An Adoptee Lexicon

An Adoptee Lexicon

by Karen Pickell

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Overview

Lyrical and informative, An Adoptee Lexicon is a glossary of adoption terminology from the viewpoint of an adult adoptee.

Contemplating religion, politics, science, and human rights, Karen Pickell, who was born and adopted in the late 1960s, intersperses personal commentary and snippets from her own experience with history and statistics pertaining to child development and the adoption industry. The collection of micro essays is presented as an organically ordered glossary, along with a robust list of sources and suggested reading as well as an alphabetical index, creating layers of association between words commonly used when discussing adoption.

Pickell draws connections between contemporary American political issues and the social climate that led to a tsunami of adoptions in the decades following World War II through the early 1970s—a period known as the Baby Scoop Era—and also touches on the complexity of transracial and international adoptions.

Throughout An Adoptee Lexicon, the focus remains firmly on adopted people—their perceptions, their needs, and their right to fully exist in exactly the way non-adopted people do.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781949259001
Publisher: Raised Voice Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 10/18/2018
Pages: 116
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.28(d)

About the Author

Karen Pickell is the creator of the online book catalog Adoptee Reading and a former editor of the adoption blog Lost Daughters. She has served as an editor for the Georgia Poetry Society and the literary journal Flycatcher, and on the board of the Georgia Writers Association. Her nonfiction and poetry have appeared in several literary journals and independently published anthologies. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, she lived near Atlanta for over a decade before settling in the Tampa Bay area. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Raised Voice Press.

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