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            The Fifth and Final Name
Rhonda Noonan

Rhonda Noonan recounts her thirty-year quest to find the truth of her own background-and what she uncovered will surprise readers as much as it did her. Rhonda was born and adopted in Oklahoma, a state with closed adoption records. And, although she was cherished by her adoptive family, she-like so many adoptees-felt a burning desire to find and make contact with her birth parents. Her three-decade-long search involved institutional stonewalling; the intervention of numerous judges, attorneys, and detectives; mountains of paperwork and court filings, and thousands of dollars in expenses. 



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While the AAC believes that all the books listed below will be helpful to individuals seeking to learn more about the adoption experience, the views and opinions expressed in the books are those of the authors alone. 

 


Second Choice: Growing Up Adopted  
Robert Anderson
 
 
 


The Traffic in Babies: Cross-Border Adoption and
Baby-Selling Between the United States and Canada
1930 - 1972

Karen Balcolm





Lethal Secrets: The Psychology of
Donor Insemination – Problems and Solutions
 
Annette Baran, Reuben Pannor and Arthur D. Sorosky
 
 


  
Not Your Normal Family:
A Single Asperger Womans 

Adoption of Two Down's Boys
 Fiona Barrington

 

   

Confessions of a Lost Mother 
Elisa M. Barton


 



Late Discoveries: An Adoptee's Quest for Truth
Susan Bennett


 
 

 

Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self 
 David M.Brodzinsky, Marshall D. Schlechter, Robin Marantz Henig.

 




Swimming Up the Sun: A Memoir of Adoption 
Nicole J. Burton


 

 

Adoption Politics: Bastard Nation and Ballot Initiative 58 
E. Wayne Carp
 



Growing Up Is Hard to Do When They Won't Tell You Who You Are
Joann Chace 
 



Birth Fathers and Their Adoption Experience
Gary Clapton







Three Little Words: A Memoir
Ashley Rhodes-Courter


 

 

 
    Jessica Lost: A Story of Birth, Adoption &
    The Meaning of Motherhood
   
Bunny Crumpacker

 

 

 
  Adopting After Infertility: Messages from Practice,
  Research and Personal Experience 
 
Marilyn Crawshaw & Rachel Balen


 
Fifty Years in 13 Days a Mother/Daughter Reuinon
Katie DeCosse & Jackie Maher

 



My Brave Little Man
Terry Allen Degner



 
 
  Adopted Reality: A Memoir
  Laura Dennis

 


 

 
Finding a Forever Family: A News Anchor's Notebook
on Domestic Adoption Within the Foster Care System

Christine Devine


 
 


The Language of Flowers: A Novel
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
 


 

 
 Outer Search/Inner Journey: An Orphan and Adoptee's Quest
 Peter F. Dodds.



 


A Love Child's Journey
CKay Duncan


 
 


Making Room in Our Hearts:
Keeping Family Ties Through Open Adoption
 
Micky Duxbury



 
 
Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew
 Sherrie Eldridge
 


 

 

Following the Tambourine Man: A Birthmother's Memoir

Janet Mason Ellerby
 




 
Intimate Reading: The Contemporary Women's Memoir

 Janet Mason Ellerby


 


 The Search: A Memoir of an Adopted Woman
 Titia Ellis

 





The Sighing of Rose-Breasted Cockatoos: The Search for the Sunlit Clearing
Robert Ensign
 





Everything In It's Own Time
Rebecca Patton Falco






   Any Skeletons in the Closet?
    Ann E Fedeli

 
 

 
 
The Girls Who Went Away 
 Ann Fessler



 

 


    
  Blind In One Eye: A Story About Seeing the Possibilities

  David R. Ford
   

 

 

 
May the Circle Be Unbroken:
An Intimate Journey into the Heart of Adoption

 Lynn C. Franklin
 

 
 


    Somebody's Child: Stories About Adoption
    
Bruce Gillespie and Lynne Van Luven

 




     Silent Moms: The Secret Grief of Birth Mothers
     Theresa Gonzalez
     (ordered through authors website) 


 

  
 
   
Blending In: Crisscrossing the Lines
    of Race, Religion, Family, and Adoption

    Barbara Ann Gowan

 
 

 
 
Adoption Constellation

 Michael Grand



 

Not Remembered Never Forgotten
Robert Hafetz

  

 

 
Without A Map: A Memoir
Meridith Hall

  

 


An Unlit Path
Deborah L. Hannah

  

 



Mother Country: A Memoir
Jeremy Harding


 



Good Girls Don't
Patty Hawn
 





 Finding Family: My Search for Roots 
 and the Secrets in My DNA  

 Richard Hill





The Mistress's Daughter
A. M. Homes

  

 
In A Country Of Mothers 
A. M. Homes

 
Finding Me In a Paper Bag:
Searching For Both Sides Now
 
 Sally Howard.

 
 

  
  Two Hearts: An Adoptee's Journey
  Through Grief to Gratitude
  
Linda Hoye

 

 

 
Healing the Hole in A Heart: One Birthmother's
Journey into the Adoption Triangle

 Nancy Mac Isaac

 

 
Black Baby White Hands:
A View from the Crib

Jaiya John

 

 

  
 Perspectives on a Grafted Tree:
Thoughts for Those Touched

 
Patricia Irwin Johnston


 

Birthmothers: Women Who Have Relinquished Babies for Adoption Tell Their Stories
Merry Bloch Jones




He Waited for Me

Patricia Kamradt

   

 

 

Adoption: Uncharted Waters 
 David Kirschner, Ph.D.

 


 



The English American
Alison Larkin


 



     Listen to Me: Writing Life Into Meaning
    
Lynn Lauber







     Found: A Memoir
    
Jennifer Lauck


 

 



  Blackbird: A Childhood Lost and Found
  
Jennifer Lauck


 

 



    Still Waters
    
Jennifer Lauck

 




    Show Me the Way
    
Jennifer Lauck



 

 


 Once They Hear My Name: Korean Adoptees
 and Their Journeys Toward Identity
 
Ellen Lee


 


Lost and Found:
The Adoption Expeience

Betty Jean Lifton


 

 


Journey of the Adopted Self: A Quest for Wholeness
Betty Jean Lifton
 
 

 


Nothing Good Ever Happens to Me: An Adoption Love Story
Caroline Lindsay


 



Empty Arms: A Novel
 
Erika Liodice





Mom -- Is that you?
Cynthia MacGregor 




Out of the Shadows:
Stories of Adoption & Reunion

Linda Back MacKay





     Secret Storms
     
Julie Mannix & Kathy Hadfield




 



Single Mothers By Choice
Jane Mattes


 

                            
                      
Becoming Patrick

Patrick McMahon                         

 
 



Looking for Lost Bird: A Jewish
Woman Discovers Her Navajo Roots

Yvette Melanson

 


Raising Adopted Children, Revised
Edition: Practical Reassuring
Advice for Every Adoptive Parent

Lois Ruskai Melina
 
 

 
The Open Adoption Experience - A Complete
 Guide for Adoptive and Birth Families

 Lois Ruskai Melina
 

 

 

 
The Mysteries of Eva Miller Revealed
 Eva Miller

 
 

 


Waiting to Forget: A Motherhood Lost and Found
 
Margaret Moorman



 

To Prison With Love
Sandy Musser

 

The Fifth and Final Name: Memoir of an American Churchill
Rhonda Noonan


 



Reading Adoption: Family and Difference in Fiction and Drama
 Marianne Novy





       The Harris Narratives: An Introspective Study
       of a Transracial Adoptee
       Susan Harris O'Connor
 




The Family of Adoption
Joyce Maguire Pavao



 

A Chance in the World: An Orphan Boy, A Mysterious
Past and How He Found a Place Called Home

Steve J Pemberton

 

 

Adoption Nation (Revised and Updated
 
Adam Pertman
 





In Her Mother's Shoes
Felicity Price






The Baby Thief: The Untold Story of Georgia Tann, the
Baby Seller Who Corrupted Adoption
 
Brbara Bisantz Raymond


 

The Stork Market: America's Multi-Billion Dollar
Unregulated Adoption Industry

Mirah Riben
 
 

 

Adoption Encounter: Hurt, Transition, Healing
Mary J Rillera

 



 


 
Adoption Reunion: Ecstasy or Agony?
 
Evelyn Burns Robinson


 


Adoption and Loss: The Hidden Grief
Evelyn Burns Robinson




Adoption and Recovery: Solving the Mystery of Reunion
Evelyn Burns Robinson


 

 

Adopton Separation: Then and Now
Evelyn Burns Robinson



 
 

Touched By Adoption
Nancy A. Robinson



 

 


Saying Goodbye to a Baby: Birthparents
Guide to Loss and Grief in Adoption

Patricia Roles


 



Second-Chance Mother
Denise Roessle


 

Adoption Wisdom: A Guide to the Issues and Feelings in Adoption
Marlou Russell


 

 

 

The Life We Were Given: Operation Babylift, International
Adoption,  and the Children of War in Vietnam
 
Dana Sachs


 

 

Hunting Shadows
Dan Sandifer


 

 


Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited
Elyse Schein
 



 


Searching for a Past: The Adopted Adult's
Unique Process of Finding Identity

 Jane Norris Schooler


 

 


Journey's After Adoption, Understanding Lifelong Issues
 
Jane Norris Schooler
 
 

 

 


Coming Together: An Adoptee's Story
Martha Shideler

 



 


Finding Fernanda: Two Mothers, One Child, and a
Cross-Border Search for Truth

Erin Siegal

 

 


Dear Birthmother
 
Kathleen Silber





The Box in the Closet: My Journey to
Claim Who I am

Margaret Singleton





Adopting America: Childhood, Kinship,
and National Identity in Literature

Carol Singley
 


 

Orphan
Corie Skolnick



 

The Adoption Mystique: Hard Hitting Expose of the Powerful Social Stigma
That Permeates Child Adoption in the United States
 
Jana Wolf Small


 



Adoption Healing...a Path to Recovery
Joe Soll


 

 


Adoption Healing...A Path to Recovery for
Mothers Who Lost Children to Adoption
 
Joe Soll


 

 


Wake Up Little Suzie: Single Pregnancy
and Race Before Roe v Wade
 
Rickie Solinger





Beggars and Choosers: How the Politics
of Choice Shapes Adoption, Abortion, and
Welfare in the United States

Rickie Solinger

 

 


Adoption Triangle
 
Arthur D Sorosky






The Same Smile:  The Triumph of a Mother's Love
 After Losing Two Daughters
 
Susan Mello Sousa
 
 

 


The Girl in the Orange Dress: Searching for a Father
Who Does Not Fall
 
Margot Starbuck



 


 Birthright: The Guide to Search and Reunion for Adoptees,
Birthparents and Adoptive Parents

Jean A. S. Strauss



 


Beneath a Tall Tree
 
Jean A. S. Strauss



 

 


Even Tough Girls Wear Tutus: Inside the
World of a Woman Born in Prison

Deborah Jiang Stein

 
 

 

  
 Hide and Seek
  
Janet Stuessi



 

 

Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption
 
Jane Jeong Trenka



 

 
The Adoption Reunion Handbook
Elizabeth Trindler


 

 





The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child
Nancy Verrier



 

 
   Lost and Found: A Memoir for Mothers
   
Kate St. Vincent Vogl






Parenting As Adoptees
Kevin Ost-Vollmers and Adam Chau


 


  Giving Away Simone
 
Jan L. Waldron


 

 

A Legitimate Life: A Forbidden Journey
of Self-Discovery

Melinda A. Warshaw


 

 

Scattered Siblings: An Adoptee's Search for His
Biological Roots

Lawrence A Weeks






360 Square: A Memoir of Adoption and Identity
Carol Welsh



 

Between Light and Shadow: A Guatemalan Girls Journey through Adoption
Between Light and Shadow: A Guatemalan
Girls Journey Through Adoption

Jacob Wheeler





      Positive ID
      Victoria Baker - Willford






  Why be Happy when you could be Normal?
 
Jeannette Winterson



 




  Secret Thoughts of an Adoptive Mother
 
Jana Wolff

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