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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel

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Found: A Memoir


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Found is Jennifer Lauck's sequel to her New York Times bestseller Blackbird: A Childhood Lost and Found. More than one woman's search for her biological parents, Found is a story of loss, adjustment, and survival. Lauck's investigation into her own troubled past leads her to research that shows the profound trauma undergone by infants when they're separated from their birth mothers--a finding that provides a framework for her writing as well as her life.

Though Lauck's story is centered around her search for her birth mother, it's also about her quest to overcome her displacement, her desire to please and fit in, and her lack of a sense of self--all issues she attributes to having been adopted, and also to having lost her adoptive parents at the early age of nine. Throughout her thirties and early forties, she tries to overcome her struggles by becoming a mother and by pursuing a spiritual path she hopes will lead to wholeness, but she discovers that the elusive peace she has been seeking can only come through investigating--and coming to terms with--her past.

Found is a powerful story of belonging, connectedness, and personal truths, in which Lauck lays bare the experience of a woman searching for her identity. Her assertions about mother and child will be a comfort to some in the adoptive community, and distressing to others; but her primary motive is to offer another perspective, and to give voice to the adoptive children who may be having trouble making sense of their own experience.


Relates the author's investigation into her own troubled past centered around the search for her birth mother.

Table of Contents

When I was born — What cannot be seen — The gift from God — Three deaths — Gypsy trash — Come look — Karma — The lesson — Retirement — In stead — The little boat — Free will — Three things she doesn't know — One thing I do know — Sweet independence — Three years later — The big fight — The journey — Practice — Home, at last — Favorites — Never give up — Found — Catherine — Reunion — Breakfast in Reno — The jackpot — Just three again — Forgiving — The kite rider.

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Seal Press
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Lauck, Jennifer
Biography & Autobiography : Women
Family & Relationships : Family Relationships
Family & Relationships : Adoption & Fostering
Publication Date:
March 2011

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Biography » Women
Health and Self-Help » Child Care and Parenting » Adoption and Foster Care
Health and Self-Help » Psychology » General
Health and Self-Help » Self-Help » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Children and Family

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