New Tapestry Book – Akin to the Truth

Tapestry Books is proud to add “Akin to the Truth: A Memoir of Adoption and Identity” by Paige Adams Stickland to the Tapestry Books website. This book tells the story of Paige, an adoptee who struggled with finding her true identity as she grew older. Her longing to know more about her birthmother and her story about when she was born describes the desire many adoptees still have today. However, when her adoptive family gave her very little information, “being adopted made her feel vulnerable and unreal.” The author of this memoir, Paige Adams Strickland, encourages all to read this heart-felt book: “This is my first book, “Akin to the

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

In honor of April, the National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Tapestry Books would like to highlight a few books that discuss child abuse in adoption and foster care. One of these books is the renowned book by Gregory Keck and Regina Kupecky, “Parenting the Hurt Child: Helping Adoptive Families.” Although this is a book that Tapestry Books has often highlighted and reviewed in the past few months, it remains to be one of the leading book on adoption, child welfare, and parenting. This book discusses (in addition to many other topics) how parents are able to heal their children from the hurt they have experienced during the adoption process. This

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Movie Review – “The Odd Life of Timothy Green”

In Hollywood, the adoption process and the foster care process is often intertwined heavily with dramatic plot twists and exciting, yet unrealistic events. When a film does arise that can accurately portray the journey of adoption, it is always great to share its story. One such film is the Disney movie, “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” starring Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton. This movie focuses on Cindy and Tim Green as they struggle to start a family. When a mysterious young boy comes to them one night claiming Jim and Cindy as his parents, they experience what it is like to be parents for the first time. Below is

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‘Sam’s Sister’ by Juliet C. Bond

Speaking about adoption with young children is a difficult (yet necessary) task. In the realm of adoption literature, there are many books that discuss exactly how to bring up the subject. Some books, such as “All About Adoption” or “Lucy’s Family Tree”, are even written to be a starting point for speaking with children about adoption. However, these books are all intended for the adoptive parent and adoptee sides of the adoption triad. Despite this, there is one book that is written for expectant and birth families. Sam’s Sister by Juliet C. Bond is a children’s adoption book that is told from the perspective of Rosa, a five-year-old girl. When

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Book Review – Secret Thoughts of an Adoptive Mother

While it is true that the adoption process is simply another way to start and grow a family, to say that it is completely equal with having a biological child is inaccurate. The truth is that for many adoptive parents, adoption is a traumatic and grief-worthy experience that affects families in completely different ways than . This is the idea that author Jana Wolff touches upon in her book, “Secret Thoughts of an Adoptive Mother.” Wolff bases this book off of her own experiences as she went through infertility treatments, making the decision to adopt, and ultimately adopting a child. As the title indicates, this book is an anthology of

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Dim Sum, Bagels, and Grits – Book Review

This book, published in 2001, was one of the first books in adoption literature that speaks directly to the multicultural family and still remains to be one of the leading books on this topic today. The author of this boo, Myra Alperson, draws from her own experience of adopting her daughter Sadie ZhenZhen Alperson from China in addition to extensive research and input from other multicultural families. As the title states, “Dim Sum, Bagels, and Grits” can be used as a sourcebook for families that offers advice on shaping a household that includes more than one culture. While Alperson’s experience only involves the Chinese-American cultures, this book provides statements from

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Free Resource – “Infertility – A Personal and Professional Overview Part 1”

Many of the people who decide to grow their families through the wonderful journey of adoption have experienced some type of infertility before their decision. Even though the option of adoption should not be seen as a ‘back-up’ plan to the other options, the terms infertility and adoption are connected. In this free article on Tapestry Books, Kathy Crissey, MS, LMHC, discusses her own personal journey with infertility and how her experience led to her family now. Crissey explains that infertility not an easy process for her (or for anyone), and that there were many points in her journey when she began to question her core beliefs, her faith, and

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National Read Across America Day

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” “I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.” “I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam-I-Am.” We have all heard these magical, inspiring words before. When Theodor Suess Geisel first put pen to paper, he created something wonderful. Today marks the 111th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Suess. March 2nd of every year is recognized as National Read Across America Day, also known as “Dr. Suess Day”. On this day, children everywhere

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“Adoption is a Family Affair!” by Patricia Irwin Johnston

From the very beginning, author Patricia Irwin Johnston does not mask or dilute the meaning of this book: that adoption is not merely a decision, but a lifelong journey, and that these journeys are all the more sweet when they include family and friends. “Adoption is a Family Affair: What Relatives and Friends Must Know” is book that describes the typical response family members and friends have when an individual or couple announce that they have started the adoption process. This book also suggests new ways family and friends can respond that would be more supportive of the prospective adoptive parents. Johnston explains that because adoption is most often not

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“A Few Good Eggs” – Book Review

In the realm of adoption, parenting, and fertility literature, there are an almost infinite number of books that discuss how to cope with and overcome infertility. This often makes finding a book regarding infertility that fits your particular needs much more difficult to find. Books like, “A Few Good Eggs: Two Chicks Dish on Overcoming the Insanity of Infertility” by Julie Vargo and Maureen Regan, is one of the few that stands out among the hundreds of others. “A Few Good Eggs” is a guidebook and personal reflection book written by two women who have experienced the grueling process of infertility. This book is written not to be wholly informational

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