#Books with Adoption Themes
Over the past couple of years, I have tried to take some time out of my required textbook reading to read something that I really wanted to read. I have tried to make that book something that was a non-fiction book that had some type of adoption theme. Some of the books that I have in my own collection are The Girls Who Went Away by Ann Fessler, Born with Teeth by Kate Mulgrew, and Good Girls Don’t by Patti Hawn. Patti was the guest speaker at one of the Birthmom Buds Annual Retreat a couple years ago. Let me tell you, Miss Patti Hawn is a fascinating woman, the older sister of actress Goldie Hawn and who is also a birthmother. She went about and wrote a memoir of her life which included her adoption placement, search and reunion journey. After listening to her speak, I knew that I had to buy her book and take it on my upcoming Caribbean Cruise. I am normally not a fast reader, but I finished her book in I think three days. I highly recommend picking it up for a read.
Another book that I recommend is The Girls Who Went Away which is a book with many stories about women who placed children in the 1950s and 1960s. Unwed pregnant women in that time period were sent away to “ballet camp” or to an “aunt’s house” during their pregnancy and were allowed to go back home after the child was placed into an adoption plan. Born With Teeth is written by Kate Mulgrew who is known for her roles as Red in Orange is the New Black, Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager. Kate is also a birthmother and she talks about her adoption experience in her memoir. I though was a bit disappointed with her book as she talks more about her acting career with bits of her adoption story intertwined. There are other books that I want to read, but these are three that I have either read or know quite a bit about.
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