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A Love Like No Other: Stories from Adoptive Parentsby Pamela Kruger
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Adoption now affects more American families than ever before-1.5 million adopted children live in the United States today, and 60 percent of Americans report some kind of personal connection to adoption. Happily, this surge has coincided with an increasing mainstream acceptance of adoption as just another way to form a family, complete with its own frustrations and joys that deserve to be discussed and celebrated.
A Love Like No Other does just that. It features twenty leading writers, all of whom are adoptive parents, discussing their personal experiences. They include adoptive parents of children of other races, like Emily Prager, who grapples with how to best keep her daughter connected to her Chinese roots; parents whose families blend biological children and adopted children, like bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard; single mothers of only children, like journalist Sheila Stainback; and same-sex adoptive parents like Jesse Green, who wonders how his sons will feel when instructed to make a Mother's Day card. They live in big cities and small towns, and have adopted domestically and overseas. Some of their stories soberingly address the potential complications of adoptive parenting, while others tell of happily enriched family lives.
Impressive for both its breadth and its quality, A Love Like No Other is a timely and heartwarming mosaic of the contemporary lives of adoptive parents and their children. In elegant prose and with refreshing honesty, these essays will introduce you to a group of families you won't soon forget.
"From various perspectives, 20 adoptive parents offer evocative, sometimes provocative, personal essays that have the liveliness and immediacy of prose fiction. Biological parents are variously imagined, sought and found in the opening section, 'Reflections on Birth Parents.' In 'Encounters with the Unexpected,' adoptive parents confront 'postadoption depression,' family wariness, ethnic identity issues and disabling psychological problems. Each family (single parent, gay parent, divorced parents, intra-family adoption, blended family) is adoptive in its unique way, persuasively confirmed in 'Variations on Family.' While the early sections focus on the parent-child relationship, the concluding 'Personal Transformations' leans toward the child-to-parent effect; as one writer puts it, 'I knew a child would rearrange my home life, but upend my career and worldview? Those two items weren't even on my list.' Any parent will find commonality here, but the collection will especially engage adoptive parents in conversation and controversy with people who share their dilemmas and delights. Diverse as this collection is, it's worth noting that the essayists are professional writers (they include Jacquelyn Mitchard, Emily Prager and Dan Savage), most of the children are preadolescent and 11 of the adoptions are transnational (five of them from China). Agent, Gail Hochman. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Twenty leading authors, all of whom are adoptive parents, discuss their personal experiences. Some of their stories soberingly address the potential complications of adoptive parenting, while others tell of happily enriched family lives.
Drawn from personal experience, these stories offer vivid and beautifully rendered snapshots of the adoptive parenting experience. Featuring: Marcelle Clements, Laura Shaine Cunningham, Christina Frank, Jesse Green, Melissa Fay Greene, Doug Hood, Pamela Kruger, Jenifer Levin, Antoinette Martin, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Adam Pertman, Emily Prager, Amy Rackear, Bonnie Miller Rubin, Dan Savage, Bob Shacocchis, Jill Smolowe, Sheila Steinbeck, Joe Treen, and Jana Wolf.
About the Author
Pamela Kruger is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Fast Company, Parenting, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, The International Herald Tribune, and The Wall Street Journal. She is currently a contributing editor at Child magazine. She and her husband have two daughters, Emily, seven, who is their biological child, and Annie, now two, whom they adopted from Kazakhstan when she was six months old. They live in New Jersey.
Visit Pamela Kruger's Web site at www.pamelakruger.com.
Jill Smolowe is the author of the adoption memoir An Empty Lap: One Couple's Journey to Parenthood. An award-winning journalist, she is currently on staff at People.
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