Unbuttoning America in the Wall Street Journal

Unbuttoning America: A Biography of “Peyton Place” by Ardis Cameron is featured in the May 22 edition of the Wall Street Journal: A Book to Take to Bed. An excerpt appears below:

Unbuttoning America boasts a sizzling cover of a busty ’50s pinup girl resting a blue book on her sleek, gartered legs while flashing the reader a come-hither-quick look. . . . Cameron teases out the book’s significance as a bold exploration of sexual, political, gender and class questions rarely recognized in its time. For the general reader, the most rewarding parts of Cameron’s book are her pages about Grace Metalious herself, the sources of her material, and her fervent fans. Cameron had access to a trove of thousands of letters written by readers to Metalious. Most came from grateful women who felt that she had told their secret, anguished stories.”

Unbuttoning America in the Wall Street Journal