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Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a ...
by Mitch Albom

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

November 05, 2019

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<p><strong>"</strong><strong>Mitch Albom has done it again with this moving memoir of love and loss. You can鈥檛 help but fall for Chika. A page-turner that will no doubt become a classic.鈥?--Mary Karr, author of <em>The Liars鈥?Club</em> and <em>The Art of Memoir</em></strong></p><p><strong>From the #1 <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author of <em>Tuesdays With Morrie</em> comes Mitch Albom鈥檚 most personal story to date: an intimate and heartwarming memoir about what it means to be a family and the young Haitian orphan whose short life would forever change his heart.聽</strong></p><p>Chika Jeune was born three days before the devastating earthquake that decimated Haiti in 2010. She spent her infancy in a landscape of extreme poverty, and when her mother died giving birth to a baby brother, Chika was brought to The Have Faith Haiti Orphanage that Albom operates in Port Au Prince.<br /> <br /> With no children of their own, the forty-plus children who live, play, and go to school at the orphanage have become family to Mitch and his wife, Janine. Chika鈥檚 arrival makes a quick impression. Brave and self-assured, even as a three-year-old, she delights the other kids and teachers. But at age five, Chika is suddenly diagnosed with something a doctor there says, 鈥淣o one in Haiti can help you with.鈥?lt;br /> <br /> Mitch and Janine bring Chika to Detroit, hopeful that American medical care can soon return her to her homeland. Instead, Chika becomes a permanent part of their household, and their lives, as they embark on a two-year, around-the-world journey to find a cure. As Chika鈥檚 boundless optimism and humor teach Mitch the joys of caring for a child, he learns that a relationship built on love, no matter what blows it takes, can never be lost.<br /> <br /> Told in hindsight, and through illuminating conversations with Chika herself, this is Albom at his most poignant and vulnerable. Finding Chika is a celebration of a girl, her adoptive guardians, and the incredible bond they formed鈥攁 devastatingly beautiful portrait of what it means to be a family, regardless of how it is made.</p>
Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who...
by , Lisa Wingate

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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>
Too Scared to Tell: Abused and alone, Oskar has no one. A true st...
by Cathy Glass

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English

Pages

336

Publication Date

February 20, 2020

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<p>The true story of a 6-year-old boy with a dreadful secret.</p><p>Oskar鈥檚 school teacher raises the alarm. Oskar鈥檚 mother is abroad and he has been left in the care of 鈥榝riends鈥? but has been arriving in school hungry, unkempt, and with bruises on his arms, legs and body. Experienced foster carer Cathy Glass is asked to look after him, but as the weeks pass her concerns deepen. Oskar is far too quiet for a child of six and is clearly scared of something or someone.</p><p>And who are those men parked outside his school watching him?</p>
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Ow...
by Shonda Rhimes

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English

Pages

337

Publication Date

November 10, 2015

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<b>The instant <i>New York Times </i>bestseller from the creator of <i>Grey鈥檚 Anatomy</i> and <i>Scandal</i> and executive producer of <i>How to Get Away With Murder</i> shares how saying YES changed her life. 鈥淎s fun to read as Rhimes鈥檚 TV series are to watch鈥?(<i>Los Angeles Times</i>).</b><br /><br />She鈥檚 the creator and producer of some of the most groundbreaking and audacious shows on television today. Her iconic characters live boldly and speak their minds. So who would suspect that Shonda Rhimes is an introvert? That she hired a publicist so she could <i>avoid</i> public appearances? That she suffered panic attacks before media interviews?<br /> <br />With three children at home and three hit television shows, it was easy for Shonda to say she was simply too busy. But in truth, she was also afraid. And then, over Thanksgiving dinner, her sister muttered something that was both a wake up and a call to arms: <i>You never say yes to anything.</i> Shonda knew she had to embrace the challenge: for one year, she would say YES to everything that scared her.<br /> <br />This poignant, intimate, and hilarious memoir explores Shonda鈥檚 life <i>before</i> her Year of Yes鈥攆rom her nerdy, book-loving childhood to her devotion to creating television characters who reflected the world she saw around her. The book chronicles her life <i>after </i>her Year of Yes had begun鈥攚hen Shonda forced herself out of the house and onto the stage; when she learned to explore, empower, applaud, and love her truest self. Yes.<br /> <br />鈥淗onest, raw, and revelatory鈥?(<i>The Washington Post</i>), this wildly candid and compulsively readable book reveals how the mega talented Shonda Rhimes finally achieved badassery worthy of a Shondaland character. Best of all, she 鈥渃an help motivate even the most determined homebody to get out and try something new鈥?(<i>Chicago Tribune</i>).
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>
Undercover Debutante: The Search for my Birth Parents and a Bald ...
by Charlotte Laws

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English

Pages

332

Publication Date

August 15, 2019

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<p><i>鈥淣ever underestimate a former Buckhead debutante.鈥?lt;/i> Atlanta Journal-Constitution</p><p><i>鈥淐harlotte Laws is a woman of a thousand faces.鈥?lt;/i> S謾bado magazine</p><p><i>鈥淚 didn鈥檛 realize quite how brave Charlotte is until I see her in action.鈥?lt;/i> The Guardian<p><p>Dr. Charlotte Laws鈥斺€渢he most well-known unknown鈥濃€攊s a TV star, best-selling author, and world-renowned advocate for women, animals, and the LGBTQ community. NBC News calls her a 鈥渃rusader.鈥?BuzzFeed voted her one of the 30 fiercest women in the world, and MSNBC labels her a 鈥渉ero.鈥?lt;/p> <p>But who is this former Atlanta debutante who gave up riches for hardship, who gave up security to become a penniless single mom with an assault rifle pointed at her bed?</p> <p><i>Undercover Debutante</i> is a memoir about Laws鈥檚 young adult years in Los Angeles. Her adoptive dad was the Captain Hook of her existence, always ready to take a verbal swipe at her. Laws searched for her birth parents and learned that the dark world of devil worship had touched her family tree. She worked as a maid, go-go dancer, and private eye. She was held at gunpoint by one man and almost killed by another. She faced romantic heartbreak and sexual infidelity, dating an 鈥渦nindicted co-conspirator鈥?and a clinically insane psychologist. She even had a crush on a dead guy.</p> <p>There were celebrity adventures as well. She crashed star-studded award shows and private parties. She finagled past Secret Service. More than once. She interviewed the president and went on the worst date of her life with a well-known sex symbol who later died from drug abuse.</p> <p>Did she ever marry? Did she meet her birth parents? Did she learn what matters in life? What鈥檚 the true story of America鈥檚 most endearing rebel?</p>
The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Fami...
by , Wendy Sunshine

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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>
The Girl with the Suitcase: A Girl Without a Home and the Foster ...
by Angela Hart

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English

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February 20, 2020

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<p><b>Why will nobody give little Grace a home? Foster carer Angela is determined to find the answer.</b></p><p>Shunned by her mother, ten-year-old Grace has spent most of her childhood in care, moving from one foster home to the next. Each placement breaks down due to her 鈥榙isruptive' behaviour, yet Grace seems such a friendly and well-meaning little girl. Specialist foster carer Angela is determined to help end her heartbreak, but what is the key to saving Grace?</p><p><i>The Girl with the Suitcase</i> is the seventh book from well-loved foster carer and <i>Sunday Times</i> bestselling author Angela Hart. This is a true story that shares the tale of one of the many children she has fostered over the years. Angela's stories show the difference that quiet care, a watchful eye and sympathetic ear can make to children who have had more difficult upbringings than most.</p>
Joy Will Come: Exchange Shame for Redemption
by , Bethany Pepin

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English

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Publication Date

February 15, 2019

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Have you ever made a choice so big that you felt overwhelmed by the weight of it? Have the consequences of your decision made you feel like God could not reach you or hear your cry? Did your actions hurt the ones you love?<p><i>Joy Will Come</i> is a story of a gifted teenage girl with the seemingly perfect Christian life and family who was suddenly wrecked by the hidden secret of her high school pregnancy.<p>Lindsay and her family鈥檚 story is one of God鈥檚 unconditional love and His redemptive plan. It鈥檚 a story of God鈥檚 love, so pure and so powerful that it can reach all the way through our hurt to touch us and bring us back into His arms.<p>No matter where you are in life, no matter what mistake, habit, or choice has derailed you from your destiny, He longs to restore your joy and peace. Let this story speak to you or the ones you love and be YOUR first step on YOUR path to YOUR restoration.<p><i>YOUR</i> Joy Will Come.
The Baby Thief: The Untold Story of Georgia Tann, the Baby Seller...
by Barbara Bisantz Raymond

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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.

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