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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. 



Please peruse our recommended reading list. Many of these books can be found in libraries nationwide. To purchase these titles, the following specialized sources are recommended:

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Tapestry Books: A mail order/online bookstore specializing in adoption titles.

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


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