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All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir
by Nicole Chung

Language

English

Pages

240

Publication Date

October 02, 2018

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<b>Named a Best Book of Fall by <i>The Washington Post</i>, <i>Entertainment Weekly</i>, <i>TIME</i>, <i>Elle</i>, and more<br /><br /></b> "This book moved me to my very core. . . . [<i>All You Can Ever Know</i>] should be required reading for anyone who has ever had, wanted, or found a family―which is to say, everyone.” <b>―Celeste Ng, author of <i>Little Fires Everywhere</i><br /><br /></b><br /><br /> What does it mean to lose your roots—within your culture, within your family—and what happens when you find them? <br /><br /> Nicole Chung was born severely premature, placed for adoption by her Korean parents, and raised by a white family in a sheltered Oregon town. From childhood, she heard the story of her adoption as a comforting, prepackaged myth. She believed that her biological parents had made the ultimate sacrifice in the hope of giving her a better life, that forever feeling slightly out of place was her fate as a transracial adoptee. But as Nicole grew up—facing prejudice her adoptive family couldn’t see, finding her identity as an Asian American and as a writer, becoming ever more curious about where she came from—she wondered if the story she’d been told was the whole truth. <br /><br /> With warmth, candor, and startling insight, Nicole Chung tells of her search for the people who gave her up, which coincided with the birth of her own child. <i>All You Can Ever Know</i> is a profound, moving chronicle of surprising connections and the repercussions of unearthing painful family secrets—vital reading for anyone who has ever struggled to figure out where they belong.
The Baby Thief: The Untold Story of Georgia Tann, the Baby Seller...
by Barbara Bisantz Raymond

Language

English

Pages

322

Publication Date

April 29, 2009

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<div><b>The shocking story of Geogia Tann, a notorious dealer in black-market babies between 1920 and 1950 whose actions ultimately popularized--and corrupted--adoption as we know it today. </b><br /><br />For almost three decades, renowned baby-seller Georgia Tann ran a children's home in Memphis, Tennessee--selling her charges to wealthy clients nationwide, Joan Crawford among them. Part social history, part detective story, part expose, <i>The Baby Thief </i>is a riveting investigative narrative that explores themes that continue to reverberate today.</div>
One Heart at a Time
by Delilah

Language

English

Pages

232

Publication Date

October 16, 2018

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<B>“You’re listening to Delilah.”</B><BR> <BR>Delilah, the most listened-to woman on American radio, has distinguished herself as the “Queen of Sappy Love Songs” and America’s ultimate romance guru. But Delilah’s life off-air is all the more extraordinary—a life full of trials, forgiveness, faith, and adventure. In <I>One Heart at a Time</I>, Delilah’s heartfelt account of her own story reveals what shaped the voice that 9 million listeners know and love.<BR> <BR>Today, Delilah is the founder of an NGO called Point Hope, the owner of a 55-acre working farm, and an inductee of the National Radio Hall of Fame. But to achieve this, she often had to pave her own way. Disowned by her father, divorced, and fired from a dozen jobs over the years, Delilah pushed forward through family addiction and devastating loss, through glass ceilings and red tape. Her consistent goal to help those in need took her everywhere from the streets of Philadelphia to refugee camps in Ghana.<BR> <BR>Along the way, Delilah was blessed by thirteen children—ten of them adopted. Though many of them contend with special needs and the forever effects of a broken foster care system, her children have been able to transform their own remarkable lessons into guiding lights for other kids in need. Just as Delilah has done.<BR> <BR><I>One Heart at a Time</I> exposes the real woman behind the microphone. In her easy-going style and characteristic, beloved voice, Delilah tells her deeply moving life story as the series of miracles it is.
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Ow...
by Shonda Rhimes

Language

English

Pages

337

Publication Date

November 10, 2015

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The mega-talented creator of <i>Grey’s Anatomy</i> and <i>Scandal</i> and executive producer of <i>How to Get Away With Murder</i> chronicles how saying YES for one year changed her life―and how it can change yours, too.<BR><BR>With three hit shows on television and three children at home, the uber-talented Shonda Rhimes had lots of good reasons to say NO when an unexpected invitation arrived. Hollywood party? No. Speaking engagement? No. Media appearances? No.<BR> <BR>And there was the side-benefit of saying No for an introvert like Shonda: nothing new to fear.<BR> <BR>Then Shonda’s sister laid down a challenge: just for one year, try to say YES to the unexpected invitations that come your way. Shonda reluctantly agreed―and the result was nothing short of transformative. In <i>Year of Yes</i>, Shonda Rhimes chronicles the powerful impact saying yes had on every aspect of her life―and how we can all change our lives with one little word. Yes.
Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet: Tasting the Goodness of God in All T...
by , Katie Davis

Language

English

Pages

196

Publication Date

October 07, 2014

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<P>In the age of fingertip access to answers and a limitless supply of ambitions, where do we find the God who was birthed in dirt and straw? Sara Hagerty found him when life stopped working for her. She found him when she was a young adult mired in spiritual busyness and when she was a new bride with doubts about whether her fledgling marriage would survive. She found him alone in the night as she cradled her longing for babies who did not come. She found him as she kissed the faces of children on another continent who had lived years without a mommy’s touch.</P><br /><P>In Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet, Hagerty masterfully draws from the narrative of her life to craft a mosaic of a God who leans into broken stories. Here readers see a God who is present in every changing circumstance. Most significantly, they see a God who is present in every unchanging circumstance as well.</P><br /><P>Whatever lost expectations readers are facing—in family, career, singleness, or marriage—Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet will bring them closer to a God who longs for them to know him more. What does it look like to know God’s nearness when life breaks? What does it mean to receive his life when earthly life remains barren? How can God turn the bitterness of unmet desire into new flavors of joy?</P><br /><P>With exquisite storytelling and reflection, Hagerty brings readers back to hope, back to healing, back to a place that God is holding for them alone—a place where the unseen is more real than what the eye can perceive. A place where every bitter thing is sweet.</P>
The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Fami...
by , Wendy Sunshine

Language

English

Pages

290

Publication Date

March 16, 2007

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<p><b>"An extremely useful parenting handbook... truly outstanding ... strongly recommended."<br /><br />--Library Journal (starred review)</b></p> <p><b>"A tremendous resource for parents and professionals alike."<br /><br />--Thomas Atwood, president and CEO, National Council for Adoption</b></p> <p>The adoption of a child is always a joyous moment in the life of a family. Some adoptions, though, present unique challenges. Welcoming these children into your family--and addressing their special needs--requires care, consideration, and compassion.</p> <p>Written by two research psychologists specializing in adoption and attachment, <i>The Connected Child</i> will help you:</p> <ul><li>Build bonds of affection and trust with your adopted child</li> <li>Effectively deal with any learning or behavioral disorders</li> <li>Discipline your child with love without making him or her feel threatened</li> </ul> <p>"A must-read not only for adoptive parents, but for all families striving to correct and connect with their children."<br /><br />--Carol S. Kranowitz, author of <i>The Out-of-Sync Child</i></p> <p>"Drs. Purvis and Cross have thrown a life preserver not only to those just entering uncharted waters, but also to those struggling to stay afloat."<br /><br />--Kathleen E. Morris, editor of <i>S. I. Focus</i> magazine</p> <p>"Truly an exceptional, innovative work . . . compassionate, accessible, and founded on a breadth of scientific knowledge and clinical expertise."<br /><br />--Susan Livingston Smith, program director, Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute</p> <p>"<i>The Connected Child</i> is the literary equivalent of an airline oxygen mask and instructions: place the mask over your own face first, then over the nose of your child. This book first assists the parent, saying, in effect, 'Calm down, you're not the first mom or dad in the world to face this hurdle, breathe deeply, then follow these simple steps.' The sense of not facing these issues alone--the relief that your child's behavior is not off the charts--is hugely comforting. Other children have behaved this way; other parents have responded thusly; welcome to the community of therapeutic and joyful adoptive families."<br /><br />--Melissa Fay Greene, author of <i>There is No Me Without You: One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue Africa's Children</i></p>
The Boy No One Loved: A Heartbreaking True Story of Abuse, Abando...
by Casey Watson

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English

Pages

309

Publication Date

October 13, 2011

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<p>Sunday Times bestselling author and foster carer Casey Watson’s first heartbreaking memoir.</p><p>Justin was five years old; his brothers two and three. Their mother, a heroin addict, had left them alone again. Later that day, after trying to burn down the family home, Justin was taken into care.</p><p>Justin was taken into care at the age of five after deliberately burning down his family home. Six years on, after 20 failed placements, Justin arrives at Casey’s home. Casey and her husband Mike are specialist foster carers. They practice a new style of foster care that focuses on modifying the behaviour of profoundly damaged children. They are Justin’s last hope, and it quickly becomes clear that they are facing a big challenge.</p><p>Try as they might to make him welcome, he seems determined to strip his life of all the comforts they bring him, violently lashing out at schoolmates and family and throwing any affection they offer him back in their faces. After a childhood filled with hurt and rejection, Justin simply doesn’t want to know. But, as it soon emerges, this is only the tip of a chilling iceberg.</p><p>A visit to Justin’s mother on Boxing Day reveals that there are some very dark underlying problems that Justin has never spoken about. As the full picture becomes clearer, and the horrific truth of Justin’s early life is revealed, Casey and her family finally start to understand the pain he has suffered…</p><p>Includes a sample chapter of Crying for Help.</p>
Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited
by , Paula Bernstein

Language

English

Pages

288

Publication Date

October 02, 2007

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<b>As seen in the hit documentary <i>Three Identical Strangers</i> • “[A] poignant memoir of twin sisters who were split up as infants, became part of a secret scientific study, then found each other as adults.”—<i>Reader’s Digest </i>(Editors’ Choice)</b><br /><br /> <b>WINNER OF A BOOKS FOR A BETTER LIFE AWARD</b><br /><br /> Elyse Schein had always known she was adopted, but it wasn’t until her mid-thirties while living in Paris that she searched for her biological mother. What she found instead was shocking: She had an identical twin sister. What’s more, after being separated as infants, she and her sister had been, for a time, part of a secret study on separated twins.<br /><br /> Paula Bernstein, a married writer and mother living in New York, also knew she was adopted, but had no inclination to find her birth mother. When she answered a call from her adoption agency one spring afternoon, Paula’s life suddenly divided into two starkly different periods: the time before and the time after she learned the truth. <br /><br /> As they reunite, taking their tentative first steps from strangers to sisters, Paula and Elyse are left with haunting questions surrounding their origins and their separation. And when they investigate their birth mother’s past, the sisters move closer toward solving the puzzle of their lives.<br /><br /> <b>Praise for <i>Identical Strangers</i></b><br /><br /> “Remarkable . . . powerful . . . [an] extraordinary experience . . . The reader is left to marvel at the reworking of individual identities required by one discovery and then another.”<b><i>—Boston Sunday Globe</i><br /> </b><br /> “Absorbing.”<b><i>—Wired</i><br /><br /></b>“[A] fascinating memoir . . . Weaving studies about twin science into their personal reflections . . . Schein and Bernstein provide an intelligent exploration of how identity intersects with bloodlines. A must-read for anyone interested in what it means to be a family.”<b><i>—Bust</i><br /> </b><br /> “<i>Identical Strangers</i> has all the heart-stopping drama you’d expect. But it has so much more—the authors’ emotional honesty and clear-eyed insights turn this unique story into a universal one. As you accompany the twins on their search for the truth of their birth, you witness another kind of birth—the germination and flowering of sisterly love.”<b>—Deborah Tannen, #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>You Just Don’t Understand</i></b><br /><br /> “A transfixing memoir.”<b><i>—Publishers Weekly</i></b>
To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care
by Cris Beam

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English

Pages

337

Publication Date

August 13, 2013

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<DIV><B>A <I>New York Times</I> Notable Book that “casts a searing eye on the labyrinth that is the American foster care system” (NPR’s <I>On Point</I>).</B><BR />  <BR /> Who are the children of foster care? What, as a country, do we owe them? Cris Beam, a foster mother herself, spent five years immersed in the world of foster care looking into these questions and tracing firsthand stories. The result is <I>To the End of June, </I>an unforgettable portrait that takes us deep inside the lives of foster children in their search for a stable, loving family.<BR />  <BR /> Beam shows us the intricacies of growing up in the system—the back-and-forth with agencies, the rootless shuffling between homes, the emotionally charged tug between foster and birth parents, the terrifying push out of foster care and into adulthood. Humanizing and challenging a broken system, <I>To the End of June </I>offers a tribute to resiliency and hope for real change.<BR />  <BR /> “A triumph of narrative reporting and storytelling.” —<I>The New York Times</I><BR />  <BR /> “[A] powerful . . . and refreshing read.” —<I>Chicago Tribune</I><BR />  <BR /> “A sharp critique of foster-care policies and a searching exploration of the meaning of family.” —<I>Publishers Weekly</I>, starred review<BR />  <BR /> “Heart-rending and tentatively hopeful.” —<I>Salon</I></DIV>
Like Family: Growing Up in Other People's Houses, a Memoir
by Paula McLain

Language

English

Pages

277

Publication Date

September 09, 2009

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<div><b>This powerful and haunting memoir details the years Paula McLain and her two sisters spent as foster children after being abandoned by both parents in California in the early 1970s.</b><br />As wards of the State, the sisters spent the next 14 years moving from foster home to foster home. The dislocations, confusions, and odd pleasures of an unrooted life form the basis of one of the most compelling memoirs in recent years--a book the tradition of Jo Ann Beard's <i>The Boys of My Youth</i> and Mary Karr's<i> The</i> <i>Liar's Club.</i><br />McLain's beautiful writing and limber voice capture the intense loneliness, sadness, and determination of a young girl both on her own and responsible, with her siblings, for staying together as a family.</div>

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