Miss America by Day

Miss America by Day
Author: Marilyn Van Derbur
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 561
Release: 2004
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 0972829857

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Marilyn describes in detail, her courageous search for healing from sexual abuse/rape as a child

Miss America by Day

Miss America by Day
Author: Marilyn Van Derbur
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 546
Release: 2003-01-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 1935689517

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Won the prestigious Writer's Digest award. 1,900 books entered the national competition, Miss America by Day won first place in the "Most Inspirational Book" category. In this award winning book, former Miss America, Marilyn Van Derbur, describes, in detail, her healing process after 13 years of incest. "I wrote the book, not because I want someone to learn more about me but so readers can learn more about themselves. And so that loved ones can better understand the brutal recovery process and never again say, "just get over it." The pain ends, I promise . . . IF you do the 'work' of healing. A loving, long-term relationship and grounded well, adjusted children await you. A judge for the Writers Digest book competition wrote: "Seldom as a judge have I wanted to read the entire book but I devoured every word of this riveting story... Told with stark honesty and vivid details that were so important in ridding herself of the pain, torment and shame..." Anyone who knew Marilyn Van Derbur as a child and young adult believed she had it all -- a loving family, a beautiful home, an active social life. But beneath the surface, Van Derbur was a troubled young woman who lived through horrific panic attacks and excruciating physical pain every day of her adult life. Starting when she was just a child of five, she was sexually abused by her father until she turned 18. Van Derbur uses the term "incested," eschewing the more vanilla terms of "molestation" or "abuse." As a student and young adult, Van Derbur was an overachiever with an unconscious need to stay very busy. She realizes now this was a coping mechanism to keep her two worlds separated-the "night child" who suffered at the hands of her father and the "day child" who was happy and outgoing. After being named valedictorian of her high school class, she went on to college. Persuaded to enter a local beauty pageant, she ultimately was crowned Miss America. Ignoring the sheer terror she felt at the prospect of speaking in front of others, Van Derbur went on to become a highly successful motivational speaker. She writes of her endless need to be respected by others, all the while believing that if others really knew who she was, they would hate her and look at her with disdain and disgust. The perfectly poised mask she showed the outside world was a far cry from the tortured, panic-stricken, anxious woman within. The shame she felt within was a constant in her life, reminding her that she was "unworthy." When a newspaper reporter learned of her story, Van Derbur's private shame became front-page news. Then she landed on the cover of People magazine. Soon incest survivors from around the country were reaching out to her, desperate to tell someone what had happened to them. It became instantly clear that her new role in life was to help others who had suffered incest and to help teach everyone how to make sure their children are safe from predators.

Miss America by Day

Miss America by Day
Author: Marilyn Van Derbur
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 561
Release: 2003-01-01
Genre: Adult child sexual abuse victims
ISBN: 0972829849

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Former Miss America Marilyn Van Derbur was 53 years old when she was able to speak publicly the words "I am an incest survivor." It was as important step in her recovery and it brought the ugliness of incest out into the open for millions of others. The devastation and shame of incest, which Van Derbur repressed for many years, stayed with her through adulthood. Here, she shares the wisdom and knowledge she has gained through the personal experiences of herself and others, and tells how children can be protected.

There She Was

There She Was
Author: Amy Argetsinger
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2021-09-07
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781982123390

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A Washington Post style editor's fascinating and irresistible look back on the Miss America pageant as it approaches its 100th anniversary.

Miss America

Miss America
Author: Howard Stern
Publsiher: It Books
Total Pages: 496
Release: 2010-08-24
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 006188555X

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Now with more than forty pictures of naked breasts, Howard Stern's Miss America offers remarkable revelations about: Howard's secret meeting with Michael Jackson! The Stern family pact with Adolf Hitler! Howard's never-before-revealed mental illness! With chapters on Howard's ongoing battle with the FCC and his legendary campaign for governor of the state of New York, Miss America covers some of the greatest news stories of recent history—from the Atlantic City penis sandwich to an exclusive with Jackie O's embalming-fluid delivery boy and of course, Philadelphia's own fecal-obsessed Uncle Ed.

Looking for Miss America

Looking for Miss America
Author: Margot Mifflin
Publsiher: Catapult
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2020-08-04
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781640092242

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From an author praised for writing “delicious social history” (Dwight Garner, The New York Times) comes a lively account of memorable Miss America contestants, protests, and scandals—and how the pageant, nearing its one hundredth anniversary, serves as an unintended indicator of feminist progress Looking for Miss America is a fast–paced narrative history of a curious and contradictory institution. From its start in 1921 as an Atlantic City tourist draw to its current incarnation as a scholarship competition, the pageant has indexed women’s status during periods of social change—the post–suffrage 1920s, the Eisenhower 1950s, the #MeToo era. This ever–changing institution has been shaped by war, evangelism, the rise of television and reality TV, and, significantly, by contestants who confounded expectations. Spotlighting individuals, from Yolande Betbeze, whose refusal to pose in swimsuits led an angry sponsor to launch the rival Miss USA contest, to the first black winner, Vanessa Williams, who received death threats and was protected by sharpshooters in her hometown parade, Margot Mifflin shows how women made hard bargains even as they used the pageant for economic advancement. The pageant’s history includes, crucially, those it excluded; the notorious Rule Seven, which required contestants to be “of the white race,” was retired in the 1950s, but no women of color were crowned until the 1980s. In rigorously researched, vibrant chapters that unpack each decade of the pageant, Looking for Miss America examines the heady blend of capitalism, patriotism, class anxiety, and cultural mythology that has fueled this American ritual.

Miss America 1945

Miss America  1945
Author: Susan Dworkin
Publsiher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Total Pages: 272
Release: 1999-12-27
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 1557043817

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First time in paperback, this unique biography and cultural history is based on History extensive research and interviews with more than one hundred witnesses from the period. Acclaimed novelist and playwright Susan Dworkin skillfully interweaves the absorbing first-person account of how Bess Myerson became the country’s first, and still only, Jewish Miss America in the same year that World War II ended, with a fresh portrait of what life was like for women and Jews in America in the 1930s and ’40s. Her tale of one girl’s coming of age in prefeminist America is “poignant and appealing . . . as much a cameo of an era as a work of biography.” —ALA Booklist

The Night She Won Miss America

The Night She Won Miss America
Author: Michael Callahan
Publsiher: Mariner Books
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2018-04-24
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 1328915832

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A young woman is swept up in the glamour and excitement of chasing the title of Miss America 1950--only to vanish the night she wins.