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Family Values: Two Moms and Their Son

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A beautifully written memoir of the author's fight to legally co-parent her lesbian lover's child--an inspiring story of love, liberation, and family values. Set against the background of the San Francisco lesbian-gay civil rights struggle, Burke's uplifting portrait of her nontraditional family will deeply touch readers.
Hardcover, 233 pages
Published May 4th 1993 by Random House
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Marianne
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I read this book soon after it came out in 1993 - found it on the new books shelf in the public library, thanks public librarians in my home town! - and I hadn't even come out to myself yet.

But it changed my life, because the author was so fierce and so committed to her family, and so willing to risk herself for her vision of what their life should be like.

It was, pardon the word, inspiring.

And behind all my eventual coming outs, and behind my moving away to Montreal, and behind the first time I
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Omly
Nov 04, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story describes one women's experiences of San Francisco's lesbian and gay civil rights movement as she was undergoing the legal adoption proceeding's to try to adopt her partner's biological child, Jesse.

A part of me is mildly curious as to how Jesse has grown up. Jesse should be turning 18 this month. Has he discovered his passion in life? Is he thinking about college? Are the issues that were so important in his mothers' lives also important to him? Or does this feel so natural that he do
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Abby
Mar 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had to read this book for a Social Inequality class. It was well written and gave much insight into the Gay Rights Movement in the early 90's. There were a few areas that I felt took the purpose off the intention of the book. The book is suppose to talk about the author's right to adopt her partner's son but it did not focus so much on the adoption as it did on what was happening in the gay community. Though it's 15+ years old now, it was still an interesting and informing read.
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