Twice Born: Memoirs of an Adopted Daughter

Twice Born: Memoirs of an Adopted Daughter

by Betty Jean Lifton


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Twice Born: Memoirs of an Adopted Daughter by Betty Jean Lifton

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A reissue of the classic 1975 memoir that Elie Wiesel called "deeply stirring . . . important and enriching."

In this significant and lasting account, Betty Jean Lifton, acclaimed author of several books on the psychology of the adopted, tells her own story of growing up at a time when adoptees were still in the closet. Twice Born recounts her early struggle with the loneliness and isolation of not knowing her birth parents; her identification, as a journalist in the Far East, with the orphans left behind by American soldiers in Japan and Vietnam; and the guilt she experiences over what feels like a betrayal of her adopted parents as she sets off on a forbidden quest to find her roots.

With the mounting suspense of a detective novel, Twice Born explores the difficulty of searching for one's past when records are sealed, and the complexity of reuniting with a birth mother from whom one has been separated by both time and social taboos. More than a vivid and poignant memoir, Lifton has given us a story of mothering and mother-loss, attachment and bonding, secrets and lies, and the human need for origins.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590512449
Publisher: Other Press, LLC
Publication date: 09/19/2006
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.35(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Betty Jean Lifton, Ph.D.

Betty Jean Lifton, Ph.D., is a writer, psychotherapist, and leading advocate for adoption reform. Her books include Journey of the Adopted Self, Lost and Found, and The King of Children, a New York Times Notable Book. A frequent lecturer, she has an adoption counseling practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts and New York City. Her Web site is

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