A Love Like No Other

A Love Like No Other

by Pamela Kruger, Jill Smolowe
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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.

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Publishers Weekly
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.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101098172
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/26/2006
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,274,322
File size:
0 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Alex Kotlowitz
"Finally, a book on family values -- real family values, without any sanctimonious talk of religion or politics. It is in the end, after all, all about kids, and in this case, kids from all corners of the globe. From Melissa Fay Greene's bracingly honest and touching account to Jacquelyn Mitchard's laugh-out-loud, tell-it-like-it-is essay, these stories are evidence of the power of family, in all its various shapes and forms."
author of There Are No Children Here and Never a City So Real
Tony Hillerman
"As a parent of six boys and girls, a mix of original and adoptees, I can suggest that anyone considering becoming an adoptive parent would profit from A LOVE LIKE NO OTHER. Marie and I began assembling our six more than 50 years ago, and all eight of us have survived a hectic, wonderful, worrisome, happy life, full of joys and problems. We found much to identify with in these essays."
author of A Thief of Time and Coyote Waits
Deborah Tannen
"'One more,' I told myself. 'I'll just read one more.' But I couldn't stop because I was too eager to see what new glimpse into the human drama of adoption the next essay would offer."
author of You Just Don't Understand and I Only Say This Because I Love You

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