Like Family: Growing Up in Other People's Houses, a Memoir

by Paula McLain | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 0316909092 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingjlautnerwing of Henderson, Nevada USA on 10/24/2014
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Journal Entry 1 by wingjlautnerwing from Henderson, Nevada USA on Friday, October 24, 2014
Picked up from the Little Free Library on Maple Street in Arroyo Grande, CA today.

Journal Entry 2 by wingjlautnerwing at San Luis Obispo, California USA on Sunday, December 07, 2014
Paula and her two younger sisters were abandoned by both parents in 1965. They were placed in a series of foster homes, ending in one that lasted several years. Throughout that time Paula hoped that her mother would be able to take them back, but mostly she rode with the time. She adapted to the situation.

The memoir is vivid and does not ask for sympathy. It is simply a recording of what it was like. Naturally, it wasn't all fun and games. At times it was anything but.

I couldn't help but wonder if there ever was an attempt to find adoptive parents, or if the agencies simply hoped that the biological parents would be able to take over at some point. I wonder this because it seems it might have been a better way to go and may have been truly in the best interest of these children. As it was, they grew up "in the system" and survived, possibly as well as can be expected, maybe even better than most.

Not much navel-gazing here. Worth reading.

Journal Entry 3 by wingjlautnerwing at Little Free Library on Maple Street in Arroyo Grande, California USA on Sunday, December 07, 2014

Released 4 yrs ago (12/6/2014 UTC) at Little Free Library on Maple Street in Arroyo Grande, California USA

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