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Without a Map
Without a Map
Author: Meredith Hall
Meredith Hall's moving but unsentimental memoir begins in 1965, when she becomes pregnant at sixteen. Shunned by her insular New Hampshire community, she is then kicked out of the house by her mother. Her father and stepmother reluctantly take her in, hiding her before they finally banish her altogether. After giving her baby up for adoption...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780807072738
ISBN-10: 0807072737
Publication Date: 4/11/2007
Pages: 288
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

3.3 stars, based on 30 ratings
Publisher: Beacon Press
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
Members Wishing: 1
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Helpful Score: 5
This was a slow read for me. The author weaves back and forth through time each chapter without warning. Once I discovered that some of these chapters were previously published essays, each published separately, that made sense. Meredith Hall's writing is very itimate, like she's just having coffee with you and sharing her story.
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Helpful Score: 3
I loved this book! I love the way Hall weaves in and out of time periods, revealing just enough little bits of the future to make you want to see how it all fits together. I also thought it was a very real glimpse into the circumstances, emotions, and social pressures that a young unmarried pregnant girl in the 1960's faced. Her writing is honest and poignant.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is a woman's singular journey and will ring true for anyone who lived through the 1960's or who has felt disconnected from their family. The prose are beautifully written, sometimes almost like poetry. A moving story, all the more so because it is true.
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Helpful Score: 1
I had heard good things about this book. It wasn't at all what I expected, yet I found myself fascinated by the experiences and stories the author chose to share. This is not always an easy book to read -- the ups and downs of life are often painful -- but I am glad that I read this. I would recommend it to anyone.
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This is hands-down my all-time favorite book. It was a beautifully written, amazing memoir. I didn't want it to end.
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