Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Dear Sugar: Perspectives on Adoption Book Recs
Don't you just love a crisp new book? With fall quickly approaching (thank you, Jesus!), I want to share with you some of the best books on adoption I've recently read and recommend.
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I started and finished Black Lotus in 24 hours. Yes, it was THAT good. Abrams documents her journey from childhood to adulthood as a girl who is searching for who she is: her racial identity. Though this book is not specifically about adoption, there is SO much that resonated with me as a mom who is parenting children who were adopted transracially. The author, again and again, comes back to her desire for empathy and honesty, something that has been shared by many adoptees. This is a book you will want to buy as you'll be underlining poignant passages and flagging pages.
Finding Motherhood is a unique book in that it's written by a birth mother who later also adopted two children. Murphy's honest and heartfelt memoir is exactly the book parents-by-adoption need. Murphy understands and explores adoption from two of the three points in the adoption triad, leaving readers feeling educated, enlightened, and hopeful.
The Secret Daughter is a fiction book that measures up to its subtitle: "A beautiful novel of adoption, heartbreak and a mother's love." If you want to "curl up with a good book" with an adoption theme, this is it. I read it over the course of about three days (ironically when traveling to visit our kids' birth families). The book's protagonist is an adoptee who finds out as an adult (as she's trying to start her family) that she was adopted. She begins the search for the truth, including the journey to find her biological family. I don't want to spoil the ending for you!
Ok, I know what you're thinking? What the HECK does a coloring book have to do with adoption? If you've adopted transracially and you have a Black daughter, snag a copy of I Love My Hair. What I love about this coloring book is that not only is it ALL about empowering your daughter, communicating that her hair is BEAUTIFUL, but it also serves as a great bonding tool. The book is large enough for mom and daughter (or dad and daughter) to sit side-by-side and color while chatting about the day and winding down before bedtime.
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