So more books! This time it is books written by adult adoptees. I really feel like adult adoptees who write about their lives are being very generous. Their experience is of course the best advice for adoptive parents – including when they are questioning the ethics of adoption – those are the most important questions to ask – and have answered.

The books below do not necessararily write about adoption ethics and answers! And they are not necessararily written to be information manuels for adoptive parents. But I think it is really important to hear what adult adoptees have to say.

I am really keen to get recomendations about resources from people who have experienced adoption. So please, send your recomendations to me! I would love to know what books you have found helpful!!

The Colour of Difference: Journeys in Transracial Adoption editors Sarah Armstrong & Patrina Slaytor (published federated press, reprinted 2002)

Comment: an excellent book, there are 26 short stories written by adult adoptees about their experiences growing up in transracial
families, and they are very honest stories. Some would have been painful to write and I admire the authors. It is not all pain though there are also stories where the adoption was the best thing for all involved. So it is a very well rounded book. But for an adoptive parent there is a lot that can be learned from this book.

The Truth About My Fathers by Gaby Naher (pub Random House 2002).

Comment: this book is beautifully written and is memoirs of the author’s time looking for her birth parents and reflecting on her relationship with her adoptive parents. It is not an international adoption story but an Australian local adoption story and it is well worth the read.

Daughter of the Ganges by Asha Miro (published in Australia by Bantam 2006)

Comment: this book was originally written in Spanish and published as 2 books. The author is adopted from India to Spain as a child (not as infant – she remembers the process) and the book is written about her two journeys back to India as an adult to connect with her cultural heritage and hopefully her birth family. It is very interesting but I wondered if there was more ‘depth’ in the original Spanish version because although very interesting the English version seems a bit light on emotion.

Beneath the Waves by Layne Beachley (published Ebury Press 2008)

Comment: Some people may not know that 7 times World Champion Surfer Layne Beachley is adopted (Australian local adoption) but she is and she has written a really great book about her life experience. The book is mostly about surfing of course, but also about her relationship with her adoptive father and her birth mother and how she feels that being adopted was part of her drive to be the best surfer in the world. It is really honest about her journey, especially the parts around her birth mother. I am from the same part of the world as Layne (I sometimes see her around the place! – she does not know that) and have always been a fan of her surfing so was VERY interested to read this and I thought it was great.

There are others on my bookshelf that I am still to read… if any people in blog land have any to suggest I am all ears!