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Secret Thoughts of An Adoptive Mother

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While books about adoption proliferate, none of them addresses the subject of open and interracial adoption like Jana Wolff's personal and frank account does in Secret Thoughts of an Adoptive Mother. Often irreverent, always insightful, surprisingly funny and stunningly honest, Secret Thoughts tells it like it is: How it feels for a woman to look nothing like her child and to know the woman who does. This fiercely honest and funny book answers questions no one dares to ask: What if I don't like the child I get? ...
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Overview

While books about adoption proliferate, none of them addresses the subject of open and interracial adoption like Jana Wolff's personal and frank account does in Secret Thoughts of an Adoptive Mother. Often irreverent, always insightful, surprisingly funny and stunningly honest, Secret Thoughts tells it like it is: How it feels for a woman to look nothing like her child and to know the woman who does. This fiercely honest and funny book answers questions no one dares to ask: What if I don't like the child I get? Will she want the baby back? If this is the happiest day of my life, why am I so sad? Am I too white for a kid this black? Chapter titles include: The Myth of Bliss, Friendly Racism, Meeting Your Child's Mother, and Adopted Poop Doesn't Smell Any Different.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780967214313
  • Publisher: Vista Communications
  • Publication date: 1/10/2010
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 167
  • Sales rank: 838,635
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jana Wolff is frequently asked to write and speak about adoption, race and families. She and her work have been featured in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, and numerous adoption magazines, as well as on radio, television, and the web. www.janawolff.com

Jana Wolff is frequently asked to write and speak about adoption, race and families. She and her work have been featured in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, and numerous adoption magazines, as well as on radio, television, and the web. www.janawolff.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2003

    May her son never read this book

    We are naturally drawn to people or to writing that expresses feelings and thoughts we ourselves entertain but would not have dared to express in public. Jana Wolff¿s book is of this nature and one part of me admires her honesty, but the other, more important part, believes that if a child can get hurt, then honesty is better left unsaid or unprinted. I have no doubt that Jana Wolff¿s son has a strong connection with her and that love will guard both against any storms, but one never knows what he will feel when he reads his adoptive mother¿s book. She¿ll say: ¿That¿s what I felt at the time of your birth, but you know how much I love you today.¿ Will this be enough to convince him of his true place in his adoptive family? I am an adoptive mother and would not have wanted to put myself into this situation. Gisela Gasper Fitzgerald, author of ADOPTION: An Open, Semi-Open or Closed Practice?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2001

    At last! Someone I can relate to!

    For anyone who has ever considered or completed adoption, this is a must read book. I am going to purchase a copy for all of my family members so they, too, can read this woman's story. I felt as if she had peered into my soul and had read my deepest, most intimate thoughts. I read it in one day! Thank you Jana Wolff for you candid, funny and very personal story!!

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