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Before and After
Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children's Home Society | Judy Christie, Lisa Wingate
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The incredible, poignant true stories of victims of a notorious adoption scandalsome of whom learned the truth from Lisa Wingates bestselling novel Before We Were Yours and were reunited with birth family members as a result of its wide reach From the 1920s to 1950, Georgia Tann ran a black-market baby business at the Tennessee Childrens Home Society in Memphis. She offered up more than 5,000 orphans tailored to the wish lists of eager parentshiding the fact that many werent 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. The publication of Lisa Wingates novel Before We Were Yours brought new awareness of Tanns 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. Before and After 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. In Before and After, Wingate and Christie 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, long-silent victims of the tragically corrupt system return to Memphis with Wingate and Christie to reclaim their stories at a Tennessee Childrens Home Society reunion . . . with extraordinary results.
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Jennick2004
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This book was SO good. Heartbreaking, warm and fuzzy, anger-inducing. You‘ll feel it all!

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Jennick2004
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Break time at work!

Lindy that's my kind of multitasking. 😃 1w
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Jennick2004
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OMG this book 😱😭💜

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Jennick2004
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“...a woman who managed to attend her birth mother‘s funeral and finally saw people who looked like her”

I‘m going to cry through this entire book!
#TearJerker

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Floresj
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Admittedly, I hadn‘t read the “Before You Were Ours” and no background of the TCHS. The stories were sad but society‘s disapproval of pregnant single and poor women were just as sad. (Tann sounds like a horrible person, however.) This one just didn‘t do it for me.

Reviewsbylola Ooooh this sounds right up my alley. 2w
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⭐⭐⭐⭐
#NFNov Book 13 finished. Bingo prompt: True Crime
Stories from real life victims of TCHS, I highly recommend, however I suggest you read Before We Were Yours first.
#TIL On one day, at the local hospital, six unsuspecting mothers were told their baby had died. That of course was a lie, all were sold by Georgia Tann and her cronies.
I find it unbelievable that this went on for 30 years!
@rsteve388 @Clwojick

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Jennick2004
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My Target B2G1 books came! Which should I read next?!

sblbooks Before and after, I'm reading it now. 3w
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the_next_chapter101
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So tragic but yet such a powerful read. The author captured their stories beautifully. I can't wait to read Before We Were Your's now. Highly recommend! 5/5⭐ (Listened via Scribd)

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Pageturner2
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Just started this. Haven‘t read Before We Were Yours.

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Latrelwhite
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The incredible, poignant true stories of victims of a notorious adoption scandal—some of whom learned the truth from Lisa Wingate‘s bestselling novel Before We Were Yours and were reunited with birth family members.

I need to read “BeforeWe We‘re Yours.”

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Some real life stories from the adoptees and stolen children from the Tennessee Children's Home, victims of Georgia Tann

(The home written about it in Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate)

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Michellekidwell
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In this book we read some of the Poignant True Stories of Victims of Georgia Tann‘s adoption Scandal, some of them learning the truth from Lisa Wingate‘s novel Before We Were Your‘s and we‘re reunited with their birth families.

Georgia Tann ran a Black Market Baby business out of The Tennessee Children‘s Home in Memphis from the 1920‘s to 1950‘s. More than 5000 Orphans tailored to the wishlist of Eager parents.

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