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Introducing the Adoptee Reading Bookshop

We’re happy to share that Adoptee Reading now has a storefront on Bookshop.org. For those unfamiliar, Bookshop is a website launched earlier this year that

Recently Published & Forthcoming Books

The Guild of the Infant Saviour: An Adopted Child’s Memory Book

Shortly before Roe v. Wade legalized abortion, adoptee Megan Culhane Galbraith was born in a Catholic charity hospital in New York City to a teenaged resident of the Guild of the Infant

Twice a Daughter: A Search for Identity, Family, and Belonging

Julie is adopted. She is also a twin. Because their adoption was closed, she and her sister lack both a health history and their adoption papers―which becomes an issue for

The Heart Of The Matter: EMDR Through An Adoptee’s Eyes

This book is a personal reflection on how EMDR Therapy helped one adoptee through a personal journey of acceptance and healing. As one of the girls adopted from China in

Cleave

In her debut collection, Tiana Nobile grapples with the history of transnational adoption, both her own from South Korea and the broader, collective experience. In conversation with psychologist Harry Harlow’s

Search & Reunion

The Guild of the Infant Saviour: An Adopted Child’s Memory Book

Shortly before Roe v. Wade legalized abortion, adoptee Megan Culhane Galbraith was born in a Catholic charity hospital in New York City to a teenaged resident of the Guild of the Infant

Twice a Daughter: A Search for Identity, Family, and Belonging

Julie is adopted. She is also a twin. Because their adoption was closed, she and her sister lack both a health history and their adoption papers―which becomes an issue for

The Lonely Child: The Journey of Search to Find My Biological Family

Growing up, Susan always felt something was missing in her life. Then, at age sixteen, her parents finally told her their Big Secret. Susan was adopted. With no information regarding her

Psychology/Self-help

The Heart Of The Matter: EMDR Through An Adoptee’s Eyes

This book is a personal reflection on how EMDR Therapy helped one adoptee through a personal journey of acceptance and healing. As one of the girls adopted from China in

The Presence of Absence: A Story About Busyness, Brokenness, and Being Beloved

We wear busyness as a badge of accomplishment and personal success. But when we use it to fill a void, being busy can become an addiction. Busyness helps us feel

Rooted in Adoption: A Collection of Adoptee Reflections

Rooted in Adoption: A Collection of Adoptee Reflections is a collection of short narratives from those who have been adopted. Adoptees of various ages, backgrounds, and experiences were asked discuss

Anthologies

Mixed Korean: Our Stories

From the struggles of the Korean War, to the modern dilemmas faced by those who are mixed race, comes an assortment of stories that capture the essence of what it

Through Adopted Eyes: A Collection of Memoirs From Adoptees

Through Adopted Eyes explores the world of adoption from the viewpoint of adoptees. Russian adoptee Elena S. Hall shares her own story and thoughts on the subject of adoption in

Decoding Our Origins: The Lived Experiences of Colombian Adoptees

Decoding Our Origins: The Lived Experiences of Colombian Adoptees is written by seventeen authors who were born in Colombia and adopted internationally. Their individual stories illustrate different aspects of the

Journalism/Research

American Baby: A Mother, a Child, and the Shadow History of Adoption

During the Baby Boom in 1960s America, women were encouraged to stay home and raise large families, but sex and childbirth were taboo subjects. Premarital sex was common, but birth control was hard to get and abortion was illegal. In 1961, sixteen-year-old Margaret Erle fell in love and became pregnant. Her enraged family sent her to a maternity home, and after she gave birth, she wasn’t even allowed to hold her own son. Social workers

Adoption’s Hidden History: Steps to Sealing the Records (Vol. 2)

An estimated six million Americans are adopted. The development of laws and regulations facilitating this process has been shrouded in mystery. “Adoption’s Hidden History” is for anyone who has ever been touched by adoption. From Myra Clark Gaines’ nineteenth century court fight for recognition as her birth father’s daughter to Jean Paton’s crusade for the right of adult adoptees to know their own history, Mary Payne weaves an account like no other. It’s the back

Adoption’s Hidden History: From Native American Tribes to Locked Lives (Vol. 1)

Adoptions are finalized daily across America. Like the root system of a giant oak, tentacles of its history are submerged in years of human experience. Native Americans adopted children and adults into their tribes before pilgrims settled in the New World. Early-day adoption advocates took detailed notes of tribal organization leading to adoption’s acceptance by the general population. Using Oklahoma as an example, this study details how state leaders promoted adoption as a way to

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Children/Teens

The How and the Why

Cassandra McMurtrey has the best parents a girl could ask for; they’ve given Cass a life she wouldn’t trade for the world. She has everything she needs—but she has questions,

Hey, Kiddo

In kindergarten, Jarrett Krosoczka’s teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett’s family is much more complicated than that. His mom is an

Poetry

Cleave

In her debut collection, Tiana Nobile grapples with the history of transnational adoption, both her own from South Korea and the broader, collective experience. In conversation with psychologist Harry Harlow’s

Ghost Face

In his third DC Books title, Ghost Face, Greg Santos explores what it means to have been a Cambodian infant adopted by a Canadian family. Through a uniquely playful and self-reflective

Fiction

The Adoption (two volumes)

Vol. 1: Gabriel’s retired life is turned upside down when his son and daughter-in-law adopt an orphaned girl from Peru. He was barely much of a father to his own

The How and the Why

Cassandra McMurtrey has the best parents a girl could ask for; they’ve given Cass a life she wouldn’t trade for the world. She has everything she needs—but she has questions,