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Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption

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In Bitterroot Susan Devan Harness traces her journey to understand the complexities and struggles of being an American Indian child adopted by a white couple and living in the rural American West. When Harness was fifteen years old, she questioned her adoptive father about her “real” parents. He replied that they had died in a car accident not long after she was born—excep ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 1st 2018 by University of Nebraska Press
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Sarah
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was illuminating, heartbreaking, and hopeful. I bought it because I heard an interview with the author on Colorado Public Radio and I'm so glad I did. The author provides an honest and vulnerable account of being adopted by a white family out and how that affected her coming to terms with her Native American heritage.

I recommend this book if you're looking for something to challenge you, make you see things in a different way, if you're a history buff, or if you simply want to learn m
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Susan
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderfully written memoir of a woman's journey to find her roots in a Native American world after being adopted as a young child by a white couple. The author's descriptive writing takes you into her world and you feel the pain she endured as she completed this journey. Wonderful book!
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Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. Gripping, spellbinding, and true.
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An important book.
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Excellent memoir and exploration of belonging
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Susan Devan Harness, author of Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption (University of Nebraska Press, October 1, 2018) is a member of the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes. She is a writer, a lecturer, a cultural anthropologist and oral historian.

She received her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Montana and holds two Master’s degrees, one in Cultural Anthropo
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