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New books on the topics of adoption, search, reunion and reform are published all the time. Rather than attempt to compile (and maintain) a comprehensive list, we encourage you to read as far and wide as you can. Consider the following selected titles a crash course in the classics. Whatever you purchase from Amazon via CUB’s Amazon Affiliate page returns a portion of the sale to us. (Thanks in advance!)

 
Adoption Wisdom: A Guide to the Issues and Feelings of Adoption.  Marlou Russell PhD (Broken Branch Productions, 1996)


The Adoption Reader: Birth Mothers, Adoptive Mothers, and Adopted Daughters Tell Their Stories. Susan Wadia-Ells. (Seal Press, 1995)


The Adoption Triangle: Sealed or Open Records – How They Affect Adoptees, Birthparents and Adoptive Parents. Arthur D. Sorosky, Annette Baran and Reuben Panor. (Corona Publishing Co. 1989)


Birthbond. Judith S. Gediman and Linda P. Brown. (New Horizon Press, 1989)


Birthmark, Lorraine Dusky. (M. Evans and Company, New York 1979)


Birthright: The Guide to Search and Reunion for Adoptees, Birthparents, and Adoptive Parents. Jean A.S. Strauss (Penguin Books, 1994)


Cast Off: They called us dangerous women. So we organized and proved them right. (Stow Away - Cast Off) (Volume 2) Dr. Lee H Campbell, 2014


The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption. Kathryn Joyce (Public Affairs, A Member of Perseus Books Group, 2013)



The Family of Adoption. Joyce Maguire Pavao. (Beacon Press, 1998)


The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade. Ann Fessler. (Penguin Press, 2006)


Hole In My Heart, a memoir and report from the fault lines of adoption.  Lorraine Dusky (Leto Media, Sag Harbor, 2015)


Journey of the Adopted Self: A Quest for Wholeness. B.J. Lifton (Basic Books, 1994)


Lost and Found: The Adoption Experience. B.J. Lifton (Harper and Row, 1988)


The Other Mother: A True Story. Carol Schaefer. (Soho Press, 1991)


The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child. Nancy Newtron Verrier. (1993)


Synchronicity and Reunion: The Genetic Connection of Adoptees and Birthparents. LaVonne H. Stiffler (FEA Publishing, 1992)



Stow Away, "They told me to forget. And I did. Now my memories have mutiny in mind." Lee Campbell. (Book Baby. 2013)


In Their Own Voices: Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories. Rita J. Simon and Rhonda Roorda. (Columbia University Press, 2000)


Twice Born: Memoirs of an Adopted Daughter. B.J. Lifton (St Martins Griffin, 1998) Reprint of 1975 original.


Wake Up Little Susie: Single Pregnancy and Race Before Roe v. Wade. Rickie Solinger (Routledge, 1992)
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