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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (April 27 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231118295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231118293
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #166,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is the story of every person who has lived in an environment in which he or she didn't quite fit.... Yet, while the stories in the book are universal, they are also deeply personal and incredibly touching. You cannot read this book without being changed.

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Extremely informative and emotionally compelling.

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This much needed study brings hard facts and personal experiences to bear on an important subject too often dominated by dogmas and arrogance. It is a breath of fresh air in the fetid atmosphere of racial politics.

(Thomas Sowell, Stanford University)

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Adoption is a legal process in which a child's legal rights and duties toward his natural parents are terminated and similar rights and duties are created toward the child's adoptive parents. Read the first page
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This book is important for adoptees, adoptive parents and grandparents, as well as others who are loving and parenting across racial lines. While this is not a "how to" book, it is clear from the adoptees' stories what they believe their adoptive parents did well and what they wish their adoptive parents had done differently. It stresses the difficult issues but also reflects that transracial adoption can and does work. It helps parents to understand the importance of nurturing a relationship between the adoptive family and the adoptees' ethnic communities.
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In Their Own Voices is a well-written, powerful, honest and eye opening book about the lives of black and biracial individuals adopted into white families. For many who are for or against this type of adoption, especially in a racially divisive America, this book won't let you come to an easy conclusion about whether interracial adoption is good or bad for the adoptee or community involved. It challenges the reader to put aside his or her opinions and find the answers from listening to the stories of each individual in the book. It is about time there was a book like this. There should be more like it!
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I really enjoyed this book and it let me see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Becaue I am adopted in a white home and Birracial the times have been hard however, with this book I feel like I am not the only one in that kind of situation. This book has helped me discover the true me, and also helped me to realize that if I am not true to myself I am only hurting myself. I wish there were more books like this on the market, and I would recommend it to anyone who is adopted or raising a minority child in a white home.
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