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A Euro-American on a Korean Tour at a Thai Restaurant in China  by Chris Winston    Part memoir, part parenting guide, this book shares how a mother worked to meet her children's needs and, in doing so, birthed a new kind of community.

Adopting the Older Child  by Claudia L. Jewett   

Adoption and the Schools: Resources for Parents and Teachers  edited by Lansing Wood and Nancy Ng   

Adoption is a Family Affair: What Relatives and Friends Must Know  by Patricia Irwin Johnston, MS   Book's conversational tone and wealth of information is geared to help family members become adoption experts (and advocates!) in no time.

Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections  edited by Jean MacLeod and Sheena Macrae   

Are These Kids Yours? American Families with Children Adopted from Other Countries  by Cheri Register    Author discusses issues related to parenting an adoptive child in a caring, thorough manner. If you read only one or two adoption books, make this one a priority.

Becoming Attached - First Relationships and How They Shape Our Capacity to Love  by Robert Karen, Ph.D   

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.

Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens  by Debbie Riley with John Meeks   

Birth is More Than Once: the Inner World of Adopted Korean Children  by H. Sook Wilkinson, Ph.D   

Bring My Sons from Afar  by Bertha Holt   

Choosing Ethnicity, Negotiating Race: Korean Adoptees in America  by Mia Tuan and Jiannbin Lee Shiao   

Culture Keeping; White Mothers, International Adoption, and the Negotiation of Family Difference  by Heather Jacobson    Examines adoptions from China and Russia through the lens of integration of aspects of culture of child's origin into the family's life.

Designing Rituals of Adoption for the Religious and Secular Community  by Mary Martin Mason   Guide for designing welcoming ceremonies, adoption anniversaries, finalizations, baptisms, naming ceremonies . . . for all types of families and adoptions. Focuses on techniques to validate these families.

Dialogues about Adoption: Conversations between Parents and Their Children  by Linda Bothun   Provides sample conversations covering every aspect of adoption, and includes information on relevant developmental information.

Dim Sum, Bagels, and Grits: A Sourcebook for Multicultural Families  by Myra Alperson   Advocates and provides suggestions on forging a family that represents more than one culture.

Growing Up Again: Parenting Ourselves, Parenting Our Children  by Jean Illsley Clark and Connie Dawson   Book helps readers examine our own upbringing and how that influences how we parent.

Growing Up Asian American  by Maria Hong   For many Asian Americans, a childhood in America was spent studying America's European ancestors but not their own, and being forced at an early age to confront many prejudices and stereotypes. Stories and essays from 32 Asian American writers, including Amy Tan, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Gus Lee illuminate the experience.

Helping Children Cope With Separation and Loss  by Claudia L. Jewett   

Inside Transracial Adoption  by Gail Steinberg and Beth Hall    Comprehensive guide sharing studies, statistics, personal anecdotes and more, urging parents to do whatever it takes to authentically connect their children with their roots...both in adoptive family and in the culture of their birth parents.