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I am Roe : my life, Roe v. Wade, and freedom of choice

by McCorvey, Norma, 1947-2017

Format: Print Book 1994
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
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Bethel Park Public Library Nonfiction 363.46 M
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  363.46 M
Monroeville Public Library Non-fiction 92 MCCORVEY
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Non-fiction
Call Number  92 MCCORVEY
Shaler North Hills Library Non-Fiction 363.46 M
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  363.46 M
The spiritual/intellectual distance Roe falls below a Gandhi, a M.L. King, or many other symbolic persons is painfully obvious in her writing (we suppose Andy Meisler could write better but chose to retain the country flavor--or flatness). An un-heroic account of a very common lady swept along by outside forces. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This autobiography of the long-invisible plaintiff in the case that produced the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 decision that the Texas law prohibiting abortion was unconstitutional is better written and more interesting than even most pro-choice readers would probably expect. McCorvey, who first acknowledged publicly that she was "Jane Roe" in 1984, has never been a simple feminist hero: she spent several years in reform school, dropped out of school, worked as a waitress, bartender, and carnival barker, had three unmarried pregnancies, lied to her Roe lawyers that her third pregnancy had been caused by rape, and admits to problems with alcohol and drugs, one suicide attempt, and a monumental temper; in 1989, she disclosed that she is a lesbian. Freelance journalist Meisler no doubt helped McCorvey pace her story and blend the tale of her life with developments in the national struggle over abortion. But what makes I Am Roe fascinating autobiography is the sense that, as she nears 50, McCorvey has come to terms with her past. Younger pro-choice women in particular will want to know more about the troubled, feisty, chip-on-her-shoulder survivor who was Jane Roe. ~--Mary Carroll"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "McCorvey, the pseudonymous plaintiff in the landmark 1973 case legalizing abortion, here candidly chronicles a rough life of struggle and survival. She was sent to a reform school in Texas, was raped by a male relative and, at 16, married an abuser. Pregnant and divorced, she found a home in Dallas's lesbian and gay subculture. She bore a daughter, whose custody was taken over by her mother, and gave up another baby for adoption. In 1970, age 21, pregnant and not wanting another child, she sought an abortion, claiming falsely that she had been raped. She met lawyer Sarah Weddington, who was looking for a pregnant woman to become plaintiff in a case challenging Texas anti-abortion laws. The suit dragged on, and McCorvey delivered a baby that she gave up for adoption. Drunk and suicidal, she was caught shoplifting by the manager of a food store who became her lover and helped her rebuild her life. McCorvey came out as a lesbian in 1989 and now has a business cleaning buildings. The Supreme Court eventually ruled for Roe in 1973. With the help of freelancer Meisler, McCorvey offers a direct, unsentimental and often harsh account of a real life at the heart of historical events. Author tour. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects McCorvey, Norma, -- 1947-2017
Roe, Jane, -- 1947-2017
Women social reformers -- United States -- Biography.
Pro-choice movement -- United States -- History.
Publisher New York :HarperCollinsPublishers,1994
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Meisler, Andy.
Language English
Notes Includes index.
Description 216 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 0060170107 :
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