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Visit Betty Jean Lifton's website: www.bjlifton.com.A reissue of the classic 1975 memoir that Elie Wiesel called "deeply stirring . . . important and enriching."In this significant and lasting account, Betty Jean Lifton, acclaimed author of several books on the psychology of the adopted, tells her own story of growing up at a time when adoptees were still in the closet. TwVisit Betty Jean Lifton's website: www.bjlifton.com.A reissue of the classic 1975 memoir that Elie Wiesel called "deeply stirring . . . important and enriching."In this significant and lasting account, Betty Jean Lifton, acclaimed author of several books on the psychology of the adopted, tells her own story of growing up at a time when adoptees were still in the closet. Twice Born recounts her early struggle with the loneliness and isolation of not knowing her birth parents; her identification, as a journalist in the Far East, with the orphans left behind by American soldiers in Japan and Vietnam; and the guilt she experiences over what feels like a betrayal of her adopted parents as she sets off on a forbidden quest to find her roots.With the mounting suspense of a detective novel, Twice Born explores the difficulty of searching for one's past when records are sealed, and the complexity of reuniting with a birth mother from whom one has been separated by both time and social taboos. More than a vivid and poignant memoir, Lifton has given us a story of mothering and mother-loss, attachment and bonding, secrets and lies, and the human need for origins....

Title : Twice Born
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ISBN : 9781590512449
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 288 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Twice Born Reviews

  • Sandra
    2018-10-27 06:21

    A personal account that confirms an adopteeā€™s desire to know of his or her origins is a basic human drive. I appreciate how the author is able to depict her growth from self-centered pain to one that encompasses the awareness of the varying complexities of fantasies, fears and emotional pain experienced by all in the adoption triad: the adopting parents, the birth mother (also the father occasionally), and the adoptee.

  • Jenny
    2018-11-05 02:34

    Betty Jean is the "pioneer" of bringing adoption issues to light. This book really spoke to me.

  • Jessica
    2018-11-14 01:37

    This is one of the famous adoption memoirs about a woman who searches for her birth parents and discovers the truth about her past. I am not done, but have mixed feelings. She likes metaphors and similes a lot which feel overboard at times, although it is clear that she is well-read. Some chapters are compelling, others I find a bit cheesy.

  • Jessica
    2018-11-20 08:16

    melodramatic and a bit too freudian. but props to a woman from her generation living the life she did.

  • Rhonda Rae Baker
    2018-11-01 05:33

    There are so many layers to this memoir...I've just completed the second read and am still at a loss for what to write in my review. Betty Jean Lifton speaks the adoptee's heart and soul...she understands me and for that I'm speechless. This memoir is life-changing and has encouraged me to continue searching, digging, writing, and pursuing my passion!