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Jetstream Publishing (November 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061541771X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615417714
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,462,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is amazing. What an eye opener. This book brought to my attention how for we have come in 40 years. This is funny and heartfelt. Public shaming,non-communication, and biracial friendships before the social revolution. I would totally recommend this book to any book club. There are so many topics here to discuss. And it is a relevant subject to multiple generations. It keeps an optimistic note and doesn't fall into a poor me story.
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Having been somewhat in Judi's shoes myself too 13 years after her time in an unwed mother's home, I found this story rings very true with her feelings and happenings and not much had changed in how one was viewed to be pregnant even with abortion being legal for a couple years by the time I myself, was in an unwed mother's home in 74. I do like how she follows up on what happened after the birth in her life and her family and friends so we aren't left hanging and wondering. I believe she had us updated all the way to 2011! An excellent story if you want to find out what it was like to be an unwed mother in the 60s and also realize alot of it can be true for us that dealt with it a decade later! It was heartbreaking to find out some of the things that happened to her baby.
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Ok, so I rarely get the chance to read for pleasure, and I have started many books and not finished them. Most books lose my interest about 2/3 of the way through. Not this book. This book is totally out of my typical genre, but was recommended to my by a friend, so I gave it a chance. I am glad I did. Not only did I actually finish the book, but I thouroughly enjoyed every page, and learned a huge amount about what it was like to be a pregnant, un-wed teen in the U.S. during the 50's and 60's. I've got a lot of respect for the author, who made it through a difficult time, but then went on to tell her story, when many others would not. Recently, I was talking with some colleagues at work, and found that one of them had a very similar story to tell- eerily similar. How many people repeated this scenario over the years? How many people are living with this secret? How many people have no idea that this type of thing ever happened? It is a gigantic secret cloaked in misplaced shame and denial, that nobody is talking about...that is, until now. Thank you Mrs. Loren-Grace for telling your story and starting the dialogue in this country about the truth that so many others were either unwilling or unable to face.
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This is great window into our past, to the time when we pretended that every family was perfect, everything was done in the prescribed way, when men made all of the descisions, when we all conformed... and what happened to those who didn't. There was tremendous isolation and personal pain that was never discussed or worked through for a lot of folks in that era. The book touches on so many social issues and in some ways we have come so far and in other ways we have a long way to go. The strength of the book is that the story is so compelling. It is such a good starting point for so many interesting discussions. It is an absolute must for any book club or womens' study course.
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I was drawn in by the words on the pages as soon as I started reading! This story is a piece of history that some people try to forget and isn't told in history books. I had never heard about this kind of thing happening before reading this book, I guess that comes with growing up after the fact in the 80's and 90s. I will pass this book onto whoever I can. Thank you Judi for telling your story and opening the eyes of your readers!
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I liked this book a great deal. I too was in a home for unwed mothers. I went in, in the year of 62. I gave up my child and never looked back. I don't remember very much about living there. I remember it was a huge Victorian building with numerous floors. The babies were born there too.
I remember the labor because it went on and on. There was nothing given for pain. This was to teach you, that you didn't want to go through this again.
Through the book, I would read and kind of remember that time. I had pushed it all so far back in my mind. I didn't want to remember.
Good read.
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...especially young girls who think having a baby is romantic, or will be asy. Granted society views things much differently now, but the fear of what people might think is still real. Girls don't really understnad what pregnancy means to their lives and their future. We all need a history lesson as well, and this book teaches it!
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If you want to know how it was for young unwed mothers not too many decades back, this book will tell you. It's rich in details and painfully honest. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Ironically I decided to read the book, not because of the good reviews, but becase of the carping complaints in some of the bad ones. BTW, I don't know the author. My review is based solely on the book itself.
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