Monday, February 28, 2011

(26) In praise of adoption

Title: Baby, We were meant for each other by Scott Simon
Publisher: Random House
180 pages
Genre: fiction/ adoption

Synopsis: NPR’s award-winning and beloved Scott Simon tells the story of how he and his wife found true love with two tiny strangers from the other side of the world. It’s a book of unforgettable moments: when Scott and Caroline get their first thumb-size pictures of their daughters, when the small girls are placed in their arms, and all the laughs and tumbles along the road as they become a real family.

Review: Extremely readable, Scott Simon has crafted a book about international adoption that is informative and describes the hard stuff  in a witty light fashion.  This is no doomsday book and while some might feel that he portrays the adoption process in too positive a light its refreshing to read the positive side instead of all the doom and gloom that is usually part of most adoption stories.

Scott Simon describes his painful journey of infertility, the heaps of paperwork and hoops they had to jump through in order to adopt from China in a funny upbeat way. He shares the information overload he encountered from the internet that was often scary and said nothing at the same time. But ultimately this is a love story.  A love story of a man and his wife who fell in love with two children from China who brought love, light and joy to their lives. This is also a love story about adoption.  In the second half of the book Simon focuses on other people's adoption journeys.  If you want a light, easy read about adoption this has it all.

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