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Even Tough Girls Wear Tutus: Inside the World of a Woman Born in Prison by Deborah Jiang Stein– This story could be tragic instead its empowering, it could be depressing, instead its uplifting. I finished this book in a few hours because I couldn’t put it down. Brutally honest and unapologetic Deborah tells the story of finding out as a young girl that her birth mother gave birth to her while in prison and how she lived in a foster home before she came to live with her adoptive family. This information colors Deborah’s life from that point forward. From her spiral into drug and alcohol addiction, drug running and petty crimes to getting sober, reconciling with her family and creating a fabulous life with two kids and a career not only as an author but a speaker and supporter of women in prison. amazon.com price $14.95
How It Feels to Have a Gay or Lesbian Parent: A Book by Kids for Kids of All Ages by Judith E Snow – The kids interviewed for this book range in age from seven to thirty-one. It is interesting to see the differences and the similarities in all of their situations. It seems that most of them were okay with their parents being gay it but when they were in elementary school or middle school they were scared their friends would make fun of them. Once the teens hit high school they didn’t care as much but many were selective about who they told. This book could be very valuable to kids whose parents are just coming out or kids who are having a hard time adjusting to their parents being gay. Knowing that there are other kids in their shoes and knowing that they might feel similar makes you feel not as alone. $29.95
The Transracial Adoption Parenting Guide by Latoria Fleming – I wanted to like this book but it is more like a research paper. There is plenty of good information with lots of citations but the double spacing, and APA writing style makes me feel like I’m reading a psychology journal or research report instead of a book. If you weed through the pages there is some really good information about development broke down by age, its just stuck in amid references, and other clinical speak. amazon.com price $14.95