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What happened to Paula: On the Death of an American Girl

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"A riveting investigation into a cold case asks how much control women have over their bodies and the direction of their lives. In July 1970, eighteen-year-old Paula Oberbroeckling left her house in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and never returned. A cold case for fifty years, Paula's story had been largely forgotten when Katherine Dykstra began looking for answers. A woman was dead. Why had no one been held responsible? How could a community give up and move on? Could there ever be justice for Paula? Tracing the knowns and unknowns, Dykstra discovers a girl who was hemmed in by the culture of the late 1960s, when women's rights had been brought to the fore but had little practical bearing on actual lives. The more she learns about Paula, the more parallels Dykstra finds in the lives of the women who knew Paula, the lives of the women in her own family, and even in her own life. Captivating and expertly crafted, What Happened to Paula is a timely, powerful look at gender, autonomy, and the cost of being a woman"--
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subject_facetCold cases (Criminal investigation) -- Iowa -- Cedar Rapids -- Case studies
Murder -- Iowa -- Cedar Rapids -- Case studies
Oberbroeckling, Paula, -- -1970
Pregnant teenagers -- Iowa -- Cedar Rapids -- Social conditions -- 20th century
Young women -- Iowa -- Cedar Rapids -- Social conditions -- 20th century
title_displayWhat happened to Paula : on the death of an American girl
title_fullWhat Happened to Paula On the Death of an American Girl
What happened to Paula : on the death of an American girl / Katherine Dykstra
title_shortWhat happened to Paula
title_subOn the Death of an American Girl
topic_facetCold cases (Criminal investigation)
Murder
Nonfiction
Oberbroeckling, Paula
Pregnant teenagers
Social conditions
Sociology
True Crime
Women's Studies
Young women