Adoptee Reading Resource – Books written and recommended by adoptees

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Ten Questions to Ask Yourself by Hollee McGinnis



Being Adopted:  The Lifelong Search for Self by David Brodzinsky, Marshall Schechter, & Robin Henig

How It Feels to be Adopted by Jill Krementz

Journey to the Adopted Self: A Quest for Wholeness by Betty Jean Lifton

Lost and Found: The Adoption Experience by Betty Jean Lifton

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Learn more Pieces of Me: Who Do I Want to Be by Robert L. Ballard

Twenty Life Transforming Choices Adoptees Need to Make by Sherrie Eldridge


Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self by David Brodzinsky, Marshall Schecter, & Robin Henig

Brimming Over by Grace Sandness

Dreaming a World: Korean Birthmothers Tell Their Stories by Sansoon Han

Gift Children: A Story of Race, Family and Adoption in Divided America by J. Douglas Bates

I Wish for You a Beautiful Life: Letters from the Korean Birth Mothers of Ae Ran Won to Their Children by Sara Dorow (editor)

In Their Own Voices: Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories by Rita J. Simon & Rhonda M. Roorda

In Their Parents’ Voices: Reflections on Raising Transracial Adoptees by Rita Simon and Rhonda Roorda

In Their Siblings’ Voices: White Non-Adopted Siblings Talk About Their Experience Being Raised with Black and Biracial Brothers and Sisters by Rita Simon and Rhonda Roorda

Ithaka: A Daughter’s Memoir of Being Found by Sarah Saffian

Loving Across the Line: A White Adoptive Mother Learns About Race by Sharon Rush

My Family, A Symphony: A Memoir of Global Adoption by Aaron Eske

Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption by Jane Jeong Trenka, Julia Chinyere Oparah, and Sun Yung Shin

A Personal Touch On… Adoption by Berlin Peter

Perspectives on a Grafted Tree: Thoughts for Those Touched by Adoption by Patricia Irwin Johnston

The Search for Anna Fisher by Florence Fisher

Single Square Picture: A Korean Adoptee’s Search for Her Roots by Katy Robinson

Somebody’s Someone: A Memoir by Regina Louise

There Is No Me Without You: One Woman’s Odyssey to Rescue Her Country’s Children by Melissa Fay Greene

Twice Born: Memoirs of an Adopted Daughter by Betty Jean Lifton

Voices From Another Place by Susan Soon-Keum Cox

The Waiting Child:  How the Faith and Love of One Orphan Saved the Life of Another by Cindy Champnella

Whose Child?: An Adoptee’s Healing Journey from Relinquishment through Reunion… and Beyond by Kasey Hamner


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