Secret Thoughts of an Adoptive Mother

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Andrews and McMeel, Jan 1, 1997 - Family & Relationships - 148 pages
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While books about adoption proliferate, none of them addresses the subject of open and interracial adoption like Jana Wolff's personal and frank account does in [i]Secret Thoughts of an Adoptive Mother[/i]. Often irreverent, always insightful, surprisingly funny and stunningly honest, [i]Secret Thoughts[/i] tells it like it is: How it feels for a woman to look nothing like her child and to know the woman who does. This fiercely honest and funny book answers questions no one dares to ask: What if I don't like the child I get? Will she want the baby back? If this is the happiest day of my life, why am I so sad? Am I too white for a kid this black? Chapter titles include: "The Myth of Bliss," Friendly Racism," "Meeting Your Child's Mother," and "Adopted Poop Doesn't Smell Any Different."

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User Review  - Dan Phillips - Goodreads

Originally published in 1997, this is a brief memoir about a white couple's adoption of a mixed-race / predominantly black boy, told from the mother's (Wolff's) point of view. The title pretty much ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bethany - Goodreads

This book was written in 1997. Now that adoption is much more mainstream, I have to thank her for the admissions of her thought processes. Wolff says the things people think but everyone's afraid to ... Read full review


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Wolff is frequently asked to write and speak about adoption, race and families.

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