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Doss's charming, touching, and at times hilarious chronicle tells how each of the children, representing white, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, Mexican, and Native American backgrounds, came to her and husband Carl, a Methodist minister. She writes of the way the "unwanted" feeling was erased with devoted love and understanding and how the children united into one happy family. Her account reads like a novel, with scenes of hard times and triumphs described in vivid prose.

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Overview

Doss's charming, touching, and at times hilarious chronicle tells how each of the children, representing white, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, Mexican, and Native American backgrounds, came to her and husband Carl, a Methodist minister. She writes of the way the "unwanted" feeling was erased with devoted love and understanding and how the children united into one happy family. Her account reads like a novel, with scenes of hard times and triumphs described in vivid prose.

The Family Nobody Wanted, which inspired two films, opened doors for other adoptive families and was a popular favorite among parents, young adults, and children for more than thirty years. Now this edition will introduce the classic to a new generation of readers. An epilogue by Helen Doss that updates the family's progress since 1954 will delight the book's loyal legion of fans around the world.

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Editorial Reviews

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“This unique adventure tells how a young couple changed the course of their life from empty frustration to loving fulfillment. . . [Doss] tells her story with the friendly simplicity of a woman talking over a back fence.” —New York Times Book Review

“Thoroughly joyous . . . It is impossible, in an appraisal of this length, to do justice to the true spirit of brotherly love and tolerance that pervades the book; similarly, to the genuine humor and pathos which are part of the story. The book will find many readers.”—Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555535025
  • Publisher: Northeastern University Press
  • Publication date: 10/18/2001
  • Edition description: New edition.
  • Pages: 274
  • Sales rank: 318,239
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen Doss has been a writer and an internationally known advocate for adoptive families for more than fifty years. She has published numerous articles in such national periodicals as American Girl and Reader's Digest, and is the author of thirteen books, including All the Children of the World and Really Real Family and the coauthor (with Carl Doss) of If You Adopt a Child. She lives with her husband Roger Reed in Yuba City, California. Mary Battenfeld is Associate Professor of Humanities at Wheelock College. She is the author of several articles on teaching and multicultural literature, and the mother of two children adopted from India. She lives in the Boston area.

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Table of Contents

1 In the Beginning 3
2 Blind Alleys 23
3 And the Walls Came Tumbling Down 34
4 Like Topsy, We Grow 46
5 Snow Country 63
6 Taro 80
7 The Sorcerer's Apprentice 96
8 All the Wrong Sizes 105
9 Farmers in the Dell 123
10 Growing Pains 138
11 The Sky Lark 157
12 All God's Children 164
13 Little Beaver and the War Orphan 176
14 So This Is Life! 192
15 Merry, Merry Christmas 203
16 There Was an Old Woman 220
17 Daddy Sends Mother to College 237
18 The Full Quiver 252
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2013

    I first read this book in the 9th grade, and I bought a copy in

    I first read this book in the 9th grade, and I bought a copy in the 1970s, when I was awaiting the adoption of my first child. Although I was unable to conceive, I had always known that I wanted to adopt, primarily because of this book and the work of Harry Holt, the Oregon farmer whose own Korean adoptions were the start of Holt International Children's Services. My two children were adopted as infants in Colombia in 1976 and '78. My oldest child has significant developmental disabilities, although it was not evident at the time of her adoption. I believe this book had a huge impact on international adoptions. I think it's time I re-read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2004

    I have loved this book for years

    I first read this book as a fifth grader. I had to have my own copy of the book as I always checked it out of the school library. I love the fact that they have updated and told how everyone is doing. This book gives lessons is just about every facet of life. I can't wait for my baby to be old enough for me to read it to him. I reread this book at least 5 times a year.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2002

    A book that affected my entire life....

    This is the inspiring, well written, funny, poignant, endearing story of the Doss family, and their journey through the adoptions of their 12 children. It is a glimpse into American life during the period of the late 1930's into the 1950's, and into the life of a pastor and family as well. Mrs. Doss shares all about their lives, good times and bad, funny and sad, and downright comical at times. I bought this book as a 10 year old, little realizing what lay ahead in my life. I loved every chapter, and it instilled in me a real desire to someday adopt children of my own. 18 years later, I did. I have lost count over the years of how many times I've re-read this book, and it never fails to delight me. I have recommended it many times over to others, and am so pleased it has returned to print.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2001

    One of those life-changing books!

    I found this book in a dusty used book store, bought it, and haven't put it down ever sense. Even though I've read it so often that it's held together by tape (and even so, some pages fall out), it still makes me laugh and cry as hard as it did the first read. And in the middle of all the tears and laughter, there are many valuable lessons to be learned. Lessons on racism, popularity, friendship, discipline, family life, and most of all, love. Clear (and clean!) enough for a 5th grader, this book is promised to enthrall even the most cynical scrooge on your christmas list. This is a must read, so what are you waiting for? Buy it!!!! (and if you don't love it as much as I've promised, I'll buy it from you. You just can't have too many copies...)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2001

    A great classic now back in print

    I read this book when I was 12. Now, at 35, I'm the mother of one adopted child and in the process of adopting another, neither of them infants. I am so glad to see this book back in print. I plan to pick up several copies; one to replace my worn out copy, and others for friends and family members. I highly recommend it for prospective adoptive parents, especially those considering adopting older children. It's also generally a good read, even for those who aren't involved with adoption at all. (Be warned though... you might find yourself thinking about it!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2001

    My favorite book finally republished

    This is one of those books that one reads and rereads and then passes on to one's children for them to read. It's humorous and touching and true. My daughters and I can start laughing just by one of us saying, 'Remember when Donny...?' We know it by heart.

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