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Family Wanted: Stories of Adoption

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  41 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Personal essays by Meg Bortin • Sarah Cameron • Dan Chaon • Dominic Collier • Bernard Cornwell • Robert Dessaix • Matthew Engel • Paula Fox • A. M. Homes • Tama Janowitz • Lynn Lauber • Carol Lefevre • Daniel Menaker • Priscilla T. Nagle • Sandra Newman • Mirabel Osler • Emily Prager • Jonathan Rendall • Martin Rowson • Abigail Rubin • Lise Saffran • Lindsay Sagnette • Han ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Random House Trade Paperbacks
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May 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoirs, adoption
A collection of many short stories, this book describes the experiences of adopted children, birth parents, and adoptive parents.

I loved the section about adoptive parents, though perhaps that's because I'm an adoptive parent myself. The section of stories about birth parents was OK. It certainly helped me better understand the perspectives of birth parents and their heartache, but I've read other books that do a better job achieving that goal than this one.

The thing I really disliked about the
Peter Nicewicz
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What does adoption look like from the perspectives of adoptees, adoptive parents, and birth parents? This is a great collection of essays and stories written by a rich diversity of authors from Western societies and African and Asian cultures, men and women, rich and poor, dated and more recent. Some adoptive parents, adoptees, or birth parents will make the reader furious by their lack of compassion in the case of birth parents forcing their adopted children to adopt a culture much different th ...more
Meg Bortin
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir
This is a collection of personal essays on adoption and -- full disclosure -- I am one of the authors. But that's not why I'm recommending the book. Also included are Tama Janowitz, Jeanette Winterson, Daniel Menaker, A.M. Homes, Matthew Engel, Bernard Cornwell and other great writers, each of whom has a poignant story to tell. The essays are arranged in three sections -- by writers who were adopted, who gave up a child for adoption, and who became adoptive parents. Some of the stories are almos ...more
Jun 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: at-the-library
I liked this collection. While not all of the stories are great (I didn't like the style of some of them, and one wasn't well-written), they all seemed honest. Heartfelt. I cried through some of them and I laughed a few times too.
Jun 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010-reads
I hesitated to give it five stars only because some of the stories were so very negative. However, it was still good to hear those and learn from them, and there were some that were amazing to read too... so five stars.
Mar 29, 2013 rated it liked it
It was a fine book, but it wasn't what I was looking for.
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
I've read this previously and just picked it up again. I love the voices and different viewpoints.
Alina Borger
Jan 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: adoption
This is a painful but important book for adoptive families to read.
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