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The Shame of Divorce

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Divorced
“I Wouldn’t Have Given a Nickel for Your Chances”
Stewart
1974

The general theme of Christian memoirs is usually how someone’s crappy life was saved by faith. This one is no exception. The first chapter describes her husband walking away after handing her a couple hundred dollars. No support, no income, no experience, and forced into the working world for the first time. It was a bad situation.

What bothered me most was that most of her reflection was about her personal shame of divorce. I was hoping that she might recognize that her idiot ex was the one who should be ashamed. Nope. It is still better to be married. In one chapter, she talks a woman out of leaving her husband, even if he has girlfriends on the side. I quit reading after that. Even for 1974, that is a bit much.

Mary

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Mommy and Daddy Are Divorced

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Mommy and Daddy are Divorced
Perry and Lynch
1985

Submitter: We are a faculty of education library, and have lots of picture books on how teachers can help kids deal with various difficult topics. We are doing inventory and I took the opportunity to weed this gem. The terrible black and white photographs caught my eye first.  It looks like the authors just took their own home photos and stuck them onto pages with some text. The picture on the last page is the best one – so dark and blurry you can hardly make the figures out. While the subject of divorce is an important one, a lot has changed since 1985. Main character Ned would be over 30 by now. Surely we can find a more up to date book on the subject! It has been in our library for 20 years and never once circulated, so it was time to say goodbye to Ned and his divorced parents.

Holly: This book screams 1985! In fact, it looks even older than that. If it hasn’t left the shelf once in 20 years, it’s a good weeding candidate. If it was written for children who are now divorced themselves, it’s an even better weeding candidate.

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My Real Family

My Real Family coverMy Real Family
Sanford
1993

Long time readers of this blog will immediately recognize these illustrations. Yes, we have YET ANOTHER one of these special books. (Note to self: I need to restrict these titles to only a certain number a year or my head will explode.)

This time our troubled family is split apart by the ugliness of divorce. Dad has started dating and I think Mom isn’t handling it too well. She evidently needs more money. The implication is Mom is the bad one in this scenario.

Dad’s future Mrs. Dad has two children of her own. I am quite sure Mrs. Dad’s ex is probably horrible too. Of course they are trying to make it work. By magic or whatever, everyone seems to get along by the end of the book. We never hear about Mom and Mrs. Dad’s ex. They are probably dying in a gutter somewhere.

Now, doesn’t everyone feel better?

Mary

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