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All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir
All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir | Nicole Chung
"This book moved me to my very core. As in all her writing, Nicole Chung speaks eloquently and honestly about her own personal story, then widens her aperture to illuminate all of us. All You Can Ever Know is full of insights on race, motherhood, and family of all kinds, but what sets it apart is the compassion Chung brings to every facet of her search for identity and every person portrayed in these pages. This book should be required reading for anyone who has ever had, wanted, or found a family--which is to say, everyone." --Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere What does it mean to lose your roots--within your culture, within your family--and what happens when you find them? 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--facing prejudice her adoptive family couldn't see, finding her identity as an Asian American and as a writer, becoming ever more curious about where she came from--she wondered if the story she'd been told was the whole truth. With the same warmth, candor, and startling insight that has made her a beloved voice, Nicole Chung tells of her search for the people who gave her up, which coincided with the birth of her own child. All You Can Ever Know is a profound, moving chronicle of surprising connections and the repercussions of unearthing painful family secrets--vital reading for anyone who has ever struggled to figure out where they belong.
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essayareayaitch
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Overall recommend. It left me with questions regarding adopted children, and I know each child's story is personal. Also, was surprised author's adoption was not transcontinental.

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BarbaraJean
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This is a thoughtful, reflective memoir of the author‘s experience growing up as a transracial adoptee & connecting with her birth family as an adult. It made me realize how unique each adoption story is—contrary to the prepackaged stories that are so prevalent in our culture. I‘ve rarely encountered adoption stories that focus on adult adoptees, that move beyond the “happy ending” of the adoption—so this was both fascinating & thought-provoking.

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justanotherbookreader
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Hello! I just joined Litsy and I thought I would introduce myself through these three recent reads. Each of these reads were assigned for my Literary Journalism class which focused on the public health narrative. Although I enjoy reading nonfiction for my major, I‘m now on summer break and want to read other genres! Comment what your current favorite is or simply say hello. #newmember #theimmortallifeofhenriettalacks #thespiritcatchesyou

MallenNC That‘s a great way to introduce yourself! I‘ve read the top two of those books and the third one is on my TBR. I read a lot of nonfiction, but I am guessing you‘d like a break from that! If you like YA, I recently really liked There‘s Something About Sweetie. I also liked The Accidental Beauty Queen. Both are fun, easy reads. 4w
justanotherbookreader You definitely should read All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung. The writing style is very different to the other two books. She writes as if it is her own journal and she is just pouring out her emotions and experiences on the pages. The other two books, as you know, go back and forth between research and the actual individuals story. I‘m always down for nonfiction but want to switch things up at the moment. 😊 Thank you for the suggestions! 4w
MallenNC @justanotherbookreader I will read All You Can Ever Know for sure! I heard an interview with her and was interested in her story. 4w
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And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon
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MayaB1226 Welcome to Litsy! 📚💖 3w
AmyK1 Welcome to Litsy! If you like historical fiction I just finished The Invention of Wings and really liked it. Calling Me Home is another really good one. 3w
justanotherbookreader @MayaB1226 Thank you so much! Glad to be here. 😊 3w
justanotherbookreader @AmyK1 Ooooh I‘m always down for historical fiction. I‘ll add those to my TBR on Goodreads. Thank you so much! What are you currently reading? 3w
justanotherbookreader @AmyK1 Btw, who is the author for Calling Me Home? There are a few different books by that title on Goodreads. 3w
AmyK1 @justanotherbookreader Calling Me Home is by Julie Kibler. Right now I‘m reading Lessons from a Third Grade Dropout, recommended by my dad. I‘m not liking it as much as he did. When I finish this I‘m starting The Last Year of the War. 3w
FantasyDreams My fav genre is fantasy (think witches, elves, vampires,... that sort of thing) but my fav author is Stephen King, hands down. So far I loved Bag of Bones and The Eyes of the Dragon. 3w
Curiouser_and_curiouser Hi and welcome to Litsy!! I'm a bit of a newbie too, hope you make lots of litten friends whilst you're here and enjoy browsing through posts. I think my fave genres are historical fiction and non fiction, biographies, classics and hard lived childhoods, if that's a genre 3w
justanotherbookreader @FantasyDreams Ooooh Stephen King. 😧 I‘m like so nervous to read his work. How was your reading experience of The Eyes of the Dragoon and Bag of Bones? I just imagine constantly being on the edge of my seat with his work. 😅 3w
justanotherbookreader @Curiouser_and_curiouser Aww thank you so much! I‘m definitely excited to make friends who are all about that book life. 😁 and I think hard lived childhoods could fall under any category really. Just depends if you want nonfiction or fiction. 3w
FantasyDreams @justanotherbookreader The Eyes of the Dragon I couldn‘t put down! Bag of Bones I had to put down and do something else every once in a while (no more than a day) because it gets a little under your skin because it gets a bit creepy. Once I had about 250 pages left, I just couldn‘t put it down. I finished at around 2am and I was totally creeped out. Don‘t read it at night! Lol. 3w
FantasyDreams @justanotherbookreader Also, fair warning, most of his books can take anywhere from 50-200 pages to get interesting because he explains the. Background, scene, time, etc in a very good way IMO 3w
justanotherbookreader @FantasyDreams Thank you for the heads up. That probably explains why his book IT is so long!! Have you seen that book in person? It‘s beastly! I‘ll add those two books to my goodreads. 😊 Perfect for the Halloween season. 🥰 3w
FantasyDreams @justanotherbookreader IT was really good. I‘m so happy they‘re remaking the movie. Part 1 did the book so much more justice than the first version. 3w
amok Hi, such an original way to introduce yourself!! I prefer fiction but every now and then I try to read non-fiction. Maybe you can be my guide here? I enjoyed Michelle Obama's biography enormously. For your summer reads; you might enjoy: The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain. Very moving story about two young boys growing up and learning about love and friendship. Or House Rules by Jodi Picoult. 3w
essayareayaitch Welcome. Though my profile probably says I've been here for a while, I'll fairly new too. Not sure how to navigate this, but I also love that I'm not always alone in book opinions 2w
chaoticgoodhufflepuff Welcome to Litsy! ❤️📚❤️ 1w
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cariashley
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Took a quick breather to take this pic from the bridge on my #audiorun today, just before it got cloudy and drizzly for the rest of the day. This memoir is good but I‘m really not in the mood for family/parenting subject matter at the moment, so kind of wish I‘d picked it up at a different time.

erzascarletbookgasm This place is so beautiful..calm..💙 1mo
Cathythoughts Such a beautiful place ... 1mo
cariashley @erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts it‘s really lovely. And still not as crowded as it will get later in the summer ☺️ 1mo
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As predicted: I finished my grading, and now I‘m finished with this marvelous, moving memoir that contains complexity and, more than that, all of the wonderful writing and heart that made many of us fall for Nicole Chung at The Toast (RIP 😭😭😭😭😭). I‘ve had several friends who were adopted from Korea by white parents who didn‘t know what they were doing - and the resultant stress was huge. Chung writes about that beautifully. 4.5⭐️ #memoir

suzisteffen 📷 of Mount Hood - Chung grew up in Southern Oregon, but was born in Washington - by me, out the window of a plane. 1mo
Severnmeadows Stunning picture! 1mo
suzisteffen @Severnmeadows Thank you! I was lucky with the mountain and sunset timing. (Of course I feel that I‘m always lucky, flying into Portland!) 1mo
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suzisteffen
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One of June‘s #memoir plans. Just as soon as all of my grading gets finished. (Another book I‘ve had since it was published! #TBR pile magic wand.)

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BittersweetBooks
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And no one, no matter how smart or experienced, could expect to look at a tiny baby and know exactly who or what she would grow up to be 👶🏻

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5🌟 One of the most moving and honest memoirs I have ever read! I dont personally have any experience with adoption so this book really taught me a lot. It is a wonderful introspective look at being a Transracial Adoptee. Her story is sad at times but not tragic. Shedding light on how growing up in a small white community, with white parents was and the challenges that created. And much more!
#memoir #bookreview #bookreviewer

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JulietteGF
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This book was a little disappointing for me... While I liked hearing about her experience as an adoptee in a white family, and about her search for her biological family, I was already aware of the difficulties that can emanate from such adoptions, so I didn't learn anything new. I also had difficulty connecting emotionally with the book: the overthinking and the repetitions made it kind of dry for me.

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hope everyone is enjoying their saturday! this book is heartrending and beautiful in the best of ways.

Ashley_Nicoletto Such a sweet pup. 🖤 4mo
tammysue ❤️🐶 4mo
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Here‘s how it begins: “The story my mother told me about them was always the same.
Your birth parents had just moved here from Korea. They thought they wouldn‘t be able to give you the life you deserved.
It‘s the first story I can recall, one that would shape a hundred others once I was old enough and brave enough to go looking.”

Have you read this book yet? What are some memoirs you‘ve loved?

HKGirl I haven't read this, but really want to! It's been highly recommended by a bookish friend I trust. 😊 4mo
SW-T I read it and liked it. Two other standouts were We‘re Going To Need More Wine, Gabrielle Union, and Becoming, Michelle Obama. 4mo
Megabooks I read and liked this book! 4mo
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I am adopted and was so excited when I first heard about this book. I hadn't ever read a memoir of an adopted person before. I got the book for Christmas and it has sat since then because I became nervous to read it. This is one of the first books I've ever read where I identify strongly with aspects of a person's life experiences. To be frank, I keep having to put it down. The book is really good but it is poking some sore spots.

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I bought this one recently and thought I‘d start it this weekend since I have to read it for a group.

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Mitch
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This book about transracial adoption is beautifully written, full of Nicole Chung‘s own story and not the accepted wisdoms that each or any of the topics covered might suggest. It's very personal and you get the sense that the book is actually her way of figuring it all out - not that she's capturing what she's already concluded! I think it's that evolution that you've been invited on as a reader that makes this book so compelling.

TrishB Lovely review ❤️ 5mo
Mitch @TrishB ahhh...thank you x 5mo
Reggie I loved this book!!! Great review!! 5mo
Mitch @Reggie it was brilliant want it.. so thoughtful and she navigated family politics so well. 5mo
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emtobiasz
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I checked this out on #Hoopla last month, then dragged my feet on starting it. Memoirs, particularly the ones I listen to on audio, feel so personal, and the depth of thought and emotion they convey can be draining to experience. Nicole Chung‘s adoption and relationship to it do not make an easy story. But I started this book yesterday and I‘m already riveted.

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MallenNC
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This is what I have in mind for my #FebruaryTBR plus the tagged book, which I have on my Kindle. Three of these are for book clubs (IRL and virtual) #LiteraryLove

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great stack!! I wish I had an irl book club!! 6mo
MallenNC @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks We have one in my building at work! I've never had a real life book club before, but it has been a great way to get to know people who work in other departments. 6mo
vkois88 I wish I had an IRL club too... 6mo
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mdhughes72
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Not *just* about transracial adoption. This is for anyone with children. Or siblings. Or parents. Or family of any kind. Or anyone who‘s wrestling with their own identity because of the ways we‘re pulled in myriad directions by our individualistic culture. I thought of Solomon‘s Far from the Tree and Ko‘s The Leavers as I read. Chung is painfully honest and vulnerable in describing her journey. Isn‘t that all that we ask for in a memoir? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

UrsulaMonarch Great review! 6mo
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ElishaLovesBooks
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Lots of interesting thoughts and questions about identity in this thought provoking memoir. Nicole Chung is Korean and was adopted by white parents. They lived in a predominantly white small town while she was growing up. Questions about adoption and belonging feature alongside her feelings about being the only Asian. All which lead her to search for her birth family. What she finds out about them is complicated as life often is.

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Finally starting this one thanks to yesterday's Kindle sale and this week's National Book Critics Circle Award nomination.

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valeriegeary
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4 weeks post ankle sprain and I'm back on my bike! At least on my indoor trainer. It counts. Pedaling actually hurts less than walking so go figure. Feels good to be sweating again. Listening to this memoir about adoption for my in person book club--it's pretty intriguing, an inside look at the very complicated emotions of family, self, and belonging. #audiocycle

JennyM Glad to hear you are healing well and slowly getting back into it 6mo
LauraBeth 🙌🙌 6mo
readordierachel Good for you! 6mo
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VeganCleopatra I just sprained my ankle for the first time yesterday and I already miss working out. 😢 6mo
valeriegeary @VeganCleopatra oh no!!! It's the worst! So sorry to hear you're going through the pain too. This is my 3rd sprain. I recommend not jumping into intense exercise too quickly, and make a consistent strength training/PT plan (neither of which I did the first 2 times). Once you sprain it, the ligaments are weak and it's easy to do it again. 😫😭 Hope you start to feel better soon! 6mo
VeganCleopatra Thanks! Mind if I pick your brain a bit about it? Like when did your swelling go down if you had swelling? When did you start any exercise? Strength training program, good idea. Any recommendations for that? Did ibuprofen etc by any chance help you? Oh and do you have a type of brace you think works best? Sorry about so many questions! I'm really hating this and it has only been a little over 24 hours! Ugh (edited) 6mo
valeriegeary @VeganCleopatra oh sure! It definitely varies. I've had 2 major and 1 minor. The minor swelling was minimal, I was able to bare weight the next day. For more major ones: ice is your friend. Ice and rest. My ankle was uncomfortably swollen for about 2 weeks this time around. It's still minimally swollen now after 4 but I can move it and bare weight. I didn't walk on it really for a week after. Only to move rooms in my house.... 6mo
valeriegeary @VeganCleopatra Urgent Care sent me home with a walking boot this time but I think it was a waste of money. If you can borrow one from someone it's nice to have the first week or so to hobble around. Otherwise crutches are just as good of an option, and cheaper. I used ibuprofen during the first 3 days when it hurt the most, mostly for pain. It doesn't really help heal, but it keeps your mind off the ache..... 6mo
valeriegeary @VeganCleopatra Start writing the alphabet with your toes as soon as you feel comfortable. It's a great ROM exercise that is gentle but will help heal and get you moving again. Basically pretend there is a piece of chalk on your toe and write the letters in the air. Go as slow as you need to. I found other exercises on line, on youtube and my doctor gave me some. Basically it's up to you when to get back into your routine... 6mo
valeriegeary @VeganCleopatra but for me, it was about 2 weeks before I did any walking more than around the block, 3 when I tried swimming, 4 when I got back on my bike. I haven't returned to running or my other sports and probably won't for another few weeks. Did you go see a doctor? They might have some other recommendations. But really, let yourself rest as much as you can. I know it's frustrating, but sprains take forever to heal. Mine is still painful 6mo
valeriegeary @VeganCleopatra right now I'm using a lace up sports brace when I go on walks or ride my bike because my ankle feels weak still and this brace seems to be pretty supportive. I'll wear it when I get back into volleyball too. Simple Ace bandages are good too for the first few weeks. Hope that helps some! Unfortunately there's not a lot to heal a sprain but time and rest. 😢 6mo
VeganCleopatra Thanks so much for your thoughtful responses! Ugh I'm a terrible rester! I get antsy and just want to be doing something active. That is probably going to be my biggest hurtle: resting enough so I don't slow my own healing or make it worse. I didn't go to the doctor because I'm pretty positive it is thankfully just minor but holy crap minor even sucks. I can put weight on it so that makes me feel better about it all. 6mo
VeganCleopatra I definitely have swelling and I really wonder how long it will last. I do so love the cankle look haha I'm glad to hear the range of swelling time because otherwise if this lasted more than a few days I'd be really worried. I have a high pain tolerance so that is another reason I worry I'll try to do too much. 🙄 (edited) 6mo
VeganCleopatra That alphabet exercise is great! It'll help my sanity when I'm made to sit in one place too. Haha what do you suggest searching for on YouTube specifically? Like what keywords? If I can't do my normal routines at least I can help myself heal right? Argh. I'm just hoping I'll still be able to do snowshoeing in February as planned! Do you have a specific ace bandage you feel works best for support etc during the first weeks? There are so many! 6mo
VeganCleopatra Did you ice as long as you were swollen or stop after a few days? Thank you so much, you've genuinely soothed some of my nerves. 6mo
valeriegeary You're welcome! If you can bear weight already you're doing great! But one reason to take your time with exercise is to avoid reinjury. Ice during first 48 hours, then ice as needed, and alternate heat. No specific brand of Ace, just what the doctor gave me. Look up ankle sprain physical therapy.... That should get you to some good videos. If you have free weights you could always do bicep curls to keep you busy! 💪😄 6mo
valeriegeary @VeganCleopatra forgot to tag you ☝️☝️ If you can get up and down off the floor without hurting yourself, crunches and ab work are good distractions too while you wait for the ankle to heal. Here's to swift healing and snowshoeing in February! 🤞 (I'm hoping to get in some snowshoeing before the season ends too.) 6mo
valeriegeary @VeganCleopatra the lace up brace I got is a Shock Doctor model 849. 6mo
VeganCleopatra Thanks again! My ankle and foot look awful but are feeling slightly improved. I'm definitely going to be trying some ab and free weight stuff to maintain my sanity. I've considered pilates since it is all mostly on the floor but I don't know if all the moves would be liked by my ankle right now. I've gotten a brace that I hope will help. I'm really enjoying all the limping around I'm getting to do. Fun stuff! 😩 here's to us both healing! 6mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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A very thoughtful memoir about family, adoption, and motherhood.

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ElishaLovesBooks
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This is the book I‘m starting now. It took forever to come from the library-I hope it‘s good!

valeriegeary I started listening to the audiobook this week. I'm enjoying it so far 6mo
Reggie Sometimes I wanted to argue with her, but sometimes other people‘s experience is not your experience, and I had to remember that. I thought it was great, though. 6mo
ElishaLovesBooks @valeriegeary Glad to hear it! @Reggie That is a great reminder and so true!! 6mo
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“Family lore given to us as children has such a hold over us, such staying power. It can form the bedrock of another kind of faith, one to rival any religion, informing our beliefs about ourselves, and our families, and our place in the world.”

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This was a beautifully compelling memoir. Chung, born of Korean parents and adopted by a white family in the Pacific Northwest, sets out to discover the truth about her birth family. From a well-meaning but “color blind” white family to a complicated birth family, there‘s no certainty, but there is love.

“I know my place in my adoptive family is secure. That is not the same thing as always feeling that I belong.”

#readingwomenofcolor2019

valeriegeary My in person book club is reading this one this month! I'm looking forward to it! 6mo
Megabooks I enjoyed this too! 6mo
nelehelen Can‘t wait to read this! 6mo
BookInMyHands @valeriegeary Nice choice for book club. It‘s also fun reading a book where some of the places mentioned are places you‘ve been. It made me think so much, and not for he first time, about this very white PNW city I grew up in, and how hard that would have been as a person of color when I was a kid. 6mo
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erinreads
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Starting my first new read of the year with a big slice of the peanut butter pie I made last night. Hello, 2019. 👋🏻 #allyoucanevereat

Reviewsbylola Yum!! 7mo
silentrequiem That pie looks so good. 7mo
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TelevisionNeighbor
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This was a beautiful book. I read it on the hoopla app, which is a great resource if you have a library card. This story contained so much, but I really like the passages on faith, how we use “God‘s will” to simplify complicated matters and use it to try to erase or ignore a lot of pain. There is so much I can‘t get into here, but please read this book if you haven‘t already!

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A beautiful in-depth look at Chung's personal experience with adoption, loving the parents who raised her and, as an adult, developing a close & complicated relationship with her sister. Her self-awareness is off the charts & perfectly lent itself to the emotions depicted here which otherwise may have fallen flat. Including specific examples of bullying she endured due to how she looked/her looks differing from her parents broke my heart.

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SW-T
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Read this in one long stretch. Some parts were really heartbreaking and others very joyful. Overall, a good read that brings up some very important things about adopting children of color.

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SW-T
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“All members of a family have their own ways of defining the others.”

So very true.

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BooksAtNight
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Spending this evening with Nicole Chung as she explores what adoption means to her; so far, I find her story both straightforward and nuanced. This is totally a #blamelitsy read, since I wouldn‘t have known about this book without The Reading Women shouting about it.
Also, anyone else‘s kitty seem to magically appear when they settle down to read?

CouronneDhiver Yep! She likes to appear and, then, sit in the most inconvenient spot 7mo
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Christine
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This was a sweet and very readable memoir. I‘m not sure I loved it as much some did...however, I think it‘s wonderful that a personal story about adoption, race, and identity is getting so much press, and I hope it encourages many more adoptees and members of mixed race families to share and write about their own unique experiences.

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ElectricKatyLand
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Whoa. This memoir about family, adoption, race, and truth seeking is beautifully written and emotionally powerful. Deep read as a mom. Recommend.

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Suet624
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I wasn‘t as enthralled as everyone else seems to be by this memoir. Wish I could say more about it, but I was surprisingly left feeling numb by the experience of reading it. 🤦🏻‍♀️

Leftcoastzen Hey , love your honesty, there are books that lots of folks love that for me are a “meh” .Glad there is always a more interesting book down the road! 7mo
saresmoore Hurm, don‘t think I‘ll rush to get to this one, then. I have a really hard time with memoirs for some reason. 7mo
Suet624 @Leftcoastzen Thank you. 💕 7mo
Suet624 @saresmoore please, no. I‘m waiting to read the memoir that you write, though. 7mo
saresmoore Ditto. 7mo
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erinreads
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Believe it or not, this was the first book reading/signing I‘ve ever been to! It was a really fun and surreal experience hearing Nicole Chung read from her memoir, and now I can‘t wait to finally read it. In 2019, I‘m going to try to read a lot more nonfiction than I did this year (i.e. more than SIX books 😬), so I‘m thinking of doing a nonfiction #LitsyAtoZ list to make it a little more interesting, starting with this one!

Reggie Lol, last January I gave myself a goal of reading more memoirs. I‘m up to 1 right now because I read this book 2 weeks ago. It is a lovely, more honest than I thought it could be, book. Hopefully your goal goes better than mine!!! 7mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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I‘m not gonna lie, I had a hard time with this at the beginning. I tried to read it, gave up. Then, got the audiobook. I still resisted a bit and didn‘t really like the first part.

But. Then.

Dang. Chung got very real and vulnerable and her description of childbirth and early parenthood was SPOT ON. And her story gets much deeper and more nuanced and by the end, I was hooked. Listening every spare second. 👍🏼👍🏼 #audiobook

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Jeanne_S
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Mehso-so

It was well written but I wasn‘t that interested.

ErinC I‘m struggling with it right now too. I think it‘s just timing for me. I‘m going to return it to library and try it again another time I think. 7mo
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erinreads
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And this is why everyone needs a bookstore in their neighborhood! Excited to go this tomorrow night. I actually bought a copy of the book the very first day the store opened, so that‘s fun. And I convinced my friend to come with me and she‘s buying a copy as well, so now we can then read it together!

silentrequiem *jealous of you having a bookstore in downtown SS again* 7mo
erinreads @silentrequiem it‘s only in the current pop up location through January 1st, but the owner said they have 3 prospects to move into in the new year. Here‘s hoping it all works out! 7mo
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behudd
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This should be required reading for anyone who has adopted or is planning to adopt. As a white mom of a child of color, for me this has been a book full of reminders & eye opening personal experiences that Chung shares.

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Reggie
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What a beautifully written memoir that totally rakes your heart over the coals in the best way. Nicole is pregnant when she takes the opportunity to find out about her birth family. As a baby she was adopted by a white couple who loved her and raised her the best way they could without knowing what being the only girl that looks like her in a mostly white town could do to her. The whole book is extremely thoughtful and sensitive. A great read!!

Cinfhen I‘ve seen this book on a bunch of “best” lists! I‘ll be looking for it. Happy you‘re back on Litsy, Reggie ❤️ 8mo
erzascarletbookgasm Stacking! 👍 8mo
Reggie @Cinfhen Thanks!!! It‘s good to be back. 8mo
TrishB Great review as always 👍🏻 8mo
LauraBeth Can‘t wait to read this one! 8mo
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Reggie
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@Tamra Have you read this? It‘s the memoir of a Korean woman who as a baby was adopted by a white couple. I‘m only on page 16 but it‘s great so far.

Tamra No, I haven‘t but I‘ll stack it. (edited) 8mo
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la_isla
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This is just so beautifully written, and gives you food for thought regarding adoption, family, and a sense of belonging and culture.

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alysonwrites
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I‘ve been following Nicole Chung for a while, so I was intrigued to learn about her experience as a trans-racial adoptee. Chung‘s brave attempt to reunite with her birth family while pregnant with her first child reveals not only how complex her family history is, but also how crucial it is to grapple with for her children‘s sense of identity as well as her own. Her reunion unearths pain and loss, but also unexpected joy. A deeply moving read.

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MaureenMc
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Well done memoir of Chung‘s coming to terms with her adoption and searching for her birth family. She addresses the complexities and difficulties inherent in adoption, especially when white parents adopt non-white children. Recommend.

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BeaG
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I read this in one sitting. It was a great memoir. She was open and honest with her life as an adoptee. I was especially impressed with her acknowledgment that her adopted parents see/understand adoption differently than her.

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ReadingEnvy
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Nicole Chung shares her story of growing up as a transracial adoptee in a small Oregon town where she was often the only person of color. I heard some of her story on the @nprcodeswitch podcast (recommended), but didn't know what happened after she looked into her birth parents. She navigates the questions of adoption, parenthood, family, and identity with nuance.
#hoopla

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ellemarr
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Oh my! I loved this book. Its commentary on adoption, trans-racial adoption, and then living as a multi-cultural human in today‘s American climate are all reasons it blew me away. Bottom line: Come for the Korean-American raised by white family hook, stay for the excellent, insightful, honest, gripping writing.

Jilly6183 I just listened to a really good interview with the author on the podcast Call Your Girlfriend! Adding to my #tbr ! 8mo
ellemarr @Jilly6183 yay! I‘m so glad to hear that! She‘s in town this week, so I‘ll hopefully hear her speak too. Enjoy the read! 8mo
Laura317 Sounds like one I need to read. 8mo
ellemarr @Laura317 hope you enjoy! Let me know what you think 8mo
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BookishShelly
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I‘ve always been interested in adoption (and it was the subject of my research paper in my college intro to psychology class) and adoptee stories. So, it‘s not surprising that I loved this book. 5⭐️ (This is my giveaway win copy, which in no way influenced my review.) #nonfictionnovember

BookishShelly @Soubhiville no I‘m not familiar with that book. Though I tend to read more nonfiction adoption stories. Is that book good? (edited) 8mo
Soubhiville I loved it. It‘s historical fiction, not entirely focused on the adoption, but it‘s a big part of the story. 8mo
BookishShelly @Soubhiville ok thanks. Added to my TBR 8mo
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irre
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I didn‘t read many books at all in October. 😞
Hoping November will be a better reading month.

bookandcat You read some chunksters though! Lonesome Dove and the like are LONG! 9mo
bookandcat Also, how was Witch Elm? I love Tana French 9mo
irre @bookandcat I liked Witch Elm. The action was a bit slow but French‘s writing is beautiful and I enjoyed reading it. Not her best but definitely worth it. 9mo
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