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....
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Twice Born Reviews
A personal account that confirms an adoptee’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.
Betty Jean is the "pioneer" of bringing adoption issues to light. This book really spoke to me.
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.
melodramatic and a bit too freudian. but props to a woman from her generation living the life she did.
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!