Found: A Memoir

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Da Capo Press, Mar 1, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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Found is Jennifer Lauck's sequel to her New York Times bestseller Blackbird: A Childhood Lost and Found. More than one woman’s search for her biological parents, Found is a story of loss, adjustment, and survival. Lauck’s investigation into her own troubled past leads her to research that shows the profound trauma undergone by infants when they’re separated from their birth mothers—a finding that provides a framework for her writing as well as her life.

Though Lauck’s story is centered around her search for her birth mother, it’s also about her quest to overcome her displacement, her desire to please and fit in, and her lack of a sense of self—all issues she attributes to having been adopted, and also to having lost her adoptive parents at the early age of nine. Throughout her thirties and early forties, she tries to overcome her struggles by becoming a mother and by pursuing a spiritual path she hopes will lead to wholeness, but she discovers that the elusive peace she has been seeking can only come through investigating—and coming to terms with—her past.

Found is a powerful story of belonging, connectedness, and personal truths, in which Lauck lays bare the experience of a woman searching for her identity. Her assertions about mother and child will be a comfort to some in the adoptive community, and distressing to others; but her primary motive is to offer another perspective, and to give voice to the adoptive children who may be having trouble making sense of their own experience.
 

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Jennifer Lauck is an accomplished writer and a gifted human being. She proved herself as a writer in her previous books, including Blackbird and Still Waters. She has also proven herself as an ... Read full review

FOUND: A Memoir

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Sequel to the author's bestselling memoir Blackbird: A Childhood Lost and Found (2000).The child of young parents compelled to give an infant daughter up to adoption in the early 1960s, Lauck begins ... Read full review

Contents

Title Page
FOUR THREE DEATHS
EIGHT THE LESSON
TWELVE FREE WILL
FOURTEEN ONE THING DO KNOW
SIXTEEN THREE YEARS LATER
NINETEEN PRACTICE
TWENTYTVVO NEVER GIVE
TWENTYFIVE REUNION
TWENTYEIGHT JUST THREE AGAIN

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About the author (2011)

Jennifer Lauck is an award-winning journalist and the author of the memoirs Blackbird, a New York Times bestseller, and Still Waters. Lauck has been featured in Newsweek, Harper's Bazaar, Talk Magazine, People, Glamour, and Writer's Digest. She was a select USA Today pick and nominated for two Oregon Book Awards for Blackbird.

Before becoming a memoir writer, speaker, and teacher, Lauck worked for eight years in television news for ABC affiliates from Montana to Oregon. Her investigative reports have appeared on CNN and the ABC Nightly News.

By the age of ten, Lauck was homeless in Los Angeles, after the deaths of her adoptive mother and father. Her writing explores the complexity of human existence as well as the depths of loss. With humor and humility, Lauck writes and speaks about perseverance, courage and the remarkable capacity of humans to transcend the worst of losses with grace.

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