Including More Than 450 Adoptee-Recommended Titles!

Category: Essays/Letters

  • You Should Be Grateful: Stories of Race, Identity, and Transracial Adoption

    You Should Be Grateful: Stories of Race, Identity, and Transracial Adoption

    by Angela Tucker

    Angela Tucker is a Black woman, adopted from foster care by white parents. She has heard this microaggression her entire life, usually from well-intentioned strangers who view her adoptive parents as noble saviors. She is grateful for many aspects of her life, but being transracially…

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  • Under My Bed and Other Essays

    Under My Bed and Other Essays

    by Jody Keisner

    Jody Keisner was raised in rural Nebraska towns by a volatile father and kind but passive mother. As a young adult living alone for the first time, she began a nighttime ritual of checking under her bed each night, not sure who she was afraid…

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  • Dear Me….: Letters to Our Younger Adoptee Selves

    Dear Me….: Letters to Our Younger Adoptee Selves

    Edited by Julia F. Richardson

    This is a book of words and pictures. The images are important because they reflect the people we are now and the children we were growing up. We can see ourselves on the page and know we are real. These are letters of love, hope…

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  • The Little Book of Adoption: A Candid Look at Life through the Eyes of Adoptees

    The Little Book of Adoption: A Candid Look at Life through the Eyes of Adoptees

    by Heather Waters; illustrated by Ellie Turner

    Have you ever wondered what goes on in the adoptees world? Here’s a candid look into the world of the adopted person through the eyes of adoptees. Adoptee Author: Heather Waters Publication Year: 2021 Critical Reviews: Adoptee Reviews:  Other Reviews:  All Bookshop and Amazon links…

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  • Together At Last: Stories of Adoption and Reunion in the Age of DNA

    Together At Last: Stories of Adoption and Reunion in the Age of DNA

    Edited by Paul Lee Cannon, Nancy Lee Blackman, Cerrissa Kim, Katherine Kim, and Linda Papi Rounds

    Together At Last is a collection of first-person stories that explores the intersection of multiple histories: the Korean War, military camptowns, immigration, and transnational adoption. Taken together, they challenge us to rethink the legacies of the un-ended Korean War and re-evaluate the foundational role that…

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

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

    by Megan Culhane Galbraith

    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 Saviour, a home for unwed mothers. Decades later, on the eve of becoming a mother…

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  • Family Resemblance: Finding Yourself in Others

    Family Resemblance: Finding Yourself in Others

    by Eric Mueller

    Family Resemblance is a multiyear photo project that documents and celebrates people who are genetically related and bear a strong resemblance to each other. As an adopted person, photographer Eric Mueller always wondered how it would feel to look like someone else. At age forty-five,…

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  • Goodbye, SaraJane: A Foster Child Writes Letters to Her Mother

    Goodbye, SaraJane: A Foster Child Writes Letters to Her Mother

    by Sequoya Griffin

    Dear Mama Katherine, This is your daughter SaraJane. I know you named me Sequoya at birth and I haven’t seen you since I was ten-years-old. I want you to know that SaraJane is the name my adoptive mother gave me. I was going to look…

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  • Mixed Korean: Our Stories

    Mixed Korean: Our Stories

    Edited by Cerrissa Kim, Sora Kim-Russell, Mary-Kim Arnold, Katherine Kim

    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 is to be a mixed Korean. With common themes of exclusion, and recollections of not…

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  • An Adoptee Lexicon

    An Adoptee Lexicon

    by Karen Pickell

    Lyrical and informative, An Adoptee Lexicon is a glossary of adoption terminology from the viewpoint of an adult adoptee. Contemplating religion, politics, science, and human rights, Karen Pickell, who was born and adopted in the late 1960s, intersperses personal commentary and snippets from her own experience with…

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  • Litany for the Long Moment

    Litany for the Long Moment

    by Mary-Kim Arnold

    The orphan at the center of Litany for the Long Moment is without homeland and without language. In three linked lyric essays, Arnold attempts to claim her own linguistic, cultural, and aesthetic lineage. Born in Korea and adopted to the U.S. as a child, she explores…

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  • The Perks of Being an Adoptee

    The Perks of Being an Adoptee

    by Mae Claire

    Adoption is complex and each adoption is unique. There is something that unites all adoptees though and it is loss. Many find happiness, joy, understanding, and their birth family while at the same time experiencing great pain. There are also adoptees who have had less…

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  • Decoding Our Origins: The Lived Experiences of Colombian Adoptees

    Decoding Our Origins: The Lived Experiences of Colombian Adoptees

    Edited by Abby Forero-Hilty

    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 transracial adoption experience. The traumatic loss of their mothers, culture and identities; racism; and severe…

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  • Black Anthology: Adult Adoptees Claim Their Space

    Black Anthology: Adult Adoptees Claim Their Space

    Edited by Susan Harris O’Connor, MSW; Diane René Christian; Mei-Mei Akwai Ellerman, PhD

    People who identify as Black adoptees are vaguely known within both adoption circles as well as universal discussions. We are just beginning to be introduced to one another. This anthology allows for the opportunity to see the rich diversity of a people; the uniqueness within…

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  • Letters to My Birthmother: An Adoptee’s Diary of Her Search for Her Identity

    Letters to My Birthmother: An Adoptee’s Diary of Her Search for Her Identity

    by Amy E. Dean

    A memoir in unsent letters written by an adoptee and former foster child. Adoptee Author: Amy E. Dean Publication Year: 1991 Critical Reviews Adoptee Reviews:  Other Reviews:  All Bookshop and Amazon links on this site are affiliate links. We earn a small commission to help keep Adoptee…

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  • The Harris Narratives: An Introspective Study of a Transracial Adoptee

    The Harris Narratives: An Introspective Study of a Transracial Adoptee

    by Susan Harris O’Connor

    This book consists of five autobiographical narratives by Susan Harris O’Connor, a social worker and transracial adoptee. These monologues were developed and performed around the United States in academic, clinical and child welfare settings to wide acclaim over the last sixteen years. They will be…

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  • Adoption Deception: A Personal and Professional Journey

    Adoption Deception: A Personal and Professional Journey

    by Penny Mackieson

    Have you ever wondered how it might feel to have been adopted in Australia during the pre-1980s era in which vulnerable young mothers were coerced into relinquishing their babies? How it might feel to have grown up, become a social worker and worked with vulnerable…

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  • The Translation of Han

    The Translation of Han

    by Hei Kyong Kim

    The Translation of Han is a collection of poetry and prose about the spiritual, psychological, personal and political aspects of historical and intergenerational trauma amongst a people; it explores issues of race, adoption, culture, gender, lateral oppression, violence, love, family, and grief and loss. It…

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  • Flip the Script: Adult Adoptee Anthology

    Flip the Script: Adult Adoptee Anthology

    Edited by Diane René Christian, Amanda H.L. Transue-Woolston, and Rosita González

    Flip the Script: Adult Adoptee Anthology is a dynamic artistic exploration of adoptee expression and experience. This anthology offers readers a diverse compilation of literature and artistry from a global community of adoptees. From playwrights to poets, filmmakers to photographers, essay writers to lyricists—all have…

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  • I Wish for You a Beautiful Life: Letters from the Korean Birth Mothers of Ae Ran Won to Their Children

    I Wish for You a Beautiful Life: Letters from the Korean Birth Mothers of Ae Ran Won to Their Children

    Edited by Sara Dorow

    A collection of anonymous letters written by Korean birth mothers to the children they relinquished for adoption. The mothers were helped by the Ae Ran Won agency in Seoul, Korea, which provides a temporary home to unmarried pregnant women before and after they give birth.…

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  • The “Unknown” Culture Club: Korean Adoptees, Then and Now

    The “Unknown” Culture Club: Korean Adoptees, Then and Now

    Edited by Janine Myung Ja, Jenette Moon Ja, and Katherine Kim

    This collection serves as a tribute to transracially adopted people sent all over the world. If you were adopted, you are not alone. This book validates the experiences of anyone who has been ridiculed or outright abused, but have found the will to survive, thrive…

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  • Vietnamese.Adopted: A Collection of Voices

    Vietnamese.Adopted: A Collection of Voices

    by Indigo Willing, Anh Đào Kolbe, Dominic Golding, Tim Holtan, Cara Wolfgang, Kev Minh Allen, Adam Chau, Landa Sharp, Michael Nhat

    Vietnamese.Adopted: A Collection of Voices is a group of writings each in their own form and style, un-censored in content or subject matter, allowing each person to speak on what being a Vietnamese Adoptee, Adopted Vietnamese, or Vietnamese War Orphan is to them, as well…

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  • Requitements

    Requitements

    by Rosemary Starace

    Poems and an essay. Adoptee Author: Rosemary Starace Publication Year: 2015 (revised edition; originally published 2010) Critical Reviews Adoptee Reviews:  Other Reviews:  All Bookshop and Amazon links on this site are affiliate links. We earn a small commission to help keep Adoptee Reading running whenever items are…

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  • Santa Fe Blogger: Life After Adoption Recovery

    Santa Fe Blogger: Life After Adoption Recovery

    by Elaine Pinkerton

    Santa Fe Blogger traces an adoptee’s journey to wholeness and authenticity. One blog post at a time, author and blogger Elaine Pinkerton comes to grips with the lack of a family tree and the need to “adopt” who one really is. In 48 blog posts,…

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  • Island of Bones: Essays

    Island of Bones: Essays

    by Joy Castro

    What is “identity” when you’re a girl adopted as an infant by a Cuban American family of Jehovah’s Witnesses? The answer isn’t easy. You won’t find it in books. And you certainly won’t find it in the neighborhood. This is just the beginning of Joy…

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  • After the Morning Calm: Reflections of Korean Adoptees

    After the Morning Calm: Reflections of Korean Adoptees

    Edited by Sook Wilkinson, PhD, and Nancy Fox

    Korean adult adoptees speak out in this anthology. Through memories, reflections, and poetry, adoptees speak to the range of issues that accompany adoption: feelings of belonging and difference, self and other, culture and accomodation, love and loss. We now know that it is in late…

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  • Parenting As Adoptees

    Parenting As Adoptees

    Edited by Adam Chau and Kevin Ost-Vollmers

    Through fourteen chapters, the authors of Parenting As Adoptees give readers a glimpse into a pivotal phase in life that touches the experiences of many domestic and international adoptees–that of parenting. The authors, who are all adoptees from various walks of life, intertwine their personal…

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  • The Last Invisible Continent: Essays on Adoption and Identity

    The Last Invisible Continent: Essays on Adoption and Identity

    by Michael Allen Potter

    These twelve essays span nearly twenty years of research and activism that chronicle one man’s search for his family. Together, they explore the concept of personal identity from the perspective of someone who was erased completely by adoption in The State of New York. Adoptee…

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  • The Adoptee Survival Guide: Adoptees Share Their Wisdom and Tools

    The Adoptee Survival Guide: Adoptees Share Their Wisdom and Tools

    Edited by Lynn Grubb

    Thirty adoptee authors provide support, encouragement, and understanding to other adoptees in facing the complexities of being adopted, embarking on search and reunion, fighting for equal access to identifying information, navigating complex family relationships with the latest technology, and surviving it all with a sense…

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  • Called Home, Book 2: Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects

    Called Home, Book 2: Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects

    Edited by Patricia Busbee and Trace A. DeMeyer

    From recent news about Baby Veronica to history like Operation Papoose, this book examines how Native American adoptees and their families experienced adoption and were exposed to the genocidal policies of governments who created Indian adoption projects. The editors Trace A. DeMeyer and Patricia Busbee, both…

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