Anne Bauer’s book title refers to a certain musical starring Julie Andrews that premiered shortly before the author was born, songs from which are interwoven throughout the narrative, sometimes in surprising ways. Her subtitle, A True Story of an Adoptee’s Quest for Her Origins, refers to the an in-depth look at the unique difficulties adoptees from the closed-adoption era face when they try to search for their roots.
As with other adoptee memoirs I’ve read and valued, I found Anne’s book engaging and highly worth reading, especially for parents involved in adoption (both the adoptive-and birth- types of parents). In fact, Anne tells me “I really feel my story should be read by adoptive parents. I did not write it for adoptees to have another sentimental search and reunion story. I wrote the nitty-gritty stuff nobody likes to talk openly about but is there even today in a lot of adoptive families.”
To be clear, you don’t have to be an adoptive parent to sign up for this book tour. You don’t even have to be involved in adoption at all. You cold be a first parent, an adoptee, a person with any or no connection to adoption, or simply someone who likes to peek into another person’s life.
One benefit of reading a string of adoptee memoirs is that it becomes possible to spot commonalities among accounts. The adoption mosaic is so complex that the best we can do in an attempt to get a handle on it is to find the broad strokes — the general themes of wondering and yearning to know one’s origins, the ability of a person to feel intense connections with more than one set of parents, the anguish that a child can experience when a mother or father missteps (often through misguided, absent or just plain bad advice on the part of adoption experts), and how to best support an adopted child in forming her identity.
Her memoir has earned the prestigious Editor’s Choice award and Rising Star Designation and is now part of Barnes & Noble’s Special Collections, “Catch A Rising Star”, a page dedicated to finding Up-And-Coming Authors.
I invite you to read and discuss The Sound of Hope: A True Story of an Adoptee’s Quest for her Origins with fellow readers. The book is available via Amazon in paperback ($22), Kindle (only $3), and computer download ($6).
But wait — there’s more! See Giveaway information below. But first, here’s how to participate in this book tour.*
Book Tour Details
Book: The Sound of Hope: A True Story of an Adoptee’s Quest for her Origins
Author: Anne Bauer (she’ll follow our tour and is open to responding to reader questions)
Sign-up: today through March 4
Questions to the group due to me: March 18
Post date/Tour date: April 2
How does a Virtual Book Tour work?
- Sign up for the tour by March 4 (click link or use the form below).
- Get the book. (Reserve at your library, purchase from your bookseller, or enter the giveaway, below).
- Come up with up 1 or 2 discussion questions (not Yes-or-No), which are due to me by March 18.
- Shortly thereafter, you’ll receive a list of questions from other participants. From this list you will choose any 3 to answer on your blog.
- On April 2, links to participant stops on the book tour will be posted here on LavenderLuz.com so you can read, comment and discuss with each other — just like a face-to-face book club, but with less coffee cake and more keystrokes!
- Follow this blog and spread the word to interested parties (tweet, share, G+ with the buttons at the bottom of this post).
I have made notes in my copy of The Sound of Hope and am eager to talk with you about Anne’s account of her search for birth family and what follows, not to mention how this book informs those of us entrusted with parenting via adoption.
Anne is generously giving away two copies of her paperback book. Leave a comment below to enter. A random drawing will be held February 15 and winners notified by email (so make sure I can reach you). Anne will mail a book to each of the two winners.
UPDATE: Random.org selected #5 and #10. Kathy and Esperanza, please check your email for information on how we can get your books mailed to you.
I look forward to exploring the themes of The Sound of Hope with you!
* Disclosure: The author has provided compensation for organizing this book tour.