November is National Adoption Awareness Month and is just a few weeks away. To mark it, I invite you to join me in reading a memoir written by an adult adoptee from the closed era.
I selected the book Found because:
- knowing and understanding adoptee perspectives helps me to know and understand parts of my children that they, perhaps, aren’t able to articulate yet; and
- I just began reading this book and boy! — it’s blowing me away with its eloquence, insight and resilience. I was hooked from the very beginning, and I think you will be, too.
How does this Book Tour work?
- Sign up for the tour by November 30. Everyone is invited, whether you have a connection to adoption or not. There is a limited number of tourist spots available and they are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Get the book. Buy it or get it from the library. Begin reading it. Easy, no?
- Come up with up one or two discussion questions (not Yes/No), which are due to me by December 15. You will receive reminders to do this.
- By January 3, you’ll receive a list of questions asked by fellow participants. From this list you will choose any three to answer on your own blog or space. You do not have to have a blog to participate (there is a Book Tour site for participants who don’t have a blog).
- Have your answers to your chosen questions ready to post by January 13. The tour takes place mid-January — January 13, 15 and 17, with one-third of participants posting each day. I will do my best to accommodate date requests that are made known to me.
- On the tour days, links to participants’ answers will be on the Open Adoption Examiner. You can then read and comment on the answers from others who have read and are discussing Found . The tour is designed so that each person reads and comments respectfully on the thoughts of other participants.
Sounds good, right? But wait — there’s more! We are honored with author participation. Jennifer Lauck will read along with us, and she’s available to answer questions from book tourists. After the formal part of the book tour is over, Jennifer will share her answers to your questions with us.
Here’s what Nancy Verrier (The Primal Wound) says about Found :
This story will resonate with anyone who has felt loss — loss of family, loss of self, loss of hope. The lesson here is resilience, keeping the hope alive, and knowing that no matter how desperate things are, they will get better.
Kirkus Reviews says:
Lauck’s literary achievements — voice, characterization, pacing — are as extraordinary as those of Frank McCourt and Dave Eggers, if not more so.
Jennifer Lauck is an award-winning journalist and the author of the memoirs Blackbird*, a New York Times bestseller, and Still Waters*. Lauck has been featured in several magazines such as Newsweek, Glamour, People and Writer’s Digest. Before becoming a writer, speaker and teacher, Lauck worked for eight years in television news. Her investigative reports have appeared on CNN and ABC Nightly News.
I hope to be discussing Found with you early in 2012. There are a limited number of spots available in this book tour, so reserve your ottman in my virtual living room soon, then spend November reading a very compelling book and jotting down your questions and thoughts. In January we’ll discuss.
What to do next? Sign up here.
Author photo by Staci Vriese
~~~Cross-posted on the Open Adoption Examiner.~~~