Jessica Lost: A Story of Birth, Adoption & The Meaning of Motherhood

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A mother and her child, lost and then found again after four decades: this extraordinary story of love, loss, and reunion is told in alternating voices by the two women, each relating her own powerful experience.
For the mother, it's the tale of an unhappy marriage followed by betrayal, a pregnancy of uncertain paternity, and the heartrending decision to give up her newborn. The daughter's search begins 40 years later, as she slowly, ...
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Overview

A mother and her child, lost and then found again after four decades: this extraordinary story of love, loss, and reunion is told in alternating voices by the two women, each relating her own powerful experience.
For the mother, it's the tale of an unhappy marriage followed by betrayal, a pregnancy of uncertain paternity, and the heartrending decision to give up her newborn. The daughter's search begins 40 years later, as she slowly, painstakingly, stitches together her story.
These intertwined tales give us two unforgettable points of view of a remarkable journey-and of the multiple meanings of motherhood.
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Told in alternating voices, Crumpacker and Picariello's memoir looks at the adoption process from two distinct perspectives: the mother who decides to put her child up for adoption and the daughter being put up for adoption. Chapters deal effectively and honestly with issues such as abandonment, identity, and forgiveness. In 1954, Crumpacker (The Sex Life of Food) became pregnant with a baby girl who she gave up for adoption four days after birth only to be reunited more than four decades later. Crumpacker talks about early strains on her first marriage and the circumstances that compelled her to give up her girl. "I didn't want to have an abortion. I wanted the baby to grow; I wanted it to be safe inside my body...I wanted this baby to have what I couldn't give it." Picariello writes of her childhood "in a classic suburban split level," house, of her younger brother Kenny, who was also adopted, and of her incessant curiosity over the years about her birth parents. In compelling prose, she also describes the tumultuous relationship she had with her adoptive mother, a woman she had difficulty confiding in but whom she cared for wholeheartedly. Picariello contrasts this connection with the one she develops with her biological mother. In doing so, she contributes substantially to this evocative meditation on love and family. Photos. (May)
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"...an emotional account that is both utterly original and heartbreaking." --Parade magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402775703
  • Publisher: Union Square Press
  • Publication date: 5/3/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 813,594
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Bunny Crumpacker
Bunny Crumpacker was the author of seven books, including The Sex Life of Food. J.S. Picariello is a copywriter for ad agencies and magazines including New York, People, Parenting, and Reader's Digest.
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Table of Contents

1 Bunny: Lost 1

2 Jil: The Letter 3

3 Bunny: The New Year 4

4 Jil: The Chosen Baby 11

5 Bunny: Early Days 15

6 Jil: Another Chosen Baby 21

7 Bunny: Waiting 28

8 Jil: Nine and Neurotic 34

9 Bunny: Wilkommen 45

10 Jil: Madison 53

11 Bunny: Paris 58

12 Jil: Wedding 64

13 Bunny: With Child 70

14 Jil: Loss 75

15 Bunny: Birth 88

16 Jil: Birth 91

17 Bunny: The End and the Beginning 101

18 Jil: The Second Time 104

19 Bunny: The Second Time 111

20 Jil: Meeting Ruth 116

21 Bunny: Hope 123

22 Jil: Finding Faith 127

23 Bunny: Found 140

24 Jil: Found 146

25 Bunny: Getting to Know Jil 160

26 Jil: Fathers 165

27 Bunny: Every Woman is a Daughter 180

28 Jil: Myself 185

Epilogue 207

Acknowledgments 212

About the Authors 213

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Very Good

    Really enjoyed this book. Haven't read much about the psychology of adoption and thought the authors really did a good job of painting a realistic picture from both the birth mother and daughter's sides.. very intersting, Well written.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2011

    A very emotional and highly recommended book!!!!!!!

    The book is exactly as described...A Story of Birth, Adoption and the Meaning of Motherhood. It is extremely well-written, a real page-turner.
    Every sentence in this factual book is filled by emotions that most of us can associate with. I enjoyed it to the fullest and trust you will too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2013

    In the end, I liked it

    I kinda struggled through this book. It seemed like work to read it. I just waited for her to say something nice about the woman who raised her. In the final chapters, I finally was interested in the authors' stories. I finally got it. In the end, it was worth the effort to read it. In the end I felt I finally understood Jessica/Jil and her feelings and I feel many people could identify with her. Not just adopted people but children of single parents or people who lost their parents at a young age...everyone wants to know the pieces that make up their puzzle. They want to feel whole. It was rough, I didn't like Jessica/Jil at first, but in the end I thank her for sharing her story. I think it puts thoughts and feelings in writing that many people deal with daily.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Awasome

    Just a little off but ok

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2012

    Kinda slow!

    It starts off kinda slow and goes back and forth from biological mom to adopted daughter. But it is a good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    :D

    A really wonderful book! I can relate to this because I am adopted.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

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    This book is a must read for all mothers out there!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2012

    Candie Bracelet

    This is a really heartwarming book. I loved it very much. I recommend this book to romance junkies like me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2011

    Great book!

    I really enjoyed this book this is must read, especially if you are a mother!

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