Topics covered: Richard Gere, open records legislation, anti-open records efforts, A Legitimate Life: A Forbidden Journey of Self-Discovery, artificial self/authentic self.
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Melinda Warshaw is an outspoken adoptee and advocate for adoptee’s rights. She is an artist, a musician, a writer, and a teacher. This memoir is the result of 15 years of hard work and it is the author’s hope that it edifies and informs the reader about some of the little-known negative facets of adoption in the USA.
“I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up this memoir. I thought it might be all dramatic and whiny, but it actually moved very fast and kept me interested the whole way. Melinda Warshaw was raised by a wealthy couple who loved her the best way they knew how, but she had a very deep and serious yearning to know who she was and where she came from. She was abused by her brother and her father sometimes acted kind of weird around her too. This would make life very uncomfortable for anyone, but this lady just kept on going, seeking, and hoping for a happy ending. I now have a new perspective on adoptees that I never had before. I think people who are adopted will really identify with this book, and folks who enjoy memoirs will find it satisfies.”
“As an adoptee myself, I totally relate to her need to find her first family. However, I cannot relate to her adoptive experience. Hers was such that you would hope to be adopted! The dysfunctional level in the seemingly perfect family was extraordinary. What the author had to endure as a child was a compelling story on its own, adoption aside.
It took courage to write such a story as hers, and a person less smart, less determined, probably wouldn’t have made through in one piece. She writes openly of her struggles with drug use, poor taste in men, and self-sabatoging, resulting from her low self esteem from her upbringing and abuse. Hers is a story of redemption and discovery, and makes for a compelling read.”