Book recommendations

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Here’s a handful of our favorites:

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!)


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)


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


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


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


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


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)


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


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


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)


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


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


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