From a story first told in the popular New York Times parenting blog comes a funny, touching memoir about a mother who welcomes more than a new daughter into her home.After two years of waiting to adoptslogging through paperwork and bouncing between hope and despaira miracle finally happened for Vanessa McGrady. Her sweet baby, Grace, was a dream come true. Then Vanessa made a highly uncommon gesture: when Graces biological parents became homeless, Vanessa invited them to stay.Without a blueprint for navigating the practical basics of an open adoption or any discussion of expectations or boundaries, the unusual living arrangement became a bottomless well of conflicting emotions and increasingly difficult decisions complicated by missed opportunities, regret, social chaos, and broken hearts.Written with wit, candor, and compassion, Rock Needs River is, ultimately, Vanessas love letter to her daughter, one that illuminates the universal need for connection and the heroines journey to fin...
|Title||:||Rock Needs River: A Memoir About a Very Open Adoption|
|Number of Pages||:||204 pages|
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Rock Needs River: A Memoir About a Very Open Adoption Reviews
When I saw the lovely title Rock Needs River, I knew this memoir would offer some emotional content. But for those who haven't read it yet, it's not a weeper or a downer at all. It's so much more than 'adoption.' It's about the stresses of single life, dating, longing, trying so, so hard to make something work when it's difficult, and more. And it's about the challenges of people, namely the partner she adopted her child with, and the frustrating, charming, and ultimately lovable birthparents. H ...more
GNAB Rock Needs River is an intriguing memoir about Vanessa McGrady's very open adoption of her daughter Grace. And as traumatic as it was, as all 'transplants' are, the honest and very transparent way this adoption went has to be better than secretive way most adoptions in my day were handled. So many questions that adoptees need answers to are literally just facts of life.
It can't have been easy for any of the adults in this memoir to be this frank and open about their feelings concerning the ...more
This book was a disappointment. I thought the book would be...well...different. The book felt like the author was trying to convince the world she was a good person (she donated $50 to the food pantry after all) and there were many discrepancies in her story. First she says her parents taught her the value of holding onto people then she says they taught her the value of not needing others and being independent. She claims to be barely able to make the rent yet has a high profile job, wears Mich ...more
Well it was a month on Amazon prime free books where the selections didn't really appeal to me. So I picked up this book. I am a conservative thinking individual with a slight bent toward liberalism. Full blown liberal folks I usually don't understand at all. Well lucky me I found the manual to liberalism and liberal thought. I made it through this story and I am glad I did, not that I agree with it though and events in most of the situations presented, because it opened up my eyes to something ...more
Not my favorite read
The author paints herself in a virtuous tone, but instead presents herself as needy and victimized. I was disappointed. Pass on this depressing, self-congratulatory mess of a book.
Not a fan
Rather than being a real story about open adoption, this was more the progressive feminist diatribe of a narcissist. All relationships revolved around the author and her point of view. I found it disturbing.
This was one of my Amazon First Reads picks for the month of January.
"From a story first told on the popular New York Times parenting blog comes a funny, touching memoir about a mother who welcomes more than a new daughter into her home"
Oh, how misleading this little blurb is! Why? Because there isn't much funny or touching about this book. To be honest, it isn't even really a book about an open adoption since the author barely touches on the actual process and doesn't seem to have any understan ...more