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Becoming Patrick: A Memoir by Patrick McMahon – A moving memoir that captures the bittersweet aspects of adoption, search and reunion. McMahon conveys the pulls between loyalty and curiosity, shame and pride, private and public. It is a compelling story told in a voice that pulls you in and races you along on this very emotional journey. Finding Patrick is a great read for all sides of the Triad. amazon.com price $15.00
Jessica Lost: A Story of Birth, Adoption & The Meaning of Motherhood by Bunny Crumpacker & JS Picariello – The true story of Jessica and her birth mother told from both perspectives is intimate and dramatic. Raised by a mother with whom she had little in common, in a family where she didn’t look or think like the others, Jessica successfully makes her way in the world, yet is always wondering… “where did I come from?” Acting the detective, she sets out to solve the mystery and is rewarded to find her birth mother who welcomes her with open arms. Harsh reality and difficult relationships are conveyed clearly, with a good sense of humor and compassion. amazon.com price $14.00
Girls in Trouble: A Novel by Caroline Leavitt – This fictional novel examines the emotional price a bright Massachusetts teen pays when she chooses “open” adoption for a baby she gives birth to at 16. It’s 1987, and smart Sara Rothman has fallen in love with “black sheep” Danny Slade. When he vanishes after learning she’s pregnant, Sara gives the baby up. Leavitt (Coming Back to Me) poignantly depicts the consequences of that choice for everyone concerned: Sara, who misses her baby and Danny both; Abby and Jack, Sara’s well-meaning parents; Danny, the young father; George and Eva Rivers, the attentive but naive adoptive couple; and Anne, the child. amazon.com price $10.87