The Third Floor

The Third Floor A fifteen year old girl raised in a rural farming community is sent to an inner city to live and hide in a home for unwed mothers The Third Floor is written in the voice of a fifteen year old from le

  • Title: The Third Floor
  • Author: Judi Loren Grace
  • ISBN: 9780615417714
  • Page: 394
  • Format: Paperback
  • A fifteen year old girl, raised in a rural farming community is sent to an inner city to live and hide in a home for unwed mothers The Third Floor is written in the voice of a fifteen year old from letters saved from her best friend since the summer of 1962 She tells of daily life inside the home, chores, military rules, and lack of counsel The girls, about 50 with a waA fifteen year old girl, raised in a rural farming community is sent to an inner city to live and hide in a home for unwed mothers The Third Floor is written in the voice of a fifteen year old from letters saved from her best friend since the summer of 1962 She tells of daily life inside the home, chores, military rules, and lack of counsel The girls, about 50 with a waiting list to enter, live out their time and go up to the third floor to labor and deliver their babies, relinquish them, and return to society and act as if nothing had happened and keep this secret for the rest of their lives That summer was also her racial awakening and the beginning of a lifelong friendship.

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. This book had me hooked and I read it all at once. My experience in 1971 was similar but better. It was not as militaristic or judgmental a place as "The Home" and births did not occur there but in a hospital. While I placed my son with an agency for a few weeks, I brought him home and raised him. He's still my Easter Bunny and my pride. I recommend this book for anyone who wants an accurate, first-hand account of what it was like to be "in trouble" back then--especially compared to present time [...]

    3. As an adoptive mother, it was a much needed heartbreak to experience Judi's side of this. We think of our son's birth family often and have many debates of finding them and establishing a discussion. Hearing your side of this was powerful.As a biological mother, it was a shock to think of someone going through pregnancy, labor, and birth with so little support and such public condemnation. Thank you, Ms. Loren, for a very beautifully written memoir and a very thought provoking weekend.

    4. Well, I'm iffy on how to rate this. This was a fast read, and at least the author did not draw it out any longer. It is important not to attach today's sensibilities to this story of an unwed pregnant teen during the early sixties. I found the story important in understanding how much attitudes and treatments have changed. The book was not great, however. The writing is ameturish, simplistic, and uneven. I think some of it is inconsistant. I expected the author's time in the group home to be hor [...]

    5. This book was written by a lady that lives in the same community I do. It's about being 15 years old in the 60's and having a baby in a home for unwed mothers. I found it interesting because of her recollections form the 60's and enlightening because I never knew what happened to girls when I was in high school who disappeared for a few months and then came back to school. Now I understand why these girls were so different when they returned to school.

    6. This was a very quick read. I downloaded this for free for my Kindle. Overall I liked it, and found it interesting to read about the author's unexpected pregnancy at age 15 and subsequent stay at a home for unwed mothers in the early 60's. Sometimes the story felt a bit disjointed, maybe due to the length of time between the actual events occurring and the author putting pen to paper to tell her story. It was compelling enough though that I had to see it through to the end.

    7. It is not every time that you finish a book , close the cover and feel better for having read the story . Although a heart wrenching tale , I feel priviledged to have read this memoir .I really enjoyed the writing style -short snippets of events and short chapters that seem to really capture the depth of the author's situation . I loved the fact that she included the present day happenings in the lives of everyone involved . I would highly recommend this book !

    8. HiWhat a truth about the 50 and 60's. I had a cousin that lived with her son thru this period. It was insane time for her and him. You have hit the nail on th head. Thank you writing this book. God bless you.

    9. This was an interesting first hand account of a young girl who was sent to a home for unwed mothers until she had her baby. It was an interesting look into the past at something that needed to be hidden. Now it is right out there. Interesting contrast between the past and current times.

    10. ExcellentVery, very interesting and informative book, but with humor right along. Eye opening to what went on a few years back

    11. As difficult as it is now, being unmarried and pregnant in 1961 was much more difficult. This memoir is the first I have read dealing with the experience of a birth mother surrendering her child for adoption. This particular birth mother was unmarried, pregnant and fifteen in 1961 and her telling her story is a moment to experience the fear, ignorance and confusion of having such a “condition” in that bygone era. Had I found this small book in a “physical” form (with pages and cover), I [...]

    12. This wasn't a real exciting or very sad or even shocking story to read. It was just a real, true account about what happened to teen girls in the 60's when they were sent away to have their illegitimate babies. It was all very hush hush back then.Well some of it is a little shocking if you were not aware of this happening. It was kinda sad too that girls back then did not really have much choice - either shot-gun wedding or be sent away to have the baby so no one knew and come back with a story [...]

    13. #119I started this a long time ago. Like a parallel reading. I know reading a memoir is as a parallel reading is a crime. But I can't help it because I have to read this on Kindle. This is full of wit. For a long time I didn't know that this was a memoir. I started reading it like a novel. Because the writing is funny.I thought perhaps it is a fictionalized memoir but I was wrong. As the book progresses with the real black and white photographs I came to know that this was real. That means it wa [...]

    14. A naïve fifteen-year-old girl, who wasn't entirely sure if she had even had sex, is smacked in the face by fate. After learning that she is pregnant, she is sent to a home for unwed mothers. Judi tells her story in first person narrative as she revisits this painful part of her past. The original synopsis and certain parts of the book allude to mistreatment in the home. She does mention having to do chores, three chapel services each week where they are routinely lectured about sin, lack of cou [...]

    15. Review: It's 1962. A young girl from a small town in California is sent to live in a home for unwed mothers. Told in part through letters to a friend back home, she describes daily life at the home and how each girl eventually goes to the third floor to give birth, give up their babies and return to their previous life like nothing ever happened. I didn't realize this was non-fiction when I decided to read this. After discovering it was, it made the story that much more powerful. I was shocked a [...]

    16. Grace shares her true story of being a pregnant teenager in the 1960's in this autobiography. Written simply but with honesty and heart we get an inside look into the lives of pregnant teens in the 1960's thanks to Judi's decision to expose the "secret shame" of that time period. In the 60's it was very popular to send off girls who found themselves pregnant to homes to wait out their pregnancies. It was also very popular to do so without providing explanation of pregnancy, the home itself, etc [...]

    17. I grabbed this when it was offered free on the Kindle some time ago and just now got around to reading it. I've not had the best of luck with Kindle freebies but this one was amazing, and gets a solid 5 stars from me. Told from the point of view of the innocent girl she is when her 20 year old boyfriend pressures her for sex, it is a heartbreaking tale. Her parents, typical of the aloof, don't talk about it kind of mentality in the early 60's, are understandably upset about their youngest daught [...]

    18. Eigenlijk zou ik het een tweeënhalf willen geven, maar dat gaat blijkbaar niet. Helaas. Op zich is het een interessant boek. Het zijn de memoires van een vrouw die als vijftienjarig meisje naar een tehuis voor ongehuwde, zwangere vrouwen wordt gestuurd. Ze doet het hele relaas van haar verblijf daar (inclusief bevalling brr) en ze schrijft het op een eenvoudige manier. Alsof het door een vijftienjarige zelf zou geschreven zijn. Het verhaal zelf neemt drie kwart van het boek in. Het laatste kwar [...]

    19. Fast read that I found quite interesting. What a life unwed pregnant girls in the early 1960s lived. A lot of these girls didn't even know what was going on, how the baby would be born, etc. They were taken away from their families during the pregnancy to "save face". The writing was quite elementary and it bothered me at the beginning, but either it improved as the book went on or I became used to it, I'm not sure which. I'd recommend this if you're interested in learning about this time in our [...]

    20. I thought this book was quite good and really a worthwhile perspective on young pregnancy in the early '60s. You hear about teen moms being shipped off to some facility where they can give birth in private and away from judging eyes, before returning home and to their normal. Of course, rarely would such a clean break ever occur, and this story gives insight on just what that experience might be like. The author went through this process herself at the age of 15, and the story shows just as much [...]

    21. This book was certainly an eye opening memior of what pregnancy in the 1960s was like for young unmarried girls. In many cases, the girls knew so little about their bodies and sex that they didn't even know they were pregnant or how they got that way. When their periods first started, the poor girls often believed they were dying simply because everyone was too afraid to talk about it! If a girl did wind up pregnant, she was promptly sent away to a unwed pregnant girls home like the one in this [...]

    22. An interesting memoir of a 15 year old girl and her unwanted pregancy in the 60's. The book is compelling as a historical reference of a time period not long ago when pregnant teens were sent away to a girls home to have thier babies and often forced to give the babies away. What was really interesting to see was the innocence of the teens - how no one prepares them for what was going on - the girls seem to be victims of their secret. This is a short and quick read. I would recommend it for anyo [...]

    23. A true story of a young woman who finds herself pregnant in 1962. She tells her story in very simple way, describing her naivety and the shame associated with unwed pregnancy at that time. It was a good picture of the era and of her feelings and experiences in going through delivery and eventually giving up her child for adoption. Thank goodness that times have changed mostly for the better for women and children! The adage "good old days" doesn't always ring true! I enjoyed this quick read and [...]

    24. This book is a first for the author and I really enjoyed reading the book. It is a true story about a 15 year old girl in the early 60's who gets pregnant and her family sends her to a home to have the baby to save her and the family from shame. It was really interesting to see how things have changed. One of my favorite thing about the book is that the author finishes with telling you what every person in the book is doing now and what has happened with them in the years between finishing the b [...]

    25. This book was very good and brought back memories of a couple of girls i went to HS with who had to drop out of school to go have their babies "somewhere"; Then reappeared the following school year, as if nothing had happened. This story was very intriguing and quite interesting, although the writer went back and forth and seemed to jump around some. But overall i thought the story was great and it was a true story. A very good read andi highly recommend this book :)

    26. This was such a moving bookI cried buckets for this poor child as she was shunted from her own home to a militaristic facility for unwed girls. As a mother I cannot begin to fathom the pain and loss the author suffered when she was forced to give away her baby traumatic the events of her later life were in part because of her early experiences. I really enjoyed reading about her fighting for and hopefully achieving the closure she deserves. Wonderful memoir!

    27. This was an interesting read for sure. I was shocked to some degree at how the OB/GYN dynamics/standards have changed over the years and it made me feel even more blessed to have my babies in this decade for sure! I just can't imagine it! I enjoyed getting a glimpse into her life and even though it's not a terribly exciting book, it was good and I am glad I was able to read it (for free too!).

    28. The story of a pregnant 14-year-old in the 1960's, who is sent off to a "home" for unwed mothers to have her baby. Told from Judi's perspective at the time, it recounts her innocence and naivete, as well as all the emotions of being sent away to have her baby with no support system or even basic medical information about what was going to happen. Judi also tells what happened afterword--the aftermath for her personally, for her baby, and for her family.

    29. This memoir was amazing. It opens up the world of unwed moms in the 1960s. Being a memoir, I learned a lot about how the young teenagers were treated for getting pregnant. This book had all types of strong emotions in it from strong friendships, embarrassment, pain and love. Once I started the book, I couldn't put it down. I had to make sure that Judi would get through this experience, and come out unscathed. Well, part of that is right anyways.

    30. I found this memoir fascinating. This part of American history seems to have been somewhat swept under the rug. I do not recall hearing or learning much about relinquishment or the homes. The trauma and post-traumatic stress that these woman went through (or are still going through) is disheartening.

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