This month the community forum will present true accounts of adoption, one parent to another, in a supportive atmosphere for families and others interested in this topic. For readers, the following books are available at the library: A love like no other: stories from adoptive parents
by Jill Smolowe, 2005, has sections by 20 diverse authors, in varying circumstances, sharing their experiences. The writers are all professional writers as well as adoptive parents, and the writing is described as lively, magical, candid and evocative—not to mention provocative. The book May the circle be unbroken: an intimate journey into the heart of adoption
by Lynn C. Franklin, 1998, is both a memoir and a study, giving Franklin’s personal experience as a birth mother and the results of extensive interviews and research from Franklin’s role on the board of an adoption agency. For those looking for international adoption experiences, the Smolowe book and A world of love
by Maggie Conroy, 1997, are both good choices. The Conroy family adopted three girls from other countries to raise alongside their biological daughter. Be my baby: parents & children talk about adoption
by Gail Kinn is a photo-essay written with adoptive parents, children, and birth parents telling their own stories. A nice introductory work is The complete adoption book: everything you need to know to adopt a child
by Laura Beauvais-Godwin, 2000. Join the community forum for more adoption stories on Thursday, February 21, at 6 pm, at the Carnegie Library.