Friday, July 11, 2008

Recommended Reading for an Ostrich

A place to start:

In Their Own Voices: Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories (indispensable--and absolute must read for anyone adopting a child of a different race, my number 1 recommendation).

Being White: Finding our Place in a Multiethnic World

Black Baby, White Hands: A View From the Crib

Weaving a Family: Untangling Race and Adoption (I read this one very early on in our process...intriguing and wonderful--highly recommended).

I'm Chocolate, You're Vanilla: Raising Healthy Black and Biracial Children in a Race-Conscious World

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: and Other Conversations About Race

This is just a very quick list, put together between the chores we're doing today to get ready for four of my family members coming to visit tomorrow. Please help me fill in the gaps, as I know there are many more excellent resources out there. If you know of more, leave a comment and I'll add it to the list.

Oh, and if you need some new music to listen to, this playlist is what I'm currently loving, put together by our friend Neola whose departure from Portland this Sunday I am bemoaning (click on the mixtape and let Jack and Loretta wash over you). At least she's going back to the South so we'll hopefully get to see her there...We love Neola.


Anonymous said...

Hey Lori: I just realized I did not sign my name on my post where I put the book "Being White" I did not mean to be anonymous person, seems contradictory to what I was trying to say. I am just not a fellow blogger.

Pattie VZ

Gretchen said...

Another to add to your list: Black Baby White Hands.

Incredible. Incredible. Incredible.

Have a joyous time with your family. I hope to email you this weekend....

Adoption Cubed said...

Preparing for our first adoption I found "Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria?: and other conversations about race by Beverly Daniel Tatum. I have recommended this book to everyone!

Enjoy your family this weekend!

Blog Shmog said...

Thanks for this list Lori. I haven't read a thing yet in this category and really want to start doing that.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this list!

I grabbed a book from the library that (I think) you mentioned on your blog somewhere called "Cross Cultural Adoption."

Just picked it up yesterday and haven't started it yet but wondered if it was helpful?


Meredith said...

Thanks so much for the list. I have gotten a few of these from the library. Reading them make me cry a lot. I think this can be a healthy reaction. The time will come when we've gotta put on our big girl panties and deal with things. I like how the Powell's review for Black Baby, White Hands says "Here comes the rain and the sunshine, all at once." So true.

los cazadores said...

Thank you, a few of these I know and love, but others I do not.


los cazadores said...

Thank you, a few of these I know and love, but others I do not.


neola said...

Thanks for the shout, Lori!

For the record, I love y'all, too! :)

I hope the family visit is going great.

Kristy -Mom To 9 Blessings said...

Thanks for such a great list Lori!
I plan to copy the list and save it for a great resource for years to come.....I just don't like ostriches AT ALL! :-)