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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


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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