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<p>Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother</p>

Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother

Xinran

Xinran returns with a fine collection of essays about Chinese women who lost their daughters. Though written (with... read full review

<p>Secret Thoughts of an Adoptive Mother</p>

Secret Thoughts of an Adoptive Mother

Jana Wolff

When I was a little girl, I used to give birth to my doll Kate several times a... read full review

Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other

Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other

Scott Simon

Scott Simon is known to many as the host of NPR’s Weekend Edition, and as a bestselling author.... read full review

China Ghosts

China Ghosts

Jeff Gammage

A couple travels to a distant land to adopt a small child. They are filled with hope, anxiety,... read full review

Growing Girls

Growing Girls

Jeanne Maries Laskas

Reading adoptive mom Jeanne Marie Laskas’ latest family memoir, Growing Girls: The Mother of All Adventures, is like... read full review

Love in the Driest Season

Love in the Driest Season

Neely Tucker

A woman walking home from the market in Harare, Zimbabwe, parts the grass beneath a lone acacia tree... read full review

Lucky Girl

Lucky Girl

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Mei-Ling Hopgood was seven months old when she left Taiwan to start her new life.... read full review

Mamalita

Mamalita

Jessica O'Dwyer

Mamalita follows Jessica O’Dwyer on the path from innocence to outrage and fear, as she and her husband... read full review

Outsiders Within

Outsiders Within

Outsiders Within, a collection of essays by adult transracial adoptees, focuses on themes and experiences common to that... read full review

Pieces of Me: Who Do I Want to Be?

Pieces of Me: Who Do I Want to Be?

Robert Ballard

In his new anthology, Pieces of Me: Who Do I Want to Be? (EMK Press; $24.95), Robert L.... read full review

The Boy from Baby House 10

The Boy from Baby House 10

Alan Philps

In the years since we adopted our daughter, Natalie (nee Valya), from an orphanage in Russia, I’ve been... read full review

The Exact Same Moon: Fifty Acres and a Family

The Exact Same Moon: Fifty Acres and a Family

Jeanne Marie Laskas

Picking up where her previous memoir, Fifty Acres and a Poodle, left off, Jeanne Marie Laskas and her... read full review

The Girls Who Went Away

The Girls Who Went Away

Ann Fessler

Ann Fessler creates a compelling narrative by giving voice to women who were silenced by their families, friends,... read full review

The Goldfish Went on Vacation: A Memoir of Loss

The Goldfish Went on Vacation: A Memoir of Loss

Patty Dann

Patty Dann had her first inkling of trouble when her husband, Willem, started having difficulty understanding simple words.... read full review

The Mistress’s Daughter: A Memoir

The Mistress’s Daughter: A Memoir

A.M. Homes

In The Mistress’s Daughter, there are two photographs: one of A.M. Homes, the author, at about four years... read full review

The Velveteen Father by Jesse Green

The Velveteen Father by Jesse Green

Jesse Green

The Velveteen Father is a memoir of adoption narrated by a white, gay, urban man in his mid-thirties.... read full review

The Waiting Child

The Waiting Child

Cindy Champnella

Get out your handkerchief and settle in for a good, quick read. The Waiting Child, by Cindy Champnella,... read full review

There Is No Me Without You: One Woman’s Odyssey to Rescue Africa’s Children

There Is No Me Without You: One Woman’s Odyssey to Rescue Africa’s Children

Melissa Fay Greene

If you’re willing to let the laundry pile up and forego sleep, then by all means, pick up... read full review

Three Little Words: A Memoir

Three Little Words: A Memoir

In one of her many placements, Ashley Rhodes-Courter is forced by her foster mother to swallow hot sauce... read full review

Touched By Adoption

Touched By Adoption

Nancy A. Robinson

Every adoption is both a love story and a journey. In Touched by Adoption, Nancy A. Robinson has... read full review

Two Little Girls: A Memoir of Adoption

Two Little Girls: A Memoir of Adoption

Theresa Reid

When the author and her husband set out to build a family, they expected diapers, sleepless nights, and... read full review

Wanting a Daughter, Needing a Son: Abandonment, Adoption, and Orphanage Care in China

Wanting a Daughter, Needing a Son: Abandonment, Adoption, and Orphanage Care in China

The questions that linger in the mind of most any adopted child are "Why?" "Why couldn't they keep... read full review

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