Don't Get Yourself Talked about

Don't Get Yourself Talked about

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In 1953, shortly before her 15th birthday, the author and her 20-year-old boyfriend eloped to Arkansas. They hadn't planned on marrying so soon; in fact, she had always hoped to go to college and have a career. But she was pregnant and they were in love, so marriage seemed their only option. But things took an unexpected turn when they found they had to turn around without getting married and come back to her waiting parents, co-pastors of a tiny Assemblies of God church in East St. Louis, Illinois. Pat's mother was a fiercely independent woman who had pastored her own church before marriage and had worked her way through college after the birth of her two children to become an elementary school teacher. She was not about to let her only daughter become a wife and mother at the age of 15. But her decision to terminate her daughter's pregnancy in that era before legal abortion was destined to have dramatic and long-lasting effects on everyone concerned, tearing apart their little church and sending each of the players in this drama off on a different trajectory. The story of how their lives were changed and the revelations that would slowly emerge over the next half century is as engaging as anything in fiction, and the issues addressed continue to challenge American society to this day. The author's parents were traveling evangelists during her early childhood in the 1940s, and the book is full of rich detail about the early days of the Pentecostal movement in the American Midwest. Among the many interesting anecdotes is one involving a decades-long dispute between the author's mother and her mother's old friend, the Rev. Richard Dortch. As president of televangelist Jim Bakker's PTL Club, Dortch was indicted on federal charges and sent to prison in 1988. The man Pat eventually married was a journalist, and the book also contains a fascinating first-person account of the couple's participation in the Civil Rights struggles in East St. Louis, Illinois, during the 1960s as well as a behind-the-scenes look at how newspapers handled controversial issues like the conflict in the Middle East during the 1970s. "Don't Get Yourself Talked About" is a story of two strong women, Pat and her mother, and how they dealt with sex, motherhood, marriage, and the social conditions of their times. It is also a slice of American history that shouldn't be missed.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 244 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 13mm | 331g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1507846444
  • 9781507846445

About Pat Piety

Pat Piety retired from full-time work as a writer, editor, and educator in 2003. Since then she has been enthusiastically crossing off items on her bucket list, including part-time college teaching, a stint as a reporter and columnist for a small-town newspaper in Oklahoma, and writing a novel (as yet unpublished). Her memoir, "Don't Get Yourself Talked About" is her second published book. The first one, a collection of essays, poems and short stories titled "The Dance of Life: Perspectives," was published in 2013. She is the proud mother of three daughters: Tamara R. Piety, author and professor of law at Tulsa University; M.G. Piety, author and professor of Philosophy at Drexel University; and Julia C. Rieman, attorney and shareholder in the Oklahoma law firm of Gungoll, Jackson.show more

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