Found

Found

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by Jennifer Lauck
     
 

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Found Challenges the Mythology that All a Child Needs to Thrive is Love. It's a Compelling True Story of Profound Mother Loss and One Woman's Resolve to Stay on the Path to Self-Discovery.

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Found Challenges the Mythology that All a Child Needs to Thrive is Love. It's a Compelling True Story of Profound Mother Loss and One Woman's Resolve to Stay on the Path to Self-Discovery.

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Publishers Weekly
Expanding on her previous titles (Blackbird; Still Waters), in which she related the traumatizing experiences of being adopted twice before reaching her teen years, Lauck begins her story a decade later. After years of therapy, Buddhist practice, her brother's suicide, two failed marriages and motherhood, she rejects her old vision of comparing the past to "radioactive waste" that must be buried. Despite early indifference to finding her birth mother, Lauck comes to see the woman as key to releasing deep pain, sadness, and rage. Lauck's spare narrative concentrates on emotion, occasionally expanded with clinical explanations of mother-child bonding and Buddhist perspectives on inner growth. But she shines when she allows the abandoned child to peek out. Lauck searches out her birth mother and finds her deceased birth father's family, completes the circle, then moves on. People who have struggled for a sense of belonging or with anger and grief will find wisdom, comfort, and guidance in Lauck's discoveries. (Mar.)
From the Publisher
“I just finished Found, and I'm speechless. The child from Blackbird has grown up into an enormously wise, insightful, and honest woman. But that's all I'm saying. You'll want to discover the rest for yourself.”
—Hope Edelman, author of The Possibility of Everything and Motherless Daughters

“Found is a powerful story about the most primal love and loss. In prose that is as clear-eyed as it is beautiful, riveting as it is wise, Lauck shattered my heart and then put it back together again. I'll never forget this book.”
—Cheryl Strayed, author of Torch

“There are many ways of losing and being lost, and many ways of finding and being found. Jennifer Lauck has experienced most of them, and in Found we share Lauck’s heroic and spiritual journey as a displaced child who has lost both her birth and adoptive mothers and suffers from a series of abusive would-be mothers. She weaves a story of finding herself by becoming a mother and forgiving those who failed her.”
—Betty Jean Lifton, author of Lost and Found: The Adoption Experience

“Lauck provides an articulate voice for the questions and complexities that so often come up for adoptees. Adopted people—and their families—would do well to listen.”
—Adam Pertman, Executive Director, Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute and author of Adoption Nation

“This story will resonate with anyone who has felt loss—loss of family, loss of self, loss of hope. The lesson here is resilience, keeping the hope alive, and knowing that no matter how desperate things are, they will get better.”
—Nancy Verrier, author of The Primal Wound and Coming Home to Self

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580053679
Publisher:
Avalon Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/22/2011
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,190,788
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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Found 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
DrGinni More than 1 year ago
In language stunning in its ability to describe a person, scene, and emotion in few words, Jennifer Lauck takes us into her world. The world of a baby wrested from its mother at birth, a child whose adoptive parents both die before she is ten years old, and a journalist, mother, and author who is forced to deal with feelings she doesn't understand until she comes to terms with her own adoption. This is more than just Jennifer's story. It is a story for anyone who has ever felt unloved or out of place in this world and has looked inside themselves for healing. Jennifer is a master storyteller. I applaud her courage in sharing her mythic and spiritual journey to reunite with the Mother she never met but always knew at some deeper sensory level.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading how Jennifer grew in her healing of the events in her childhood. I identified with her in Blackbird, and I identified with her in Found. She found the way to heal. Good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought still waters was the sequal!!!!! Someone help!!!!!!!!
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