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A Ghost at Heart's Edge by Susan Ito and Tina Cervin (editors) Fifty short stories and poems reveal the sometimes heartbreaking, often affirming tales of adoption. Written from the point of view of birth parents, adoptive parents, and adoptees, this unique anthology spans nations and cultures. Includes authors Alison Lurie, Isabel Allende, Sandra McPherson, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Louise Erdrich, Chitra Divakaruni, and Lynna Williams.
A Single Square Picture: A Korean Adoptee's Search for Her Roots by Katy Robinson What a beautifully shared story! Kim Ji-yun (Katy) left Korea to be adopted in the United States at the age of seven, and returns as a married 28-year-old to rediscover the family and roots she can hardly remember.
Adopted from Asia: How It Feels to Grow Up in America by Frances M. Koh Collection of rich personal stories of eleven adopted Korean-born children.
After the Morning Calm: Reflections of Korean Adoptees by Dr. Sook Wilkinson and Nancy Fox, editors Essays written by Korean adoptees that include photos and brief bios of each writer.
Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self by David Brodzinsky, Marshall Schechter, and Robin Henig Illustrates common developmental pathways of adoptees as they occur throughout the life span. Five themes run throughout this book: the experience of adoptees, developmental perspectives, normality, search for self, and sense of loss.
Bravo Your Life by Mi Soon Burzlaff Collection of nonfiction vignettes about life, family, and friendship in contemporary South Korea told by an adoptee who is slowly acculturating herself into her birth family and society at large.
Choosing Ethnicity, Negotiating Race: Korean Adoptees in America by Mia Tuan and Jiannbin Lee Shiao
Fugitive Visions: An Adoptee's Return to Korea by Jane Jeong Trenka As a follow-up to The Language of Blood, Jane, a Korean-born adoptee, explores the possibility of making a new, adult life in Korea.
Growing Up Adopted by Maxine R. Rosenberg Fourteen adoptees of various ages describe their perspectives.
In Their Own Voices: Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories by Rita J. Simon and Rhonda M. Roorda In this collection of interviews conducted with black and biracial young adults adopted by white parents, the authors present the personal stories of two dozen individuals who hail from a wide range of religious, economic, political, and professional backgrounds. How does the experience affect their racial and social identities, their choice of friends and marital partners, and their lifestyles? In addition to interviews, the book includes overviews of both the history and current legal status of transracial adoption.
Language of Blood by Jane Jeong Trenka Memoir of Korean-born adoptee who tackles the issue of identity head on...with her Korean family, her adoptive family, and with others in society who seek to define her, including a stalker.
Lucky Girl by Me-Ling Hopgood Mei-Ling has no interest in her Chinese roots...and then her birth family comes calling.
Lucy's Family Tree by Karen Halvorsen Schreck When Lucy comes home from school with a family tree assignment, she asks her parents to write her a note to excuse her from the task. Lucy's adoption from Mexico makes her feel as though her family is too "different," but her parents gently and wisely challenge Lucy to find three families that are the "same." Lucy ends up creating a family tree that celebrates both her past and present. Two pages at the back of the book offer further suggestions for parents and teachers.
May the Circle Be Unbroken: An Intimate Journey into the Heart of Adoption by Lynn C. Franklin and Elizabeth Ferber Franklin is the mother of a now 27-year-old son, whom she gave up for adoption at birth and with whom she has recently been reunited. Her story and the stories of scores of other birth mothers, adoptive parents, and adopted children are shared in this book.
Once They Hear My Name:Korean adoptees and their journeys toward identity by Ellen Lee, Marilyn Lammert, and Mary Anne Hess Collection of stories and perspectives from nine adoptees.
Outsider's Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption edited by Jane Jeong Trenka, Sun Yung Shin, and Julia Chinyere Oparah Over thirty essays, poems, research, and artwork, adoptees challenge the narrative written for them by the institution of adoption and explore the issues they face.
Perspectives on a Grafted Tree: Thoughts for Those Touched by Adoption edited by Patricia Irwin Johnston Poems by adoptees, birthparents, members of adoptive families, adoption professionals, and others.
Seeds from a Silent Tree edited by Tonya Bishoff and Jo Rankin This collection of essays, poems, and fiction (written by 30 Korean adoptees) is described as both powerful and candid. Others call it as a sad but a valuable read.
Somebody's Daughter by Marie Myung-Ok Lee Sarah Thorson is a Korean-American adoptee who returns to Korea as a college student and eventually searches for the birthmother who is also searching for her.
Songs of My Families by Kelly Fern Memoir of a woman who spends the first five years of her life in Korea before being adopted by a Minnesota couple. At age nineteen, she relinquishes a child of her own to adoption. Years later, her husband helps her to reunite with both her Korean family and the daughter to whom she said goodbye.