Look at You Now

Look at You Now

My Journey From Shame to Strength

Book - 2016
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"The author describes her experience hidden away by her wealthy Chicago parents in a dreary government facility for impoverished pregnant teens after she discovered she was accidentally expecting at age 17 in 1979,"--NoveList.
Chicago, 1979. Halfway through her senior year of high school, Pryor discovers that she is pregnant-- a fact her parents are determined to keep a secret from her friends, siblings, and community forever. Driving across three states, her mother drops her off at what Liz thinks is a Catholic home for unwed mothers but is, in truth, a locked government-run facility for delinquent and impoverished pregnant teenage girls. She's alone and terrified, a girl from a privileged, sheltered background living amid tough, street-savvy girls who come from the foster care system or juvenile detention. As Pryor develops a bond with the other girls, she begins to question everything she once held true.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780812998009
0812998006
9780812998016
Branch Call Number: 306.874 PRYOR
Characteristics: 252 pages : illustration ; 25 cm

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ctkvlk
Aug 11, 2017

A sad story of an unwed teenager from a dysfunctional family who is sent away to have her baby in a home for juvenile delinquent unwed mothers. Her strength and perspective are amazing. Fascinating read.

JoanGarrett Dec 28, 2016

Liz Pryor experienced what many young women did in the 60s and 70s - being sent away when they became pregnant so the shame for the family would be hidden from their community. Liz was fortunate to be loved and visited by her divorced Mother and Father during the last 5 months of pregnancy. The other young women were not so fortunate. The book is a good revelation of that. The staff at the facility warmed up to her somewhat after being aloof to most others. I was surprised by the end of the book, that at the age of 54 she has no interest in finding the child she gave up for adoption.

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Sep 20, 2016

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