This year I decided it might be interesting to report on the results of the book discussions that take place here at our library each month. If you have read this book and would like to offer an opinion we would love to hear it too.
Yesterday we reviewed Scott Simon’s book Baby We Were Meant for Each Other: In Praise of Adoption. This title was suggested by one of our members because she had been listening to an interview of the author, Scott Simon, who is host of the NPR program Weekend Edition. He wrote about his experience adopting two baby girls from China and of the trials and the joys of the adoption process. In addition he writes about many other adoption stories, mostly by famous or financially-secure people who were able to offer loving homes to needy children.
In the course of our discussion we shared our own stories about people we knew who had adopted children who had positive experiences, but we also learned that an adoption can turn out to have negative consequences. One hopes children are going into loving and nurturing homes but that is not always the case.
In any case, we came away with a greater awareness of the need and value of adoption and recognize that children need to know they have been adopted and will have to grapple with the fact that someone gave them up.
After many meanderings around the topic we even went so far as to discuss what it means to be a parent and how parenthood isn’t the best thing for everyone anyway.
In sum, we were glad to read a light, short and cheerful book for a change, especially during the busy holiday period. We learned a lot more about international adoptions in foreign cultures and came away with a greater appreciation for those people who are willing and able to open their arms selflessly with love, patience and understanding to raise someone else’s child as their own.
Another title which explores these issues is the novel The Possibility of You by Patricia Redmond which deals with the subject of unplanned pregnancies and adoption through the lives of three women living in three different time periods in the 20th century. Their interlocking stories underscore the universal human need for connection, identity and belonging that we all share.
Reported by: Susan Amann, Reference Librarian