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Product Details

  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Entourage Publishing (August 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985616814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985616816
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,204,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Laura Dennis was born in New Jersey and raised in Maryland, but she learned how to be a (sane) person in California, where she lost her mind and found it again in 2001. A professionally trained dancer, Laura gave up aches and pains and bloody feet in 2004 to become a stylish, sales director for a biotech startup. Then with two children under the age of three, in 2010 she and her husband sought to simplify their lifestyle and escaped to his hometown, Belgrade. While the children learned Serbian in their cozy preschool, Laura recovered from sleep deprivation and wrote Adopted Reality.

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Laura Dennis was born in New Jersey and raised in Maryland, but she learned how to be a (sane) person in California, where she lost her mind and found it again in 2001. A professionally trained dancer, Laura gave up aches and pains and bloody feet in 2004 to become a stylish, sales director for a biotech startup. Then with two children under the age of three, in 2010 she and her husband sought to simplify their lifestyle and escaped to his hometown, Belgrade. While the children learned Serbian in their cozy preschool, Laura recovered from sleep deprivation and wrote Adopted Reality.

Customer Reviews

I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in adoption.
Tammi
Laura Dennis is a gifted author and does an amazing job of drawing the reader into her story.
I. McMillan
This memoir read like an exciting novel, and I had a hard time putting it down.
Stacy Claflin

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roberta J. Hegland on April 28, 2013
Format: Paperback
Laura Dennis' Adopted Reality plops you down into her active psychotic `adventure'. Is she a spy? Probably not, since she is onto the secret of the Illuminati or she might be a member of al-Qaeda. Wait. Deep breath and forge on with her story - because the payoff, how she got here is worth the craziness.

It's a story about her adoption. What it is. What it isn't. What it could have been. Maybe. Laura admits that living with the `what ifs' of her adoption is a lifelong struggle. We learn about her adoptive and birth families. The good, the bad and the ugly.

Her story is one that interested me, being the mother of two adopted children. But unlike Laura, who was adopted shortly after birth, ours came to us through the foster care system. They knew their birth parents, went back and forth between mom and foster homes, and finally came to us. Our adoption process took two years. Which brought up some of the same issues that Laura Dennis experienced, along with a host of different ones. I appreciated the insight from an adoptee.

Laura's struggle with and insight into her bipolar disorder was encouraging. Again, we have family and friends who struggle with similar situations. To medicate or not is one of the questions, and Laura's plan to cope her symptoms without medication is courageous. One of her comments struck me - dysfunction breeds secrecy because of the desire to appear normal. Yes! So true - which of course, makes helping a dysfunctional person so difficult. They work so hard to hide what's really going on inside of them, by the time friends or family can see symptoms it's almost too late in the game to be of much assistance. Sigh.

Thankfully, the stigmas attached to both adoption and mental illness are fading fast. But Laura's Adopted Reality makes it quite clear that the upheaval and grief that accompany both conditions are real, difficult and long lasting.
A challenging and illuminating read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Pooler on July 14, 2012
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With raw honesty and thoughtful reflection, Laura Dennis crafts a stunning psychological thriller in her true-life memoir, Adopted Reality. She weaves in three major life events- adoption, reunion with her birth mother and a bipolar episode following the 9/11 terror attacks where her beloved Uncle Tom died in the Twin Towers and she believes she was responsible for his death. I was hooked from the first sentence," I've successfully infiltrated the Illuminati's West Coast Cell." It reads like a novel as she takes the reader along her adventuresome and suspenseful descent into madness and subsequent hospitalization and treatment. Parallel to this episode, she skillfully goes back and forth between her current and past life with her adoptive family, her biological family's history and the subsequent reunion with her birth mother, Kathy. She writes of both families with compassion and love. Due to her brutal self-honesty and willingness to share her inner feelings, I was drawn into her story and by the end felt I had gained a greater appreciation for bipolar illness, adoption issues and the impact the 9/11 had, especially on someone who had suffered a personal loss on that day. The author makes an unbelievable story believable and authentic. Beyond being a riveting story, this memoir will give hope and inspiration to anyone who has faced any one of these painful life circumstances. It provides a clear view of all these issues- a window into the world of mental illness, adoption/reunion issues and post-traumatic stress syndrome as experienced by anyone who has suffered a personal loss from 9/11. I also think it should be required reading for anyone working in the mental health field. It is a brave and honest story of survival against many odds. I commend the author for getting her story out there in such an engaging and compelling way. Riveting read!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By mdreader on June 18, 2012
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This book came recommended to me from a friend on facebook. On a bit of a whim, I downloaded it to my tablet and read it in two sittings. I have to say that the author's seamless weaving of memoir, first hand depiction of madness, and reflections on being adopted are simply captivating. As someone who knows others who were adopted, as well as others plagued by mental illness, this was an insightful read to say the least. I came away with a fuller appreciation of both human conditions thanks to the well crafted, poignant tale. I would highly recommend this for a summer read. It will be the best $6 dollars you spend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ben Diamond on April 16, 2013
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Hi! I read Laura's book in two sittings. It was interesting and seemed complete. For me the thing that made it less comfortable reading is that I am bipolar. Reading Laura's book and her experiences brought back some of my own experiences and those recollections made her story emotionally painful. I didn't want to just put the book down and walk away. I wanted to read it through and give it my honest attention. That said, I was uncomfortable reading the last four or five chapters. I could have stopped reading and been comfortable not knowing everything about her life now and her own daughter. In my life, I have closed the door on my past and not looked back. For me, that works well.

I would tell someone who was planning to read Laura's book to be prepared for a very personal story of an uncomfortable nature.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Becky Johnson on July 23, 2013
Format: Paperback
A beautiful and artistically written heartbreaking truth of the reality of the human experience. The debts, layers, and consequences of adoption were explored and interwoven with the experience of bipolar disorder. Having bipolar disorder, myself, I found the details and experience with this mental illness to be such an accurate exploration of the dark waters it can often feel like. But she didn't just talk about what it felt like as most bipolar memoirs do. She questioned and explored the why and how. It was fascinating to follow her journey toward her inner truth. A must read for anyone interested in the human experience. Or rather, a must read for any human. This book will not disappoint.
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