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Found: A Memoir

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  459 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews
Found is Jennifer Lauck's sequel to her New York Times bestseller Blackbird: A Childhood Lost and Found. More than one woman’s search for her biological parents, Found is a story of loss, adjustment, and survival. Lauck’s investigation into her own troubled past leads her to research that shows the profound trauma undergone by infants when they’re separated from their birt ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Seal Press (first published February 22nd 2011)
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Jennifer Lauck
Feb 14, 2011 Jennifer Lauck rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Okay, this is probably not cool...a writer is supposed to be distanced from her work but I really love this book. I am so happy to offer it up as answer to Blackbird as well. Finally, FINALLY I discovered satisfying answers that meant something to me. It took eighteen years of my life to get the answers I was seeking, but I got them and I found a mother too.

I am now in successful reunion with my birth mother, first mother, original mother (and since I don't have a mother other than her now, als
McGuffy Morris
Jul 15, 2011 McGuffy Morris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Jennifer Lauck is an accomplished writer and a gifted human being. She proved herself as a writer in her previous books, including Blackbird and Still Waters. She has also proven herself as an extraordinary human being and woman. In addition to writing her brave, honest, and revealing memoirs, she has been a speaker, teacher, and investigative reporter.

Jennifer uses all of her gifts again, in this moving and inspirational memoir: Found. Here, she takes us on her journey in search of her birth mo
Nov 21, 2012 Heidi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is Jennifer Lauck's fourth memoir about her difficult childhood, and I'm starting to lose faith. I believed everything she said in Blackbird and Still Waters and her story touched my heart. But in Found, she contradicts several parts of the story. I feel duped. Five seconds' worth of research on Google shows I'm not the only one.

And even setting that aside and allowing for the fact that memories are not historical records of fact, I just couldn't relate to the woman depicted in this book. I
Mar 31, 2011 Laurel-Rain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In another great memoir, author Jennifer Lauck shares her powerful search for identity that led her through two marriages; a quest for serenity through meditation; and finally on a journey of discovery that led to her birth mother. The search for a sense of belonging, connectedness, and identity consumed her for many years.

She describes in much detail the feeling of never quite belonging, as she was shunted from one home to another after the deaths of her adoptive parents. She ended up being ado
Jun 07, 2011 Terry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Virginia A.
Jul 31, 2014 Virginia A. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In language stunning in its ability to describe a person, scene, and emotion in few words, Jennifer Lauck takes us into her world. The world of a baby wrested from her mother at birth, a child whose adoptive parents both die before she is ten years old, and a journalist, mother, and author who is forced to deal with feelings she doesn't understand until she comes to terms with her own adoption. This is more than just Jennifer's story. It is a story for anyone who has ever felt unloved or out of ...more
Apr 14, 2015 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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After reading "Blackbird" (this author's first memoir), I was dying to read anything else by her. This one is written from more of an adult, contemplative place. I loved getting to find out more of the back story of her childhood. And I felt this overwhelming need to call/email my own Mom to thank her for everything... all the stuff you take for granted when you grow up with your own biological parents. She also perfectly described the kind of feelings I have as a mother of my own children. Howe ...more
Jul 19, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adoption is born of profound grief, and yet can offer equally profound joy. While Lauck writes compellingly, creating scenes whose raw beauty is not soon forgotten, her appreciation for the complexity of human beings and situations fails her in the last third of this book ... and she too readily blames adoption for all that's lacking in her life. As the parent of both biological and adopted children, I was moved by her reunion with her first mother and hoped it would give her perspective on othe ...more
Feb 16, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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GORGEOUS. loved it.
sarah gilbert
If I may generalize by only having read *reviews* of 'Blackbird,' Jennifer Lauck's unusual gift is to recapture the voice of the person she was, in writing her memoirs, and so it is often difficult to decide whether or not you like the writing, or her self at the time she was writing of; it is hard to know whether or not the writing is unaware, or it was her long past self, unawares.

There are many pages in the book during which I shook my head, nonplussed with Jennifer's simple and wide-eyed poi
Rhonda Rae Baker
What a profoundly beautiful story. I will never get tired of this memoir. It speaks volumes to my heart and soul. Thank you Jennifer for sharing your life and passion with are amazing!

If you are adopted or know someone that is, I urge you to read this book. As I sit here this morning, having just completed the story, my heart is overflowing with tears of gratitude for the insight Jennifer has shared. Holding nothing back, she has shared her soul and I feel connected with her because sh
Mar 13, 2011 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, I have had the utmost privilege of being taught by Jennifer, and I have been counting down the days until her latest book was released. I knew it was going to be amazing, yet I was unprepared for just how amazing. And I don't say this lightly, I read a lot of books. A lot of memoirs. But the day this book came in the mail, I flipped it open to peruse the first page or so, then found myself curled on the couch eight hours later, having read the entire thing. I closed the book and felt...chang ...more
Esther Bradley-detally
When I see the name,Jennifer Lauck, I looked to see if the book is new, or if I have read it. I just discovered Found on the "new" shelf the other day, which book slut that I am, I felt the pull towards "new." It's a great read, and more than that, Lauck shows courage, moral fibre, vulnerability, authenticity, and just tells a good story. I remember reading her second book and sad she got a divorce, but now, i see how mother loss, abuse, and just her path reveals incredible events.

I cheer for he
Feb 23, 2013 Lauren rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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This book is written by Jennifer detailing her horrible life. To be honest I only made it half way through the book before I quit reading it. Jennifer's parents gave her up for adoption, yes that has to be hard, but you have to move on! This book had me so depressed and angry that she never tried to help herself or to grow as a person. Jennifer just hooked up with every man she met and tried to blame them for her horrible childhood. I can't imagine what her children have been put through. Good e ...more
Apr 02, 2011 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I could not put this down. This made me completely rethink the way I have always viewed adoption. As a memoir, it hit all the notes: honest, sympathetic, gripping, and I was always rooting for author (which as it turns out, that means I was rooting for myself). This made me think about my own son and daughter and appreciate that connection. When you get to be the mom, you get to call the shots, and you can choose to abondon, embrace, or go somewhere in between. I'm really glad I get to be my kid ...more
Jun 16, 2011 Sherrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jennifer Lauck doesn't disappoint her readers. Found resonates with those who have read Blackbird and know Jennifer's story. She writes with stark reality and tells her true story, not someone else's story. In Found, the author has provided great insight into the world of both the adopted child who was given up by its natural mother or forced to give up the child and that mother to the very depth of each one's emotions. A must read if you've picked up Blackbird and read it already.
Luanne Castle
Dec 03, 2014 Luanne Castle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, adoption
Found is actually a sequel to a memoir called Blackbird, which I have not read. There was no need to read it first, although I plan to search for it.

Jennifer Lauck is an award-winning journalist, a skilled memoir writer, teacher, and speaker. But before she was those things she was a newborn never touched by her biological mother, a baby adopted by a sickly woman and her husband who both died by the time Jennifer was seven, and a little girl sent to live with various relatives of the adoptive pa
Mar 17, 2011 Shaun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book found me at the perfect time in my life. The true story of an adoptee searching for her birthmother evolves into a story about searching for her sense of self. Being an adoptee myself it has been difficult finding books on adoption that actually resonate with me, most revolve around the process of adoption and the adoption parents.
Jun 25, 2011 Sherri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a sequel and I have not read the first book, but this book stands well on its own. It's about a woman's search for her birth mother and how adoption affected her life and her own experience as a mother. Got a new perspective on adoption which I did not expect. Looking forward to reading the first book.
Oct 01, 2014 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, memoir
This is Lauck's third book in a series of autobiographies about her childhood. I LOVED the first two books. I didn't feel quite the same about this one. The first half of the book just rehashes the first and second book. I can only assume this was done so that it could be a stand alone book. But to those that have read all three autobiographies, it's just like reading an overly long summary of two other novels. The writing is different here too. More fragmented and less like the voice of a child ...more
Jul 04, 2011 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I picked this up and read it in one sitting, it was a very quick read. It reminded me of "The Girls who Went Away" only this memoir was more in depth. I read it without reading "Blackbird" first which wasn't a issue/concern at all.
Ally Marie
May 15, 2011 Ally Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, series
It was nice to read the continuation in her journey as she accepts her past and becoming a mother of her two children. I did not find this book as compelling as Blackbird, but it is a very quick read which I read in one sitting.
Deborah Dietzler
This was an excellent memoir. I was so enmeshed in the story that I read the entire book in one sitting. Jennifer's story is moving and courageously told. I found some of the coincidences that crop up throughout the book to serve as examples that the universe (or God) has powers beyond our understanding. Don't want to say too much to spoil the book. Also, want to commend the author for her comments in the afterword regarding the greater need for advocacy for adopted children, birth parents and a ...more
Jan 24, 2015 jimtown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The first thing I have to say is how incredible it is to me that the neglected little girl from Blackbird grew up to be such a loving mother. Second thing, is that Jennifer's writing is so riveting. Blackbird, of course stands out as the star but even this book, I devoured in about two days of reading. It was important and impressive that Jennifer shared so much of her life and story with us.

Each of us are shaped by our life experiences and some of us learn and grow and others fall victim. Jenni
Diana Jorge-tulk
Apr 12, 2013 Diana Jorge-tulk rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read Blackbird years ago and loved it so much I ran out to get the second book and continuation "Still Waters". And I really enjoyed it. I was such a fan of these books that I leant them to someone and they were never returned to me and I was sad About the lost. Years passed and I thought often about the book "Blackbird ". That I went and bought them to reread them again ten years later, and I was so happy to discover that this author Jennifer Lauck had written another book called "Found". I b ...more
This was another emotionally moving memoir from Jennifer Lauck. I've read 'Still Waters' and 'Blackbird' which I thought were really well done in the gut-wrenching heartbreaking way of horrible childhood memoirs.

'Found' is different from Lauck's other memoirs in that she spends more time sharing events from her adult life and relationships, specifically her journey to reunion with her birthmother.

Lauck shares some really interesting insights into adoption and the affect that separating babies
Erma Aker
Nov 09, 2013 Erma Aker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I basically loved this memoir. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that the author is firm in her belief that adoption, almost any adoption, scars the child for life and he/she will perpetually feel mother-grief and suffer from a deep-seated identity crisis. Although I do not in any way discount her experience, I would rather see a child adopted into a loving, healthy family (which did not happen to her) than suffer abuse, addiction, hopeless poverty, and resentment in their biological h ...more
Aug 16, 2015 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! This is a powerful story. I just found out last year that I have an older sister who was placed for adoption at birth. I don't know very many people that were adopted, that I know of, so this has been a learning experience for me. I plan to share this book with my sister. It's a great read! I will have to go and read the first book in this series, too.
Apr 12, 2015 Tracy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
The first 125 pages was a retread of her first two books, but I didn't mind. It then shifts gears and talks about her deciding to have a second child, her divorce, finding a spiritual guide, and finding her birth mother, as well as the very uneasy relationship.

I thought this was a five star book, although maybe not quite as gleaming as the first two.
Maria Hicks
Apr 01, 2013 Maria Hicks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: om-maria
Twenty years ago the only research on infant parent loss asserted that infants remember nothing of the event and so are not affected. It is only recently that we have begun to understand the effect loss has on preverbal children. Ms. Lauck's novel is a welcome personal account of the emotional effect the loss has on an infant. For those of us who have endured decades of silently experiencing the world through the lens of early loss, the book was riveting. I read it in one day. People who say "ge ...more
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Jennifer Lauck is the author of four memoirs, which include the international bestsellers Blackbird,Still Waters, Show Me the Way and soon to be released Found by Seal Press. A former newspaper reporter and television producer, Jennifer now lives in Portland, Oregon, with her two children
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