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I Met Myself in October: A Memoir of Belonging is a thought-provoking true adventure discussing international/transracial adoption and what it means to belong to two countries and two families.

Taylor-Mosquera weaves together the intricacies of struggling to belong to the Black and Latinx communities in the United States while enjoying white privilege without being white. H
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Isabelle de Roux
What a great book! "I Met Myself in October: A Memoir of Belonging" is an intimate tale about the author's search for his biological family, his country of birth and in a sense his own identity and place in the world. Not at all what a person who isn't directly involved in the adoption proces would suspect. It's not a fairy tale or Disney story where everything runs smoothly, there's a happy reunion and instant connection/trust/love with long lost family members and relationships are automatical ...more
Adele  Restrepo
Vivid and captivating

This is a memoir I did not want to put down. What an incredible story! Jake’s detailed narrative takes you through all the emotions of reconnecting with his Colombian family and roots. Although it isn’t the main focus of the memoir, one learns about the socioeconomic reality for low-income Colombians and Afro-Colombians, too. I appreciated the complexity of intersectional identities that Jake presents in such an engaging and heartfelt way. Finally, as some who is considering
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Bryanna Plog
Mar 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't read a lot of memoirs and wasn't sure what to expect here, but was drawn to the story about Colombia. The true story is well-written and cinematic in scope, the narrative moves along, and I couldn't wait to see what would happen yet. But there is depth to this book too, asking us all about questions of identity, and showing and teaching me much about adoptees. Highly recommended. ...more
Tani Garberg
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting story about how one can go on a journey with preconceived ideas about how the journey will end but have it go sideways instead. Jake did a great job expressing the difficulties he had with the search for his biological mother and the difficulties he had once he found her. This is a good story for adoptees to read to get an insight as to what the search might mete out.
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Born in Cali, Colombia, Taylor-Mosquera is adopted to the Pacific Northwest in the United States after seven months in an orphanage in the same city. His biological mother keeps his birth a secret from her family. Twenty years later, Taylor-Mosquera returns to Colombia to search for her. After a taxi ride and a live television interview, he makes contact with a family who did not know of his exist ...more

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