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Decoding Our Origins
by , Norina Vazquez

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English

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Publication Date

March 24, 2017

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Decoding Our Origins: The Lived Experiences of Colombian Adoptees is written by eighteen authors who were born in Colombia and adopted internationally. Their individual stories illustrate different aspects of the transracial adoption experience. The traumatic loss of their mothers, culture and identities; racism; and severe abuse are amongst the tough topics addressed frankly and head on. However, these first-hand accounts also highlight the indomitable tenacity and perseverance embodied by the authors as they negotiate their way through childhood, parenthood, search, reunion, and the nail-biting wait for DNA test results. <br />All of the authors of Decoding Our Origins: The Lived Experiences of Colombian Adoptees started off life in similar circumstances, having lost their families, language, culture, and country via adoption to countries outside of Colombia. Though their lives diverged, an invisible connection remained amongst them: the need to search for their first families and reconnect with their original culture and homeland. With the advent and subsequent worldwide expansion of Facebook in the early 2000s, people with common interests or life experiences have been able to find each other and talk about myriad topics in a safe space. The eighteen authors of this anthology met in the closed Facebook group Adopted from Colombia! As trust developed, so did the realization that the stories they have to tell are important and that the time has come for them to be told. <br />This is the first published nonfiction anthology written exclusively by Colombian adoptees. Intimate and honest, the powerful and moving stories in the words of the transracial adoptees themselves result in a unified voice that reminds us to never, ever give up hope.<br />All proceeds from this book will go toward financing DNA kits for Colombian adoptees and Colombian first family members, in an effort to reunite families separated by adoption.
Born Broken: An Adoptive Journey
by Kristin Berry

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English

Pages

160

Publication Date

March 20, 2017

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The story began like a dream...<br /><br />A child is born with all the possibilities of a bright future. Nearby, a loving family waits for the son they have always dreamed of. When they become a family, little league, playdates, birthday parties and college scholarships all seem within the grasp of this all-American family.<br /><br />But when the fairy tale ended…<br /><br />The family realizes their precious child is struggling with the most basic developmental milestones, and they vow to love him more. However, the truth of their son’s condition is something that even the strongest family could<br />not undo. His brain has been damaged by alcohol before he was even born. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is the leading cause of birth defects and developmental disabilities in the United States… and there is no cure.<br /><br />One family’s powerful story of faith began.<br /><br />The fight to advocate for their son in a world that did not understand left this family feeling exhausted and hopeless. The isolation of their reality almost destroyed their marriage and their family, until they found strength in a<br />community they never knew existed. They found families that were struggling too. They stepped out of isolation and together they found faith and hope once again.
Beyond Grace's Rainbow (Harperimpulse Contemporary Romance)
by Carmel Harrington

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English

Pages

336

Publication Date

September 12, 2013

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<p>BEYOND GRACE’S RAINBOW</p><p>*Book of the Year in the 2013 Kindle Book Awards*</p><p>*Winner of the Romantic eBook of the Year at the Festival of Romance*</p><p>*A Bord Gais Book Club Recommended Read*</p><p>Beyond Grace’s Rainbow is the deeply emotional and poignant story of young single mother Grace Devlin.</p><p>When Grace is diagnosed with cancer her best chance of survival is to find a bone marrow transplant from a family member. Only Grace is adopted and her one previous attempt to connect with her birth mother resulted in bitter disappointment.</p><p>But with her young son, Jack, to think about, and the return of her ex Liam, Jack’s father, reminding her of feelings she’d thought she’d buried long ago, Grace refuses to give up hope just yet. With the help of her friends she bravely embarks on a journey of discovery.</p><p>This search will bring her from her home in vibrant Dublin to the unspoilt beauty of Wexford where she must unravel a web of lies and deceit that has spanned over thirty years.</p><p>With a wonderful cast of supporting characters and plenty of charm, this will have you laughing and crying at the turn of a page.</p><p>Carmel Harrington is an exciting new Irish voice in women’s fiction – a must read for fans of Cecilia Ahern!</p>
Baby Snatchers: A dark and disturbing crime thriller (A Detective...
by Bo Brennan

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English

Pages

422

Publication Date

July 05, 2014

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<b>With children, who can you <i>really</i> trust?</b><br /><br />When inner city school teacher Terri Davies' star pupil is left home alone, she's reluctant to alert the authorities and the messy bureaucratic nightmare it entails. Instead she turns to her sister, <b>Detective India Kane</b>, to quietly locate the missing single mother.<br /><br />It doesn't take long - India finds her sectioned in a psychiatric hospital, making wild claims her new-born baby was stolen by a leading paediatrician. With no record of a baby ever being born, are her claims the ramblings of a mentally disturbed mind, or, does the baby really exist, as Terri insists? And if he does, where is he? Under pressure from her sister with reminders of her own haunted past, India sets out to find the truth.<br /><br />As head of the Met's Paedophile Unit, <b>Detective Chief Inspector AJ Colt</b> has seen it all. But even he isn't prepared for what his team encounters during a raid on a Hollywood heart-throb's London home. With an elite predatory paedophile ring at large, the last thing he needs is for young girls to start disappearing from Social Services care.<br /><br />When the same names start cropping up in both their investigations - <b>Kane and Colt's</b> cases become entwined, plunging them deep into the secretive world of the <b>Family Court system . . . an institution whose secrets some will kill to keep.</b>
The Lucky Few: Finding God's Best in the Most Unlikely Places
by Heather Avis

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English

Pages

224

Publication Date

March 21, 2017

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<p><span style="font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; font-size: 8.5pt;">These are the faces that call me “mom,” the three children who made me a mother.</span></p><br /><p><span style="font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; font-size: 8.5pt;">            When I started my journey into parenthood I never thought it would look like this. I never planned on having three adopted children, and I certainly never imagined that two of them would have Down syndrome. But like most of the things God does, once we stepped into the craziness and confusion of the unknown and unplanned, we quickly realized that we were indeed among the lucky few.</span></p><br /><p><span style="font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; font-size: 8.5pt;">            When my husband and I decided to grow our family ten years ago, we were surprised to find that getting pregnant was not as easy as we had thought it would be. And as we navigated the ups and downs of infertility, God led us down the path of adoption. Of course, we would adopt! Not what we had originally planned, but certainly a wonderful option.</span></p><br /><p><span style="font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; font-size: 8.5pt;">            But just as we began to get a comfortable grasp on growing our family through adoption, God introduced us to Macyn Hope, a very sick little girl with Down syndrome who desperately needed a family. As we continued to follow God’s calling, first with Macyn, and later with Truly and then August, we found ourselves further and further from the comfortable paths we thought our lives would take, and instead moving down some very scary, and often painful roads.</span></p><br /><p><span style="font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; font-size: 8.5pt;">            Even though at times His plan seemed terrifying and even downright foolish, little could we have known how much goodness, blessing, and joy would flow out of loving these three little people He’s put into our lives. No, it’s not been easy: not the open-heart surgeries or the challenges of raising two children with Down syndrome or the complexities of dealing with birth-families or the struggles we’ve had with the public education system. But through it all, every new and uncomfortable situation has only proven to be another chance to see how very good God’s plan is for our lives and how downright lucky we are to be able to live it out.  </span></p><br /><p><span style="font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; font-size: 8.5pt;">                It’s only the lucky few that recognize that the most beautiful things in this life are often found in the differences. What some would see as misfortune, I’ve learned to see as nothing more than pure luck.</span></p>
Nobody's Son
by Cathy Glass

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English

Pages

336

Publication Date

February 23, 2017

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<p>Born in a prison and removed from his drug-dependent mother, rejection is all that 7-year-old Alex knows.</p><p>When Cathy is asked to foster little Alex, aged 7, her immediate reaction is: Why can’t he stay with his present carers for the last month? He’s already had many moves since coming into care as a toddler and he’ll only be with her a short while before he goes to live with his permanent adoptive family. But the present carers are expecting a baby and the foster mother isn’t coping, so Alex goes to live with Cathy.</p><p>He settles easily and is very much looking forward to having a forever family of his own. The introductions and move to his adoptive family go well. But Alex is only with them for a week when problems begin. What happens next is both shocking and upsetting, and calls into question the whole adoption process.</p>
A Long Way Home: A Memoir
by Saroo Brierley

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English

Pages

258

Publication Date

June 12, 2014

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<b><b>First it was a media sensation. Then it became the #1 international bestseller <i>A Long Way Home</i>. Now it’s <i>Lion</i>, the major motion picture starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, and Rooney Mara—nominated for six Academy Awards!</b><br /> <b><br /> This is the miraculous and triumphant story of Saroo Brierley, a young man who used Google Earth to rediscover his childhood life and home in an incredible journey from India to Australia and back again...</b><br /><br /></b>At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia.<br /><br />Despite his gratitude, Brierley always wondered about his origins. Eventually, with the advent of Google Earth, he had the opportunity to look for the needle in a haystack he once called home, and pore over satellite images for landmarks he might recognize or mathematical equations that might further narrow down the labyrinthine map of India. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family.<br /><i><br />A Long Way Home </i>is a moving, poignant, and inspirational true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds. It celebrates the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit: hope.
Little Sylvie, An Unforgettable Adoption Story
by Sylvie Gagnon

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English

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Publication Date

March 20, 2017

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Little Sylvie, an Unforgettable Adoption Story... <br />Sylvie always thought it was a great thing to be adopted. She was unique, special. Her parents saved her life. She was in a filthy orphanage and was not growing or gaining weight as she should. Sylvie nearly starved to death, but that's not the main story here. Being found by her birth-mother while studying law caused extreme trauma and redirected her life forever.<br />This story was based on Sylvie’s life, more specifically, her adoption. All of the names have been changed to protect the privacy of Sylvie’s family and friends. Sylvie is her original name, but her name was changed upon adoption. If you are adopted or have adopted a child this one's for you.
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Ow...
by Shonda Rhimes

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English

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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.
It's Not About You: Understanding Adoptte Search, Reunion & Open ...
by Brooke Randolph

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English

Pages

229

Publication Date

March 10, 2017

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The title of this book can be both inflammatory and comforting; different people need to read it different ways.<br /><br />The reality is that the desire for information has nothing to do with parenting or personality, but an innate desire.<br /><br />It's Not About You is an adoptee-focused anthology project intended to comfort those who fear the desire for information and connection is any kind of judgement on themselves. Our purpose is also to confront those who try to make it about themselves, missing the opportunity to support and connect with the adoptee who needs this information.

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