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.
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.
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
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.
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
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!
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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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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.
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
This is the book I‘m starting now. It took forever to come from the library-I hope it‘s good!
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.”
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!
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.
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?
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.
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. 🤦🏻♀️
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!
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.
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
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!
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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
I didn‘t read many books at all in October. 😞
Hoping November will be a better reading month.