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Innocent: The True Story of Siblings Struggling to Survive
by Cathy Glass

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English

Pages

310

Publication Date

September 05, 2019

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<p><em>Innocent</em> is the shocking true story of little Molly and Kit, siblings, aged 3 years and 18 months, who are brought into care as an emergency after suffering non-accidental injuries.</p><p>Aneta and Filip, the children鈥檚 parents, are distraught when their children are taken into care. Aneta maintains she is innocent of harming them, while Filip appears bewildered and out of his depth. It鈥檚 true the family has never come to the attention of the social services before and little Kit and Molly appear to have been well looked after, but Kit has a broken arm and bruises on his face. Could it be they were a result of a genuine accident as Aneta is claiming?<br />聽<br />Both children become sick with a mysterious illness while, experienced foster carer, Cathy, is looking after them. Very worried, she asks for more hospital tests to be done. They鈥檝e already had a lot. When Cathy鈥檚 daughter, Lucy, becomes ill too she believes she has found the cause of Kit and Molly鈥檚 illness and the parents aren鈥檛 to blame.聽However, nothing could be further from the truth and what comes to light is far more sinister and shocking.</p>
Gratitude 540: A Collection of Short Stories: Expressing Gratitud...
by , Jonti Bolles

Language

English

Pages

110

Publication Date

October 10, 2019

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The power of our stories combined with our gratitude is a powerful force. I have dreamt about pulling together a collection of gratitude stories for over a decade and am now moving this dream into reality. I am excited about you joining our journey. These books will be collections of short stories about how someone or an experience imprinted your life in a positive way that you would like to share. By expressing gratitude out loud, we move the energy into our collective consciousness.<br /><br />The first book with focus on the people that have impacted your life so far. You will enjoy a story of the positive impact that one human has had on another. The stories as in the authors voice as they share their heart and gratitude with us all. You will laugh, cry and relate all the way through the collection. <br /><br />Enjoy a story a day for 30 days, the pages fall open to any story fro some inspiration, cuddle up with a cup of tea and enjoy all the warm fuzzies.
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Ow...
by Shonda Rhimes

Language

English

Pages

337

Publication Date

November 10, 2015

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The mega-talented creator of <i>Grey鈥檚 Anatomy</i> and <i>Scandal</i> and executive producer of <i>How to Get Away With Murder</i> chronicles how saying YES for one year changed her life鈥昦nd how it can change yours, too.<br /><br />With three hit shows on television and three children at home, the uber-talented Shonda Rhimes had lots of good reasons to say NO when an unexpected invitation arrived. Hollywood party? No. Speaking engagement? No. Media appearances? No.<br /> <br />And there was the side-benefit of saying No for an introvert like Shonda: nothing new to fear.<br /> <br />Then Shonda鈥檚 sister laid down a challenge: just for one year, try to say YES to the unexpected invitations that come your way. Shonda reluctantly agreed鈥昦nd the result was nothing short of transformative. In <i>Year of Yes</i>, Shonda Rhimes chronicles the powerful impact saying yes had on every aspect of her life鈥昦nd how we can all change our lives with one little word. Yes.
The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Fami...
by , Wendy Sunshine

Language

English

Pages

290

Publication Date

March 16, 2007

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<p><b>"An extremely useful parenting handbook... truly outstanding ... strongly recommended."<br /><br />--Library Journal (starred review)</b></p> <p><b>"A tremendous resource for parents and professionals alike."<br /><br />--Thomas Atwood, president and CEO, National Council for Adoption</b></p> <p>The adoption of a child is always a joyous moment in the life of a family. Some adoptions, though, present unique challenges. Welcoming these children into your family--and addressing their special needs--requires care, consideration, and compassion.</p> <p>Written by two research psychologists specializing in adoption and attachment, <i>The Connected Child</i> will help you:</p> <ul><li>Build bonds of affection and trust with your adopted child</li> <li>Effectively deal with any learning or behavioral disorders</li> <li>Discipline your child with love without making him or her feel threatened</li> </ul> <p>"A must-read not only for adoptive parents, but for all families striving to correct and connect with their children."<br /><br />--Carol S. Kranowitz, author of <i>The Out-of-Sync Child</i></p> <p>"Drs. Purvis and Cross have thrown a life preserver not only to those just entering uncharted waters, but also to those struggling to stay afloat."<br /><br />--Kathleen E. Morris, editor of <i>S. I. Focus</i> magazine</p> <p>"Truly an exceptional, innovative work . . . compassionate, accessible, and founded on a breadth of scientific knowledge and clinical expertise."<br /><br />--Susan Livingston Smith, program director, Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute</p> <p>"<i>The Connected Child</i> is the literary equivalent of an airline oxygen mask and instructions: place the mask over your own face first, then over the nose of your child. This book first assists the parent, saying, in effect, 'Calm down, you're not the first mom or dad in the world to face this hurdle, breathe deeply, then follow these simple steps.' The sense of not facing these issues alone--the relief that your child's behavior is not off the charts--is hugely comforting. Other children have behaved this way; other parents have responded thusly; welcome to the community of therapeutic and joyful adoptive families."<br /><br />--Melissa Fay Greene, author of <i>There is No Me Without You: One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue Africa's Children</i></p>
Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who...
by , Lisa Wingate

Language

English

Pages

295

Publication Date

October 22, 2019

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<b>The compelling, poignant true stories of victims of a notorious adoption scandal鈥攕ome of whom learned the truth from Lisa Wingate鈥檚 bestselling novel <i>Before We Were Yours</i> and were reunited with birth family members as a result of its wide reach</b><br /><br /> From the 1920s to 1950, Georgia Tann ran a black-market baby business at the Tennessee Children鈥檚 Home Society in Memphis. She offered up more than 5,000 orphans tailored to the wish lists of eager parents鈥攈iding the fact that many weren鈥檛 orphans at all, but stolen sons and daughters of poor families, desperate single mothers, and women told in maternity wards that their babies had died.<br /><br /> The publication of Lisa Wingate鈥檚 novel <i>Before We Were Yours</i> brought new awareness of Tann鈥檚 lucrative career in child trafficking. Adoptees who knew little about their pasts gained insight into the startling facts behind their family histories. Encouraged by their contact with Wingate and award-winning journalist Judy Christie, who documented the stories of fifteen adoptees in this book, many determined Tann survivors set out to trace their roots and find their birth families.<br /><br /> <i>Before and After</i> includes moving and sometimes shocking accounts of the ways in which adoptees were separated from their first families. Often raised as only children, many have joyfully reunited with siblings in the final decades of their lives. Christie and Wingate tell of first meetings that are all the sweeter and more intense for time missed and of families from very different social backgrounds reaching out to embrace better-late-than-never brothers, sisters, and cousins. In a poignant culmination of art meeting life, many of the long-silent victims of the tragically corrupt system return to Memphis with the authors to reclaim their stories at a Tennessee Children鈥檚 Home Society reunion . . . with extraordinary results.<br /><br /><b>Advance praise for <i>Before and After</i></b><br /><br />鈥淚n <i>Before and After,</i> authors Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate tackle the true stories behind Wingate鈥檚 blockbuster <i>Before We Were Yours,</i> of the orphans who survived the Tennessee Children鈥檚 Home Society. With a journalist鈥檚 keen eye and a novelist鈥檚 elegant prose, Christie and Wingate weave together the stories that inspired <i>Before We Were Yours</i> with the lives that were changed as a result of reading the novel. Readers will be educated, enlightened, and enraptured by this important and flawlessly executed book.鈥?lt;b>鈥擯am Jenoff,<i> </i>author of<i> The Orphan鈥檚 Tale</i> and<i> The Lost Girls of Paris</i></b>
The Baby Thief: The Untold Story of Georgia Tann, the Baby Seller...
by Barbara Bisantz Raymond

Language

English

Pages

322

Publication Date

April 29, 2009

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<b>The shocking story of Geogia Tann, a notorious dealer in black-market babies between 1920 and 1950 whose actions ultimately popularized--and corrupted--adoption as we know it today. </b><br /><br />For almost three decades, renowned baby-seller Georgia Tann ran a children's home in Memphis, Tennessee--selling her charges to wealthy clients nationwide, Joan Crawford among them. Part social history, part detective story, part expose, <i>The Baby Thief </i>is a riveting investigative narrative that explores themes that continue to reverberate today.
All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir
by Nicole Chung

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English

Pages

240

Publication Date

October 02, 2018

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<b>Long-listed for PEN Open Book Award</b><br /><br /><br /><b>Named a Best Book of the Year by <i>The Washington Post</i>, NPR, <i>Time</i>, <i>The Boston Globe</i>, <i>Real Simple</i>, <i>Buzzfeed</i>, Jezebel, <i>Bustle</i>, <i>Library Journal</i>, Chicago Public Library, and more </b><br /><br /> <b>"This book moved me to my very core. . . . [<i>All You Can Ever Know</i>] should be required reading for anyone who has ever had, wanted, or found a family鈥晈hich is to say, everyone.鈥?鈥旵eleste Ng, author of <i>Little Fires Everywhere</i><br /><br /></b><br /><br /> What does it mean to lose your roots鈥攚ithin your culture, within your family鈥攁nd what happens when you find them? <br /><br /> Nicole Chung was born severely premature, placed for adoption by her Korean parents, and raised by a white family in a sheltered Oregon town. From childhood, she heard the story of her adoption as a comforting, prepackaged myth. She believed that her biological parents had made the ultimate sacrifice in the hope of giving her a better life, that forever feeling slightly out of place was her fate as a transracial adoptee. But as Nicole grew up鈥攆acing prejudice her adoptive family couldn鈥檛 see, finding her identity as an Asian American and as a writer, becoming ever more curious about where she came from鈥攕he wondered if the story she鈥檇 been told was the whole truth. <br /><br /> With warmth, candor, and startling insight, Nicole Chung tells of her search for the people who gave her up, which coincided with the birth of her own child. <i>All You Can Ever Know</i> is a profound, moving chronicle of surprising connections and the repercussions of unearthing painful family secrets鈥攙ital reading for anyone who has ever struggled to figure out where they belong.
Please Don't Take My Sisters: The heartbreaking true story of a y...
by Maggie Hartley

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English

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Publication Date

August 08, 2019

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<p>Three-year-old Lexie, five-year-old Amelie and thirteen-year-old Leo come to Maggie after Leo confesses to a teacher that his mother's addiction problems and her latest violent relationship has left him as the sole carer to his younger sisters. </p><p>Maggie welcomes the three children into her home, and is touched by the gentle care Leo shows to the two little girls. It is clear that Lexie and Amelie adore their big brother, and rely on him for comfort and reassurance. But Leo has experienced the neglect and abuse of his mother and her partner for far longer than his sisters, and is struggling with an eating disorder and showing signs of OCD.</p><p>When Social Services begin to look at adoptive families for the children, Maggie is horrified when they suggest that the two angelic little girls will have a much better chance of being adopted without their damaged older brother. Knowing the impact that losing his sisters forever will have on vulnerable Leo, they face the ultimate dilemma. Should the children stay together and dash the hope of them ever having a forever family? Or do they sacrifice the close bond between the siblings to give the girls a chance to be adopted?</p>
Lost Daughter: A Daughter's Suffering, a Mother's Unconditional L...
by Nola Wunderle

Language

English

Pages

290

Publication Date

August 08, 2013

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We were all full of expectation as we waited patiently at Melbourne's international airport. I hadn't slept properly for weeks. All of us had been waiting for this moment for months. Our fourth child was soon to arrive ...This is the story of 18-year-old Kartya Wunderle, one of 64 babies flown out of Taiwan in the early 80s. Babies stolen from their mothers or sold by their families and adopted out to unsuspecting overseas parents. At 15, Kartya began to use heroin in an attempt to take away the pain of not knowing who she was and where she came from. Her distraught parents watched their beautiful daughter slowly slip away from them, spiralling towards a tragic and almost inevitable conclusion. Out of desperation and fired by an unconditional love for her daughter, Nola Wunderle resolved to find Kartya's birth mother and change the ending to Kartya's story. An amazing search for one woman in a country of 22 million began. The result was nothing short of miraculous, and made Kartya a national hero in her homeland. Lost Daughter is a moving testament to the power of love and the strength of the human spirit, one that will humble and inspire all who read it.
The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrende...
by Ann Fessler

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English

Pages

368

Publication Date

June 26, 2007

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In this deeply moving and myth-shattering work, Ann Fessler brings out into the open for the first time the astonishing untold history of the million and a half women who surrendered children for adoption due to enormous family and social pressure in the decades before Roe v. Wade. An adoptee who was herself surrendered during those years and recently made contact with her mother, Ann Fessler brilliantly brings to life the voices of more than a hundred women, as well as the spirit of those times, allowing the women to tell their stories in gripping and intimate detail.

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